Sunday, 4 May 2014

Do Hindus Believe in Animal Reincarnation? Yes

Recently I pointed out to a Unitarian Universalist that Dr Zakir Naik is correct in saying Hindus believe that humans could reincarnate as animals. The UU was accusing Dr Naik of making stuff up so I brought a verse from a Hindu scripture (Bhagavad Gita 14:15) to show the UU chap was in error:

When one dies in the mode of passion, he takes birth among those engaged in fruitive activities; and when he dies in the mode of ignorance, he takes birth in the animal kingdom. [Source]

The Unitarian Universalist, who does not know the original language of the Hindu scripture, decided to claim the translation is wrong.

He offered this translation which mentions the word 'foolishness' rather than 'animal kingdom':

The result of pious action is pure and is said to be in the mode of goodness. But action done in the mode of passion results in misery, and action performed in the mode of ignorance results in foolishness. [Source]

So what he did was offer another translation WITHOUT looking into the commentary on this verse from the SAME website. The commentary teaches the verse refers to animal reincarnation:

As far as the mode of ignorance is concerned, the performer is without knowledge, and therefore all his activities result in present misery, and afterwards he will go on toward animal life. Animal life is always miserable, although, under the spell of the illusory energy, māyā, the animals do not understand this. Slaughtering poor animals is also due to the mode of ignorance. The animal killers do not know that in the future the animal will have a body suitable to kill them... [Source]

If the UU chap puts his ego to one side, this should be sufficient for him to recognise his error. Dr Naik is correct in saying Hindus believe in animal reincarnation - it's in the Hindu translations and commentaries.

Here's the website of Washington State University, teaching the same thing about Hinduism, namely that Hindus do believe in animal reincarnation:

If you have bad karma, does that affect what you would come back as in the next life?

 Yes indeed. You earn good karma by performing your dharma well, and can be reincarnated as a higher being, or acquire bad karma through bad behavior and come back as a lower being, even an animal.  [Source]

Jay Lakhani, a teacher of Hinduism in the UK, also mentions this.

My advice to the Unitarian Universalist is to put your ego to one side and stop accusing others of being wrong on a fundamental point that is affirmed by Hindus and academic sources. I also ask you to please respect my time and not argue this point again with me. There are people who mock and look to demonize my people and my religion of Islam - I'd rather spend the time in trying to sway people away from hatred against my people and my faith online.

I invite all the non Muslim readers to Islam

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