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Myth and Karmic Cruelty
on 18 January 2013
Whilst Edgar Cayce was probably a true psychic diagnostician, there is no real evidence to say his other claims are true or not. I do not reject reincarnation but in this book I recognise much myth, invention and distorted logic, some of it's just daft but some is deeply unpleasant.
Do we have to believe in the myth of Atlantis just because we accept reincarnation? Of course not. Do we have to agree with the punishing notion of "Karmic Law" just because we accept that some souls return? No. But Dr Cerminara insists that we must. I find New Age invented religions rather worrying. They would like to be identified with Buddism and Hinduism but they also try to be all things to all men and argue first one thing and then the opposite just to try to win followers. Power is their aim.
Dr Cerminara asserts that Karma is perfect justice but it reads as being as brutal as the law of the jungle. Is your child is born deformed or with what she calls "Mongoloid idiocy"? Well, that child DESERVES it and so do its parents for their sins in former lives! Any suffering is good for you, to purify you. Punishment is key. You may not even be punished in the next life but the revenge, in the form of sickness, deformity, oppression, madness and despair, is waiting for you (like the Mafia) several lives hence, even though you may not know it. If you already have a fear of death, this cruel idea could be harmful.
It is the complete opposite of Christ's teaching of a God of love and forgiveness. She says that Edgar Cayce assigned certain ailments to certain sins. For example, epilepsy is the result of sexual excesses in a former life. (You lucky old epileptics you!!) I believe this tit-for-tat idea of the progress of the soul is primitive, arrogant and untrue. To follow this line of logic right through, if you hurt someone then it's GOOD for them. I find this totally unacceptable. Child abusers love to use punishment as an excuse.
All Cayce's subjects lived before several times but only within the limited realm of his own knowledge and beliefs, so repetition of places is common. One of these recurring places is Atlantis. Page 75: "..the Atlanteans had reached a much higher peak of scientific efficiency than we have. Electricity, radio, television, air travel, submarines, and the harnessing of solar power were highly advanced among them; they had much more efficient techniques of heating, lighting and transportation than we now possess." She reports on page 103, "A beautiful girl's almost fanatic interest in aviation also stemmed from an Atlantean experience as a pilot and director of communications." More magic mushrooms anyone? She claims one of the greatest of sins, which is always most heavily punished, is the "sin" of mockery. Terrible things happen to people in later lives who mock others. It's not in the 10 Commandments (or even in the Bible at all as far as I know) but one can understand her fear - and the threat!
She ascribes the failure of karma to catch on because, "... the people of India, where belief in karma is almost universal, appear for the most part to be passive, lethargic and fatalistic." (Page 83) Also she dismisses predestination totally (as I have witnessed genuine second sight, I accept it exists). Cerminara writes of this, "The consequences of such a belief are psychologically paralyzing and spiritually demoralizing. The inertia and passivity of the Hindu, who has in large part accepted a fatalistic interpretation of karma, exemplifies the danger of such a position." (Page 149). I might be psychologically paralised and spiritually demoralised but as a laywer I can analyse quite well. What punishment do you think the next life should have for racists? To be fair, this book is a product of the 1960's.
At the end she tries to turn into a Christian - of a kind. She says of Jesus, "Remember, He laughed - even on the way to Calvary - not as so often pictured; he laughed. This is what angered them the most." And, "... the Master smiled and laughed often even on the way to Gethsemane." (Page 284) Where did she get this rubbish? Not the Bible or eyewitness accounts. It's invention, crude and quite offensive, especially to Christians who take the suffering and death of their Lord seriously.
The end of the book has a chapter of her Rules, which she describes as a philosophy. So to sum up - not recommended. It was written by one who, on a small shred of truth, tried to write the rule book on existence but can't tell truth from myth, evidence from imagination and dictates a whole psuedo-religion based on little.