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The Sri Chinmoy Library
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Reincarnation and evolution
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. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 341st book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
Table of Contents
Part I — The world of sleep
Question: Do you ever sleep?
Question: How long can a disciple sleep in your boat?
Question: What do the spiritual Masters in India do when their disciples fall asleep during meditations?
Question: Sometimes when I feel tired at work, humour helps me to wake up.
Question: Can you give us any suggestion as to how we can be more alert during morning meditation?
Question: Sometimes when I fall asleep it's not because my mind is tired, but because it is roaming all over the place. What can you do when your mind starts roaming?
Question: Sometimes it seems a shame that we spend one third of our lives in sleep.
Question: If I have worked at length doing an important activity, I want to know if it is all right to miss meditation sometimes in order to get some sleep.
Question: Do we receive anything from you when we sleep during meditations? Do you scold us?
Question: It is difficult for me to get enough sleep, especially since I have to get up early in the morning to meditate.
Part II — Dreams and visions
Question: Do you believe in spiritual dreams?
Question: Should we give importance to dreams or visions?
Question: How can you tell the difference between the two kinds of dreams?
Question: Should we encourage dreams? Is it good to dream about you?
Question: If you have a dream that you have been in a place, or something happens, will it come true?
Question: Six or seven times my uncle has had very vivid dreams which have actually taken place on the physical plane after he has woken up. He believes that it is his soul that is giving him the message.
Question: I dreamt that my mother was going to die. I knew it, so I prayed and prayed. Then she did die.
Question: Recently I woke up from a terrible nightmare in which something was strangling me. Why does this happen?
Part III — Death and the afterlife
Question: Does the Self continue after death?
Question: What happens to the soul after death?
Question: How is it possible for someone to still be alive on the physical plane if his soul has left his body?
Question: Do spiritual Masters ever appear in the subtle body after their death?
Question: Why don't souls of disciples that see death forces around them inform you in time?
Question: Does the soul ever linger on earth after death in order to help its near and dear ones?
Question: How do you feel about preserving the body after death?
Question: I have made a commitment to donate my bodily organs to a hospital at death. Have I done the right thing?
Question: Guru, I work in a hospital and sometimes there are people who are terminally ill. What is the best way of dealing with those people?
Question: If the soul has already left the body, is it possible for the body to be kept alive by doctors?
Question: Is it written in a person's palm when he will die?
Part IV — Reincarnation and evolution
Question: You said that we are all evolving and progressing. But where did this whole process start? Was there a beginning?
Question: Why did we go from light to darkness when we took birth?
Question: How does the Supreme incarnate on earth? Does He use evolution or something else?
Question: Is there a special evolution for advanced souls?
Question: Must a person evolve in every incarnation?
Question: Do you have the divine power to reduce the number of our future incarnations?
Question: Is it possible that this is my last incarnation? I have been through so much suffering that I do not want to come back again.
Question: Master, if I have to come back to earth in another incarnation, who is going to take care of my soul? If you won't come to this world again, will you name someone else to take care of me?
Question: When one remembers one's previous incarnation, does he remember the totality of it and not just the negative?
Question: Did any of your disciples know each other in past incarnations?
Question: Do a person's relatives in this incarnation have any connection with his relatives in a past incarnation?
Question: Many people do not believe in reincarnation. Why do you believe in it?
Question: How can I get rid of bad karma?
Question: Do you ever sleep? ›
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