Emancipation or deliverance is supposedly won through knowledge - Paññā (that is, the ridding of ignorance) over countless lifetimes.
My question is: what sort of knowledge (understanding, wisdom) can be carried over from lifetime to lifetime?
Looking back to the early days after my birth (whatever I can recall) it seems I was fairly ignorant. What knowledge (Paññā) could I have possibly carried over from my past life? Is it just a disposition, or a behavior that is carried over?
One thing which seems apparent is that people are born with a certain demeanor or disposition.. I wonder if this is Paññā?
There is also the idea which is told in the stories of the Tipitaka that at a certain level of development, one can recall all his past lives "I had such an occupation, such was my food, etc." as though memory is not really dependent on the brain. However, one fact to strongly contradict this claim is that peoples memories are clearly affected by the condition of their physical brain, such as when it is damaged, or parts surgically removed, and also by aging. Is this all really some clever elaborate illusion as the eastern philosophy suggests? Or are things just the way they appear to be?