Zen

Q. I have recently undergone what I call a ‘spiritual awakening’ and am aware of my past lives. What will happen to me after I live my last life? Will I reunite with God?

A. Above all, the ‘spiritual awakening’ you say you have experienced is not enlightenment but just a new experience that occasionally happens to practitioners and induces them into mistaking it for enlightenment. You should not cling to the idea that you are aware of your past lives because they are all just illusions.

However nice and wonderful your past lives may be, they cannot be as important as your present life. No matter how much you may be aware of your past lives, it is not as good as seeing your present life as it is. Even the present, the Buddha said, is just an illusion. He advised us not to be deluded by illusions by saying that we can see the true-Self only when we can see our current lives as illusions, as if seeing dreams. When you can see your current life as it is, the questions you have now will work themselves out.

©Boo Ahm

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