The basis or purpose of the ancient Indian systems / culture for an individual is to enjoy and fulfill all the desires while living on planet earth and, finally, to attain “freedom” for the soul i.e. no rebirth. This can happen only when there are no desires left. There is no intervention from anyone except the mind. It is all made up by the conscience of an individual only.
An example of the immortal wisdom of our ancestors is preserved in the Bhagvad Gita, part of the Mahabharatha, an ancient Indian epic.
Verse 22 of Chapter-2 of the Bhagvad Gita:
वासांसि जीर्णानि यथा विहाय नवानि गृह्णाति नरोऽपराणि ।
तथा शरीराणि विहाय जीर्णा- न्यन्यानि संयाति नवानि देही ॥
vasansi jirnani yatha vihaya navani grihnati naro ‘parani
tatha sarirani vihaya jirna nyanyani samyati navani dehi
As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, similarly, the soul accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.
As a person sheds worn-out garments and wears new ones, likewise, at the time of death, the soul casts off its worn-out body and enters a new one.
So, when we read this, doesn’t our “BIG” “SCIENTIFIC” mind asks – oh what nonsense is this “REBIRTH”; where is the proof. Well…please read on….
Dr. Ian Stevenson established the Division of Personality Studies(renamed as Perceptual Studies) in order to conduct research in which scientific methodology is utilized to empirically investigate phenomena which cannot be explained by the currently accepted scientific assumptions and theories about the nature of mind or consciousness, and its relationship to matter.
THANK YOU Dr.Ian Stevenson…YOU LIVE THROUGH YOUR WORK…WE need many more doctors like you for reassuring us of the “immortal wisdom” present in our ancient systems.
So…what shall we conclude…that our ancestors were roaming around naked with leaves tied around them and that we evolved from monkeys…well…IT’S UPTO YOU TO DECIDE….