But, there is one question, the answer for which, am pondering over for many years. The question is - What was the beginning of the soul's characteristics, to start living on this Karma Bhoomi and keep paying off the karma in subsequent janmas? If we believe that, we are made to take birth on this Earth to live our life as per our karma to suffer or prosper. and accordingly the good and bad of the life are destined to happen, than, what was the purpose of the soul to be born in karma bhoomi initially? With out which a need for rebirth would not exist.
Dear Shri Ravi,
The religious orthodoxy will answer your doubt with "that is bhagavan's leelai", or, the more bombastic "बहुस्यां प्रजायेय इति । स तपो तप्यत । स तपस्तप्त्वा इदँ सर्वं अस्रूजद । तत्सृष्ट्वा तदेवानुप्राविशत् । तदनुप्रविश्य । सच्चत्यच्चाऽभवत् ।" (bahusyāṃ prajāyeya iti | sa tapo tapyata | sa tapastaptvā | idam̐ sarvaṃ asrūjada | tatsṛṣṭvā tadevānuprāviśat | tadanupraviśya saccatyaccā:'bhavat |), etc. This means, the One that was in the beginning thought "let me procreate many; That one did penance ; having done penance It created all this ; having created That itself entered into ; having entered the moving and unmoving came into being". This again confirms the "leelai" hypothesis. Beyond that the religion has no answer. Perhaps this is one reason why some children, fed on such "leelai" hypothesis, view god as the one who makes wounds so that he can apply salve. (see here
.) In both cases, god comes out as a person who takes pleasure in loading the jivas initially itself with some karma and then watching them suffer and come to Him for succour.
There is another puranic (I think) story. Brahma created seven times and sent his "maanasaputras" down into this world. In all the first six attempts his creations refused to live here and returned to him. Then Brahma created man, woman and sex and sent some men and women down here; and ever since none has gone back to him, it says! (Ladies please do not get angry with me; this is the story as I have read.) Since we are the seventh round of creation we have seven layers in the skin, this legendary account further says.
IMHO we cannot ever get any logically convincing answer to your doubt from religion. Of course, there may be other answers which some members may give. But given the basic data that nothing is known about creation and whatever is told to us is pure flights of imagination, we cannot have any more convincing answer. That is perhaps why Buddha is stated to have consistently refused to be drawn into discussion of this problem, and instead, advised his disciples to improve their "karma" (behaviour) during this life and forget enquiring.
It appears to me that the individual "life" or jiva as it is ordinarily called, has nothing to do directly with the sufferings and misfortunes it experiences in this world. May be (and this is only a proposition of mine) it is the cumulative result of the collective actions (karma) of a group of people. But if we take this basis we will be shifting the blame - and hence the remorse, and impetus, if any, to correct - from the individual away to the group; and among humans this will perhaps be sufficient to remove even the little bit of tendency remaining, to correct one's behaviour, thinking and actions.