Originally posted by jaywill
One cannot return to their spiritual home if they are unclean, and to become clean, the mind body and heart have to be cleansed by the purifying process of Bhakti Yoga, or devotional service to the Lord.
Why was there a "leaving" of home to begin with in the ...[text shortened]... Reincarnation the emergence of DIFFERENT lives which have nothing to do with each other ?[/b]
When we come to this world, we are coverd by maya (illusion), so we may forget who we really are,(spirit) because it would be impossible for the "all knowing perfect spirit", to accept a material body made of dust, unless it was under some type of illusion.
The soul is sleeping and dreaming this whole existence (material life is not real)
The Holy name of the Lord is non different than the Lord, and when the name is spoken and chanted, it purifies the contamination of the material conditioning and illusion....the more one chants the name, the more cleansing affect takes place. (only Gods name is non-different to God) not anyone else.
Your new birth is without memories of your previous lives, but everything you ever said, did, thought are in your subconscious mind....and your subtle body made of mind, false ego. intelligence goes into your new body at conception.
But when the soul has been here in the material world of suffering for millions of births, it has an accumulating affect, and the soul then desires release from this terrible condition, called life.
So the soul hops, from one body to the next, just like putting on a new set of cloths....the soul puts on a new body.
You are a spiritual being and eternal, there was no time that you did not exist, so when you take another birth, its the same "you", but in a different body....its always the same you, but when you are born, you memory is covered and you must start your new life as if it is the first life, and that is the perfect arrangement of the Lord, so that you can play at being King of the world, or play at being God.
It is a perfect arrangement to forget everything in your new body, even your previous faults, and besides if you could remember past lives, it would cause mental problems, but some people can recall past lives under hyptnosis, because everything is in the subconscious.
If you were aware that you had previous lives, it would spoil the game of life, and you would know that you were something different than your body, a spirit....so the illusion is for those persons who are wanting to Lord it over this world ,and enjoy the senses with this material living of birth, disease, old age and death and suffering. ( all for the pursuit of sense pleasure)
You cant enjoy this world unless you are in illusion. (and think you are this body)
But when a person becomes fed-up with birth, disease, old age and death and suffering, they may take to the study of Vedanta Sutra and find out how to get out of the illusion, and return home to Godhead., and end the game of illusionary life of living in a body made of pus, stool, urine, mucus, blood, bone etc.