Retrieved from " https: Views Read Edit View history. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikipedia. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me. No point in mincing words. Just you and me. You looked at me with fascination.
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I just looked like some man. Or possibly a woman. Some vague authority figure, maybe.
More of a grammar school teacher than the almighty. Your kids will remember you as perfect in every way. Your wife will cry on the outside, but will be secretly relieved. But anyhow the outward form of the body will depend chiefly upon the physical parents. The theory of Reincarnation supposes this. And we should expect that, for example, the ego that had been a dipsomaniac would be attracted to the infant-body whose parents - or one of whose parents - had a tendency in that direction.
So of the money-grubbing, the sensual, the inventive, the athletic, etc. The theory of Reincarnation supposes the ego ready to live again in this world, and needing a certain probation in view of its past choices, and a certain character training in view of its future excellence.
The theory supposes an infant-body not yet possessed by any ego, but having certain traits and tendencies belonging to the parents. The ego is given this body as its house, its clothes, its instruments. The ego's duty is to make the best of them.
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Naturally, the ego will be attracted into the most appropriate - or least inappropriate - infant-body, all conditions physical and hygienic and aesthetic, intellectual, economical, moral, and social being taken into account. The ego will be attracted to the body which is nearest to the one earned by previous lives; and required by present and future needs of character, etc. One influence will be strict justice, another the strongest desires of the ego.
We should expect, then, that often an ego would be reincarnated in an environment to which past friends and enemies belonged. The ego would be attracted to those whom he had injured or by whom he had been injured, so that justice might be done. The ego would be attracted to those whom he had loved or by whom he had been loved, through desire.
The ego would be attracted also by the power of the environment, to develop his character and physique, etc. For real progress is the aim of Reincarnation, not the petty spite or vengeance of an unforgiving pagan deity. The Power forgives us our sins not merely by blotting them out, but by giving us the opportunities of blotting them out for ourselves by "doing better next time. The Hindus have legends of immediate re-births - a father, for example, being incarnated in the newly born babe the moment after the father's death on the scaffold.
Possibly the intervals may become shorter as time goes on. Thus, suppose that Charlemagne was reincarnated as Napoleon, the interval was a long one. Suppose Benjamin Franklin was reincarnated as Cobbett, the interval was a short one. When an infant dies, it is likely that the interval is shorter still. We look upon the typical man as forming his opinions by logic rather than by intuition, and the typical woman as forming her opinions by intuition rather than by logic.
A man and a woman discuss a course of action: To this there are many exceptions. Those who hold that the ego is reincarnated, either as a male or as a female, but not as now one, now the other, might plead. Those who hold that the ego is reincarnated now as a male, now as a female, point to the people with male bodies who have female minds, and vice versa.
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We might apply the same principle to other general differences, between man and woman - for example, the masterful independence of man largely due to artificial conditions of education and the slave-like ministry of woman. Eventually man finds that his highest and most real mastery is to serve; woman finds that the best ministry makes her most masterful. The theory of Reincarnation leaves the question unanswered. It seems as if many must need life in the opposite sex-form to make them well-balanced beings, even if they may have a series of successive lives in the same sex-form first.
In the human being and in the animals many tiny beings - not only bodies but also minds - are fused; as in a nation. It is quite possible, then, that there may be two evolutions. First of all, one ego - already like a nation made up of groups of individual egos - may give rise to two or more egos, by a process analogous to fission of cells. We cannot help wishing now and then, as we watch some great man or woman, that he or she could be duplicated, and be here as well as there!
The very idea of this is repulsive to many. Yet what energetic person has not longed for two or three bodies with which to work? You write a letter with your right hand.
It seems to demand your full attention. Soon, however, after practice, you can simultaneously write another letter with your left hand. You have two hemispheres to your brain. Is the development of one person into two so entirely absurd?
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If some day the two fused into one again, would not the experience that each had gained separately be more valuable than the two would have gained by being always yoked together? Almost equally unpleasant - if not more unpleasant - to most people would be the idea of becoming one with some other ego.
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A third possibility is that the ego may be annihilated, perhaps somewhat as a nation can when it is split up into widely separated groups. Where is the Assyrian nation now? Once it was a nation - an ego.
A Hindu philosopher has tried to prove that the individual is not a separate entity, apart from the lives of which he is composed, but merely the sum-total of those lives, so that when you take away these lives - as if you took away 1, 3, 4, 7, and 9 - you took away the total, 24, also. A fourth possibility is the exact reverse - namely, a prolonged life without a break. At present we die. But we make a thousand mistakes daily - in our food and drink and ways of eating and drinking, in our air and breathing, in our positions and movements or sedentariness, in our ways of thinking, and so on.