-Are you a God?
- they asked the Buddha.
- No.
- Are you an angel, then?
- No.
- A saint?
- No.
- Then what are you?


"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure of
the universe"-Albert Einstein-

Om Mani Padme Hum

Matthew 25:40

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 7 1-6

1. Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4. Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5. Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
6. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Another Look At Reincarnation - From a Different Angle

Walter Semkiw, MD
Reading the new issue of Venture Inward which is the magazine from Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. I found an article on reincarnation that expresses a different viewpoint.
The article's called "Advances in Reincarnation Research," by Walter Semkiw, an MD who's among other things written several books, one is called, Born Again: Reincarnation Cases Involving Evidence of Past Lives.Born Again, with Xenoglossy Cases researched by Ian Stevenson, MD.
The article begins by saying that multiple independently researched cases have shown that from one incarnation to another people retain the same facial features, personality traits, and talents. They also show that religion, nationality and ethnicity can and do change.
It goes on to say that Anne Frank, the Jewish WWII Nazi victim, was reincarnated as Barbara Karlet to a Christian family in Sweden. This leads to a statement that I found hopeful. It continues to say that "the knowledge  that one can be born Jewish in one lifetime and Christian in another could have prevented the holocaust." It's hopeful, but a long way from coming true, since Jews are killing Jews and Christians  are murdering Christians minute by minute every day. He says that " It will help create a more peaceful and evolved world." Again hopeful, but as humanity stands today, not realistic.
Ian Stevenson MD was a pioneer in the research of reincarnation. He traveled around the world studying children that remembered past lives. He focused on children because he thought these memories were more likely to be true without contamination by adult lives and memories. He researched 2500 children and approximately 1000 had valid, objectively valid, past life memories.
Typically, the child starts to talk about memories, a previous life, giving enough information that the past life can be located, together with family. Meeting it's former family, friends, townspeople, the child identifies people by name, describes things, places, occasions/happenings, even secrets that only certain people and the child's previous identity would know. At some point sooner or later at least some of these people accept the child as their deceased relative reincarnated. 
Something like this has been going on in the east, in Tibet, for centuries. When the Dalai Lama dies, his followers look for his rebirth. When they have a candidate they question him, present him with items some of which belonged to the previous entity. The candidate proves whether or not he is the next Dalai Lama by answering those questions and correctly selecting the items that belonged to him in his previous life. Very similar to Dr. Stevenson's methods.
The results of many researchers has shown that faces, facial features, can stay the same through many lives. Researchers also show that your writing style remains the same from life to life. This brings up a question, speaking for myself my writing has changed from when I learned to write through out my life, to how I currently write later in life. My question is which stays the same? If when learning why does it change as one ages, if the older version, then why isn't this how one writes in the beginning? Just curious.
The article says this indicates that we seem to have the same mind lifetime after lifetime. But of course mind is key. If you accept that it's the soul, that lives over and over in different bodies, or going by this, not so different bodies, then to accept that that soul has the same mind in every life isn't that far fetched, is it?
He also talks about how artistic and musical talent can follow life to life. How personality, the ability to speak a language unfamiliar in the current life also can follow. I think personality is especially apt, as if you watch small children, they all have their own personalities as soon as their eyes open.
He also talks about split incarnations, which means that a soul has inhabited more than one life/body at a time, and that lives can overlap. Think about it. I know I've always wondered about that, even going so far as to say what if one soul has created every incarnation in the world. The theory is that we incarnate in this world to learn or experience. So what if there's a single soul that wants to learn and experience everything, what's to stop it from sending millions of us here to learn and experience all at once, or in different times in the past, today and the future simultaneously. Nothing? We don't know anything about souls, how many dimensions, can they split like amoeba, do they have to?
The last thing I'm going to mention is one of Stevenson's cases involved the reanimation and walk in of a dead body. A fellow called Jasbir Jat. Where one soul left, and another entered and took over. This sounds far fetched, but back in the fifties an author, a Tibetan Lama called Tuesday Lobsang Rampa said this is exactly what he'd done. His body was damaged by the Japs in WWII and generally worn out. An Englishman wanted to leave his life, so arrangements were made for the Englishman to leave his body and Rampa took it over, living in it for another 30 years or so. Many people said he was a fake, or a fool, that he was crazy. But he said that it was all true, he wrote many books about Tibet and his life and experiences that millions of readers, including me, believed.
There's more in the article but I've covered what I found interesting, and important.

Lee Murray

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