At the moment, our mind is obscured by ignorance, making it difficult to remember the past. Also, many changes occur in our body and mind as we die and are reborn, making recollection difficult. However, the fact that we do not remember something, does not mean that it does not exist. Sometimes we cannot even remember where we put our car keys! Nor can we remember what we ate for dinner a month ago!
There are people who can remember their past lives. In the Tibetan community, there is a system of recognizing the reincarnations of highly realized masters. Quite often, as young children, these people will recognize their friends or possessions from a previous life. Some ordinary people, too, have had past life recall, perhaps in meditation or through hypnosis.
Extract from the book titled "I Wonder Why" by Thubten Chodron
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