Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Reincarnation and karma

Robin Williams recently passed away at the age of 63. In this 1991 film Dead Again he explains reincarnation and karma surprisingly well.

IN the successive incarnations of an individual soul, there is not only a thread of continuity and identity (manifested in personal memory and revived in the case of advanced souls), but there is also an uninterrupted reign of the law of cause and effect through the persistence and operation of Karma. The successive incarnations with all their particulars are closely and unfailingly determined by rational law, so that it becomes possible for the individual soul to mould its future through wise and intelligent action. The actions of past lives determine the conditions and circumstances of the present life, and the actions of the present life have their share in determining the conditions and circumstances of future lives. Successive incarnations of the individual soul yield their full significance only in the light of the operation of the law of Karma. — Meher Baba, Discourses, 1967 edition, p. 83, The Operation of Karma Through Successiv Lives
Just four years later Willams was in another reincarnation movie titled Being Human (1995), which I recommend if you can find it.

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