it is not the soul that reincarnates actually. The soul lives forever;
doesn't die, doesn't live, doesn't reincarnate. It is the experience
of life, the integrating process between the physical and the spiritual
when we are experimenting in the so-called life here and which attaches
to the knowledge of our existence, that reincarnates. And if we
do not detach ourselves from this kind of experiment that we call
ourselves, we reincarnate. Actually, we don't reincarnate, we don't
die, ever. We are just sick; we are just diseased with these incidents,
with these disasters that happen to be attached to us. If we don't
cut ourselves asunder from that, then of course, we are forever
connected with that. The cause and effect keep changing, keep moving,
keep adding, keep diminishing; and that's how we say we reincarnate.
If we are not enlightened enough, that's it.
We don't reincarnate, but a part of our habits, our collective information
reincarnates. So this part of us, which is called the intellect,
or maybe the sixth consciousness, collects all kinds of karmic information.
And then it recycles it again, like a Coca Cola bottle, or like
some of the things in the United States now that they encourage
people to recycle. It's the same thing; our 'bottles' are recycled.
Each time they can be used, and they are still connected with other
materials in this world, then we call it reincarnation; it's just
a kind of recycling. The Coca Cola substance inside doesn't reincarnate,
only the bottle does. Still, people can recognize that, or not recognize
it. But the substance is still there, so they recognize it as recycled;
we see it as recycled.
The things from
which this bottle is made are not reincarnated; this is our real
Self, our soul. Each time we want to experiment with new things,
we bottle ourselves into a new recycled substance or subject; that's
it. But then again, we're used to identifying ourselves with all
this substance and information, so we say we reincarnate. But it's
not true. We never die, and we are never born. We have always existed;
we are the witness of all things created and destroyed in this universe.
We always are the witness. But then sometimes we identify ourselves
with the subject that we witness and with the circumstances in which
we witness it, so we suffer or we have joy.
Just like when
we watch TV, and we forget that it's only a movie, and we cry, or
we laugh. We support this one, and we want to kill the other. Both
of them have nothing to do with us, none of them are our enemies
or friends, and none of them are real. But we hate that one: "Oh!
That mustached one, he is a bad guy, kill him, kill him!" You
sit in front of the screen, and you say, "Kill him! Kill that
guy quickly!" Or "Get out, get out! He'll kill you! Get
out, quick! This way, this way!" Like the personage on TV or
the screen will actually listen to us or hear us, but they don't.
They do what they have to do according to the director, not according
to us. Therefore many of the movies' outcomes don't suit our taste;
we want to change them. But what's the use? If we change it, it's
not that movie any more. So the movie has to exist the way it is.
Actually, we fool ourselves many times, and we can prove that every
day; no need to talk about reincarnation, illusion or anything of
this world, we can prove it.