Monday, 12 May 2014

Friday, May 9th, 2014

New Vrindavan, West Virginia


On a seven hour drive to this rural community in the hills of West Virginia, I had the chance to read out some favorite quotes from scholars on the topic of reincarnation.  May I share them with you?

"Were 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."  -Arthur Schopenhauer

"I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again, and that the living spring from the dead."  -Socrates

"By some inclination toward evil, certain souls...  come into bodies, first of men, then through their association with the irrational passions, after the allotted span of human life, they are changed into beasts, from which they sink to the level of...  plants.  From this condition they arise again through the same stages and are restored to their heavenly place." -Origen

"And you were dead, and he brought you to life.  And he shall cause you to die, and shall bring you back to life, and in the end shall gather you unto himself."  -The Koran

"It is neither absurd nor useless. It is not more surprising to be born twice than once." -Voltaire 

"Finding myself to exist in the world, I believe I shall, in some shape or other, always exist." -Benjamin Franklin

“It is a 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 and there they stand looking out of the window, sound and well, in some new and strange disguise." -Emerson

"As far back as I can remember, I have unconsciously referred to the experience of a previous state of existence." -Thoreau

"The soul is not born, it does not die, it was not produced from anyone... unborn eternal, it is not slain though the body is slain." -Katha Upanishad

There's more. The source of the compilation came from the BBT publication, "Coming Back". 

May the Source be with you!

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