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We Have Lived Before
Can’t We Remember it?
I have often been asked why we are generally unable to remember
past lives and have come up with several pointers on the subject.
As far as memory is concerned, a new life gives us a clean slate
and an opportunity to learn whatever we have to learn in that life. Memory of a
past life would mean bringing a big chunk of the previous personality and
learning. A clean slate means that advantages/disadvantages such as wealth,
education and rank may be changed and baggage such as family feuds, debt and
national identities are left behind.
Memory in terms of recall is actually derived from the mortal
part of man i.e. the Lower Manas or Lower Mind principle which is discarded by
the reincarnating Ego on physical death. There is therefore strictly speaking
nothing to remember with.
In “Why Our Past Lives are
Forgotten” Annie Besant says this;
present body and brain have had no share in those far-off happenings; how
should memory assert itself through them? Our permanent body, which remains
with us throughout the cycle of reincarnation, is the spiritual body; the lower
garments fall away and return to their elements ere we can become reincarnated.”
Besant also points out that many events in our current life are forgotten.
people cannot remember learning to read; yet the fact that they can read proves
the learning. Incidents of childhood and youth have faded from our memory, yet
they have left traces on our character.”
Anmie Besant introduces the concept of events which
although lost from active memory leave an imprint on the emotions. She develops
this idea in relation to experiences carried forward in subtle form to future
philosophy or a science is quickly grasped and applied, when an art is mastered
without study, memory is there in power, though past facts of learning are
forgotten; as Plato said, it is reminiscence. When we feel intimate with a
stranger on first meeting, memory is there, the spirit's recognition of a
friend of ages past; when we shrink back with strong repulsion from another
stranger, memory is there, the spirit's recognition of an ancient foe.”
In relation to this please
Suppose being reborn was like
waking up the next day with the previous life easily remembered. If you had led
a successful life last time, you could use your experience to pick up on it
again and repeat the life. Putting large sums of money into a Swiss bank
account and remembering the number into the next incarnation would be quite
I believe that some people have been able to replicate the
success of a previous life but are not consciously aware that they are doing
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