Karma in your grave
By Manu Gupta
For Muslims and Christians karma is a dirty five-letter word, and reincarnation the gospel of devil. But both accept life after death, the idea being that on the judgment day, all the souls will be tested for their fidelity to the religion (Islam and Christianity, of course) and the chosen ones will be sent to eternal heaven and the non-believers (all Hindus, no doubt) to eternal hell. Compare it with the philosophy of Hindus. The Gita describes reincarnation, where every soul is offered an opportunity to purify itself in subsequent births after enjoying in different species according to personal desire, and then finally the purified soul returns back to the realm of Supreme Lord, an abode of eternal love and bliss. Between two lives, the soul undergoes purificatory punishment in hell or enjoys heavenly delights depending on its karma or action in past.
The Islamic-Christian concept of one life leading to eternal hell or heaven is barbaric compared to the holistic sojourn of soul mentioned in Hinduism. Where is the question of a merciful Lord in the former? Even a material father gives a second chance to an errant son, what to speak of God, who should be the supreme merciful? Which path reveals the glorious compassionate nature of Lord, we leave our readers to decide.
Muslims and Christians say that reincarnation is false because science does not support it. But science also does not support life after death, in which both these religions believe. So science cannot be used as a tool to understand religious concepts.
Let us see if our Muslim friends can answer these questions:
1. What is the fate of a child who dies immediately after birth? Does he go to heaven or hell? He has not committed any sin in this life, so obviously he cannot go to hell. Then he must go to heaven, regardless of whether he is born in Muslim or Hindu family. If he is Hindu and eligible for heaven, why not the all-merciful Allah take all the Hindus to heaven right at time of their birth? And if the child, because he is born to Hindu family, goes to hell, then where is the question of justice, since he has committed no sin in this life?
2.What happens to an old man who dies? In what body will he go to hell or heaven? Young or old? What will happen to a young baby? What body will he get? Infantile? Or adult? Changing bodies–mind you.
3.What happens till the judgment day? The body decays surely, then who is judged? By the way, what kind of religion allows its great prophets to rot in the grave while waiting for a judgement day coming after millions of years? In Hinduism, at least there is concept of instant justice; and surely another chance.
4. Supposing a Hindu decides to convert to Islam, but before he is fully purified, he dies. Where will he go? Hell? Or Heaven? You may say that he will first go to hell, atone for his sins and after he is purified he will go to heaven. Now the hellish punishments are so severe that we can not bear them in this earthly body.(Person is boiled in oil, burnt, cut, beaten and what not). We need a different body. Same is the case with enjoying heavenly pleasures. Do you agree? If yes, the person has already changed three bodies. He has reincarnated.
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