Huseng wrote:dharmagoat wrote:I take it that the pleasure is not mutual.
I was trying to exercise subtle humour.
underthetree wrote:I hover between skepticism and the experientially reinforced suspicion that individual consciousness arises in all pervading, beginningless and endless mind like a ripple in water, is reabsorbed, rises again. Which, as Huseng says, is unlikely to be provable under laboratory conditions...
...although I might just be thinking of that Grateful Dead song.
Either way, we'll find out sooner or later. Or not.
I believe that this occurs because we are so used to a certain way of perceiving and experiencing that even if we were to have a memory of a past life experience (ie when we were in a non-human form) it will be completely incomprehensible to us in our current state.Nosta wrote:What i dont get about rebirth is how can it be possible to exist so many people remembering past lifes as humans and no one remembering their life as an ant, a horse, a ghost, a demon, a god, etc.
dzoki wrote:I used to have some mannerism, which I believe comes from my past life. Strangely enough it was strongest when I was 16 years old, this was the time when I started to be interested in Dharma. As a small child I would never kill an animal, even an insect. Later while all the guys of my age group were horny as a hell, I didn´t have this feeling and I was always rather shy around women. I thought that alcohol was an evil poison and wouldn´t have a drink eventhough everybody else from highschool would go to have a beer or two. When I was laughing I used to cover my mouth and also I used to walk in a manner as if I was holding my robes, which was later pointed out to me by a buddhist friend. When I read ngondro of Longchen Nyingthig for the first time in Tibetan it sounded so familiar to me. A text that I had was a faulty one, and the place where the mistakes were seemed obviously faulty to me. So I went to check with another version of the text that I got a I saw that indeed there were omissions at those places. Also as I child I used to have recurring nightmares related to my past death. Who knows maybe I was a monk in the past life. If that was true, I must have been a lousy practitioner, and being trapped in samsara as I am now, what difference does it make?
gregkavarnos wrote:So, I believe, that it's not that people do not have memories from non-human existences, but maybe that they will not (or cnnot) be recognised as memories.