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The education of souls is continued in successive
. . . . Some things I have said of which
I am not altogether confident. But that we shall be better and braver
and less helpless if we think that we ought to enquire, than we should
have been if we indulged in the idle fancy that there was no knowing and
no use in seeking to know what we do not know –that is a theme upon which
I am ready to fight, in word and deed, to the utmost of my power.
J. A. Stewart The Myths of Plato
. . . . Great decisions have to be made
in life, which, once made, are irrevocable, and dominate the man’s whole
career and conduct afterwards. The chief use of education is to prepare
a man for these crises in his life so that he may decide rightly.
Proclus Elements of Theology by E. R. Dodds
. . . . Souls cannot leave the body once
for all and remain through all time in idleness. [Each descent is]
a necessary part of the Soul’s education or is a necessary cosmic service.
A. Bronson Alcott Record of a School by Elizabeth P. Peabody
. . . . What is the meaning of the word
“recollect?” . . . Are you now collecting or recollecting the impressions
of childhood? Some thought they had begun to re-collect, as well
as collect . . .
Ira Progoff The Symbolic and the Real
The great task, . . . as Socrates envisioned
the problem of gaining knowledge, is to remember the things that one has
known in earlier lifetimes. It seems clear in this connection that
Socrates was interested primarily not in recalling the personal events
of previous existences, but in recalling the underlying capacities of knowledge
which had been accumulated in the course of its past lives by the person
(or specifically by his “soul” as Socrates conceived of the soul).
Christmas Humphreys Karma and Rebirth
. . .Chuang-Tzu proclaims, “Rewards and
punishments are the lowest form of education . . . . Conscience is a karmic
H. P. Blavatsky
[A true system of education] should produce the most vigorous and liberal mind, strictly trained in logical and accurate thought, and not in blind faith. People should be taught self-reliance, love for all men, altruism, mutual charity, and more than anything else, to think and reason for themselves.
Key to Theosophy
Once teach [people] that greatest of all
laws, karma and reincarnation, and besides feeling in themselves the true
dignity of human nature, they will turn from evil and eschew it as they
would a physical danger.
Roshi Philip Kapleau The Wheel of Life and Death
Meditations on death are intended to help . . . confront the reality of . . . finitude in a concrete way and thereby gain an intense awareness of . . . eventual death, and with it a greater appreciation of life.