Past lives and the false self

I have a lot of interest in my previous lives. I have some scattered info but not much. I was wondering why I would want to know anything about previous lives and I do see some benefits but also dangers. If I’m afraid of open water then it might be useful to know I’ve drowned in the previous life; at least you know where it came from. It can also be very useful if the previous life generated karma that one still has to account for, this can make one understand difficult relations in this current life. But there is also a danger. Our personal history in this life is the main building block of the false ego. Take away a person’s history and their sense of personality will be severely diminished. Knowledge about previous lives (especially the lives one could be proud of) could easily be added to the personal history and become part of the construct of the false self.

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