Moving back to matters of the spirit rather than of the mind, as a metaphysical Hindu interested in obtaining a purview of reality which transcends the valuable guidance available in all the major religions, I hold on to a belief which I acquired in my youth; that is, reincarnation.
This concept of a repeated renewal of Earthly life was, I understand, part of the belief systems of most cultures, until the early Christian church discarded it. This belief offers a continuity in the process of soul purification, as driven by one’s free will. The process needs more than a single lifetime.
Refreshing my reading of The Upanishads by Ecknath Easwaran, an American academic of Asian Indian origin, I came upon the following self-explanatory excerpt:
As a caterpillar, having come to the end of one blade of
grass, draws itself together and reaches out for the next,
so the Self, having come to the end of one life and shed all
ignorance, gathers in its faculties and reaches out from the
old body to a new.
I offer to share this with other Seekers of understanding of reality.