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Birth Processes

C. J. Ducasse      Critical Examination of the Belief in a Life After Death

. . . what then is there left which could be supposed to be reborn?  A possible solution of it is definable in terms of the difference familiar in psychology between, on the one hand, the acquired skills, habits and memories, and on the other, native aptitudes, instincts and proclivities; that is, in what a human being is at a given time, we may distinguish two parts, one deeper and more permanent, and another more superficial and transient.  The latter is personality.  The other we may here agree to call his individuality.


Lord Krishna         The Anugita
To Arjuna

And now further, hear how a man, overwhelmed with action . . . enters a womb.  Within the womb of a woman, he obtains as the result of action a body good or bad . . .. [The soul] is the seed of all beings; by that all creatures exist.  That soul, entering all the limbs of the fetus, part by part, and dwelling in the seat of the life-wind (the heart), supports them with the mind.  Then the fetus, becoming possessed of consciousness, moves about its limbs.


Buddha                           The Dhammapada (Sangiti Sutta)

Brethren, in this world, one comes into existence in the mother's womb without knowing, stays in it without knowing, and comes out from the mother's womb without knowing; this is the first [birth].

Brethren, in this world, one comes into existence in the mother’s womb knowingly, stays in it without knowing, and comes out from the mother’s womb without knowing; this is the second.

Brethren, in this world, one comes into existence in the mother’s womb knowingly, stays in it knowingly, and comes out from the mother’s womb without knowing; this is the third.

Brethren, in this world, one comes into existence in the mother’s womb knowingly, stays in it knowingly, and comes out from the mother’s womb knowingly; this is the fourth [birth].


Giordano Bruno            Giordano Bruno by J. Lewis McIntyre    

By birth and growth the spirit architect expands into this mass of which we consist, spreading outwards from the heart.  Thither again it withdraws, winding up the threads of its web, returning by the same path along which it advanced, passed out by the same gate through which it entered.  Birth is expansion of the center . . . death contraction to the center.  [It is the soul that gathers about it, groups and vivifies the atom-mass]


Alfred Lord Tennyson      De Profundis
Out of the deep, my child, out of the deep,
Where all that was to be, in all that was,
Whirl’d for a million eons thro’ the vast
Waste dawn of multitudinous eddying light-
Out of the deep, my child, out of the deep,
Thro’ all this changing world of changeless law,
And nine long months of antenatal gloom . . .
Thou comest . . . A babe in lineament and limb
Perfect, and prophet of the perfect man . . .

David Spangler       The Magic of Findhorn by Paul Hawken

. . . I still thought that I was an adult, and I tried to speak.  I wanted to tell the people in the room who must have been my parents that the ship [Titanic] had sunk, but the only thing that came out was a squeal and a squeak, and within a few minutes the adult sense was gone, and I remembered nothing after that . . . .


James Ward                            The Realm of Ends

An atom liberated from its molecular bonds . . . does not recombine indifferently with the first free atom that it encounters, but only with one for which it has an “affinity.”  And there seems to be nothing more strange or paradoxical in the suggestion that each person enters into connection with the body that is most fitted to be connected with him . . . A liberated spirit ought to be credited with vastly more savoir vivre than a liberated atom.


H. P. Blavatsky

The personal consciousness had originally been infused into the quaternary [body] at birth, as a projection from its parent, the Higher Self, and can only be lost if it utterly misuses its life on earth, and has no spiritual harvest to return to the Parent for assimilation into the higher consciousness during the long afterdeath condition.


Roshi Philip Kapleau  The Wheel of Life and Death

The basis of the material world is the spiritual, and the world of form in turn influences and is inseparable from the spiritual realm.

Form comprises past elements of consciousness that have formed the body and are represented by the body . . . sense organs, sense objects and their mutual relationship.

. . . the unending cycle of birth-living-dying-death-rebirth continues unbroken, driven by the volition, instincts, and habit patterns born of craving, anger, and delusion  --driven by, in a word, Ego.  The physical body . . . is a composite or crystallization of our deluded, ego-based thoughts.

. . . rebirth, or better, " again-becoming," does not involve the transfer of a substance but is better described as the continuation of the process which occurs at every moment of consciousness, continuing to operate to both affect and effect our rebirth.


G. Lowes Dickinson         Rebirth

So far as a man judges any life, his own or another's, to be valuable, here and now, in and for itself, apart from any consideration of immortality, he will reasonably desire that it should be repeated as often as possible, rather than occur once and never again; for the positive value he finds in it will be reproduced in each repetition.  On the other hand, so far as he finds any life in itself not to be valuable, or that its value depends upon some other kind of immortality, the prospect held out by Nietzshe will leave him cold or fill him with dismay.


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