|Reincarnation: To an embodied soul desire and aversion will naturally occur. On account of these states, karmic matter clings to the living being. The karmic bondage leads the living being through the four states of existence. Entering into the state of existence, the living being builds its own appropriate body. Once embodied, he gets the senses. Through the senses, objects in the environment are perceived. From perception comes desire or aversion for those objects, and from this the cycle begins again. But the cycle ends in the case of those who will attain liberation, whereas it is unending to those who will not. --Jain scripture|
During recent decades, many people in the West have developed an interest in reincarnation. Feature films, several based on popular novels, such as The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, Dead Again, The Mummy, Chances Are, Cloud Atlas, contemporary books by authors such as Carol Bowman, Vicki Mackenzie, as well as popular songs, deal with reincarnation.
example, a good and virtuous life
may be attracted to rebirth in a body born in a family which has the
same propensities as those of the reincarnating Entity In
consequence, his next life will manifest these virtues and good
experiences. Jain scriptures speak of it thusly:
Desire and aversion occur naturally to a soul. Because of the
conditioning of desire and aversion, karma clings to the soul.
After death, this karmic bondage draws the soul into physical
existence again where it builds a body based upon its karma.
Once in the body, sense organs arise. Through the
sense-organs, sense-objects are perceived. From
perception comes desire and aversion and the cycle begins again.
This cycle ends for those who attain liberation, whereas it is
unending for those who do not.
- Panchastikaya 128-130
This is the teaching that the individual chooses the next life current lifetime in order to effectively move forward toward Divinity.. Following a rest period, we are geared to assist in preparing for another incarnation. The individual reviews the just ended life, and assesses the lessons learned. Based upon this assessment, we choose what gender we will be, what race, who our parents will be, and the things we are going back to learn.and so forth.
Reincarnation as a Misperception
This is the teaching that there is no individual reincarnation - the "soul" is not eternal. At conception, one's life and "soul" memories are determined by the same method that chooses our physical bodies. This theory postulated that there is "soulical" pool of data from which the life is fabricated, much in the same way that our physical body is fabricated from the DNA pool.