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AND THE SCIENCE OF REBIRTH
Rebirth is also a well known but seldom really understood term from the Vedas. It is often called
reincarnation, but this can be misleading. The ego we know and experience is not reborn. The
personality of this particular incarnation is not particularly stable
even within it. Most of us change significantly the idea of who we are
several times in life. We cannot expect it to go on to another. Nor is
our inner Self ever born, nor does it die, as its nature is eternal.
The true reincarnating entity is the causal body, wherein our karmic
impressions are stored. It is its stream of impressions that continues
with the reflection of consciousness upon it but there never is any real separate self. The
individual is only a power of Divine aspiration and service.
Many ask, if reincarnation is a fact, how can the population continue
to increase? Today there are many more times as many people as there
were at any other stage in history. Where have all the souls suddenly
come from? Neither the inner Self nor the causal body is a quantifiable entity.
There is not a simple correspondence of one soul or causal body per physical body.