The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be;
and that which is done is that which shall be done:
and there is no new thing under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 King James Version
Do you believe in reincarnation? The idea to incarnate again or to give bodily form or substance to something that has died. Most eastern religions do believe in this. I don’t know about western religions but this quote strikes me as similar in idea.
Two years ago, Hurricane Irene felled a number of trees around our home. I cut and split them for firewood. Last winter we burned them for heat, saving some of the wood ash. This spring I spread the ash on the garden. The vegetables will take up the nutrients from the ash and we will consume them. In a sense, the trees will be reincarnated in us. Physical reincarnation happens all around us, we are all star dust.
If you follow the path of Jesus or Buddha or some other prophet, are you not reincarnating their spirit in the present? Spiritual reincarnation?
This image is a detail of “psalm 174”