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HEAVEN vs REINCARNATION
The Cartoon Book 2

HEAVEN—The Womb, Childhood, the Past, Coward, Flee, Selfish, Retire, Exist, Weak, Shameless, Taker, Saved, Animal, Beg, Hand-Out, Foolish, Lower, Joy and Happiness, Fantasy

vs

REINCARNATION—Life, Adulthood, the Future, Warrior, Fight, Caring, Aspire, Live, Strong, Self-Respect, Giver, Savior, Human, Earn, Hand-Up, Wise, Higher, Pain and Suffering, REAL LIFE!

by
Dharma

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Heaven vs Reincarnation
The Cartoon Book 2
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CONTENTS

Preface

Fool’s Gold

Is God our Parent or a Master?

Coward OR Warrior?

Repentance is good, but making Amends is better

Discrimination is not that Bad

Morals and Ethics

Difference between Heaven & Reincarnation

Corrupt Religions

Child of God or a Slave/Servant?

Carry the Legacy Forward

No Justice in God's Realm

Exist or Live

No Easy Way Out

Run Away or Stand and Fight?

Two Types of Joy & Happiness

Morals, Ethics Do not Matter?

Heaven = What can I Get? - Reincarnation = What can I Give?

No Santa for Kids but there is for Adults?

Primitive Religions dominate the Globe

Religious Brainwashing

Earn Vs Beg

Some Good Questions - but Never Asked

No Justice in God's Realm 2

Two Types of Perfection

Religious Brainwashing 2

Makes Perfect Sense!

Choose Real Life, do not chase after Fantasies

Preface

This book is a small cartoon-based version of my book in text - "Heaven Vs Reincarnation" by Dharma

As they say, a picture is worth a 1,000 words and I am hoping that by using some cartoons I can get my point across forcefully

Our views on God and Religion remain stuck in the past - we continue to regurgitate old ideas written in ancient times without questioning them. Just because a book was written a 1,000 or 2,000 years ago does not mean the people of at that time has some special insight nor does it mean that Gods walked this earth around that time

Heaven is a metaphor for the Womb, Childhood and the Past - The Womb was a wonderful place of peace and contentment & Childhood was a time of joy and happiness - protected, sheltered, cared for, watched over, we played all day, we had no worries or responsibilities - what a wonderful time! Religions exploit this need for those days, nostalgia, by telling us that we can go back to those days - a Sugar Daddy like God has nothing better to do than cater to our comforts, keep us away from the big bad world of Real Life

Heaven is but a fantasy that appeals to the weak, the coward. But we can't live in fantasies, cowards do not get rewarded. We must grow up, face life head-on & that is the teaching of Reincarnation

Thru my books I hope to change the conversation, infuse fresh ideas on religion and spirituality.

You can reach out to me at HeavenVsReincarnation@Yahoo.com

Fool’s Gold

I find is amazing that even in this day and age religions are able to make cheap promises of the easy good life to be had and billions of people blindly believe. And some of these people are our brightest and best educated! The fear of death and the greed for the easy good life puts blinders in our brains it seems.

Few question what the whole point of life was - live a few years down on earth and then based on one's religion we get to live the easy good life or be brutalized forever? How does that make any sense? God created this huge universe, ALL of us and once we die, He will divide us based on our religious affiliation and then will reward/torture based on that? Collective condemnation and reward based on religion? Hitler collectively condemned millions of Jews because of their faith. ISIS killed people for not being Muslim - and this is how God works?

They say North Koreans are brainwashed, not so, they fear the consequences of saying the wrong thing. Amazing but true, it seems it is us, the vast majority of humanity, most of us that live in the free world, that seems to be brainwashed

Sometimes I have to pinch myself - am I in the 21st century?

Is God our Parent or a Master?

Would any Parent divide Her own Children? Would any parent torture Her own children? Would any father rape His own daughter? Would any mother whip Her own son? The concept of Hell is disturbing to say the least - the religious division practiced by religions intent on conversions tell us that God is not their Parent, but He is their Master

We must get down on our knees and swear loyalty to him or else! If we do so, this Master God will be pleased and give us the good life or torture us endlessly. A "God" no better than a Tin-pot Dictator! Dictators like Putin or Kim-Jong Un have had innocent people killed and tortured, killed their own family members - nothing matters to them except loyalty. One could be a good person, a loving person but character, conduct does not matter to Dictators - only one thing matters - Loyalty

Those who grovel to Dictators and support them are rewarded and those that stand up to them are brutalized

In the 21st century, shouldn't our views on God be better than this?

You must decide whom you want to be - a Child of God or a Slave?

Coward OR Warrior?

Are you a Coward or Warrior? Sadly, present day religions have made cowards of all of us - they preach running away from life - a Sugar Daddy God awaits - He has nothing better to do than cater to the comforts of billions of lazy bums who will snore away a meaningless existence in Heaven

How, I ask over and over, does this make any sense?

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but there is no such thing as Heaven - the Life that we know on earth is all there is. This Universe where we live in is all there is. Running away won't solve our problems - well, it will solve the problems for ONE person - the coward. Is that you?

Are you ready to make God Proud? Fight for a better world?

Repentance is good, but making Amends is better

How many of us have made new year's resolutions? How many have kept them? Were we all lying to ourselves? Did we not mean these resolutions when we made them? of course not, right? But to say something and to do something are two totally different things, are they not?

Take those who have had heart attacks or other ailments that brought them close to death. Once they are out of danger, they hug their families, realize how close they have come to losing their families, loved ones and resolve then and there to change their lifestyles. They resolve to lose weight, eat better, exercise, stop drinking and smoking...but then after a few months, most of them revert back to their old habits, do they not?

Talk is cheap - Action is hard

Repentance is just that - just cheap talk whereas Reincarnation is Action. Do what you resolved to do, do what you promised you would do. Do not cry, do not feel sorry for yourself, do not beg for forgiveness, do not ASK for it to be given, EARN it! YOU made the mess, YOU must clean it up. Only the victim has the right to forgive, no one else has that right.

Discrimination is not that Bad

We all think we are so moral and virtuous but are we? Are our morals subjective, not objective? When it comes to religion it seems our morals are subjective. The cartoon below shows a woman being discriminated and rightfully, getting upset about it. Yet the very same woman will clap in joy when she is told she will get an easy path to Heaven just by joining a religion, feels nothing for those who get brutalized in Hell for not sharing her beliefs. Discrimination against those who don't share her beliefs? She is fine with it

The same woman would be insulted if asked how she got her job or promotion by kissing up to her boss but yet sees nothing wrong with getting Heaven simply by joining the "right" religion. So blind that she cannot see that the religion is basically using the carrot of Heaven to lure converts, and of course the stick of Hell to threaten those not so easily fooled

There are millions of religious people of all colors and nationalities who see nothing wrong with overt religious discrimination. Billions spent every year pushing religious division and hatred and yet the silence by the educated - it is very troubling

Morals and Ethics

We are taught by our parents and elders to never take anything for free - to always pay for everything, that means we have to earn what we want. Heaven to me, is a hand-out, a soup-kitchen, billions dependent on God for their food and well-being. We will be nothing but Beggars. Can we sink that low? Time to decide who we are

Difference between Heaven & Reincarnation

Joy and Happiness comes in different flavors - there is the joy and happiness in sleep, in laziness, doing nothing and then there is the joy and happiness of achievement, of working hard and making our dreams come true, making our parents and teachers proud

The former joy is offered by Heaven and the latter by Reincarnation

There is nothing to do in Heaven - you lay about doing nothing, you sleep because there is nothing to do (Prodicus - the choice of Hercules). There is much to do here on earth - the ills of society must be fought and overcome - poverty, discrimination, disease, wars - so much to do and fight for. And then there is the promise of a great future - being part of that great future which we will help build! Make God Proud!

Corrupt Religions

How do things get done in corrupt countries? You have the best resume, the best qualifications, will you get the job? You have worked hard, you have the experience, the qualifications, will you get that promotion? You have the best product, but will you get the contract?

Of course not, right?

In corrupt countries palms must be greased, it pays to know the right people in order to get what one wants

Sadly, even today religions continue to live in the past - a past when things got done because we knew the right people, had the right contacts. It shows that these religions are man-made, blinded by the push for conversions they have become corrupt

Child of God or a Slave/Servant?

Decide whom you want to be - a Child of God or Her Slave/servant? As the below images show, the responsibilities and duties are different. A servant only stays as long as the Master can take care of him, he is there only when times are good but a son or daughter is there both when times are good and when they are bad. Anyone will stay when times are good, it is a measure of one's character that become clear when you stay true to your friends when times are bad

I still remember the story of an African-American man who took care of his mother, stricken with Alzheimer's disease. He lost his marriage because of it as the stress drove away his wife, but he did not abandon his mother. As he put it, "I have earned the RIGHT to take care of my mother"

In Life, we get both the good and bad - only in fantasies do the good times last forever. Do not live in fantasies, choose to live a Real Life. You have earned this Right.

Carry the Legacy Forward

The images speak for themselves. When there is trouble, be it a fire or an attack, our first instinct is to run away from such a place towards safety. But then there are others who run straight towards such trouble - fire-fighters, policemen, soldiers come to mind. These are the unsung soldiers

And then there are some famous names who risked losing it all, as the young Chinese man did, in their fight for justice, for a better world

Your choice is clear - will you choose to run away? Sit in some magic land in the sky doing nothing, an utterly useless existence or will you choose to come back, carry on the legacy of the great ones, fight for a better world?

The next Great One, Einstein, Gandhiji, the Buddha - All will come from those who choose Reincarnation

No Justice in God's Realm

The above cartoon is why I use the word Brainwashing so much when it comes to religion. It is very clear that "God" is none but a King or Judge living back in the day - all he can do is either forgive the criminal or punish him severely.

But punishment is not Justice - Justice is when the victim is made whole and "God" seems incapable of doing that. The problem is that Justice is harder - promising brutal torture of the criminal(only to the victim) or the easy way out - God will Forgive(only to the criminal) - is easy and get converts and that is the sad state that we find ourselves in today. Religions simply exploiting people, telling them what they want to hear just for conversions. Religions have stopped teaching moral values and why blame them when the so-called Philosophers, Intellectuals and the Moral also remain silent?

Exist or Live

Religions may promise the "eternal life" in Heaven but it is merely existence - subsisting by freeloading off God. As I have mentioned before, if anyone thinks God has nothing better to do than nicely cater to freeloaders, that's just Fools chasing after Fools Gold!

Tat Tvam Asi - You Are That - teaches us that you become what you are and if this is what you want - live while mooching off another - then that is what you become. You have Free will - you will find a life where you get to live the easy good life while someone caters to your needs - the life as a pet, a cat or a dog, or the life as a Tree or even a rock

The pleasures of the flesh will be taken care of, but not much else. But this was your choice

No Easy Way Out

First of all let us make it clear that God's laws apply to ALL of us equally - if we fell off a 100-foot cliff it doesn't matter whether we are young or old, Hindu or Christian or Atheist, male or female - we will all go splat!

To think God will reward people just because they joined the "right" religion is disturbing to say the least and to think those who choose Reincarnation have committed some horrible crime and must be punished, is mind-boggling.

There is only One World - this one - the one that you live in - Heaven is here, Hell is here. It is not by Reincarnation that one ends up as an animal or a Tree but it is by choice - the choice of wanting to live a lazy life of sitting around doing nothing while being catered to, despite all that God has taught us thru the lessons of life

Run Away or Stand and Fight?

After this life, you have a choice to make - Run away or Come back and continue the fight. Remember regardless of what religion is happy to tell you, cowards don't get rewarded. God is no Sugar Daddy. Yes you may choose not to come back - that is Free Will - then you can become part of the cosmos - another atom in this huge universe of trillions of atoms. Or you may choose life but choose to be a spectator - never try nor hope for anything, then you will never be disappointed.

The right way is to choose life full of dreams and hopes - yes there will soul-crushing blows but you must take all that and resolve to fight on!

Two Types of Joy & Happiness

There is the joy of laziness - of doing nothing. And then there is the joy of accomplishment, achievement - the latter takes hard work, sacrifice, dealing with setbacks. People give up, they find that life does not come with easy answers, things they wish and hope for do not show up at their door and then they become easy prey for religions offering the easy life in the sky. Alas, despite all the lessons of life that God tries to teach us, if we give in to their cheap easy promises we end up as lower life forms

Morals, Ethics Do not Matter?

I am amazed that in the 21st century it is religions that mock morals and ethics are the dominant ones today. They preach that loyalty will be rewarded above everything else! Those are horrible values! Are these the values we teach our children? That to get ahead one must learn to polish the right shoes, kiss the right butt? Is that how God judges people? No better than a Tin-pot Dictator? No better than a Hitler, a Stalin, a Kim-Jong Un? Brutal people who had their own relatives and friends killed because of suspected disloyalty - for evil dictators their power alone mattered and anyone who threatened their hold on power had to be eliminated. Is God threatened by us? Afraid of losing power? How does that make any sense?

How can this be in the 21st century? Where are the educated? Where are the Moral?

Heaven = What can I Get? - Reincarnation = What can I Give?

When people profess "love" for God it always makes me laugh. Sure, you love a being whom you have never seen, do not know what he or she looks like, do not even know if he or she even exists but you "love" him? Sure, like the lottery winner who suddenly finds that everyone just "loves" him - unless he is a stupid fool, he knows for whom or what the sudden "love" is for. Well, God is no fool

In Heaven you are nothing but a Beggar, a Taker for eternity, whereas if you have a heart that wants to help others, you must stay here, because it is here that you give. Heaven is for the old at heart, the defeated, the one who gave up on life whereas Reincarnation is for the young at heart, the Dreamer

No Santa for Kids but there is for Adults?

I just don't get it - we teach our kids that there is no free lunch - that everything that we get must be paid for. No one, not even one's own parents, are going to let someone just sit around doing nothing. And yet that is exactly what one thinks will happen in Heaven! Everything will be free, God will nicely cater to all our comforts, we get to sit back and enjoy the easy good life forever and ever!

Wow! What nice fantasies!

I find it amazing that cheap religious promises of the easy good life to be had work even against the best of minds! The wanting to believe that there is some kind of magic land in the sky and all this magic being wants us to do is believe, but of course, in the "right" magic being before he will let us live the easy good life, is shocking! Why would any magic being do that? How would this magic being benefit by dividing people in this way? Are there billions of lazy bums snoring away eternity in Heaven right now? This is the Grand Plan? Honestly, how does this make sense?

Primitive Religions dominate the Globe

What a sad statement - religions born when Kings ruled made God in the image of their King/Dictator and made rules that were in place back in the day. These were not democracies - the King/Dictator simply favored those who he deemed were loyal to him and kicked out or killed those suspected of disloyalty - these were the templates for Heaven and Hell

What is disappointing is that in the 21st century with all our education, knowledge and advanced civilization we continue to follow these primitive ideas set back in the day.

Collective Brainwashing at its finest!

Religious Brainwashing

Here's more of the religious brainwashing - the very same people who would get upset if a rich guy or dictator rewards just a few and leaves everyone out in the cold or a doctor who has the medicine to cure everyone but chooses to cure just his favored, eagerly fall to their knees and thank a magic being that picks this person or that person to shower benefits on! But what about all the disasters that preceded such benefits? Who caused all that? Who caused all that devastation that killed thousands and hurt millions?

The only explanation is a slave mentality - Rule 1. Master can do no wrong. Rule 2. If something is wrong, see Rule 1.

But this is the 21st century - we should be better than this by now

Earn Vs Beg

How is religion able to do this? Brainwash even the best of us? We talk morals and ethics in our daily lives - how one should always earn what one wants in life. Never take anything for free or unethically, but yet religion continues to preach the opposite values and yet few if any speak up!

You can't get the easy good life in Heaven just because you polished the "right" shoes or kissed the "right" butt - it is wrong down here on earth and even more certainly wrong by God

Religious people are using God, Heaven and Hell to promote their religion, making easy and cheap false promises but yet amazingly few seem to catch on to what they are doing

Some Good Questions - but Never Asked

There are so many questions that one could ask religious people - especially those who set people apart in their zeal for conversions. At one time they used to kill people, nowadays the killing is gone but the threats and hate remain. Some of the questions span:

1. What does one DO in Heaven?

2. No Justice in God's Realm?

3. Why would God set apart his own people? Would any Parent set apart His own children? Does that mean this God is not a Parent, but a Master? What does that make us? Slaves/Servants? Are we not better than this?

4. No Theists when Death comes calling? Heaven is so wonderful but few are in a hurry to get there? They fight tooth and nail not to go? Hang on to dear life?

5. The goal of life is to make sure we join the "right" religion and pray to the "right" God? Unless we do that we will suffer endlessly? What we did in life, the good that we did, as individuals does not matter? Collective reward and condemnation is the norm in the afterlife?

No Justice in God's Realm 2

Imagine God has less options than the victim! Totally true! As the below cartoon proves all God can do it seems is to let the criminal go scot-free or torture him without mercy! Neither of which benefits the victim. What DOES benefit the victim is when he gets back what he has lost - suppose a victim has lost all his retirement savings to a con man. The victim gains nothing if the Judge simply let the victim go (God forgives) or sends him to jail for the rest of his life (God sends him to Hell).

Either way the victim is still suffering because he has lost all his money and is forced to find work in his old age. True Justice is when the victim gets back all the money that he has lost and only Reincarnation says that must be done. It is hard for the criminal to hear that there is no easy way out and sadly, we seem to live in a world where the dominant religions cater to the criminal and not to the victim

Two Types of Perfection

When we say something is perfect, we must remember that there are different types - one is the useless kind and other is earned. A machine is perfect, a loser has a "perfect" record, a zero is perfect, if you never attempt anything, then you never lose anything, you are "perfect". This is the Useless perfection, as we can see & that is what Heaven offers - endless days and nights of doing nothing - a useless existence for eternity.

We must understand that human beings cannot be perfect - we are not machines nor do we live in a bubble. We live in the real world where failure is common - the best of us never give up, they keep fighting. It is the weak that give up and run away to "perfect" lands - Fools chasing after Fool's Gold.

A pitcher who throws a no-hit game is perfect, a Kid who gets every answer correct in the test is perfect - such perfections are Earned! Such are the perfections that make God proud of us

Religious Brainwashing 2

I have been harping on this - Religious Brainwashing - because I simply cannot explain the silence. Religions continue to preach division and hate openly and yet few speak up - that to me is amazing and the definition of Brainwashing.

Makes Perfect Sense!

God says, "Go down to earth, live a few years down there and then based on one's religion it is either easy living for eternity or brutal torture!" - how does that make any sense? Sometimes I have to pinch myself - am I really living in the 21st century? Do we have a BEIB syndrome? Bright, Educated, Intelligent but Brainwashed? Does greed for the easy life and the fear of death overcome all sensibility and morals?

Let's see - you are a magic being who has the power to create - say a computer-generated world. You create such a world filled with different beings. You make yourself invisible - the beings have to guess your name and those that get it right are rewarded and those that did not get brutalized? Is that you? Can you be that shallow, cruel and small-minded?

And so, is this your view of God?

Choose Real Life, do not chase after Fantasies

Real life is Hard, we get that but it beats living in a fantasy world or chasing after them. A lot of us do just that unfortunately. Heaven was the first and original fantasy being peddled by, not bad people, but simply people who hoped for something better. But such ideas can be misused and they have been - they have used the idea of an easy life in the sky to set people apart - for those living under Kings, who understood that having a good life meant being loyal to a good and powerful king, it was easy to believe in a God who demanded obedience and loyalty in return for admittance to his Kingdom in the sky

What is sad to see is that though we live in the modern times, so much more educated and intelligent the greed for the easy good life and the fear of death has brainwashed so many of us. Heaven is a fantasy, nothing more. Religions that promise Heaven are simply exploiting your greed and fear. Your own mother won't let you sit around doing nothing all day but yet this magic being has nothing better to do than cater to your comforts for eternity and let you sit around doing nothing? Come on, people, wake up!

Marx was right - Religion, or more to the point - Heaven - is the opium of the people.


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