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Meher Baba

The existence and the memory of past lives*

Part 2 of 2

Condition of safety in release of memory. The resurrection of the memory of past lives can be faced without confusion or loss of balance only when the person has become desireless and has lost all feeling of "mine" and "thine." The persons whom he has once looked upon as belonging to him might be seen in the present life belonging to someone else, and if he were to continue his attachments and supposed claims he would create untold complications, misery and confusion for himself and others. Possessiveness of all types has to be purged from the mind if the aspirant is to be spiritually prepared to withstand the disturbing influence of memory from past lives.

Geshe Lama Konchok (on the right) with his disciple  Geshe Tenzin Zopa
Geshe Lama Konchok's  new inkarnation - Tenzin Puntsok Rinpoche (on the left) with his disciple from past life - Geshe Tenzin Zopa , 2013

Spiritual preparation. When a man is spiritually prepared he is completely desireless and full of impersonal love. All entanglements of the personal ego have disappeared from his mind. He can look upon his old friends and enemies with the same equanimity. He is so lifted out of his limitations that he is the same to relations and non-relations from his past and present lives. He is free from the idea of any pressing claims and counter-claims on his part against others, or of others against himself, because he has realised the deeper truth of the unity of all life and the illusoriness of mundane happenings.

Wise use of resurrected memory. It is only when a person is thus spiritually prepared that he is unaffected by the revived memory of past lives. Only then is it worthwhile for him to have access to it, for he can then have that cool and unerring judgment and pure, incorruptible love which enable him to make right and wise use of the new knowledge gathered through the resurrected memory of past lives. This knowledge opens to him a great deal of information about his own incarnations and those of' others connected with him in past lives. It not only enables him to advance further on the path by conscious karmic adjustments, but also to help others on the path by directing them in the light of their past lives.

Advantages of recovered memory. The speed of spiritual evolution is faster after the natural recovery of the memory of past incarnations. Disentanglement from mundane things is facilitated by conscious knowledge of the history of the development of such entanglements. Evolution which was mostly unconscious of the limiting past, now becomes conscious of it. The obstacles as well as the facilities created by the past are now in the reach of consciousness and therefore are capable of intelligent and careful handling. Inarticulate intuition is supplemented by rationalised data. Therefore action has less possibility of error and becomes more potent in producing desirable results.

Buddha Meher Baba (1894-1969)

Shortcut through knowledge of past lives. The Masters of Wisdom, having become spiritually perfect, have no special interest in past incarnations. They are among the many unimportant facts of mundane existence. If they make any use of their knowledge of the past lives of a person, it is only to help him on towards the eternal Truth. Their knowledge of the past places them in a special position to give an aspirant just that guidance which he needs. The details of the Path are often determined by (i) the incidents of the past, (ii) the manner in which the aspirant has sought the highest Truth in his past lives and (iii) the obstacles or facilities which he has created for himself through his past doings. All these things, which are hidden from the aspirant, are open to the unclouded perception of the Master who uses his knowledge in order to accelerate the spiritual progress of the seeker of the Truth. The Master leads the aspirant from the place in which he has landed himself through the experimentation and search of several lives. In spiritual matters, as in mundane matters, greater and unerring knowledge means economy of energy and time.



* Excerpt from Meher Baba. Discourses 6. Vol3. Reincarnation and Karma. Part III


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