Past Life – In Gita Verse 6.42 Or [if unsuccessful after long practice of yoga] he takes his birth in a family of transcendentalists who are surely great in wisdom. Certainly, such a birth is rare in this world.
Krishna says that person who has long practice of yoga, still could not complete his journey they even take birth in a family of transcendentalists.
We think that – The moment the child is born, we think, is the beginning of its life.
That is not true.
The moment an old man dies, we think, is the end of his life.
It is not.
Life is far bigger than birth and death.
Birth and death are not two ends of life; many births and many deaths happen within life. Life itself has no beginning, no end: life and eternity are equivalent….
Life begins at the point of your past life’s death. When you die, on the one side one chapter of life, which people think was your whole life, is closed. It was only a chapter in a book which has infinite chapters. One chapter closes, but the book is not closed. Just turn the page and another chapter begins.
The person dying starts visualizing his next life. This is a known fact, because it happens before the chapter closes….
Buddha has a word for it, he calls it tanha. Literally it means desire, but metaphorically it means the whole life of desire. All these things happened: frustrations, fulfillments, disappointments, successes, failures…but all this happened within a certain area you can call desire.
The dying man has to see the whole of it before he moves on further, just to recollect it, because the body is going: this mind is not going to be with him, this brain is not going to be with him. But the desire released from this mind will cling to his soul, and this desire will decide his future life. Whatever has remained unfulfilled, he will move towards that target.
When the person has unsuccessful after long practice of yoga, at the time of death his desire will be to practice yoga or any practice of meditation. From this desire his new life will start.
Your life begins far back before your birth, before your mother’s impregnation, further back in your past life’s end. That end is the beginning of this life. One chapter closes, another chapter opens. Now, how this new life will be is ninety-nine percent determined by the last moment of your death. What you collected, what you have brought with you like a seed – that seed will become a tree, bring fruits, bring flowers, or whatever happens to it. You cannot read it in the seed, but the seed has the whole blueprint….
If a man dies fully alert, seeing the whole terrain that he has passed and seeing the whole stupidity of it, he is born with a sharpness, with an intelligence, with a courage – automatically. It is not something he does.
Osho said about himself – In the last moments of my previous life, the remaining work could have been done in only three days because time was very compact. My age was one hundred and six years. Time was moving very fast. The story of those three days continued in my childhood of this birth. In my previous life it was at its end, but to finish that work here in this life took twenty-one years.
Many a time, if the opportunity is missed, it may be necessary to spend as many as seven years for every single day. So in this life I did not come with full realization, but came with nearabout full realization….
Krishna tells Arjuna that why the person if unsuccessful after long practice of yoga, he takes his birth in a family of transcendentalists who are surely great in wisdom. When he is born in such a family he will through the support of family will be in touch with his past life – The moment he knows his past lives, there will be a spiritual revolution and evolution. Then you will start from where he had left off in your last life; otherwise you will get lost in endless lives and reach nowhere. There will only be a repetition.