My Own Perceptions Of God And Religion Essay

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I was born to a Hindu family – and therefore, I call myself a Hindu, based on the cultural exposures that I have had through my family and my religious community. And yet Hinduism for me is like a foundation, one on which I have built my own perceptions of God and religion, based on my own life experiences. My particular views may therefore seem unique at best, blasphemous at worst – but they will have a great impact on how I act as a patient, and as a physician. Like many Hindus, I believe in reincarnation. Traditionally, reincarnation means that after death, souls are reborn many times to repay their debts, to right their wrongs, and to rid themselves of their past karmas, or deeds, until they are ready to become one with God. The significance of reincarnation can be interpreted in many ways. In most cases, people take it to mean that you reap what you sow, that you are rewarded for your good deeds and punished for your sins. The saint who may be unrecognized in this life can be rewarded in the next – and the murderer who escaped without punishment will face reckoning the next time he or she is reborn. Personally, I do agree that we souls must face the consequence of our actions, and that reincarnation allows us to do so, even if it occurs over multiple lifetimes. But unlike many other Hindus that I have met, I don’t see the whole cycle of reward and punishment as the real purpose of life. For a long time, I thought it was – and this made me afraid of death,…

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