Parallel lives are said to be a simultaneous, multiple incarnation by same over-soul and it justifies or explains the idea of how reincarnation really works and resolves the conflicts in an individual’s life. Basically there are two main ideas which define parallel lives the most. The first idea was taken from an ancient Greek Plutarch known as Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus in Roman and the second idea was taken from the concept of reincarnation and ascensions.
This first concept was rooted from the Plutarch’s Lives of Noble Greeks and Romans where it is a patterned series of biographies of famous men in the late first century arranged in tandem with accordance to their common moral virtues and failings in order to illuminate their similarities. These biographies contain twenty-three pairs and each pair involves of one Greek and one Roman individual, as well as another four unpaired, single lives. As defined by dictionaries, it literally means embodied in flesh which refers to the conception and birth of a sentient creature which manifests the entity of God or force who’s the original immaterial nature.
According to Plutarch, his motivation to do this work is not for the purpose of identifying the history of Greeks and Romans but rather exploring the influences of each characters life and destinies of these famous individuals, may it be good or bad. The interest of his work is primarily for an ethical reason for Plutarch wants to prove that Greece has more impressive past remote experience that Rome due its men of action and achievements. According to ancient history, Plutarch’s Lives manuscripts were first published in the 10th and 11th century wherein the first edition appeared in Florence, Italy in 1517.
Then on, several editions were printed in English by Jacob Tonson in the 17th century starting with 5-volume edition in 1688 and following editions were printed during the years of 1693, 1702, 1716 and 1727. However, the first pair of lives, Epaminonda-Scipio Afrinacus no longer exists and some lives are shortened which obviously contains gap or tampered with other writers. It is also stated that the life of Alexander is one of the five surviving secondary or tertiary sources about Alexander the Great which includes the anecdotes of incidents that appear only in the Parallel Lives of Plutarch.
At present, Plutarch’s lives are translated according to key abbreviations such as D for Dryden, the famous editor in chief to the first complete English Translation, G for Project Gutenberg which contains several versions of the 19th century translations which includes the translation of the English poet Arthur Hugh Cloughs, L for LacusCurtius which has the Loeb translation of Bernadotte Perrin and lastly P or the Perseus Project which contains several paired lives which are written in Greek and English according to the Loeb edition of Bernadotte Perinn and abbreviated versions of Thomas North translations. Since the publication of Parallel Lives, Plutarch’s work has been bombarded with criticisms due to his lack of judicious discrimination in using authorities as well as consequent errors and inaccuracies.
However, historians praised his work due the abundance of citations and large number of valuable events and information that became a big help in filling up numerous gaps in historical knowledge. Recognition is also given for the dynamism and warmth of his portrayals as well for his moral sincerity and enthusiasm in writing those biographies in such that large circles of readers throughout the ages are attracted to read his work.
Aside from the Plutarch’s lives and biographies, another different point of view regarding Parallel lives where raised specifically in the area of reincarnation and parallel worlds. Some individuals think that the concept is said to be a non-physical life that is very different from the life a person at present wherein the express aspect of the human being are often complementary to their own life.
The main point of this idea is that an individual’s life today may lead into an opposite parallel life in the future such that if a person is very rich today, that person may become very poor in his parallel life in the future as well as individuals who are happily married now may lead into a lonesome and single individual in his future parallel life. The concept of this idea is quite tricky for individuals need to learn to accept the reality of the world and avoid criticizing other people in order to have a clear and stable mind.
It emphasizes the importance of avoiding psychological unstable state of thinking for it might exacerbate instability of thoughts for stabilizing once thought provides more opportunities to reduce the number of judgments an individual holds towards others which means as an individual judges another individual, his opinion will become a part of himself in a non–physical parallel life that may affect his way of living in the future. Parallel Lives takes up a lot of energy and that energy is very useful in the ascension process or the sequence of internal shifts of consciousness leading to a more progressive and higher vibrational state. Given with these facts and ideas, the concept of Parallel lives has only shown that reincarnations really do exists as evidenced with the idea of change of an individual’s parallel life as he failed to maintain the stability of his mind.
Although the ideas regarding Parallel Lives are somewhat different from each other as Plutarch’s idea is based on his series of biographies while the other concept is based on reincarnations and ascensions, it only shows that these ideas have linked with each other to come up with a common main point. The main point of both ideas is that each individual has a series of Parallel Lives or reincarnations which traveled from one generation to the other to evaluate oneself based on his deeds and achievements in the past so that it can be improved and changed in order to resolve certain conflicts within there lives as they move on to their next parallel life.