Eternal Recurrence, Reincarnation and Deja-Vus

Very long ago when I used to be a child, one fine sunny morning my grand -uncle was talking to me. He said to me ” You and I have lived many times before but we just don’t know.” The idea which crossed my mind was that like amor fati of Nietzsche–that everything which has happened to me, or, is happening to me or will happen to me–is fixed and has really occurred in the history of universe(I was not familiar with parallel universes by then!) infinite number of times. 

I did not realize that my great uncle was repeating the reincarnation theory in the fashion of Krishna, who said to Arjuna–the warrior ” Don’t think that you me and others present here were not there earlier or will not be there again; we have taken many births, I remember all of them but you don’t.” Later on I became familiar with Bhagvad Gita–the song of Krishna and with the reincarnation theory and law of Karma etc. but the thought of eternal recurrence stayed with me. 

When I grew up and started having many Deja-vu experiences–I thought that they were because of some dreams which reveal about future places and people and it’s just that I cannot remember them well enough–but later on I started to feel that it’s because of the practice of meditation that I sometimes got tuned-up with source of totality of existence–due to that tuning up–some of the key persons or places in this life(which is of-course a ‘pattern’  ) strike me as if I have known them before and that is with great striking intensity.

I don’t fully buy the idea of Nietzsche’s eternal recurrence because at one point or another a soul which is trapped in this material universe in body consciousness-will get liberated and wil never return from the source of infinite joy and peace. But there is a possibility that there would be a life-story  exactly similar to that of mine–because same set of life-events keep on repeating in infinite number of universes. It’s not that there would be a soul having all incarnations same as there were mine–but there would be many souls who would have exactly same lives as I had in some of the incarnations—what it means can be understood by an example—If I was born in 1888 and lived for 100 years and then got liberated from the cycles of birth and death—there might be someone who would eventually get liberated in the same fashion—i. e. he would be born in 1888 and live for 100 years and then get liberated in another cycle of this universe or in a parallel universe. But what is important to note is–it’s not necessary that the incarnations which I had previous to the one I had in 1888–in which I was preparing for final incarnation; would match with the other person who had a similar final incarnation.

Therefore what I mean is–there is eternal recurrence of event-sets in cosmos but not for the same person. 

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