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Discussion in 'Human Potential, Self Discovery' started by Veda, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. Veda

    Veda Sponsor

    Regarding the open and serious discussion of reincarnation amongst psychotherapists in 1950, and the problem of Jung openly admitting that he consulted earlier lives while giving therapy to others:
    "The zeitgeist, the spirit of the times, doesn't allow it. "​

    Benjamin Franklin:

    "I look upon death to be as necessary to the constitution as sleep. We
    shall rise refreshed in the morning. And, finding myself to exist in the world, I believe I shall, in some shape or other always exist."

    Jack London, author, best known for book "Call of the Wild":

    "I did not begin when I was born, nor when I was conceived. I have been
    growing, developing, through incalculable myriads of millenniums. All
    my previous selves have their voices, echoes, promptings in me. Oh,
    incalculable times again shall I be born."

    Mark Twain:

    "I have been born more times than anybody except Krishna."

    Leo Tolstoy:

    "As we live through thousands of dreams in our present life, so is our
    present life only one of many thousands of such lives which we enter
    from the other more real life and then return after death. Our life is
    but one of the dreams of that more real life, and so it is endlessly,
    until the very last one, the very real the life of God."

    Henry Ford:

    "I adopted the theory of reincarnation when I was 26. Genius is
    experience. Some think to seem that it is a gift or talent, but it is
    the fruit of long experience in many lives".

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, (German poet, playwright and scientist):

    "As long as you are not aware of the continual law of Die and Be Again,
    you are merely a vague guest on a dark Earth."

    Freidrich Nietzsche:

    "Live so that thou mayest desire to live again - that is thy duty - for
    in any case thou wilt live again!"

    Mahatma Gandhi:

    "I cannot think of permanent enmity between man and man, and believing
    as I do in the theory of reincarnation, I live in the hope that if not
    in this birth, in some other birth I shall be able to hug all of
    humanity in friendly embrace."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    "The soul comes from without into the human body, as into a temporary
    abode, and it goes out of it anew it passes into other habitations, for
    the soul is immortal."

    "It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but only retire a little from sight and afterwards return again.

    Nothing is dead; men feign themselves dead, and endure mock funerals and there they stand looking out of the window, sound and well, in some strange new disguise."

    General George S. Patton:

    "So as through a glass and darkly, the age long strife I see, Where I
    fought in many guises, many names, but always me."

    Albert Schweitzer:

    "Reincarnation contains a most comforting explanation of reality by
    means of which Indian thought surmounts difficulties which baffle the
    thinkers of Europe."

    Walt Whitman:

    "I know I am deathless. No doubt I have died myself ten thousand times
    before. I laugh at what you call dissolution, and I know the amplitude
    of time."

    William Wordsworth:

    "Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting; The Soul that rises with
    us, our life's Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting. And cometh from

    Jalalu Rumi (Islamic Poet of the 13th century):

    "I died as a mineral and became a plant, I died as a plant and rose to
    animal, I died as animal and I was man. Why should I fear ? When was I
    less by dying?"

    Carl Jung (See above video on Jung in opening post):

    "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."

    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."


    "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

    Jesus Christ in Gnostic Gospels: Pistis Sophia:

    "Souls are poured from one into another of different kinds of bodies of
    the world."


    "It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in
    nature is resurrection."


    "God generates beings, and sends them back over and over again, till
    they return to Him."

    Josephus (most well known Jewish historian from the time of Jesus):

    "All pure and holy spirits live on in heavenly places, and in course of
    time they are again sent down to inhabit righteous bodies."

    Honore Balzac (French writer):

    "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?"

    Arthur Schopenhauer (Philosopher):

    "Were an Asiatic to ask me for a definition of Europe, I should be
    forced to answer him: It is that part of the world which is haunted by
    the incredible delusion that man was created out of nothing, and that
    his present birth is his first entrance into life."

    Paul Gauguin (French post-impressionist painter):

    "When the physical organism breaks up, the soul survives. It then takes
    on another body."

    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."


    "Among the ancient Greeks, reincarnation was a doctrine closely
    associated with the followers of the philosopher and mathematician
    Pythagoras. 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."

    Excerpt from 'The Act of Creation' by Arthur Koestler:

    "At the age of twenty-two, he [Benjamin Franklin] composed a Pythagorean epitaph for himself; at the age of eighty-four, the year of his death, he ordered that it should appear, unchanged, on his tomb. It reads:

    The Body
    Benjamin Franklin
    Like the Cover of an Old Book
    Its Contents Torn Out
    And stripped of its Lettering and Gilding
    Lies Here, Food for Worms.
    But the Work Shall Not Be Lost
    For It Will (As He Believed) Appear Once More
    In a New and More Elegant Edition
    Revised and Corrected
    The Author

    "Man doth not yield himself to the angels, nor unto death utterly, save only through his feeble will."

    Joseph Glanvill​

    :) And a humorous video:

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  2. Helena Handbasket

    Helena Handbasket Gold Meritorious Patron

    I don't believe in reincarnation but I did in a previous life. :)

    Although I am one messed-up individual. I couldn't have gotten this bad in just one lifetime.

    Maybe it would be a good thing if I did have another life. I could get it right this time. ;)

  3. JustSheila

    JustSheila Crusader

    Although I don't believe in reincarnation the way it is standardly promoted, I really love this post and these quotes. It's a beautiful collection. Thanks, Veda. :thankyou:
  4. The_Fixer

    The_Fixer Class Clown

    Uh huh....

    Interesting post....


    You could always make it worse too?
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2019