Reincarnation And The Gnostic Cat
I still maintain an "open agnosticism" toward the idea of reincarnation. I don't deny the possibility, but I don't fully believe in it either. The anonymous author of Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism, who was a devout Roman Catholic, accepts reincarnation as a fact. He sees no incompatibility between the idea of reincarnation and the orthodox Christian teaching of resurrection of the dead. I haven't been able to bridge that gap.
Still, there are a few things that make me wonder if reincarnation might indeed be a fact. One thing was the story of how the Dalai Lama was found. In his autobiography, Freedom in Exile, His Holiness writes about the memories he has of previous incarnations, as well as the signs and portents that led the Tibetan regents to find and identify him as Dalai Lama when he was just a child. It's a compelling story, one that can't be easily explained away.
And the dream I had about my cat Kato writing one of the Gnostic gospels -- which I wrote about in the poem Gnostic Cat -- was very vivid, very real. I realize it sounds a bit delusional to say "My cat wrote one of the Gnostic gospels," and I want to emphasize that I'm not actually saying that. But I'm also not denying the possibility.
Consider this: Several weeks ago I came home from work and Kato, who is normally very silent and dignified, was meowing his head off. He was obviously trying to tell me something. I checked the bed to make sure there were no "gifts" he had brought in for me (such as the dead crow I wrote about in July). Nothing there. I checked his food and water bowls, which were full. I gave him some tuna. Still he continued to meow. I went to check the front porch and found a box of books that had been delivered. When I picked up the box, the incessant meowing stopped and Kato went about his business.
There are frequently boxes of books on the front porch, because of my book addiction, and Kato has never meowed about them, either before or after this particular incident. This particular box, however, contained a new edition of The Gospel of Thomas -- one of the Gnostic gospels (and my personal favorite). Could Kato sense, somehow, that the box on the front porch contained a sacred text? Does he have some sort of connection to this text, perhaps from one of his prior "nine lives"?
Or am I merely delusional??? Is it part of a cat's "job" to make humans question their sanity?
Feel free to comment (but kindly).