--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Peter <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> --- authfriend <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > I had a roommate once years ago who was very into
> > New Age stuff, particularly reincarnation.  She went
> > weekly to consult a spiritualist and would come home
> > bursting to share with me the past lives the
> > spiritualist had told her about--a court fool to 
> > Henry IV, a slave girl of Cleopatra, the father of
> > Patrick Henry, one of Walt Whitman's lovers (male),
> > etc., etc.
> > 
> > One day I asked her, "Did she tell you about your
> > life as Benjamin Franklin's illegitimate daughter?"
> > 
> > Her jaw dropped.  "No, she didn't," she said. "I
> > wonder
> > why not?  Maybe she didn't want me to know about
> > that
> > one for some reason.  I'll have to ask her next
> > time."
> I can only see the value of farting around with past
> lives is not in the intellectual understanding of
> them, but the unstressing of samskaras that they have
> created and that are carried on in the chitta. Other
> than that, who cares.

New translation of the relevant Yoga Sutra verse: by the time they are 
perfected in the 
relative, they are obstacles to samadhi...

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