Transcript of the Talk on Reincarnation Study Unit - Part 1
Let us now see about reincarnation. I would like to answer some questions that you have in your mind and then we can talk. These are all questions that people come out with about reincarnation. First of all, I would like to state that reincarnation is a fact, it is not something we can discuss. It is something that more and more people realise is a fact. It is a Divine Law, and it means development. If you don’t incarnate, you do not develop, you do not learn. And as well as incarnating on Earth, the physical level, you can incarnate on all levels, even though of course you have shorter lives on Earth, the physical level, than on the other levels.
We incarnate to learn to become perfect, to become soul conscious, which means we have left the realm of God and we are moving back to it. It is a long, long journey – for some, five, ten thousand incarnations. And one thing I would like to make you understand today, even if most don’t like to hear it the first time, is that the soul which is your true Ego, the higher Ego, the Christ Self – it’s called the higher, the Ego with a big ‘E’, and the personality is called the ego with a small ‘e’ – incarnates through various personalities at the same time. While you sit in this chair, most of you have other personalities of the same soul as yours, walking on Earth. The higher Ego can send down in overlapping time, five to seven incarnations and that is why there will be perhaps two other people on this Earth who have the same memory bank as yours because you share the same soul.
It’s not that you are more than one soul. It is just that your soul can incarnate, can send down, more than one personality at a time, and all developed people have that happening. Not when you are a primitive being but when you become a developed soul in order to learn quicker, speed up development, the soul sends down more than one personality at a time but you never know each other; you will not recognise each other; you may never meet.
This is why – you will understand more when we get to regression – one person in one part of the world can say exactly the same things and remember the same things as perhaps one of you in this room.
How come that more and more people incarnate on this Earth? That is due to the speciality of this Earth. The Law of Karma makes it easy for souls to work out debts. You come down here, and more and more souls come down here, because at this time in Earth’s history there is much more to learn than ever before.
The whole development of this Earth has speeded up to such an extent that all people have a greater chance of reaching higher levels of consciousness on this Earth than ever before. That is why, out of the billions of astral and mental beings not only around this Earth but on other planets, they see it as a main chance to learn something by incarnating on Earth at the moment.
When you ask me, ‘Why do people go through the suffering, starving to death as they do in what you can call undeveloped countries?’ That is a unique chance of paying back karma. You have to pay back karma. You pay your debts and the quicker you do it, the more happy you become because your soul can then descend into the bodies of personality and you become a perfected being. I will get more into that in a moment.
What about incarnation as animals? Many Tibetan Buddhists or Buddhist traditions say that you can return from a human incarnation to the animal kingdom and then back again into the human kingdom, and that is a falsity. You can never, ever return to the animal kingdom once you’ve left it. Therefore, there is no reason for you to ever believe that you can become a cow, bird or eagle in one of your next lifetimes. It is impossible. As soon as you have left the animal kingdom, being part of a group soul – as soon as you have been given an individualised soul created by Spirit, there is no way of returning to the animal kingdom.
Then there is another question: ‘Why haven’t we become better people after having meditated for so long?’ I will tell you why. In order to become a perfected man, you really must be tired of your own egoism first. Unless you are tired of acting unwisely, thinking unwisely and feeling unwisely, you wouldn’t bother to change. Unfortunately, I will admit, it is sometimes more interesting to think and feel unwisely, but in the end, we also lose that interest.
Sometimes it creates of bit of spice to be naughty in life, but when you have control of your thoughts and feelings, you will then get something more interesting than being naughty and that is of working with the Hierarchy, spreading light, teaching. There’s a lot of work to be done, and that work is actually very, very interesting. So when you get into such work, you are too busy to ever revert to being naughty again, there is no time. And when you are becoming more perfect, you will find that you do understand people for being naughty – it was fun, it gave a certain energy, you know, of power or joy; but you get something higher, which is the energy of bliss.
In between those periods of ordinary happiness and bliss, there is a vacuum, and we sometimes revert to being naughty because we have difficulties keeping the balance in the higher bodies. However, you will find that the more you get control of the powers that I spoke of before, the more you are reaching into a level called the Buddhic level of consciousness, and that is so wonderful to be there that you won’t regret it. When you are first back, you will have no more regrets. It is difficult to get there.
Why don’t we remember past lives? And there is a purpose behind it. We have to be mature to gain anything from it. We have to use it only to understand ourselves better. Your motive in wanting to use the method of regression to remember past incarnations should only be that you need it to learn from it. You need to understand your mistaken actions; how you have failed and why you have failed, in order not to do so. And when your motive is that, you will be given the power, the energy, the ability to look into your past.
But if you abuse it, and you become ego-centred and you are telling everyone, ‘I was Caesar, you know’ or something else, in order to get something - if you behave like that, you will see the ability will fail you. If you can’t get through in this ordinary world, you have ambitions, you might get through by telling others what you have been and live by it. However, that must never be the motive for looking.
Something I would also like to say, which I forgot to mention about becoming a better personality, is that when you are tired of letting other people suffer and when you are tired of suffering yourself, then you will do something about it. We have to be so satiated, so tired of all the time wanting something for ourselves and suffering accordingly, then we will try to behave better.
There is another thing about remembering past incarnations, and that is that you might – if you don’t know how to utilise this ability, you might start to live in a past incarnation instead of your present. The danger, you see, about remembering your past incarnations, and why it’s closed to you except for a few people and those who get help, is that there is actually nothing called past, present and future in the way we think. Say we look into the past – that’s gone; we are now in the present and in the future – that’s in the future. It is all one. That is the danger.
And when you start looking into your past, finding out what you have done on this Earth, what your soul has incarnated as, and you suddenly enter a personality which is stronger than the one you have today, you could be stuck in it. You could relive it. This personality could take you over completely and you could live that incarnation all over again. That’s the danger of looking into the past with the wrong motive, and not having people who can properly redeem and neutralise the effect.
We say that here we have an office clerk with a very boring incarnation, not understanding what he has to learn in that incarnation, and he starts looking into past lives and he finds that he has been a tyrant, a dictator in a South American republic, or something like that, couple of hundred years back, and that personality is of course astrally very strong, very dominant, very powerful, and the office clerk changes appearance and personality. The office clerk becomes more the tyrant, the dictator and exhibits such character traits that he hasn’t exhibited before. It can happen, very easily happen. That is why people will never be allowed to remember past lives unless they are mature enough to handle it, which then happens in your last incarnations on Earth, or when you have with you a regression therapist, a New Life therapist or something like that, who safely can help you through these personalities and redeem them. I never, never say to people, ‘Go home and look at your past lives alone’. It’s dangerous. Have someone with you that can lead you through the events, so to speak.
There is something dangerous also, that you might lose your ability to concentrate. You could mix past, present and future in one big mix and you lose your identity. You nearly haven’t got it now so if you start looking into all these old identities, you can imagine what happens.
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