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Old 09-16-2017, 08:02 PM
Location: Greenville, SC
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Originally Posted by Mahayana View Post

I plainly was addressing those whose minds were not settled upon accepting rebirth. For those who do not find it true or of value, like you, so be it.

I value goodness, wisdom, virtue and holiness in whomever may live so.
OK, you were wanting to say "for those who are still undecided". I'm glad you too value goodness wherever it's found.

I hope you do however understand that the phrase "minds are still open" can be taken to imply a value judgement on those who you think do not have open minds.
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Old 09-16-2017, 09:54 PM
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Well, FWIW, I broke off all relations with this person a few days ago. Gently and unobtrusively I arranged matters so that we will not be seeing each other again. I cannot continue longing for a connection which cannot and should not exist or impede the normal course of someone's life. I think I did it in a way which didn't cause any harm or seem peculiar.

I know this person is the only person whom I have genuinely loved, and it's painful, but it will be less painful, in time. What a very odd experience. But I am left with all the positive influences they had on me, and I don't believe those influences will change.
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Old 09-16-2017, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by MPowering1 View Post
Kara, if you're interested in learning more about reincarnation, you might see what you can find in a search like this one:

Universities with departments on reincarnation

You'll find very credible Professors of large universities who have studied reincarnation for years. I'm skeptical about a lot of things, but after doing a lot of reading on the topic, I'm convinced reincarnation is real.
I remember encountering things of this sort in the past in my general reading. I can't dismiss the notion of reincarnation entirely but it really is not my frame of reference. Human beings sometimes have a little streak of madness, and wishful thinking or some other proclivity takes on the aura of truth. I can't pretend something is true just because I want it to be true.

I've been indulging in listening to a lot of smarmy love songs, famous ones sung by Tony Bennett, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Bouble, Ray Charles and others. I never really understood what all of that was about until recently.
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