Cloud computing as a theory of reincarnation
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Through ages mankind has been intrigued by reincarnation. Various theories have been provided in our ancient scriptures but most have been silent on what passes from body to body during reincarnation. Modern technology of cloud computing might help.
Just like cloud computing where most of the information for personal usage is stored in cyberspace and accessed by will with a combination of unique user id and password, it is possible that most of the deep memories of an individual, both good and bad, exist in knowledge space (KS) and can be accessed by an avatar.
Knowledge space (KS) is where very concentrated thoughts, strong emotions etc. are stored as memories. A very powerful emotion or deep thought is a very stable structure and hence can stay for a long time as a memory in KS. Thus KS is just like a virtual server of cyberspace.
It is possible that what transfers during the time of death is only the user name and password ! If somebody wishes and has the ability then he/she can access those memories from KS. This is the basis of reincarnation. The transfer of unique ID from one body to another is by pure chance unless willed by near and loved ones. Nevertheless great yogis who have left the body by will have used the conjunction of planets to probably go to different worlds. For others this earth remains the abode for all incarnates.
Since the memories can be accessed from KS, an individual also has the ability to change them. This could be the basis of ancient philosophy of Patanjali who says that with Yoga and Sanyam a Yogi develops powers so that past birth Sanskars can be modified or destroyed to achieve liberation. This capability of changing deep memories in KS only exists with human brain because of its size. If the soul reincarnates into an animal body then those memories remain dormant till one again finds a human body and changes them.
Energy wise the transfer of only user name and password from one body to another makes more sense since a “switch” is easier to transfer than memories of a whole lifetime. Besides it allows us to shed the baggage of old memories and hence the new life starts with a clean slate.
Cloud memories in KS may have some subtle effect on the actions of the person possessing them. This may be the basis why almost all religions have stressed on doing good so that past actions do not come to haunt you. It is almost like whatever you write on Face book or other social network sites, always comes to haunt you. This also means that these memories are cumulative i.e. they accumulate through various births! However not all memories exist in KS but only very deep emotional ones do.
Since the user name and password is an important part of reincarnation this could be the basis of ancient tradition of child naming ceremony practiced in almost all religions where the birth name is given based on the child’s horoscope.
How can we access our memories of past births? Only very advanced Yogi’s with practice of Sanyam have the ability to find about their own or others’ past births. Thus in a celebrated example Shri. Ramakrishna found out about past reincarnation of Swami Vivekananda by touching him on his chest.
Similarly Swami Vivekananda once described how by touching the hand of a disciple he saw all the disciple’s past memories as written in black with sky as the blackboard. With his knowledge and yogic powers Vivekananda could extract the disciple’s memories from all others. This is just like the cloud computing where one can access the relevant information from the servers.
Nevertheless quite a number of children have been able to recollect their past births. Their unfettered but powerful mind with correct user name and password somehow has this ability. As they grow older their present personality and identity overshadows the older one and they loose this ability.
Since the cloud memories of others in KS can be accessed by advanced yogis they also have the ability to modify them. This could have been the basis of great gurus helping their disciples achieve liberation. There have been many instances where the touch by the enlightened guru has liberated the disciple.
Just as through our writings, chats and e-mails we create a profile on social networks and cyberspace, with our deep thoughts and strong emotions we can create a profile in knowledge space. The more powerful a person’s mind is, the bigger is his signature in the KS. This signature is further strengthened by people thinking about that person and hence a virtual temple for him is created in KS. This could be the basis of invocation of gods and deities practiced by mankind throughout the ages.
Similarly KS also has memories of advanced galactic civilizations and powerful minds and can help in producing new discoveries and inventions.
Published as an editorial article in Times of India (Speaking Tree) on 13, July 2010.
©Anil K Rajvanshi, 2010