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Genealogy: Physical and Spiritual

Genealogy: Physical and Spiritual

By William Bezanson

physical_spiritual_genealogy_OMTimesOur birth is but a sleep and a forgetting. The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar. – William Wordsworth, “Ode: Intimations of Immortality” In this article, I want to suggest that spiritual geneaology is equally important as, if not more than, physical genealogy.

How else, except by reincarnation and karma, can one explain the death of an infant child, or the impoverished person born into suffering? Why should one person be so “lucky” to have fortunate circumstances, while another has “bad luck”? Why should only the orthodox Christian have the potential to be “saved,” but another who was born into a “heathen” environment and never learns of the Gospel be doomed to damnation? Such a universe would be very unjust if the whims of God caused such inequities or if God could be persuaded to change its mind by an appeal. Karma provides a much more rational and just explanation.

Wordsworth clearly knew about reincarnation. I believe that we all know about it, to varying extents.

I now have a clear understanding of six of my former incarnations. Eventually, after much study, meditation, and mystical exercises, I came to a point that my understanding of reincarnation was beyond the level of believing, to the level of knowing. I had knowledge of some of my past lives. It was a deep, inner knowledge—a gnosis—that was convincing, actual memory, not fantasy, and very tangible.

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