Testimonies

Apart from the evidences unearthed by painstaking efforts of scientific investigators, there have been many well-known people who have asserted that they remember their previous life or lives. While their statements cannot constitute evidence or proof in the scientific sense, but nevertheless they have a value in that they constitute a body of more trusted testimonies regarding past life memories.

Flaubert, Gustave (French novelist, author of Madame Bovary)

It seems to me… that I have always lived! I possess memories that go back to the Pharoahs. I see myself very clearly at different ages of history, practicing different professions… My present personality is the result of my lost [past] personalities.

Patton, George S. (American general)

So as through a glass and darkly, the age long strife I see, Where I fought in many guises, many names, but always me.

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (English poet)

I have been here before, but when or how I cannot tell:
I know the grass beyond the door,
The sweet keen smell, the sighing sound, the lights around the shore.
You have been mine before – How long ago I may not know:
But just when at that swallow’s soar, your neck turned so,
Some veil did fall, – I knew it all of yore.

Thoreau, Henry David (American writer)

As far back as I can remember I have unconsciously referred to the experiences of a previous state of existence.
 (Journal, July 16, 1851)

And Hawthorne, too, I remember as one with whom I sauntered in old heroic times along the banks of the Scamander amid the ruins of chariots and heroes. (Letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson, July 8, 1843)

I lived in Judea eighteen hundred years ago, but I never knew that there was such a one as Christ among my contemporaries. (Letter to Harrison Blake, April 3, 1850)

As the stars looked to me when I was a shepherd in Assyria, they look to me now as a New-Englander. (Letter to Harrison Blake, Feb. 27, 1853)

1 Response

  1. Nicholas says:

    “When my mind was thus concentrated, purified, bright, unblemished, rid of imperfection, malleable, wieldy, steady, and attained to imperturbability, I directed it to knowledge of the recollection of past lives. I recollected my manifold past lives, that is, one birth, two births, three births, four births, five births, ten births, twenty births, thirty births, forty births, fifty births, a hundred births, a thousand births, a hundred thousand births, many eons of world-contraction, many eons of world-expansion, many eons of world-contraction and expansion: ‘There I was so named, of such a clan, with such an appearance, such was my nutriment, such my experience of pleasure and pain, such my lifespan; and passing away from there, I was reborn elsewhere; and there too I was so named, of such a clan, with such an appearance, such was my nutriment, such my experience of pleasure and pain, such my lifespan; and passing away from there, I was reborn here.’ Thus with their aspects and particulars I recollected my manifold past lives.”

    Buddha

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