Recognize spiritual progress from past lifes

reincarnation

On taking such a birth, he revives the divine consciousness of his previous life, and he again tries to make further progress in order to achieve complete success, O son of Kuru.

Bhagavad-gita 6.43

Since birth I have believed in God. I have never questioned Gods existence and I have never doubted. Sure, I have thought of the reasons why I believe in God, but it stops at that. It’s been ingrained in me since I was born, and I don’t think it’s because of my parents influence.

It’s almost strange how solid my belief is. It’s not like I agree on every part of the philosophy or how things are intepreted/behaviour at times, take the view on women for example. But despite some controversial issues, my faith never wavers.

I think this rock solid belief is from my past life.

When I was 17, I went to a lecture about reincarnation and I was immediately attracted. I immediately knew I had found my religion. At that time I had no idea what it was about, but still, this was it. I had a few years where I took a break from the organization that introduced Krishna consciousness to me (when they started talking about me marrying another devotee I ran in the opposite direction as fast as I could). During the break that lasted years, I still believed in Krishna. I had changed from believing in God, to believe in Krishna.

This is the second item I believe I have inherited from a past life. The immediate attraction and that I recognized that “this was it”.

And when the yogī engages himself with sincere endeavor in making further progress, being washed of all contaminations, then ultimately, achieving perfection after many, many births of practice, he attains the supreme goal.

Bhagavad-gita 6.45

In this life I have met and received diksa from an uttama-bhagavata. No matter how many lifetimes I have left, my success is guaranteed and most likely I only have a few lifetimes left because I somehow managed to meet an uttama-bhagavata.

That is huge progress just in this lifetime alone.

3 thoughts on “Recognize spiritual progress from past lifes

  1. So what would happen if one were to commit suicide? Honorably? I do believe in reincarnation, but also that suicide can be honorable.

  2. DragonWarrior,

    What do you consider honorable? There are a few examples of honorable suicide in the scriptures, but it seems like a stretch to apply that today.

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