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"Notebooks of Paul Brunton: From Birth to Rebirth, Vol. 6"
by Paul Brunton
Larson Publications NY © 1987
"Those who deplore, lament, or wail at the inevitability of death are viewing it in a very narrow, short-sighted way. The more mature ought to be thankful that we humans are not condemned to remain forever confined to a single body: this would indeed become a source of anxiety, if not of hopelessness."
"The more they enjoy the world the more they suffer when they leave it--unless they have learnt to put detachment behind the enjoyment."
"The innermost being of man, his mysterious Overself, links him with God. It does not change with time nor die with the years. It is eternal."
"We ought to be glad that we do not live forever. It is a frightening thought. If there were no death we would go on and on and on, captives in the body, having tried all experiences which promised much but in the end yielded nothing. No, it is good that in the end we are released from the physical tomb, as Plato called it, and will be able to enjoy a period of dignified rest until we plunge back again into the next re-embodiment."
"When the decreed time comes the body is discarded but the mind remains. It passes through varied experiences and finally sleeps them off. After a while it awakes deeply refreshed. Then the old propensities slowly revive and it returns to this world, putting on a new body in new surroundings."
"Life between incarnations consists of a dream-like state followed by a period resembling deep sleep. There is, however, no remembrance of one's former birth upon emerging from this state."
"Concealed behind the passing dream of life there is a world of lasting reality. All men awaken at the moment of death but only a few men are able to resist falling at once into the astral dream. These are the few who sought to die to their lower selves whilst they were still alive. These are the mystics who enter reality."
"Let me tell you that the so-called astral plane is equivalent to the dreamworld and nothing more. Hence the after-death state is just like a very vivid dream, after all."
"If it be asked why this purificatory experience after death does not alter the character that reappears in the next birth, the answer is that it is a half-introverted, dreamy state which only vaguely and superficially touches the consciousness. Only here in the awakened, fully extroverted state of earth-world does experience etch itself in sharp, vivid lines on the ego."
"Pet animals do not end their existence at the body's end. Their invisible spirit form hovers around the vicinity of the master or mistress left behind. They are fully conscious and as far as they know still in the physical world. But with the passage of time, this consciousness gradually fades and they enter a sleep state which ends only with their reincarnation. Their expectation of being fed or petted is also fulfilled for them by their own mental power working creatively."
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