Preparing to Reincarnate (#19)
Exactly 3000 years ago, God in His persona of Rama was floating
around heaven with the Holy Mother energy of the Universe, in the form
of Sita at his side. As they passed over a remote island on the planet
Earth, Sita noticed a blind man walking through a marketplace. What
caught her attention was that the man was chanting "Rama, Rama, Rama,
Sita, Sita, Sita" as he walked. She saw that as he passed by, many
people would put a few alms in his begging bowl and some would even
start chanting themselves. This pleased Her greatly. After watching him
for a while, she saw he had left the little town and was now walking a
path that led to the edge of a steep cliff. "Rama, Rama, Rama, Sita,
Sita, Sita" the man continued to chant.
"Oh, Lord Rama," said Sita, "there is a poor blind man who always
chants our holy names, and in a moment he will fall off a cliff and
die. Please take away his blindness. Such a devoted follower deserves
our compassion and help." "I don’t get involved in that way with
humans." said Rama "I have given them free choice and let them create
and work out their own Karma. Besides, you have great power. If you want
to save him, you do it." "Oh Lord," Sita said "I feel Motherly
compassion and plead the case, but I would never presume to act in your
place." "Well, I have a suggestion." said Rama "This man is so devoted
that we will see whose name he calls when he falls over the cliff. If he
calls Rama, I will save him and if he calls Sita, you save him. And
then he will join us in heaven and enjoy the infinite blissful vision of
eternal glory that is the fate of all true devotees." "Oh, that will be
fine!" a beaming Sita said.
And so, the Holy divinities watched as the man proceeded on his
way towards the cliff. "Rama, Rama, Rama, Sita, Sita, Sita" chanted the
blind man. He then took one final step, fell over the edge, and screamed
"Oh crap!" Rama turned to Sita and said, "That’s not my name! Is that
yours?" "No," said Mother Sita, "it’s not my name either." "Well then,"
proclaimed Lord Rama, "he must now reincarnate as whatever he said in
his last moment!"
There are a few very important lessons to be learned from
this ancient tale. One would be that we should be aware that not all
people who are singing the Lords name are sincere. Some do it simply to
get alms. More importantly, we must appreciate that in a way we are all
blind and approaching an unseen cliff that is our own death. Every
religion has rites and rituals that deal with the last moments of life
and the first moments that follow.
This passage has been universally recognized by every culture
that has ever existed on the earth as a "make or break" moment. And
yet, very few of us prepare for that inevitable moment at all. You are
going to take a last breath and will never get another one. Are you
ready? What if what you last think about is what you will reincarnate
as? Are you firmly established in the consciousness of universal unity
and thus can confidently expect an eternal divine reward? Are you likely
to freak out and perhaps have a crappy rebirth? Depending on your
answers to these questions, the Preparing to Reincarnate Meditation may
very well save your (eternal) life.
Sit in a comfortable posture in a peaceful place. Close your
eyes; relax your body, mind, and emotions. Inhale slowly and deeply.
Retain the breath for as long as is comfortable. Exhale slowly and
deeply. Do this over and over until it feels natural. In your minds eye,
recall and envision your earliest life memory. Follow this event,
examine it, and let the remembering fill you, but simply witness it. Do
not comment, compare or judge. Then direct and allow your mind to replay
all the events in your life. Watch the scenes with as pure a dispassion
and detachment as you can. Witness as if you were watching a complete
stranger’s life story. As you see your life unfold, you may witness
yourself being sentimental about the people, places, things, or
activities that you are remembering.
You must inwardly say and feel, "I am now free of these
events and am ready to accept the next moment." If you feel a strong
relationship with a personal (universal) divinity, you may find it feels
right to state, "God, I am giving this all to you. It has always been
and will always be yours. Thy Will be done." or some similar
pronouncement. It is the "right" one if it leaves you feeling like a
piece of the universal mosaic, filled with peace and ready for your God
to carry you away to eternal tranquility. This is an attitude more than
just a recitation. Repeat your choice statement as often as necessary
until you are so free of reactivity to the events you are recalling and
reliving, that it is redundant to use words.
As you view the scenes of your life in your minds eye, if you
witness a nostalgic sentimentality toward any aspect of your life, you
are not ready to join a higher power in heaven and you will reincarnate
as a human. Your rebirth can occur now, or when your meditation ends, or
sometime after your lifes end. If you are empty of reaction to your
individual life, you will fill with loving interaction with all life and
live happily ever after.