The idea of an eternal soul is a belief that has been shared amongst all nationalities and religions – proven by the first written records.
The scholars, poets and artisans have entwined Reincarnation into their creations throughout human existence.
But one of the biggest objections to the belief in Past Lives, is that, ‘If we have lived them, Why can’t we remember them?’
This explanation is drawn from the eBook, Reincarnation – The Vedanta Philosophy.
“Some people deny the existence of the soul in the past simply because they cannot remember the events of their past.
Others, who hold memory as the standard of existence say, “If our memory of the present ceases to exist at the time of death, with it we shall also cease to be, we cannot be immortal.”
They hold that memory is the standard of life. If we do not remember then we are not the same beings.
Vedanta answers this question by saying that it is possible to remember our previous existences. Memory is nothing but the awakening and rising of latent impressions above the threshold of consciousness.
Remembering Past Lives
A Raja Yogi, through powerful concentration upon these dormant impressions of the subconscious mind, can remember all the events of his past lives.
It is said that the Buddha remembered five hundred of his previous births.
Here let us take an illustration: In a dark room pictures are thrown on a screen by lantern-slides. The room is absolutely dark. We are looking at the pictures.
Suppose we open a window and allow the rays of the midday sun to fall upon the screen.
Would we be able to see those pictures?
Because the more powerful flood of light will subdue the light of the lantern and the pictures.
But although they are invisible to our eyes we cannot deny their existence on the screen. Similarly, the pictures of the events of our previous lives upon the screen of the subliminal self may be invisible to us at present, but they exist there.
Why are they invisible to us now? Because the more powerful light of sense-consciousness has subdued them.
If we close the windows and doors of our senses from outside contact and darken the inner chamber of our self, then by focusing the light of consciousness and concentrating the mental rays we shall be able to know and remember our past lives, and all of the events and experiences thereof.
These dormant impressions, whether we remember them or not, are the chief factors in molding our individual characters with which we are born, and they are the causes of the inequalities and diversities which we find around us.”
The good news is that becoming a Raja Yogi is not the only way to access your Past Life memories.
The History of Reincarnation
The Reincarnation concept is simple; Birth – Life – Death – Rebirth. We are spiritual beings having physical experiences. But where did this idea come from? This article covers the history of reincarnation.
Mozart, the great musician, wrote a sonata when he was four years old and an opera in his eight year. And there are many such instanced of wonderful powers exhibited by artists and painters when they were quite young. Do these child Prodigy’s carry forward skills from their Past Lives?