"Those who do not learn from the lessons of the past
are condemned to repeat them"
was the sign over the entrance to the camp where the
Jonestown Massacre took place. In November 1978, 913 American citizens - some
forcibly, most voluntarily - committed suicide at "Jonestown", a "village"
that they had built in the jungle in Northwest Guyana. The dead were all
members of a group known as "The People’s Temple" which was led by the
Reverend Jim Jones. It was learned later that this group had been trained
for many years by Jones to obediently execute the mass suicide that finally
took place in 1978.
"The possibility that one man could manipulate so many people to such a great extent is incomprehensible" to most who study the "massacre". Yet it is very comprehensible to those who know the underlying karma. For Jones, it happened because he failed, as he had in many past lives, to exercise power responsibly. For his followers, it happened because they failed, as they had in many past lives, to claim their power. Instead, they obediently handed it over to Jones… and so the patterns will continue until they all learn.