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Religions 2017, 8(11), 250; doi:10.3390/rel8110250

Seeing in Eternal Return: Hermeneutical Perspectives on Karma and Rebirth

Department of Religion, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32601, USA
Received: 15 September 2017 / Revised: 9 November 2017 / Accepted: 14 November 2017 / Published: 16 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Perspectives on Reincarnation: Hindu, Christian, and Scientific)
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This article is a reflection on a conception of death, that of karma and rebirth, and its value in interpreting one’s life. I have thought about this conception in two ways. The first is that I can see the circumstances of my life as the result of causes of which I was the agent, and the second is that I can see my life and the relationships in my life as part of a much larger narrative that began before this life. Through an examination of Vaishnava and Advaita theology, Nyāya philosophy, and some Puranic and Epic texts, I argue for an interpretation of karma and rebirth as a rational system that allows one to see relationships as involving many layers of complexity. View Full-Text
Keywords: rebirth; Rāmānuja; Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava; eschatology; karma; saṃsāra; hermeneutics; Indian philosophy; Uddyotakara (Nyāya); pratyābhijña; Advaita (Sureśvara) rebirth; Rāmānuja; Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava; eschatology; karma; saṃsāra; hermeneutics; Indian philosophy; Uddyotakara (Nyāya); pratyābhijña; Advaita (Sureśvara)
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