“Mr. Old: How do you account for the association of persons on this earth plane as an apparent result of reincarnation?
Mr. B. Keightley: Karma.
Mr. Old: Then we may always presume that we have met before.
Mme. Blavatsky: You may.
Mrs. Besant: And does the mental condition influence that at all? Supposing people have reached something of the same mental state, will there be a tendency, then?
Mme. Blavatsky: Don’t you always experience when you meet a person for the first time whether you like that person, whether you are drawn towards him or have an antipathy? Even the dogs have their sympathies and their antipathies. It must be some reason, some cause.
Mr. Old: It must have been a past cause, if you have not met before. Then can a person of strong will, by a persistent effort, determine the conditions of the next incarnation?
Mme. Blavatsky: You go, my dear sir, into the domain of the adept, into the region of creation.
Mr. Old: That is the only person who has the strong will?
Mme. Blavatsky: Of course, desire has a great deal to do with it. An intense desire creates the circumstances, and creates the conditions.
Mr. Old: Then the last question is: “How far do the psychic, mental, and spiritual attainments of the past incarnations advantage the ego in its new life?”
Mme. Blavatsky: There is always the reflection that if you worked you cannot become an adept in one life. It is impossible. You must have begun desire for adeptship and for knowledge many, many previous incarnations before, because you may have a great desire for it, and you may be born in a man whose circumstances and conditions make him forget that and lose sight of that desire.
You will be incarnated ten times, and these desires and longings for knowledge come in. Then again you go perhaps to a life where it cannot be gratified. There are no conditions to develop this thing, and then you become all that which you had in the previous life, and it all comes in the present life.
Mr. B. Keightley: Until you go to several successive lives in which by effort the man has worked himself into a favorable condition.”
H. P. Blavatsky