Reincarnation is the process of “chucking off” all the karma that has formed our present life condition. We are the end product of all the lifetimes we have lived, and the purpose of reincarnation is to un-form what we have formed. We are born into different cultures because we needed the experience of a particular culture to assist us in learning the lessons in this school of life. We can decide to be happy or unhappy, to see life as beautiful or ugly. Every experience and decision allows us to work out all the impressions (samskaras) embedded in our mind. We throw off those impressions until we reach a state of neutrality, and that is enlightenment. Life is a process of reversing what we are until we return to the original Self, and evolution is the force that moves us along.