Articles & Quotes about Reincarnation & Karma


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Quotes on reincarnation

“People don't just live one life. They keep coming back until they get it right.” 
C.R. Strahan

"I know I am deathless. No doubt I have died myself ten thousand times before. I laugh at what you call dissolution, and I know the amplitude of time." —Walt Whitman

“I have to believe in reincarnation. believing that I'll be in one place forever is a hell in itself.” 
Darnell Lamont Walker

“A little while, a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me.” 
 Kahlil Gibran

“As a man, casting off worn out garments taketh new ones, so the dweller in the body, entereth into ones that are new.”   Epictetus

"The soul comes from without into the human body, as into a temporary abode, and it goes out of it anew it passes into other habitations, for the soul is immortal." "It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but only retire a little from sight and afterwards return again. Nothing is dead; men feign themselves dead, and endure mock funerals… and there they stand looking out of the window, sound and well, in some strange new disguise." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The virtues we acquire, which develop slowly within us, are the invisible links that bind each one of our existences to the others - existences which the spirit alone remembers, for Matter has no memory for spiritual things." —Honore Balzac

"...the ‘ban’ on the teaching of reincarnation is based on historical misrepresentation and has no ecclesiastical authority.  It was in fact a ‘fait accompli’, brought about by Justinius, [the Roman Emporer] which no-one within the Christian church has dared to challenge in the course of some 1500 years. What is worse is that the subject has been totally ignored..." Peter Andreas

"No honest theologian therefore can deny that his acceptance of Jesus as Christ logically binds every Christian to a belief in reincarnation - in Elias case (who was later John the Baptist) at least." —Robert Graves

"As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death.  A sober person is not bewildered by such a change. " Bhagavad-Gita 2-13

"The Celts were fearless warriors because "they wish to inculcate this as one of their leading tenets, that souls do not become extinct, but pass after death from one body to another..." - Julius Caesar

"Live so that thou mayest desire to live again - that is thy duty - for in any case thou wilt live again!"- Freidrich Nietzsche

"In the light of reincarnation life changes its aspect, for it becomes the school of the eternal Man within us, who seeks therein his development, the Man that was and is and shall be." - Annie Besant

"I cannot think of permanent enmity between man and man, and believing as I do in the theory of reincarnation, I live in the hope that if not in this birth, in some other birth I shall be able to hug all of humanity in friendly embrace." Mahatma Gandhi

"I believe we are reincarnated. You, I, we reincarnate over and over. We live many lives, and store up much experience. Some are older souls than others and so they know more. It seems to be an intuitive "gift."  It is really hard-won experience." Henry Ford

"The average Christian confuses the Law of Rebirth with what he calls "the transmigration of souls," and frequently believes that the Law of Rebirth signifies the passing of human beings into the bodies of animals or of lower forms of life. Such is by no means the case. As the life of God progresses onwards through form after form... the life of God passes into the human kingdom, and becomes subject to the Law of Rebirth and not the law of Transmigration."  Alice Bailey/Djwhal Khul

They believed in a progressive existence after death, the conditions of which depended upon the man’ s actions during life, and it was considered wrong and the man’ s actions during life, and it was considered wrong and ungrateful to mourn for the dead, because the Deity did not like to see his children suffer. " Lives of Alcyone Part 3, p. 43

"So as through a glass and darkly, the age long strife I see, Where I fought in many guises, many names, but always me." —General George S. Patton

"The extent of the logical evidence for reincarnation is amazing. It is found to explain justly many of the problems of daily life ... it reasonably accounts for such psychological problems as sudden friendships, awakening memories of past associations, certain strange actions of children, the nature of genius, obsession, and dual personality.... By this doctrine the world becomes a huge training school, guided by law, and ruled by Divine Justice, instead of being a bewildering maze of chaotic and chance accidents. R.F. Goudey

"I am in exact accord with the belief of Thomas Edison that spirit is immortal, that there is a continuing center of character in each personality. But I don’t know what spirit is, nor matter either. I suspect they are forms of the same thing. I never could see anything in this reputed antagonism between spirit and matter. To me this is the most beautiful, the most satisfactory from a scientific standpoint, the most logical theory of life. For thirty years I have leaned toward the theory of Reincarnation. It seems a most reasonable philosophy and explains many things. No, I have no desire to know what, or who I was once; or what, or who, I shall be in the ages to come. This belief in immortality makes present living the more attractive. It gives you all the time there is. You will always be able to finish what you start. There is no fever or strain in such an outlook. We are here in life for one purpose—to get experience. We are all getting it, and we shall all use it somewhere." Henry Ford, New York American.

"As long as you are not aware of the continual law of Die and Be Again, you are merely a vague guest on a dark Earth." — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Reincarnation was an accepted part of the Christian teachings until around the year 550 when a roman emperor had it removed from the Christian churches teachings.
"...the so-called ban concerning the doctrine of reincarnation is the result of an historical error and contains no ecclesiastical authority whatsoever... any consideration of the topic was suppressed within the Catholic church — not by profound theological study, but by the action of [the Roman Emperor Justinian]."
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"The great initiate-philosophers knew and taught metempsychosis. Pythagoras, Plato, Pindar, Herodotus the historian and Socrates all believed in reincarnation. Pythagoras had the surname ‘Mnesarchides’, which means ‘one who remembers his origins’. According to Diogenes Laertius in his Life of Pythagoras, the sage talked of previous lives which he recalled." Felicity Elliot

"I look upon death to be as necessary to the constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning."  Benjamin Franklin

"Reincarnation contains a most comforting explanation of reality by means of which Indian thought surmounts difficulties which baffle the thinkers of Europe."  Albert Schweitzer

“I’m a great believer in the hereafter, in karma, in reincarnation. It does make sense. I believe that God is not just a law-giver, but a creative artist. The greatest of all. And what characterizes artists is that they want to redo their work. Maybe it didn’t come off perfectly, so they want to see it done again, and improved. Reincarnation is a way for God to improve his earlier works.” —Norman Mailer

"He saw all these forms and faces in a thousand relationships become newly born. Each one was mortal, a passionate, painful example of all that is transitory. Yet none of them died, they only changed, were always reborn, continually had a new face: only time stood between one face and another." Herman Hesse, Siddhartha

"This life is only one of a series of lives which our incarnated part has lived. I have little doubt of our having pre-existed; and that also in the time of our pre-existence we were actively employed. So, therefore, I believe in our active employment in a future life, and I like the thought."  General Charles Gordon

"My life often seemed to me like a story that has no beginning and no end. I had the feeling that I was an historical fragment, an excerpt for which the preceding and succeeding text was missing. I could well imagine that I might have lived in former centuries and there encountered questions I was not yet able to answer; that I had been born again because I had not fulfilled the task given to me."  Carl Jung

"Why should we be startled by death? Life is a constant putting off of the mortal coil - coat, cuticle, flesh and bones, all old clothes."  H.D. Thoreau

"I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again, that the living spring from the dead, and that the souls of the dead are in existence."  Socrates

"The end of birth is death; the end of death is birth: this is ordained!"   Krishna - Bhagavad Gita

"As we live through thousands of dreams in our present life, so is our present life only one of many thousands of such lives which we enter from the other more real life and then return after death. Our life is but one of the dreams of that more real life, and so it is endlessly, until the very last one, the very real the life of God."  Leo Tolstoy

"It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection."  Voltaire

"The will is not free - it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect - but there is something behind the will which is free."  Swami Vivekananda

"That which is part of our souls is eternal. . . Those lives are countless, but the soul or spirit that animates us throughout these myriads of existences is the same; and though "the book and volume" of the physical brain may forget events within the scope of one terrestrial life, the bulk of collective recollections can never desert the divine soul within us. Its whispers may be too soft, the sound of its words too far off the plane perceived by our physical senses; yet the shadow of was referring indirectly to rebirth, so that we have whatever number of lives we need to achieve that high standard of perfection." Rev. Howard Ray Carey

"If you had just one minute to breath and they granted you one final wish, would you ask for something like another chance?   Don't worry, it's alright it will happen to you..."  Traffic (Rock group from the 70's)

"Man is spiritual being -- a soul , in other words -- and that this soul takes on different bodies from life to life on earth to order at last to arrive at such perfect knowledge, through repeated experience, as to enable one to assume a body fit to be the dwelling-place of a Mahatma or perfected soul. Then, they say, that particular soul becomes a spiritual helper to mankind. "  H.P. Blavatsky 

"In its esoteric sense Jesus' remark to Nicodemus: Thou must be born again, cannot be interpreted as referring to reincarnation, but to that inner transformation of man, equivalent to a new birth. That alone can transmute us into new beings capable of entering into that spiritual state called the kingdom of heaven."  Jeanine Miller  

" is also important to raise the consciousness as high as possible at the time of death, using the last nerve reflex to drive the consciousness through the astral and the lower mental levels onto higher mental levels as far, as fast and as consciously as possible. That is why it is so important that there should be some preparation for death and in the future people will be taught how to die consciously" Benjamin Creme

"Truth like the sun, submits to be obscured; but like the sun, only for a time." Bovee 

"Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom.  Our thoughts, our words and deeds are the threads  of the net which we throw around ourselves." Swami Vivekananda 

"Far from experiencing such a loss, the dead man finds that, freed from the limitations of the physical vehicle, his conscious awareness is heightened immeasurably. He sees both ways: the world of forms which he has just left and the new world into which he has come, with familiar people around him ready to welcome him..."  Benjamin Creme

"When I see nothing annihilated and not a drop of water wasted, I cannot suspect the annihilation of souls...I believe I shall, in some shape or other, always exist. I shall not object to a new edition of mine, hoping, however, that the errata of the last may be corrected." Benjamin Franklin

"The important factor in relation to the incarnational process is that we incarnate not individually, but in groups. While, of course, individual incarnation does take place, it is only incidental to the greater event of group rebirth. This group rebirth proceeds cyclically, according to certain laws governing the manifestation of energies or Rays, and connected also with the point in evolution of the groups involved."  Benjamin Creme

"I am certain that I have been here as I am now a thousand times before, and I hope to return a thousand times...Man is a dialogue between nature and God. On other planets this dialogue will doubtless be of a higher and profounder character. What is lacking is Self-Knowledge. After that the rest will follow." Goethe

"It is a strong proof of men knowing most things before birth, that when mere children they grasp innumerable facts with such speed as to show that they are not then taking them in for the first time, but are remembering and recalling them."  Marcus Tullius Cicero

"I do believe... that in the West the new interest in reincarnation has centred almost exclusively in recall of past lives with the harmful ensuing glamours which that has released. The important life is the one in which we find ourselves now." Benjamin Creme

"What should be recognized is that the personality is only the physical instrument, which is temporarily occupied by the real, immortal, inner man -the soul. The material sheath of flesh, blood and bone, is definitely mortal, and ‘dies’ at the end of the life span, when the soul, together with the essence of life, is withdrawn. The dead body then disintegrates into its constituent atoms, but the immortal soul is transferred to one of the etheric levels, depending on the spiritual development achieved." Aart Jurriaanse

"Correctly seen, evolutionary life is a gradual renunciation of the lower for the sake of the higher. As a soul in incarnation, a high level of divinity has incarnated at a lower level of divinity, and the journey to perfection, the evolutionary goal, is the gradual renunciation of these lower levels, by embodying, at these lower levels, the higher; becoming more and more what one essentially is as a soul."  Benjamin Creme 

"Under the great Law of Rebirth we undertake that journey again and yet again, until at last we enter into the Light of our own understanding as self-perfected Sons of God."  The Master --

Quotes on karma

"Each soul enters the world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defects of its past lives. Its place in this world is determined by past virtues and shortcomings."  Origen

"Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom. Our thoughts, our words and deeds are the threads of the net which we throw around ourselves." Swami Vivekananda

"...those who are looking on at the tragic sufferings of humanity and who refuse to be implicated, and thus succeed in evading responsibility as an integral part of the human family, are definitely storing up for themselves much evil karma."  AAB/Djwhal Khul

"Reincarnation will gather around him all those other Egos who have suffered, whether directly or indirectly, at the hands, or even through the unconscious instrumentality, of the past personality." H.P. Blavatsky

"We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; For it is only action that gives a true virtue." Cicero

"The true understanding of the maxim of the Christ, that what we sow we reap, will transform human existence in all its aspects. Tolerance and harmlessness not known before will replace the present separation, as men recognize the justice and the logic of the Law."  The Master --

"Until mankind can extend the circle of his compassion to include all living things, he will never, himself, know peace."   Albert Schweitzer

"Feed your brothers. Remember that mankind is One, children of the One Father. Make over in trust, the goods of the Earth to all who are in need. Do this now and save the world."  Maitreya, The World Teacher

"We ourselves are responsible, by our actions and thoughts, now and in the past, for what befalls us. There is nothing, moreover, in our long series of incarnations, to which we are not related. We have made and are making our lives. Our achievements and our mistakes are ours alone and we are for ever responsible for what we are and do. A point that perhaps should be emphasized is that for most people the ‘good’ far outweighs the ‘bad’. The Law, wielded by the Lords of Karma, is not only just but forgiving."  Benjamin Creme

"...the offsetting of karma by the imposition of willed choice requires a certain detachment from self-interest and the capacity to focus on the well-being of humanity as a whole." Carrol Joy

"...what man has made he can unmake. This is oft forgotten. Karma is not a hard and fast rule. It is changeable, according to man’s attitude and desire."  AAB/Djwhal Khul

"To many the theory of rebirth as a part of a process of evolution is mentally satisfying — it makes sense. The idea too of the impersonal working out of a law — that of cause and effect — makes more sense than, on the one hand, injustice and meaninglessness, and on the other, hellfire, judgment and
damnation. In a sense, living with the idea of reincarnation can be downright uncomfortable — you know that you are responsible for starting up a chain of events which will make your immediate future and will shape future lives." Felicity Eliot

"People think of karma as always from the past life, but what about yesterday's karma, or the day before, last week's, last month's karma? It is this succession of moments of action and reaction which today we are coping with, which tomorrow and in our next life we will cope with. Until we come into right relationship with each other and with the whole of which we are a part, we will go on making bad karma."  Benjamin Creme

"The implication is that calamity does not occur to some because they have sinned more than others, but that all of us have wrong attitudes, and wrong attitudes lead us into misfortunes of one kind or another. To change one's attitude, to transform one's self, is the whole purpose of the many parables by which Jesus taught his disciples."    Jeanine Miller 

"There is nothing in your world, either alive or dead, that is worth being agitated about, except the alleviation of suffering." From: "The Boy & the Brothers"

"The illusion that we are separate from one another is an optical delusion of our consciousness." Albert Einstein

"As the person progresses in love, in service, he is automatically distancing himself from the effect of events. The events take place, but they have less and less effect on his psychology. In the East they say: well, it's my karma. In France they say: well, c'est la vie. Gradually, we have to develop an attitude of c'est la vie. If it is good, easy: c'est la vie. If it is hard, if it is painful, makes us unhappy: c'est la vie. We really have to live with that attitude." Benjamin Creme

"In will develop that mental attitude which will consider causes of greater importance than effects; he will then learn to consider with care the first steps taken in initiating any line of action, pondering upon and deducing the probable effects before committing himself to any specific deed." AAB/Djwhal Khul

"How do you get rid of karma; how do you deal with it? Well, you cannot give it away. It is too heavy, nobody wants it. There is no sale for excess karma; everyone has enough of their own. So what do you do, how can you cope with this burden that limits your activity, your joy and happiness? There is a very simple method. It is called service. Service is the way par excellence for getting rid of karma. Of course it does not get rid of it, but it burns it up." Benjamin Creme




The great initiate-philosophers knew and taught metempsychosis. Pythagoras, Plato, Pindar, Herodotus the historian and Socrates all believed in reincarnation. Pythagoras had the surname ‘Mnesarchides’, which means ‘one who remembers his origins’. According to Diogenes Laertius in his Life of Pythagoras, the sage talked of previous lives which he recalled." Felicity Elliot

"Reincarnation contains a most comforting explanation of reality by means of which Indian thought surmounts difficulties which baffle the thinkers of Europe."  Albert Schweitzer

"Under the great Law of Rebirth we undertake that journey again and yet again,
until at last we enter into the Light of our own understanding
as self-perfected Sons of God."  The Master --

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