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The soul and the process of reincarnation
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. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 315th book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
Table of Contents
Part I — The soul and the afterlife
Question: What happens after one dies?
Question: When we go to the other world after leaving the body, are there any forms or is it all formless?
Question: What happens with the souls that have retired from work on earth? Do they eventually fill up the other worlds?
Question: What happens to the soul of an animal after it leaves the body?
Question: Do our souls ever leave our bodies for just a second while we are alive?
Question: What happens to the soul of an object created by a human being if the object is destroyed?
Question: If someone dies a violent death, does his soul suffer as much as it would if he had committed suicide?
Question: If someone commits suicide to avoid dying at the hands of an enemy, does that person suffer the same fate in the inner world as another person who takes his life?
Question: Will the soul suffer if a person commits hara-kiri, a form of suicide which is regarded as honourable in Japan?
Question: If someone makes an almost impossible attempt to save someone else's life and if he dies in the attempt, is this like suicide?
Question: Sometimes, when you describe Heaven, it sounds much like hell, when they fight and all that.
Question: Can someone whose soul was in hell go to Heaven?
Question: Is it possible for us to be in Heaven while our vital is in hell?
Question: What happens to the vital at the hour of death?
Part II — The soul and the process of reincarnation
Question: When the soul comes back, does it take back the same vital sheath?
Question: Does everybody have a vital and mind that already have been used? Did somebody ever use my vital before, or my heart?
Question: Why would a soul choose a doubting mind or an aggressive vital?
Question: Would the soul try to get a more illumined mind?
Question: If the mind makes progress, what happens?
Question: Does the mind lose the specific details of its earthly experience?
Question: What do mental beings do in the mind's world?
Question: When a soul picks a mind or vital, does it already know what kind of life it will have?
Question: Do women sometimes reincarnate as men, and vice versa?
Question: When a new soul joins a soul already in a human body, what does the previous soul think?
Question: If one of us got a new soul, would we notice?
Question: What is the difference between giving a new soul and changing the soul?
Question: Why does this occur?
Question: Is it possible to give a human being a soul that has not been on earth before?
Question: What is the relationship of the individual soul to the soul of the country that it is born into?
Question: What do you mean when you say that somebody is an Eastern or a Western soul?
Part III — The soul's mission
Question: Before our souls entered the body, did they know we were going to become disciples?
Question: Does the soul always choose the Master?
Question: If a disciple leaves your path, will the soul help him find another Master?
Question: If the disciple comes to the Centre, will his soul always get something from you, even if he is in a low consciousness?
Question: Guru, how can you know what was your soul's promise to the Supreme before you came into the earth?
Question: Does the vital have any mission apart from the soul's mission?
Question: Can you tell me how I can feel my soul?
Part IV — Liberation and realisation
Question: Guru, what is the difference between the psychic being and the soul?
Question: Is it the soul that realises God?
Question: Can the mind illumine the soul?
Question: What is the difference between a liberated soul and a realised soul?
Question: Is it possible to get liberation and never see God and talk to God?
Question: Does a realised soul feel anger?
Question: When an Avatar was in one of his earlier animal incarnations, did a part of him know who he was?
Part V — Heaven
Question: In your poetry you speak about the indifference of Heaven, but the Supreme is anything but indifferent. Can you explain this?
Question: What does the most beautiful place in Heaven look like?
Question: Is there day and night in Heaven?
Question: Are there the same colours in Heaven as on earth?
Question: Do our imperfections leave us alone in Heaven?
Question: Will we all be in Heaven with you?
Question: Why do beings sometimes fall from Heaven into the lower worlds?
Part VI — The cosmic gods
Question: How does Lord Indra relate to the modern world?
Question: Guru, would you say a few words about the Lord Shiva?
Question: Does Kali ever come and do things now to help you?
Question: In what way can Kali and the other cosmic gods and goddesses help you?
Question: Is it true that cosmic gods assume physical forms and disguises and appear before us in order to teach us or examine us? Also, can spiritual Masters assume different physical forms?
Question: Why do we see gods and goddesses riding on the backs of tigers?
Question: Are family deities the same as cosmic gods?
Question: Are human beings often disappointed with the height of cosmic gods when they see it?
Question: Has a human being ever been transformed into a cosmic god?
Question: Do the realised Masters who have gone beyond the cosmic gods ever have to deal with the cosmic gods?
Question: Could you speak about trying to achieve union with Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva?
Question: When a seeker gets to a point where he's challenged by the cosmic gods, will he know?
Editor's preface to the first edition
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