Tusar Nath Mohapatra

The Futility of a Purely Mechanical Process of Rebirth

Posted on: November 5, 2012

Sri Aurobindo Studies

If the entire meaning of rebirth is a physical reincarnation, with no other significance, goal or purpose, we eventually come to the point of asking “what for?”. Why go through the struggle, the suffering, the repeated births, lives and deaths, only to be reborn again into a similar circumstance, like a hamster running in a never-ending wheel. Many who achieve the recognition of the reality of rebirth, but who do not see any higher purpose, conclude eventually that the entire round of births and deaths and the chain of karma are futile, and they reach an existential crisis. This crisis in fact was the underlying force behind the rise of existentialism in the West, with its air of the unreality of our world, the meaninglessness of it, and the overwhelming physical revulsion expressed by them as “nausea”.

In the East, Buddhism focused on this repetitive round of births and deaths…

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Tusar N. Mohapatra

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