|Verfasst am: 26.09.2012, 14:29 Titel: Why should we accept reincarnation
|Why should we accept reincarnation
When we accept the idea of reincarnation, we begin to understand that there is a reason for all that happens in life. It is not by chance that we are born into a particular country and into such-and-such a family, that we possess certain qualities and have varying situations to cope with. Everything has its cause, more or less remote, in a previous existence. Of course, this knowledge will influence our reactions, because when we understand that everything has a reason, we stop revolting against trials and setbacks. We know that these tests are the result of laws broken in previous incarnations, and we accept them, without accusing someone else of being the cause of our unhappiness.
Finally, belief in reincarnation stimulates people to reinforce their will-power. They set to work to repair their past errors and also to avoid reprehensible acts, which they know will lead to suffering. They work hard to create a future filled with light. (JANUARY 17, 1998)
We have to cultivate both aspects of our being, the internal and the external: the external aspect for society, and the internal aspect for ourselves. We have to live our inner life for ourselves while bearing in mind that it will grow and spread until it reaches to every corner of the world and touches every creature in heaven and on earth. The scope of our external activity is very limited, but that of our internal activity is vast. Our physical acts touch only a few people whereas our feelings, and above all our thoughts, can touch all creatures. The mind is far more powerful and embraces infinitely more things than the will; its possibilities are also far subtler and more varied. By means of our thoughts we can do whatever we want, even travel through space; whereas the will operates on the physical plane and is therefore severely limited by the resistance of matter. One day when we have lived through innumerable reincarnations and done a great deal of psychic work, the activity of our will will follow immediately on that of our mind. (JANUARY 24, 1995)
From both an educational and a psychological point of view it is unwise to tell people about their previous incarnations. The time will come, of course, when each of us must look at this question for the sake of our own evolution, but not before we have first acquired a certain degree of self mastery. Imagine being told that someone around you or even in your family has been your worst enemy in the past, that they persecuted you or massacred you. How would you react? If in this life we encounter certain people or belong to a certain family, it is because we have matters to sort out with these people or with members of that family. And what about those people who are told that they we powerful or famous in the past? Will they be sensible enough to avoid becoming excessively pretentious? If you are weak, if you lack self control, what will this lead to? Certain revelations are dangerous, because they risk troubling people or awakening desires for vengeance or ambitions that will hinder their evolution.
If it were so important to know our reincarnations, why does providence hide them from us? For one good reason: it anticipates the future and wishes us to stay in this state of ignorance so we may better rectify our past mistakes. (JANUARY 27, 2000)
Belief in reincarnation is one of the corner stones of morality. As long as human beings are unaware of the law of cause and effect, which carries over from one life to the next, no amount of sermonizing will ever do much good. Too many people still believe that they will burn in hell for all eternity because of their sins! Of course, one often meets people who do not believe in reincarnation and who are naturally honest and good. The only trouble is that one can never be absolutely sure that this state of affairs will last. In certain circumstances such things as fear, covetousness or a desire for revenge can get the better of them and then there is no holding them back: they will no longer be either good or honest! This is because their morality was not built on a firm foundation, a knowledge of the law of cause and effect which is operative from one incarnation to the next. (APRIL 20, 1995)
Whatever work providence or fate has given you, you must make the effort to accomplish it in the best way possible. If you refuse to do it, or if you show negligence pretexting that you do not think you deserve this work, your are retarding your evolution, and later you will be obliged to come back to correct and repair the situation. When this happens, you will notice how difficult it is to redo work you thought was finished.
If we are on earth, suffering and struggling in the midst of difficulties, it is precisely because we must finish or start over some work... Heaven has sent us back to repair our mistakes and carry on with our education. That is the meaning of our successive reincarnations. If we refuse to understand these lessons, we will be sent back to earth, and it will be harder and harder to correct our faults. (MAY 22, 2001)
At the source of a river in the mountains, the water springs forth pure and crystal clear. As it descends, it collects dirt and wastes from the regions it crosses, and when it reaches the ocean, it is saturated with impurities. But soon, warmed by the sun’s rays, it is transformed into steam and takes up its journey into the sky, until one day it falls again in the form of rain or snow.
We can interpret this voyage of water symbolically. Human destiny resembles the perpetual movements of water between heaven and earth. Like drops of water, souls descend to earth, each in a predetermined location. From there they have an entire road to travel until, tired and worn from life’s labours, they return to their starting point... only to descend again, one day, in another place. This is called reincarnation. (JUNE 1, 2005)
When people talk about the devil, they do not know exactly to what cosmic or psychic reality this word corresponds. The devil does not exist as an individual entity opposed to God and on an equal footing with him. Those people who claim that the devil appeared to them have only imagined it. Spirits of light exist and so do spirits of darkness, and it is this group of evil spirits that we call the devil. The devil does not exist as an entity separate from and opposed to God, but as a collective force that is nourished and reinforced by people’s negative thoughts, feelings and actions.
And we can also say that the devil is part of man himself, of his lower self. How was it formed? During his reincarnations man has continuously fed his lower self with his weaknesses and vices, thus blocking the path to Heaven. However there exists also in man a luminous entity, his higher self that has been formed with his thoughts, feelings and actions inspired by kindness, generosity, love and sacrifice. So, if people tried hard to restore order to their inner life, the devil would disappear. (JULY 23, 2001)
Human beings are imperfect, and it should not surprise them when these imperfections complicate their relationships. When men and women meet and marry, misunderstandings often begin right away. It is inevitable. But instead of separating immediately, it is best if they try first of all to surmount their problems, saying to themselves: 'There must be a reason why fate brought us together, since chance doesn't exist. I must therefore work hard to accept him (or her) for this incarnation, in order to learn and to improve myself.' There are cases in which it is better to leave a person with whom you do not get along, but not before making every effort to save the situation, all the while conducting yourself with patience and generosity. Otherwise divine justice will confront you once again with the same problems. Whether it is in this incarnation or in the next, you will not escape. Human beings are not in the habit of reasoning in this way, because
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