Past Lives

Discussion in 'Alternative' started by foundationist.org, Mar 29, 2003.

  1. Vajradhara

    Vajradhara One of Many

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2003
    Messages:
    3,786
    Likes Received:
    45
    Namaste Susma,

    thank you for the post.
    we gain this ability when we reach the first Bodhisattva level or bhumi. what can i say other than this is explictily set forth in the Sutras?
    it would facilitate this greatly if you would relate the type of evidence that you would consider acceptable.

    in any event. there are numerous accounts of rebirth in the Tibetan tradition. in fact, there are tests that are used to ascertain this very thing. nominally, would would happen is that objects from the previous incarnation, such as glasses, are mixed with other objects of the same type. the supposed incarnation must correctly pick out each item from the sample.

    in the Dalai Lama's case, he was taken to Potala after being recognized as the next Dalai Lama. at Potala he was subjected to the tests and passed them all. at one point, he went into a room which had previously been restricted. he opened the door and went in looking around.. he announced that this was "his" room and, then going to a chest of drawers, opened them and pulled out a box. at this point, his mother was still with him and she asked him what was in the box. he replied, "my teeth." they opened the box and inside were the false teeth of the 13th Dalai Lama.

    sounds like you saw a different movie.
    this has, indeed, been the approach of most people with regards to claims that appear to be untestable. evidence is what a person chooses to accept to validate thier belief. evidence can take many forms, some of it quite explicit and still people will not accept it.

    in the end, evidence is just a security blanket for our insecurities :)
     
  2. Susma Rio Sep

    Susma Rio Sep Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2003
    Messages:
    828
    Likes Received:
    1
    Agreed, but...

    Namaste Vaj:

    You say:

    __________________________________________

    this has, indeed, been the approach of most people with regards to claims that appear to be untestable. evidence is what a person chooses to accept to validate thier belief. evidence can take many forms, some of it quite explicit and still people will not accept it.

    in the end, evidence is just a security blanket for our insecurities


    ____________________________________________

    I can accept that, Vaj. God bless you; even though you don't believe in God and I find it too easy to believe -- no trouble at all.

    I understand that the 14th Dalai Lama takes off from the 13th and all the way back to the first.

    We do know the 13th and maybe the 12th. Their earthly remains are still with us. Any chance of comparing their fingerprints, all the three of them, the live one and the two deceased ones? What about some kind of DNA testing, would it be appropriate?

    Vaj, you are a great guy, genuine Buddhist. I think Buddhists like you will stop all war and violence. No flattery.

    Susma Rio Sep
     
  3. Vajradhara

    Vajradhara One of Many

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2003
    Messages:
    3,786
    Likes Received:
    45
    Namaste Susma,

    thank you for the reply.

    in Tibet they use a funeary called "sky burial" wherein monks take the bodies to certain high cliffs and mountians and leave them for the animals to eat. recycled people, as it were :) bodies are not viewed in the same way in the eastern traditions.

    so that would pretty much rule out modern forensics. however, in Buddhism, rebirth is not reincarnation... you don't come back over and over... though part of your consciousness does, the Alaya consciousness or storehouse consciousness.

    thank you for your kind words :) funnily enough, 15 years ago, i was a completely different person.. and i'm not talking cellular regeneration either but that of a spiritual, mental and emotional change. one that has been for the better in every sense of the word.
     
  4. Susma Rio Sep

    Susma Rio Sep Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2003
    Messages:
    828
    Likes Received:
    1
    Withdrawing request

    I see that Buddhist reincarnation is not quite like Christian resurrection, where the body comes back to life but in some kind of glorified state.

    Am I right? You mean in Buddhist reincarnation it is the consciousness that is restored to dwell in a bodily form, but not of the identical previous body of past incarnations.

    So with Dalai Lamas the consciousness of the previous one on death comes to inhabit another human being, who now is the latest Dalai Lama, the 14th one in the chain of reincarnations.

    How is the proof of his link to previous Dalai Lamas or just the immediately preceding one to be established? By the search for instances where the circumstances of the present one can be linked to circumstances of past ones? Most important would be conscious memory in the present Dalai Lama of incidents peculiar to past reincarnations.


    I withdraw my request for evidence of reincarnation, specifically in regard to the Dalai Lama. Let us just believe in reincarnation, without looking for evidence.

    In my case I can and do believe in reincarnation, but I don’t believe that the 14th Dalai Lama is reincarnated even just in his consciousness from previous ones.

    Susma Rio Sep
     
  5. Vajradhara

    Vajradhara One of Many

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2003
    Messages:
    3,786
    Likes Received:
    45
    Namaste,

    thank you for the post.

    correct, Christian ressurrection is not Buddhist rebirth, hence the use of a different term to denote the two.

    not exactly... it's the Alaya consciousness that is reborn, this is the 6th level of consciousness also called the "storehouse".

    no bodies.. this is not transmigration or ressurrection. nor is it Hindu rebirth either as they hold that the Atman is what is reborn, and Buddhism refutes that Atman doctrine altogether.

    sort of... in point of fact, the Dalai Lama is an emmanation of the Bodhisattva Avelokiteshavara, the Boddhisattva of Compassion. it is this Bodhisattva that is continually manifesting a form body in the Kaygu lineage. it gets a bit complex to explain without a proper grounding in Buddhist thought.

    he is NOT reincarnated. i really don't know how else to say that this word is not what we are talking about. we Buddhists don't believe that he's reincarnatned either. however, more importantly, why should you? you're not a Buddhist.

    in any event.. i don't believe in reincarnation whatsoever. no Buddhist
     
  6. zenmonk_genryu

    zenmonk_genryu Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2004
    Messages:
    26
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yes the Dalai Lama has and had recollections of former incarnations. Though again no Buddhist believes in reincarnation in the Hindu sense, but there is a teaching of rebirth. It's not a matter of belief though as Buddhism asks us to find reality, not to believe.
     
  7. Susma Rio Sep

    Susma Rio Sep Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2003
    Messages:
    828
    Likes Received:
    1
    The gift of faith

    You know, the idea in Christianity that faith is a gift is very practical and saves a lot of questionings.

    This concept might be helpful also in Buddhism.

    When I am a Buddhist believer then I can understand what Buddhistic reincarnation or re-emanation or transmigration or return from previous existence or recoup of previous consciousness or resurrection or whatever Buddhist belief of return from a previous existence is all about, and understand it. If I have the faith, that is. Which proves that I don't because I can't understand: and ergo I can't believe.

    Susma Rio Sep
     
  8. zenmonk_genryu

    zenmonk_genryu Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2004
    Messages:
    26
    Likes Received:
    0
    A Buddhist believer is kind of a contradiction in terms, as no Buddhist teaching is taken as a matter of belief, but rather as something to be proven or not for oneself, in one's own life. If you know that there is rebirth there is no need to believe. If you believe it, then you do not know.

    Buddhism is a way to know, not a set of beliefs. Faith in Buddhist terms is confidence that there is such a thing as enlightenment and that it is possible for all human beings to experience that enlightenment. Nothing else is a matter of faith. After some practice it's seen that indeed there is enlightenment and therefore it becomes part of one's experience.

    Some of the things spoken of in Buddhist teaching point to the heart of experience and aren't really intellectually understandable, except in a very two dimensional sense, so not understanding is not a problem in and of itself. If there is a facet of the teachings that isn't understood, then a Buddhist would 'put it on the back burner' as it were, until they realize in their bones whether or not that teaching is in fact pointing to the truth. Words and concepts point to reality, they cannot contain it.
     
  9. Susma Rio Sep

    Susma Rio Sep Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2003
    Messages:
    828
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trying hard

    The following paragraphs are what I can make out from Vaj and Zenmonk here in this part of the thread; the italized lines are my observations:


    Rebirth, that's the key concept of Vaj and Zenmonk here.

    This term properly indicates a biological process; and the Dalai Lama did get born, he didn't just come down from the sky. (Susma)


    Rebrith of what, of a previous incarnation, term also used by Vaj and Zenmonk.

    OK, now we have the incarnation term; notice the carna(l) in incarnation: putting on a body or flesh. (Susma)


    But it is not re-incarnation -- term not acceptable to Vaj and Zenmonk.

    It is a rebirth of a previous incarnation yet not a re-incarnation or reincarnation -- to save on one character space. (Susma)


    For the Dalai Lama it is rebirth in the Tibetan tradition.

    Not like combustion or distillation, which is the same everywhere. (Susma)


    rebirth is not reincarnation... you don't come back over and over... though part of your consciousness does ... it's the Alaya consciousness that is reborn...

    You have a rebirth but not a reincarnation. OK, its not the same body coming back but part of the consciousness, maybe a residual consciousness, to maintain the chain of identity(?). (Susma)


    no bodies.. this is not transmigration or ressurrection. nor is it Hindu rebirth either as they hold that the Atman is what is reborn, and Buddhism refutes that Atman doctrine altogether.

    Refutation of the mother religion, very common in the rise of a new one from the then prevailing one, rejecting the hands that fed oneself. Jesus employed the same approach. (Susma)


    the Dalai Lama is an emmanation of the Bodhisattva Avelokiteshavara, the Boddhisattva of Compassion. it is this Bodhisattva that is continually manifesting a form body in the Kaygu lineage. it gets a bit complex to explain without a proper grounding in Buddhist thought.

    Trouble appears when more than one baby is claimed by contending groups to be the emanation of the Bodh. My suggestion: just accept all of them, if they are all profitable to the community, and don't quarrel among themselves. Otherwise, reject them all and be more meticulous and extensive with the imposition of criteria to discover the one and only emanation of the Bodh. (Susma)


    Yes the Dalai Lama has and had recollections of former incarnations. Though again no Buddhist believes in reincarnation in the Hindu sense, but there is a teaching of rebirth. It's not a matter of belief though as Buddhism asks us to find reality, not to believe.

    No, it's not a matter of belief... I guess in my confusion I must admit that I am not permeable to this kind of exposition. Woe is me. (Susma)


    My ending observation: Anyway, except for recurring setbacks, mankind seems to manage moving ahead in the course of time, something like two steps forward, half a step backward -- even without finding the reality of the rebirth of the Bodh which is not a matter of belief.

    I think just the same, on the emotional plane, I can accept the circularity of Zenmark:

    I think I can feel his thoughts but I can't intellectualize them.


    Susma Rio Sep
     
  10. Blue

    Blue Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2003
    Messages:
    241
    Likes Received:
    0
    If we have past lives ....

    I have yet to see or hear any evidence that is cool, objective and empirically sound that there is such a phenomena.

    If anyone has any, I would like to to be referred to it, as I can find none in this long thread.

    Thanks.
    :(
     
  11. iBrian

    iBrian Peace, Love and Unity Admin

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2003
    Messages:
    6,532
    Likes Received:
    12
    You may find it's a while before you live to see the process described in Scientific American. :)
     
  12. Ostrich

    Ostrich Resident Dullard

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2004
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Eh...check your star chart.



    *earp*










    :D
     
  13. spiritman51

    spiritman51 Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2004
    Messages:
    26
    Likes Received:
    0
    I like the idea that all our past, present and future lives are all concurrent in the Universal Now and are expressions of one core life. This theory is discussed in the "Seth Material". I'm not sure if I got it right, but I know Seth talks about individuals being able to go back in time and heal relationships and change situations using this spiral like model of time. It's been a long time since I read the Seth books. The Seth Material was channeled by Jane Roberts. Seth was the channeled being in the books. I guess I'll read them again.
     
  14. ssake

    ssake New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    I haven't been able to read all the posts yet, but I did notice someone mentioning the California/Virginia study. This is the Millboro study conducted by Dr. Marge Rieder. Her books, Mission to Millboro and Return to Millboro are available at Blue Dolphin Publishing and on Amazon.com. You can see an unpublished documentary segment in streaming video on my website, at http://www.ial.goldthread.com/clips.html (audio interview available for dialup connection also). I investigated her research very thoroughly as I was intending to include the interview in my documentary on reincarnation. I spent two days assisting her in her research in the Millboro area on two different occasions. I am convinced it's a genuine study without any deliberate fraud. Occasionally I thought some of the conclusions were a bit premature, but some of the evidence was extremely solid and speaks for itself. She tried to bring in professional archaeologists (sp?) but the town prevented it, banned her from returning, and even tried to destroy evidence.
     
  15. taijasi

    taijasi Gnōthi seauton

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    2,642
    Likes Received:
    6
    I thought I might add to the discussion that to some folks, past lives are both a fact and a necessity. Everything else in nature occurs in cycles, including change in the physical world (aka, evolution), psychological growth, cultural development, and the rise & fall of entire civilizations. Why should the progress of the human spirit be any different?

    Further, wouldn't it be a tremendous waste if we lived our lives only to perish in a theological hell, cooked up by the clergy to scare the meek into tithing to the "Church" ... or if all of the learning and progress we made during physical incarnation were suddenly lost at the moment of death, like the light of a candle - blown out, leaving darkness forever. Absurd! The Light (an archetypal symbol of the perennial Consciousness itself) will return, albeit to a new candle. Look up Ben Franklin's epitaph.

    Plenty of people remember previous incarnations. Although I don't think these memories are always 100% accurate, neither is my memory of what I had for lunch two weeks ago. :p So let's not argue that most folks don't recall previous lives. Of course we don't. Different brain, different memories. Still, the Alaya consciousness (storehouse of memories & accomplishments) can be tapped. We can remember not only our own previous lives, but those of other people as well. Hmmm, this begs the question, "Who's doing the remembering?" ... or "Who/what am I?"

    For absolute proof of the existence of a Soul, or of past lives, we must seek ardently and open-mindedly. Seek not to prove or disprove ... seek Truth. I am convinced, from my own search, that you will find what you seek. As long as we are clinging to one belief, our mind is closed to another. We have a hard time accepting things when they don't fit our preconceptions. ;)

    It's odd - I almost get the feeling sometimes that people would rather discover or prove their own mortality, and their own limitations. I am not unfamiliar with this tendency. As I have been remonished many times, "Argue for your limitations, and they're yours!" Hmmm ...

    I posit that true investigation requires the willing suspension of disbelief. This doesn't mean total, blind credulity or gullibility, nor does it rule out healthy skepticism. It just means to consider all the facts (an ever-increasing pool), and to always be willing to revise our judgment or ruling.

    Andrew
     
  16. Ratanya

    Ratanya Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2004
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    I used to work as a past life therapist and have often regressed people with meditation and hypnotherapy into their past lives. I worked for a local spiritual healing centre.

    Over a period of about 4 years, I worked with approximately 25 - 30 clients. (On a rough guess) I thought I would share a few things I discovered during this time.

    The basic procedure to be regressed went as follows..

    Clients would get comfortable, either sitting on laying down.. They would then by guided by my voice into a very relaxed state. (This could take 5 - 15 minutes) They would then be guided again into a story sequence where they would discover a personal guide that would travel with them during the remaining of their experience.

    The clients would by guided again and enter into the experience. They usually maintained verbal contact with me and would continue to be guided into the series of important events during the lifetime, which they would work through. At the end, they would exit the experience with my guidance, and usually would of enjoyed the experience on some level.

    What I found was..
    Some people went into a full hyponetic state (which they were not meant to) and with these people, the information they were able to obtain about their past life would be very much clearer. These people would often have no trouble with the dates/timeframe and location. Their experiences appeared more interactive. Their experiences were amazingly accurate to world history as we known it. One particular client even spoke with a different accent and afterward the experience refused to believe they had even been regressed unto I proved it to them. (all sessions were taped)

    Clients who had a tendancy towards melodrama (in their regular lifes) often had very weird experiences.. their past life experiences were the sort that didn't settle into any known history or were just plain unlikely. (eg. Abandoned as babies they would have animal friends that helped raise them or something) Almost always.. these clients would have some sort of problem/connection after the session and would return for several more equally weird experiences that they would like to discuss for hours with me afterwards.

    Laying down produced far better results.

    Some people just fell asleep during the relaxation (before the actual experience) and I would have to just leave them to sleep for a while as I couldn't wake them easily.

    One particular women found a curious connection with her sister in a past life. Some year or two later, when I later regressed her sister, this connection was confirmed with her regression as well.

    People who attended a session out of simple curiousity about their past life, often had experiences that were less intense than people who felt strongly that their was a hidden issue with their history. (No surprise there)

    No-one was ever an animal in my regressions.

    Most people were very surprised..
    Most past lives were very ordinary in the general sense.
     
  17. Sacredstar

    Sacredstar Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2004
    Messages:
    1,125
    Likes Received:
    0
    Dear All

    I teach a Past Life Healing therapy called Past Life Energetics© I have only scanned through the above so apologies if I miss anything out!

    I agree Brian you can access group consciousness.

    With dreams they can be any of the following:

    A result of sub-conscious fears etc
    Past Life memories
    or warnings/guidance from the higher self or spirit energies
    the secret is learning how to differientate between them.

    Past Life Healing work is facinating. One of our therapists helped a man to break a five year cycle of sexual abuse through him accessing and healing the two pasts lives of being a rapist. So with this particular therapy one can request the past life that is most effecting the person right now. With past regression it can be any life and not necessarily one relating to now.

    Disease travels energetically, transgenerationally and shapeshifts just like miasms that Homeopaths work with.

    For instance an inferiority complex from a past life has manifested as a workaholic in this liftime. So past lives have a huge impact on our lives now. For instance, without realising it the countries that most appeal to you now, will be the ones that you have enjoyed the most in past lives.

    Many spiritual people who feel blocked often have a past life issue with persecution, burnt, drowned, hung etc for their spiritual/religious beliefs in a past life.

    What I have discovered is that when we heal our past lives then we are also healing group consciousness.

    Love beyond measure

    Sacredstar
     
  18. Dereku

    Dereku New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2005
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    I don't have much useful information to add, but I find this kind of stuff very interesting. I've had dreams that might suggest I have lived in other places in different times. I've never really thought much into it because they were simply that: dreams.
    Freud said that dreams are almost always a desire of the conscious or subconscious mind. That is why I never really thought much into it.

    The only thing I can really think of is the fact that my entire life I've had this obsession with Japan. I'm not talking about the animation or whatever, I mean...I'm really interested in their language, their culture, etc etc. I've always had an extreme fascination. I also find that their language is, unlike what many people say, extremely easy to learn.
    Then again, I find many foreign languages are easy to learn if you can make your tongue work for you. ^_^
     
  19. alexa

    alexa somewhere in time

    Joined:
    May 2, 2004
    Messages:
    721
    Likes Received:
    0
    Kon-nichiwa, Dereku-san. O-ai dekite ureshii desu.:)

    Welcome to CR ! You don't have to add information on this forum, but feel free to let us know your opinions in the threads you are interested in.

    One of our moderators has been studying Japonese. If you can take a few minutes from your time to introduce yourself in the Introduction board, she'll be there to give her welcome.
     
  20. Sacredstar

    Sacredstar Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2004
    Messages:
    1,125
    Likes Received:
    0
    Dear Dereku

    Might be one the reasons that Carl Jung and Freud fell out!

    being love

    Sacredstar
     

Share This Page