Maneuvering baggage from country to country, one can’t help but take notice of the subtle and at times obvious, differences. With roots firmly planted in the soil of geographical acceptance, the religious affiliations so often discovered at the core of these distinctions have been tapping out an invitation. It's within the beat of this background music that the topic of rebirth has sashayed up to the cerebral dance floor for a whirl.
In terms of statistical worldwide religion, Christians top the planetary pious at 33% followed by Muslims at 23%, placing those who believe we will not revisit this Earthly realm at roughly 56%. With Buddhists and Hindus representing 7% and 14% respectively, this 21%, although the minority, still equates to 1.5 Billion of the world population who believe we are indeed returning for another spin. (The remainder account for Unaffiliated or Other.)
The curious nature of this argument however, does not circle around who is right and who is wrong. The true aspect of this dialogue points to the apex of who is right and who is wrong. Because someone is.
West to East and East to West, as the chasm separating dogma from authenticity grows, the implications of the answer would appear to matter very little to a growing majority. But clarity is often times about shifting perception by fractions of an inch. With over half the world’s inhabitants outwardly believing we only get one ride on this merry-go-round, how would it change our behavior to know that every thought, word and action, reverberates far beyond the limiting scope of death?
In a supra-organized Universe does it not appear a bit haphazard that God, Allah, Brahma, Cosmic Consciousness, etc., would lavish one individual so generously with wealth and privilege on one side of the globe while his brother, on the other side, is born into struggle, need and starvation?
Regardless of the answer, any onlooker would likely suppose that within Western society, we’ve been playing this game as though we will live forever. Amassing possessions as if they travel to the other side, even experience and knowledge refuse to alter the trajectory of the self-centered pursuits from our youth.
Would your behavior change if due to over-indulgence in this lifetime, you knew you’d be returning as a Haitian woman in the next, fighting poverty to keep your family alive? What if you were coming back as a Korean street dog due to mistreatment of animals or as paybacks for your role as an abuser you’ve bought yourself a one-way ticket on the receiving end? What if, as part of the rules, we return time and time again to learn Universal lessons until we manage to get them right? What if?
Because somebody’s religion is right.
How confident are you that it’s yours?
~ by Christine Fowle