Frank reflects on this controversial topic.
There has been some talk about past lives on SN of late. I believe this was triggered by some other online stories about Osho recognising his “past-life mother” back in the day.
That particular story seemed to have quite more graspable present-life significances, as the woman in question was married to a guy who was financing Osho at the time and bought him, amongst other things, his first car.
Wasn`t the past-life story just some kind of kudos or reward for services rendered? That would be a less esoteric explanation.
When push comes to shove, how many people really believe in past-lives in this kind of literal sense, where one has a kind of psychically traceable yet literal CV of IDs stretching back through history?
I get the feeling these days, it being so commonplace, that publicising past-lives as a literal reality and necessary belief/doctrine on the path has the effect of encouraging ludicrous narcissism.
Take, for example, the following conversation between a man and a woman which I recorded verbatim in my notebook shortly after overhearing it in a New-Age shop last year:
M. I was a Mongolian warlord in one of my last lives. I`ve been a Sikh, a Sultan in Pakistan or somewhere, a medieval archer at the battle of Agincourt and I even met Buddha once but I didn`t learn to meditate because I was a Christian at the time….
F. Well, some of my oldest ones have been in Rome, where I had to help Cleopatra put her make-up on and I also helped build the Pyramids, but I wasn`t a slave, I was a devotee.
M. Wow. That must have been hard work.
F. Yeah, she wore a lot of make-up. But my soul likes a challenge. It`s a karmic thing. I was a charioteer in Arjuna`s chariot division during the Bhagavad Gita, that was pretty wild. too.
M. Yeah, I can tell that from your energy. I have always been able to see entities, too. You know, the kind of entities that latch onto people and hang around in their auras. Well, not always. It started when I was at school:There was this kid who was a right bully, one day he punched me right in the third eye – that was when I started to see entities. He had a few quite evil and nasty entites leeched onto his aura. Out of compassion I tried to rid him of the entities. I suppose that`s when I first knew I had the gift. It was an awakening to the fact that I was a healer. I managed to remove a couple of the entities from his energy -I channelled them up through a vortex and sent them out into the cosmos. There were a few left attached to him that I couldn`t get rid of
F. Well, I suppose that was down to his karma, he was probably a Nazi in his last life. He would have to take responsibility for his own stuff, though, he couldn`t rely on the compassion of light-workers to bale him out for everything, he would have to face his own karma and walk on his own path
M. Yeah, selfless compassion and unconditional love only goes so far and I`ve got my own path to walk on and my own karma to deal with.
F. That`s so true. It’s incredible the things we have to do on the journey – I mean that`s what it is – a journey. I mean, I was at Baba`s talk this morning and he said: “Everything happens in the end. Which is really true if you stop and think about it, but not many do.
M. No, they don`t.
F. No, they`re too busy being unconscious and buying into all the bullshit that keeps the masses stuck in the maya which is like the Matrix isn`t it?
M. Yeah. I`m working hard so as I don`t have to get born again. It`s just too messy dealing with people`s energies and stuff. What a mess!
F. Me too. I`ve doubled the time I spend meditating and doing asanas lately just because of that. Sometimes I feel there`s nothing left for me on this planet except enlightenment
M. Me neither. This time, it`s gonna happen. I can just feel it in my chakras.”