Question: When someone dies, in his next incarnation does he maintain his same level of aspiration?Sri Chinmoy: When someone dies, in his next incarnation he definitely maintains the same level of aspiration within his new body and new consciousness. But this aspiration usually cannot come to the fore because the very earth-consciousness is full of darkness and ignorance. He has to fight against tremendous opposition for a few years or, in most cases, quite a number of years. But again, if the soul is most powerful, if the seeker himself has unusual inner strength, then either from the very dawn of his life or in a few years’ time he regains his old aspiration and continues to march and run towards his destined Goal.
Sri Chinmoy, Aspiration-Tree, Agni Press, 1976