Any of various forms of philosophical or religious thought based on a mystical insight into the divine nature and related healing practices.
- The word "Bible" is a Greek word (biblia) and the word's definition is "little books".
This is a short course review of those books:
1. The Old Testament
2. The New Testament
3. The Apocryphal Books
- Reincarnation is believed to occur when the soul or spirit, after the death of the body, comes back to life in a newborn body. This phenomenon was also known as transmigration of the soul or metempsychosis introduced by Pythagorus.
This doctrine is a central tenet within the majority of Indian religious traditions, such as Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism; the Buddhist concept of rebirth is also often referred to as reincarnation; as well as practitioners of PhotoCognitive Therapy [PCT] upon which it can be readily demonstrated. The idea was also fundamental to some Greek philosophers (Pythagorus) and religions as well as other religions, such as Druidism and later on, Spiritism, and Eckankar. It is also found in many small-scale societies around the world, in places such as Siberia, West Africa, North America, and Australia.
Although the majority of sects within Judaism, Christianity and Islam do not believe that individuals reincarnate, particular groups within these religions do refer to reincarnation; these groups include the mainstream historical and contemporary followers of Kabbalah, the Cathars, the Druze and the Rosicrucians. The historical relations between these sects and the beliefs about reincarnation that were characteristic of the Neoplatonism, Hermeticism, Manicheanism and Gnosticism of the Roman era, as well as the Indian religions is linked and universal.
Belief in reincarnation is becoming so widely extended which only a few decades ago were full of condemnation for it, that the present changed condition presents the appearance of a general renaissance. That the belief has always been held in one form or another by most of the races of the world may be accepted. And that it became veiled in the teachings of the Christian Church and eventually was opposed therein may be attributed to a divinely guided policy having for its purpose the making of an Occidental civilization that should realize more keenly the importance of a single life, and, therefore, the need to compress into the space of a single incarnation the growth which otherwise might be spread leisurely over many. The importance of this possible policy may be attributed variously; but my own thought is that there was doubtless a need to prepare strenuously for the next Coming of the Teacher whose ministry had been so tragically cut short.
Now we have the strenuous civilization; much progress has been made along many lines; and the return of the Teacher seems well assured, at least in certain highly creditable circles. Therefore, it is but logical that the immemorial belief in reincarnation, or the progressive succession of earth births, should no longer be veiled. This, however, being a personal view, should not be held as binding.
In any case, it is appropriate that there should be an increasing number of dependable treatises on this subject for the enlightenment of those who consciously or unconsciously seek to regain the lost belief which has been be so many centuries a kind of “lost word” among the brethren; and so, one should welcome the forthcoming course as fulfilling an intelligent demand. We treat this subject exhaustively, and thus have laid interest a comprehensive treatment of this most fascinating subject. There are references to reincarnation in the Bible and are unique in their fullness. Not only does this course show great industry in research, but has the advantage of having been written by one who is a student of the age in which he lives and who has brought forward numerous references gleaned from various sources in our own time not to mention direct experiences of regression on more than 100 subjects.
This course is worthy of a very serious study.