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The Book of Ecclesiastes is one of the shortest and most memorable books of the Old Testament. It was said to have been written by King Solomon several hundred years before the Christian era.
This particular passage — Chapter 12, the last chapter of the book — has special memories for me.
When I was a child, age seven, playing on the veranda of our house overlooking the lake in another land, I remember my father taking up the family Bible and beckoning me over. I sat on his knee as he read me these exact words from Chapter 12 of Ecclesiastes. I was totally enthralled by his reading, although I didn’t understand a word at the time. It was as if I had heard these words, or their echoes, many times before in other lifetimes. I didn’t know what they meant, but I knew they meant something profound. It was only much later that I was to read and understand Plato’s famous words: “Nothing important is learned; it is simply remembered.”
In the final sentence of the Book of Ecclesiastes — see picture quote above — the ancient doctrine of karma is clearly stated, as it will be stated again several times in the New Testament. [LD] (more…)