Making the Right Choice
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami , 2001-09-12
Mohana Das from Malaysia asks if one passes on is he born into the same lineage. Gurudeva says that this is usually the case for if not it would be confusing for the inner mind. He also asks what he can do to do only good things. Gurudeva says that this is usually based on habit so he suggests making a list of all the good and bad things that he does and then do only the good things.
Acharya Palaniswami: This first question comes from Mohana Das. Mohana Das lives in Johor, Malaysia and has two questions.
Vanakkam Gurudeva. If a person in this lifetime has been a devotee of Gurudeva's, is it possible that this same person in his next reincarnation could still be a devotee of Gurudeva or in the same Guru lineage? Also Gurudeva why is it so easy to do bad things and so difficult to do good things in life? Vanakkam. Mohana.
Gurudeva: Yes, Mohana Das. If you pass on, you should be born within the same lineage, sampradaya and the same parampara for continuity of philosophy knowledge. It is very difficult for the soul to be born a Muslin one time, a Christian the next time, a Hindu the next time, a Jain the next time, or a Vaishnavite one birth, a Saivite another birth. It is really quite confusing to the inner mind.
Of course, doing bad things or doing good things is related to habit. Make a list of all the good things that you could do and like to do. Write them down on a piece of paper. Also, all the bad things that you do and don't want to do. Then, do the good things. You have free will, you have choices. Make the right choice and you make good karma.