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"Notebooks of Paul Brunton: From Birth to Rebirth, Vol. 6"
by Paul Brunton
Larson Publications NY © 1987
"Living entities come here from less-evolved planets just as we go on to higher ones. But, in both cases, this must be accomplished within certain limited periods. After that the possibility of entry ceases."
"(a) Not until the fourth century when one Christian party became successful enough to be armed with worldly power did the persecution of Gnostics begin.
(b) In the attempt to eliminate unpalatable tenets, no less than seven Councils were held in those early centuries. Here such tenets were branded as heresies and arrangements made to exterminate them thoroughly. Especially at the Council of Nicea (325 a.d.) and the great Council of Constantinople (381 a.d.), rebirth was pronounced a heresy, all the books teaching it were ferreted out and destroyed, and its advocates threatened with severe punishment.
(c) Yet not only had several Christian sects believed in reincarnation but some of the early Christian Fathers, too. The Fathers who held metempsychosis to be true included Origen, who flourished about 230 a.d., Justin Martyr, 140 a.d., Clement of Alexandria, 194 a.d., Tertullian of Carthage, 202 a.d. The sects who held it included Basilidians, the second-century Marcionites of Pontus, the Valentiniens of Egypt, also second century, and the Simonians. Moreover, all Gnostic sects held it and they were once more numerous than any other group of Christians. This is important, that most of the early Christians believed in this doctrine.
(d) The Manichaeans also taught rebirth and, together with the Gnostics and Samaneans, formed a considerable part of the early Christian world.
(e) Where the literature was not destroyed it was so adulterated or interpolated as to make it appear either quite ridiculous or utterly erroneous. The historians among the later Fathers even accused the Gnostics of eating children!
(f) The early Gnostics came closer to the truth, but the later cults which sprang up among them departed from it by intermixing it with nonsense and corrupting it with falsehoods.
(g) Philo, himself a Jew, explicitly states that the Essenes got their knowledge from Indian Brahmins. Everyone knows that rebirth was an essential feature of the Brahmins' faith, so it is fair to assume that it was taken up by the Essenes, too."
"The Christian Church wanted to emphasize its doctrine that the newly disincarnated soul went straight to heaven or hell. This is one reason why the belief in rebirth was later stamped with the mark of heresy. Another is that it contradicted the teaching of the resurrection of the body."
"If a sharp intellect shuts the door on all authorities except one, it has only its own foolishness to thank when it shuts truth out with its action. So keen, witty, and logical a mind as Saint Augustine's brusquely rejected the doctrine of the human entity's successive reincarnations on earth."
"We may be surprised that so many intelligent people refuse to believe in reincarnation and karma, even though they cannot explain God's justice without them. The truth is that they are defective in intuition and dependent on intellect and emotion. But emotion and intellect alone are too limited as instruments for finding truth."
"The nature of concentration, whether it be that of like or dislike, attraction or repulsion, does not alter its strength."
"The popular Hindu theory of the transmigration of souls is not quite the same as the philosophic theory of the evolution of souls. According to the first, a man may once again become an animal or a tree; according to the second, this is not part of the ordinary processes of Nature. Many superstitions, however, hide some truth among their nonsense, and this is one of them. Just as every biologist knows that Nature sometimes produces freaks, and every physician knows that monstrosities are sometimes born into the human race, so there are cases where a deranged mind frantically thirsting for a physical body after the loss of its present one may succeed in driving out the inner being of an animal form and taking possession of it. If this mind is also very evil as well as deranged, it will utilize that form to terrorize a human community. But such happenings are breakaways from the ordinary processes of Nature and, therefore, uncommon. The penalty for such unnatural transmigration is insanity, which is the price which will have to be paid in the next human birth. The ego will then be tied to a body which it will be unable to use, yet unable to escape from."
"It is something rare, abnormal, and exceptional, but not impossible, for a human being to be put back in an animal body. Then it becomes an imprisonment for one lifetime, and as such a punishment."
"Several of the early Church Fathers taught the doctrine of reincarnation. Origen even calls it a "general opinion." Justin Martyr declares that the soul inhabits a human body more than once, and Clement of Alexandria asserts it was sanctioned by Paul in Romans 5:12, 14, and 19. Despite this, the Council of Nicea pronounced it a heresy in 325 a.d., the Council of Chalcedon condemned it in the same century, and finally in the reign of Justinian at the Council of Constantinople in 551-553 a.d., it was again repudiated and its supporters anathematized. "
"If it had been possible to attain salvation in the non-physical worlds, we would not have been born in this one. We are here because nowhere else could we, in our present state of progress, find the right environment to ripen those qualities which will lead us further toward this ultimate goal."
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