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Today’s Question by reader : Sheela Nandini

Author: Paulo Coelho

Dearest Paulo,

Do you believe in reincarnation? Do you have the experience of having lived on this earth in other lives, other times?
In Brida you talk in depth about the soul dividing and that is why we may meet more than one soul mate in a lifetime. The Bhagavad Gita says the soul is indestructible, that water cannot wet it, fire cannot burn it, the wind cannot dry it and the sword cannot pierce it(and In The Flowing River you have quoted this verse). Please do share your views on this. And thank you for this link where I can finally address you on the blog! Ah! Thank You.

Dear Sheela,

more than to believing or not in reincarnation, I think that it is interesting that you quote the Bhagavad Gita about the imperishable soul.
In a way, the idea of reincarnation is not at all linked with this concept of indestructible and imperishable soul. Indeed, the soul exists despite our manifested world.
Our world is a world of mutation whereas the soul is above this constant flow.
The spirit is the spark that lives in each one of us – and hasn’t got anything to do with the ego – which is a result of our distance with the divine.


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