Famous men have believed in reincarnation. Can you name some?
Undoubtedly many famous men and women have believed in reincarnation without publicizing the matter. Here are just a few men who did voice their belief. The poet laureate of England, John Masefield, wrote in his poem ‘My Creed’: “I hold that when a person dies his soul returns again to earth, Arrayed in some new flesh disguise; another mother gives him birth. With sturdier limbs and brighter brain the old soul takes the road again”. Then there is the famous epitaph of Benjamin Franklin. The Body of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Printer Like the cover of an old book Its contents worn out And stripped of its lettering and guilding, Lies here, food for worms. But the work shall not be lost, For it will, as he believed, appear once more Revised and corrected by The Author Thomas Edison said that the only survival he could conceive was to start a new earth cycle again. Henry Ford found that reincarnation put his mind at ease, “When I discovered reincarnation it was as though I had found a universal plan. I realized that there was a chance to work out my ideas; I was no longer a slave to the hands of the clock”. David Lloyd George, Britain’s Prime Minister during World War I, said that the idea of the conventional heaven, with its angels perpetually singing, the everlasting harp playing, etc. nearly drove him mad and made him an atheist for ten years. He is quoted as saying, “My opinion is that we shall be reincarnated”. During the last world war the American General Patton was well known for his expressed belief in reincarnation, and there were other World War II figures who were believers in the doctrine of rebirth.