Question: “You talk of rebirth like you know it definitely happens, what proof have you got?”
What proof do you have that it doesn’t exist? Neither of us have any “real” proof, but we can always contemplate on our lives and on other people’s lives. Everyone is good at something, whether it’s painting, a musical instrument, convincing, archery, etc etc. For some people it’s a “natural” ability, as in, the moment they picked up a paintbrush or guitar, they used it as if they were practicing for 20 years! How is this first-timer better than a professional? It didn’t just magically happen! So it must of been an ability/practice of their past lives. You can Google or YouTube “boy genius” or “kid playing drums” and you’ll see dozens of videos of children barely able to speak play instruments like rock legends!
Look at our own life. How come we are where we are? Why were we born in a Western country instead of an Eastern country, or a fortunate country instead of third-world country? Why do some things come easy for you but difficult for others, or vice-versa? Why do you have certain abilities, skills, education or a fortunate life while others suffer?
Our present life is the effect and consequence of our past lives. If we have a fortunate life, then our past life/lives must of done good deeds. If we have an unfortunate life, then our past life/lives must of not been so great. Our past lives determine our present life and our present life determines our future lives. Do good, get good. Do bad, get bad. The law of causality, cause and effect, is very scientific. In laymen terms, what goes up must come down!
Causality explains everything we do. Pay attention in school and study hard, you’ll get good grades and graduate. Don’t pay attention and don’t study, you’ll get bad grades and fail. Work hard to your job and you’ll have a better chance of getting a promotion. If you just sit back and work the minimum, no promotion for you! If we keep our minds clear and pure, we become happier and more peaceful. If we harbor anger, delusion and ignorance, we become constantly frustrated and angry, and become controlled by the illusions of the world because our mind is too diluted to see the truth.
Smile and be well!