Question: Is it possible for us to remember our stay in the soul's world?

Sri Chinmoy: It is quite possible. There have been quite a few instances where even ordinary people have remembered for a few years what they had done in the other world. They don’t necessarily have to be very spiritual. But when the mind comes to the fore, then they forget everything about the soul’s world. But this can be done consciously only when one is God-realised or has attained to a very high state of consciousness. Yogis and spiritual Masters can easily know. For them the physical world and the soul’s world are like two rooms or two houses. This Church is one house and my house in Jamaica is another house. It is up to me when I want to go to either one. Here I have come many, many times and there I stay every day. But although I stay here for only a few hours every week, I know what I have here in this house. Similarly, when I am here on earth, I can easily remember what is in Heaven, which is my other house. I may not go there often, but I know what is in that house also.

When one is God-realised, it is like when one becomes rich in the outer world. One can have many houses, and can know what he has in every house. Similarly, when one becomes spiritually rich, he remembers all the houses that he has here on earth and there in Heaven. Generally one must become spiritually rich in order to remember his heavenly sojourn. There are some people who are not at all spiritually rich, but by God’s Grace they have the capacity to remember. It lasts for a few months or a few years, especially when then are very young. But then when the mind enters, this capacity disappears and they can’t remember anything about their soul’s abode or what they saw in the soul’s region. But the spiritual Masters and Yogis don’t forget. For them it is identification-oneness. When they are identified with earth, they know what is happening on earth, and when they are identified with Heaven, they know what is happening in Heaven. For them it is very easy.