In this verse, the term “deha” refers to the body, while “dehi” denotes the possessor of the body—the soul. Shree Krishna directs Arjun’s attention to the dynamic nature of the body, emphasizing that, throughout a single lifetime, the soul experiences multiple bodies. Similarly, at the moment of death, the soul transitions to another body. Contrary to worldly perceptions of “death,” Shree Krishna explains that it is merely the soul relinquishing its old, non-functional body. Conversely, what we commonly refer to as “birth” is the soul assuming a new body in a different existence. This profound concept encapsulates the essence of reincarnation.
Druze. For example, amongst Occidental religions, Josephus, the great ancient Jewish historian, used language in his writings that seem to ascribe belief in some form of reincarnation among the Pharisees and Essenes of his day. Certainly the Jewish Kabbalah prescribes to the idea of reincarnation as gilgul neshamot, or the “rolling of the soul.” The great Sufi mystic, Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi declared: