Monday, January 23, 2012

Concept of Rhina and Rebirth

Rina meaning debt is related to the sense of obligation of a man to his duties and for ensuring continuity in tradition.The three major types of debts are Guru rina ( debt to preceptor),Pitru rina( debt to forbears) and Deva    
rina( debt to God).These debts in life have to be repaid by a man to attain moksha ( liberation),Guru rina is incurred when a man in Brahmacharya Ashram gains knowledge through his preceptor.

Repayment is by way of life-long reverence to guru and by sending his sons for study under the guru.Parents take care of their parents so a man needs to repay by taking care of his parents  and bringing up his own children in a selfless way.Debt to God is repaid by offering prayers,performing yagnas and by leading a virtuous life.

Rebirth is an important concept of Hinduism.Karma the sum of all actions in the previous birth is said to determine the way of life in the present birth.

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