reincarnating entity is the causal body, wherein our karmic impressions are stored. There
is not a simple correspondence of one soul or causal body or physical body. It is possible
for one soul to take more than one birth at the same time, either high or low.
Less evolved souls may only experience a prolonged deep sleep
between incarnations. These usually incarnate into the same location on earth and seek a
similar life experience. Very advanced souls may enter into a deep meditative trance and
may reincarnate quickly. Souls of intermediate development may spend much time on the
different levels of the astral planes to assimilate their life experience.
"Why does a person reincarnate?" Hindu dharma
says that the unfulfilled desires of departed people are primarily responsible for their
rebirth. To understand this position, one should know about Hindu dharma's views on death
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