“Why Do We Not Remember Our Past Lives?”
“Enq: You have given me a bird’s eye view of the seven “principles”; now how do they account for our complete loss of any recollection of having lived before?
Theo: Very easily. Since those “principles” which we call physical, and none of which is denied by science, though it calls them by other names
namely, the body, life, passional and animal instincts, and the astral eidolon of every man (whether perceived in thought or our mind’s eye, or objectively and separate from the physical body), which principles we call Sthula sarira, Prana, Kama rupa, and Linga sarira (vide supra),
are disintegrated after death with their constituent elements, memory along with its brain, this vanished memory of a vanished personality, can neither remember nor record anything in the subsequent reincarnation of the EGO.
Reincarnation means that this Ego will be furnished with a new body, a new brain, and a new memory.
Therefore it would be as absurd to expect this memory to remember that which it has never recorded as it would be idle to examine under a microscope a shirt never worn by a murderer, and seek on it for the stains of blood which are to be found only on the clothes he wore.
It is not the clean shirt that we have to question, but the clothes worn during the perpetration of the crime; and if these are burnt and destroyed, how can you get at them?
Enq: Aye! how can you get at the certainty that the crime was ever committed at all, or that the “man in the clean shirt” ever lived before?
Theo: Not by physical processes, most assuredly; nor by relying on the testimony of that which exists no longer. But there is such a thing as circumstantial evidence, since our wise laws accept it, more, perhaps, even than they should.
To get convinced of the fact of reincarnation and past lives, one must put oneself in rapport with one’s real permanent Ego, not one’s evanescence memory.”
H. P. Blavatsky