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Rebirth . . . Renewal . . . Reincarnation January 2, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Magick & Mystery.
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Each New Year gives us another chance to “get it right” ~ a clean slate spanning the next 365 days on which to leave “our mark.”

The dawning of each New Day offers similar opportunities and possibilities.

With each sunrise, we are given another chance.

Day by day, we choose how to spend our time ~ being, doing, laughing, living, loving, learning, sharing, caring, eating, drinking, thinking, winking.

Each moment, including THIS moment, is the “first moment of the rest of our life” . . . filled with endless possibilities to explore, dream, and discover.

With each breath, we can choose to expand our horizons from where we are to where we want to be.

Until we reach the EXIT sign.

At some point, often when we least expect it, we cross through the turnstile, issue a final  breath, and leave this world and its joys and sorrows behind for the last time.

But maybe when that door closes . . . another opens.

Rumor has it that (coincident with our last breath) a bright light appears ~ a warm and welcoming ENTRANCE sign to the next realm.  Stories also abound about rebirth, renewal, and a return to this world through reincarnation.

Are these stories true?
Do we come back here after exiting stage left?
Are we given another chance to get it right?
Do we get another bite at the apple of life?

Perhaps.

Forbidden from filming in Tibet, director Martin Scorsese filmed Kundun, an  eye-opening epic drama about the 14th Dalai Lama, in Morocco.

Wonderful cinematography, music, costumes, and art design lend historical accuracy to the brutal Chinese invasion, the forced exile of Tibetans to India, and the continued Chinese occupation of Tibet.

This fascinating film reveals how Tibetans monks found and confirmed the identity of the reincarnated Dalai Lama in an obscure Tibetan village.

Assigned the task of finding the 14th Dalai Lama, High Lamas traveled from village to village.  One wore the 13th Dalai Lama’s prayer beads.

The monks reached Kundun’s village and set out to ascertain whether any children in the village had been born within the appropriate “window of opportunity.”

In due course, they arrived on the threshold of Kundun’s home.

Wikipedia ~ 14th Dalai Lama as a boy (in Public Domain)

As the High Lama bent down to greet 4-year-old Kundun, the tiny tot saw the prayer beads around the lama’s neck and smiled in recognition.

“Mine.”

To confirm Kundun’s identity, the monks set out several pairs of eyeglasses.

Kundun appraised them . . . and reached for those worn by the 13th Dalai Lama before his death.

“Mine.”

He repeated the exercise with several other objects that had belonged to the 13th Dalai Lama.  In each instance, he passed over more “attractive” items in favor of objects of familiarity to him in his previous life.

“Mine.”

Wikipedia ~ The Dalai Lama (in Public Domain)

Years . . .

Days . . .

Moments . . .

Lifetimes . . .

So many chances to “get it right.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

What about you?  Have you seen the movie, Kundun?  Or read about how the High Lamas found the 14th Dalai Lama?  Any stories about reincarnation or near death experiences to share?