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Marriage and Reincarnation

Jul 14, 2007 02:37 AM
by Tom Robertson

By way of introduction, I'm a life member of the Theosophical Society
(Adyar).  I was active in the Seattle lodge from 1994 through 1997.
I've been subscribed to this list for a few years, but if I've ever
posted, it hasn't been recently.  

The older I get, the more I wonder how I might best prepare myself for
my next lifetime.  I'm 49 years old and about to get married for the
first time.  I was thinking about what vows I should make when I get
married.  "Until death do us part" has always seemed so worldy to me.
Why not "until death do us part to start out with and then, after
death does us part, we agree that the survivor never remarries?"
Isn't that ideal what Jesus implied when he said that "he who marries
a divorced woman commits adultery?"  I suggested this to my fiancee,
and she unhesitatingly said she wanted to make that agreement with me,
but it scares me.  I risk decades of unnecessary loneliness if she
died soon after we were married.  But even in that worst case
scenario, might honoring that commitment to her have long term
benefits in terms of, say, increased chances of finding her and having
an even closer relationship with her in future lifetimes?

I've always regarded ingrained fears as evidence of past lives.  I was
born with a fear of heights and an aversion to cold water, so I assume
that I might have died in recent lives by falling from a high place
into cold water.  Doesn't "facing one's fears" and overcoming them
have the long term benefit of them not being quite so ingrained the
next time around?

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