The ability to step out of the routine way of thinking is not generally exercised by many. This is because of falling a prey to the conventional mindset in which people find some security. To leave that well trodden path needs a departure from what goes on around us. This is well presented by Gina Cerminara in her book ‘Many Mansions’ whose subtitle is ‘The Edgar Cayce Story on Reincarnation’. She cites the case of a match stick riddle where the mind has to move away from routine approaches to find the solution. The reader may be familiar with this puzzle where he is asked to form four equilateral triangles with six matches. The mind usually proceeds to solve this situation by arranging the matches on a two-dimensional plane and finds itself in a situation of despair. The problem cannot be solved until the mind moves into another dimension, the third one, away from the conventional approach. That helps us form an upright pyramid with the six matches satisfying the stipulated condition. Gina says, “Perhaps, then, when we come to that most important of all riddles – the riddle of man’s identity, his origin and his ultimate end – we can apply to it the wisdom learned from the simple match trick”.
It is clear from the foregoing that what is needed is an adventurer’s attitude in understanding life and the afterlife. The enigma of man’s existence is, in a sense, comparable to the puzzle of the matches. Only through an added dimension – in this case, the dimension of time – can we answer the esoteric questions regarding man’s journey of life. That takes us into the realms of what happens prior to our birth and after our life ends on this planet. This is where the reincarnation principle comes to throw expansive light on the issue. The landscape brought forth by that illumination has a strange and beautiful fascination of its own. Its practical importance is that within it can be found the slow, winding paths by which our traits, capacities and attitudes of the present are achieved. Gina says that it is as if reincarnation revealed eight-ninths of an iceberg, of which psychologists have been painstakingly struggling with the visible ninth in order to solve man’s problems.
Humanity will sooner or later understand the profound wisdom behind Gina’s prophetic presentation. For those who wish to go beyond being a mere conformist through institutionalized practices, exploring into reincarnation can not only provide a fascinating study but help them lead a life of wide perspectives instead of be consumed by mere self-centered activity in the name of religion or otherwise.
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