Within the bosom of infinity, the soul sees thousands of indescribable beings or Angels, Archangels, Thrones, Virtues, Powers, etc., and then it understands that those divine beings were people who perfected themselves and who suffered greatly in the school of life.
The soul understands that life is a school, and it wishes to return to that school to perfect itself. When the soul wishes to return to that school of life to perfect itself, when the soul wants to return to the world, then the angels of destiny take that soul to a new home. The angels of destiny unite with the soul—or, we should say, connect the soul—with the spermatozoon of the father’s semen. This spermatozoon—chosen by the soul who is going to be born—fertilizes the womb. The soul stays within the maternal womb for nine months, forming its new physical body.
If in the previous reincarnation we did much evil, then in the following one it is our turn to suffer the consequences, and we are born with very bad luck. Our business deals fail, misery pursues us, and we suffer immensely. If previously we had taken away another man’s wife, then ours is now taken from us. If we were bad parents, if we did not know how to treat our children well, then it is our lot to be born into a place more bitter than bile. Our parents will make us suffer the same way that in the previous reincarnation we made our children suffer. He who sows thunderbolts has no choice but to reap storms. Let him who sows corn eat his corn. Each person reaps what he sows.1
If God sends a soul that has done no good to be born in comfortable surroundings and souls who have done no evil to be born into misery, where would God’s justice be?
A genius becomes a genius because in millions of lives he has struggled to achieve perfection. We are the result of our previous reincarnations. With the yard-stick with which you measure, you will be measured.
There are forty-two masters of karma.
Karma is the law of compensation.
In each reincarnation, we should strive to be more and more perfect. We have come into this world millions of times, and it is our lot to keep returning until we become perfect.
There is a system for remembering our past reincarnations: this system is the retrospective exercise. The disciple lies in bed every night, and then practices retrospective exercises. The disciple begins by remembering everything that happened one hour before going to bed, two hours before, every moment of the afternoon and the morning throughout the day. The disciple makes an effort to remember everything from yesterday and the day before. One must do the effort of remembering everything that happened during one month, two months, three months, one year, ten years, twenty years back, until minutely remembering the entire history of one’s life.
The disciple must make the effort to remember the first five years of life. The disciple will notice that this is very difficult. The first five years of life are very difficult to remember, however there is a secret to remember this: the disciple must fall asleep while mentally pronouncing the following mantras:
The disciple will slumber while pronouncing mentally these two words, and will make the effort in the sleepy state to remember everything that happened during the first five years of the history of infancy. These sorts of dreams are truthful.
Our disciples must open the Bible and study the book of Daniel so that they can learn about this.
After our disciples have remembered their present entire life, then they must make the effort to remember the last moments of their past reincarnation. If while performing this practice the disciple quietly falls asleep, then on any given coming day, during sleep one might remember an entire past reincarnation. With this secret, any disciple can not only remember the previous reincarnation, but moreover, one can remember all past reincarnations. What is necessary is to practice every night with a lot of faith until attaining triumph.
- “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” — Galatians 6:7
This chapter is from Beyond Death (1970) by Samael Aun Weor.