Thursday, 26 April 2012
FAMOUS BELIEVERS IN REINCARNATION … (continuing)
I don’t know about you – but I’m finding it fascinating to discover just how many famous believers in reincarnation there were (and are)! Here are a few more such believers, starting with a former British Prime Minister:
David Lloyd George: "The conventional heaven with its angels perpetually singing etc nearly drove me mad in my youth and made me an atheist for ten years. My opinion is that we shall be reincarnated."
George Harrison: "Friends are all souls that we've known in other lives. We're drawn to each other. Even if I have only known them a day, it doesn't matter. I'm not going to wait till I have known them for two years, because anyway, we must have met somewhere before, you know."
Henry David Thoreau: "Why should we be startled by death? Life is a constant putting off of the mortal coil - coat, cuticle, flesh and bones, all old clothes."
Carl Jung: "My life often seemed to me like a story that has no beginning and no end. I had the feeling that I was an historical fragment, an excerpt for which the preceding and succeeding text was missing. I could well imagine that I might have lived in former centuries and there encountered questions I was not yet able to answer; that I had been born again because I had not fulfilled the task given to me."
Koran: "God generates beings, and sends them back over and over again, till they return to Him."
Socrates: "I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again, that the living spring from the dead, and that the souls of the dead are in existence."
Rudyard Kipling: “They will come back–come back again–as long as the red earth rolls. He never wasted a leaf or a tree. Do you think He would squander souls?”
Balzac: "All human beings go through a previous life. Who knows how many fleshly forms the heir of heaven occupies before he can be brought to understand the value of that silence and solitude of spiritual worlds?"
Somerset Maugham: "Has it occurred to you that transmigration is at once an explanation and a justification of the evil of the world? If the evils we suffer are the result of sins committed in our past lives, we can bear them with resignation and hope that if in this one we strive toward virtue our future lives will be less afflicted.”
Thomas Edison: “The only survival I can conceive is to start a new Earth cycle again.”
William Butler Yeats: “Many times man lives and dies...”
Kahlil Gibran: “A little while, a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me.”
Plotinus (Greek philosopher & founder of Neo-Platonism, 204-270): "Thus a man, once a ruler, will be made a slave because he abused his power and because the fall is to his future good. Those that have money will be made poor -- and to the good poverty is no hindrance. Those that have unjustly killed are killed in turn, unjustly as regards the murderer but justly as regards the victim, and those that are to suffer are thrown into the path of those that administer the merited treatment. It is not an accident that makes a man a slave; no one is a prisoner by chance; every bodily outrage has its due cause. The man once did what he now suffers. A man that murders his mother will become a woman and be murdered by a son; a man that wrongs a woman will become a woman, to be wronged."
Gustav Mahler: "We all return. It is this certainty that gives meaning to life and it does not make the slightest difference whether or not in a later incarnation we remember the former life. What counts is not the individual and his comfort, but the great aspiration to the perfect and the pure which goes on in each incarnation."
Rudolf Steiner: (Austrian philosopher and spiritualist, 1861-1925) claimed in his book Reincarnation & Karma to have gained many mystical insights into the mysteries of life and the afterlife. "Thoughts that deny reincarnation are transformed in the next life into an inner unreality, an inner emptiness of life; this inner unreality and emptiness are experienced as torment, as disharmony."
Finally (at least for now!):
According to Pythagorean teaching, the soul survives physical death. After a series of reincarnations, each one following a period of psychic cleansing in spiritual environments, the soul becomes free eternally from the cycle of reincarnations.
There – I hope you agree that my most recent posts have given a good cross-section of famous believers in reincarnation?