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.
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.
I mean, imagine you were a cockroach in your previous life. How does a cockroach experience? How do they see, smell, hear etc...? Okay, we could possibly identify with some of a cockroaches emotional states: fear, hunger, etc... but even then these states would be based in a certain mode of experience that is completely alien to us.
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.
With the eye of wisdom we discover a lot of anger in us, any amount of jealousy, resentment, ignorance, desire - mountains of emotion whose existence we would never have suspected in ourselves... We recognize that most of the faults we perceive in others are only the mirror of our own negativity, the reflection of our own disturbed feelings... At the same time, we relieve the world around us of the burden of our own negative judgements."
Gendun Rinpoche Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master