by Anura Guruge
Click to ENLARGE. In May 2019 issue of “Reader’s Digest”.
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Reincarnation is one of my favorite and enduring hobby-horses. That is mainly because reincarnation defined my early life. I was accidentally adopted by an extremely devout and activist Buddhist family. My early life revolved, endlessly, around Buddhism. There would not be a day in my life when I could escape Buddhism or active interaction with Buddhist monks. I would be at a Buddhist temple most days of the week. Reincarnation was the end-all and be-all of the Buddhism I was inculcated in. Buddhism was reincarnation. We lived to be reincarnated.
Then I left Ceylon. Was sent off to boarding school and then university by my adoptive parents. I finally got space and time to do my own thing. I started thinking about religions, Buddhism and reincarnation — much of it through a heady haze of unbridled sexual liberation.
I realized that, despite having seen, first hand, so called irrefutable proofs of reincarnation, I could not reconcile the science of reincarnation. I had too many questions that had no logical answers. See this post … for a start.
I eventually realized that I could NOT believe in reincarnation.
Then, since my Buddhism was all reincarnation I realized that I could also no longer be a Buddhist. This was in my early 20s.
Buddhism had been my religion.
When I stopped being a Buddhist I stopped believing in ALL religions.
But, the belief in reincarnation still intrigues I.
So, this article about ‘Twin Reincarnations‘ in England, in the May 2019 of “Reader’s Digest” had me transfixed.
Got me thinking, which is not hard to do.
What would be the Buddhist explanation to a Twin Reincarnation.
Statistics dictates that twins even triplets (and more) must be born to Buddhists — even identical twins and triplets.
Even if identical twins would not have the same fate ahead of them — we could even call it Karma. Though identical twins they would have separate lives — each contingent on the merits they acquired in their previous lives. So, why have twins in Buddhist families?
The HUGELY MAGICAL ‘system’ that implements Buddhist reincarnation doesn’t need to deal in twins. Twins are not important to Buddhist reincarnation. So, why have them.
Something to think about.
This “Unsolved Mysteries” article in RD, commissioned by RD, is pretty excellent. I was only familiar with one case — the airline hijacker that vanished. If you can try and get your hands on this article.
by Anura Guruge