Being born anew

Is spiritual rebirth really possible in today's world?

From infancy, it seems, we are trained to identify ourselves with a material form. "These are baby's toes," the routine begins; it continues to nose, fingers, eyes. We are measured, weighed, and frequently rated as good-looking or plain. We are often encouraged to define life within material outlines and by physical characteristics.

And, even more frustrating, we don't get to choose any of these characteristics! Material laws assign them—so the reasoning goes—on the basis of heredity and environment. Under these limiting restrictions and gauges we can enjoy only a given amount of health, possess varying degrees of strength and coordination, and express only a measured amount of intelligence.

Testimony—how recent?
July 6, 1987

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