DAILY THEOSOPHY QUOTES
Tuesday 20th January 2015
“While the word “reincarnation” is in very general use these days, having filtered into the public mind from Theosophic teachings, there still exists a lamentable ignorance in regard to its scope and meaning. A very common idea is that the “personality” reincarnates, but there could hardly be a more unphilosophical, illogical and obviously incorrect one. Some spiritualists, dogmatic Christians, and even minds of a materialistic bent have adopted the word and given it their own peculiar applications, so that when one of these says “I believe in reincarnation”, little or no knowledge of “What reincarnates” is most likely to be found. The world therefore needs students who learn correctly and apply their knowledge, so that in time by their numbers and knowledge, the true understanding may filter through to those less learned. We are students, it is true, but from the very first we can and should be teachers to those who know still less than we do; we can tell what we know, but we should be very careful that we are so well informed that we will not convey false impressions. Chapters VIII, IX, and X, are devoted to Reincarnation, and Chapter XI, to Karma; these two doctrines are what the world most needs and we as students should devote ourselves to a full understanding of them for the sake of others, as well as our own understanding and progress.”
– Robert Crosbie, Answers to Questions on The Ocean of Theosophy, p. 101-102
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See also: A Right Understanding of Karma, A Right Understanding of Reincarnation, Questions about Karma, Death and the Afterlife, Is Karma Merciful and Compassionate? and Being Sensible about Past Lives.