Dawn to Death

      Have you ever heard the proverb “a cat has nine lives?” There is much stigma and many different ideas surrounding the topic of death and rebirth. Death is an inevitable part of all life, and should not be condemned in our society. I do believe that even though our physical form deteriorates, our souls are reborn. 

      To begin with, I think the reincarnation theory relies heavily on personal beliefs. I was born and brought up on Hindu dharma, which often do insist that reincarnation does exist. I often used to ponder on the thought of the afterlife, until I joined a religion class. There, I learned that souls are reborn. According to Hinduism, before one is born as a human, they take on eight million different forms; from a common housefly to an ancient oak tree, each being has a soul. Similarly, I learned how we can break the cycle of life. I was taught that if one devotes their life to God, they break the cycle of rebirth and achieve moksha, which relieves us from reincarnation. From there, one is allowed to exist in bliss. In general, reincarnation does exist, but there is also a possibility to escape the circle of life.
      Secondly, I also feel that karma exists and plays a major role in rebirth. Karma is the ethic that is based on theory 'you get what you deserve'; what goes around, comes around. Hinduism claims that when one does good, they are rewarded, but if one is bad, they are punished. If we were all to live good lives, then our next life in the cycle would be honored by riches, opportunities, happiness, or enlightenment. A life spent doing horrid things, however, would be penalized in the same way; the next life would contain many struggles, hardships, and losses. All in all, the life you get once you are reborn is solely based on the actions you make and the life you live right now.

       In conclusion, our lives go in a circle, from birth to death we accomplish so many things, and things that could affect our experience in the next life. I truly feel that we are reborn after death, and experience many things while going through the circle of life. From blessings to misfortune, it is very possible that you have experienced it before, through a past life. Now, do you think that a cat has only nine lives?


Explain in an essay why you believe or do not believe in life after death. 

Some of the questions you can ponder over are:

  • Do you believe bodies die, but souls live on?
  • Do you believe in the reincarnation theory?
  • Is there an afterlife, something scientists haven’t been able to crack?
  • Do you think there is a heaven and a hell?
  • Do you think life is a circle, and even after death, life goes on in other forms?



Darshita Rakam – 11th grade

Darshita is hardworking, dedicated, and best of all, self-motived. Her sincerity towards her work is commendable. She always ruminates on her assigned task, and then uses a combination of intense thinking and writing to compose her stories, essays, and poems. Her handwriting is a joy to read!