For me, rebirth is not mandatory. I want to love, splurge, scorn, meditate, rebel, sympathise, work, and raise kids in just one life. But I often hear that one needs to assess his/her intentions and the relative actions to determine the next course of life—as if one life was not enough to sanctify the humdrum existence the body is subjected to. When I do something controversial, I feel guilty and look up furtively, “God pardon me for the inappropriate behaviour, I don’t want to go to hell or be born again as a geek.” On the contrary, I am delighted to go to heaven if my deeds seem suitable or who knows I maybe aggrandized to something superior! So, am I scared of God, or another birth looks like a noose around the neck??
Religious text adumbrate the doctrine of rebirth, conspicuously giving it a stamp of approval if the excrescences of ego, greed, anger, misconduct and fallacy grow blatantly in the present life. Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism believe in rebirth, their scared text expatiating the relevance of SOUL or ATMA. At the time of death, the ATMA is born into a new body, thus continuing the cycle of birth and death. Whether it is Krishna, sitting on prodigious chariot pulled by 4 horses, proclaiming to Arjun about the relevance of soul transmigration or The Guru Granth Sahib signifying 8.4 million reincarnations before a ceremonious birth is definitely a burden to carry in the present life.
I have come across a lot of people who will invariably lock horns with their contemporaries, and then scornfully resist as if something just conjured their inner soul to act graciously. That’s the fear we all live with!! After doing all the sins and demonizing tasks, we look for salvation. We want to avoid REBIRTH. Intrinsically we know life is full of ambiguity – it’s like a needle poking every spore of the skin till the surface becomes hard to become soft again. We have gone through these gyans of being nice and humble, being passionate, meditating on lord’s name and working honestly to be God’s personal favourite. If you don’t want rebirth, at least you can do that bit. You will be known as a nice and compassionate person – who does not want to??
But yes, if you are happy to go through the cycle again and again, you are free to do what pleases your mind and heart. After all, we were not born out of compulsion!!