They want some personal experience. They had such past lives, what value would that be? I suppose they have some psychological theories or something like that surrounding hypnotic past life regression, perhaps they look at it from that angle. I used to meet many people that had undergone such treatments and found out about their past lives. They were a queen in England one life before and two lives before that they were a pharaoh in Egypt and three lives before that they were a hero in some great battle and now what I would say to them was what happened to them this time? Because this time they were just an ordinary person walking through the airport, they weren't a king, or pharaoh or a great military leader, anything of the sort. So that not very valuable. To remember your past life, that's not very valuable. Forget about your past life and forget about this life in as much as we're giving too much importance to something that has little baring in your eternal nature, very little, it's causing us much difficulty, it's very problematic. If you can hear about our dignified life, awaken to that, it will fade very quickly like a dream after waking, yuktam sevayam. That is the message of the Bhagavatam.For regularly hearing this is why. Once when I, in a simple way I was explaining reincarnation to one lady, one girl who came to one of the temples once where I was staying, making a report and her mother accompanied her. So I gave the logical explaination, so forth, and her mother interrupted, she said, "I think that sounds horrible. " I said, "so do I, so why don't you do something about it, that's the point." It's not a good thing, changing bodies life after life, up and down. So do something about it. So Guru in this way comes to show us what is our prospect. In that sense Guru is not different from us. Not a foreign element, not an outside element, an oppressor of any kind, but my own prospect coming before me. My future beyond all these lives, lesser lives, pasu-buddhi animal life. Beneath liberation they're all called animal intelligence only, animal thinking. Then to transcend death to get out of animal conciousness, leave your animality behind. But, that's only a basis for a happy life. That does not come out to a full and happy life in itself. Negation of material life doesn't come out to something transcendental. To make it material life is not enough, but anyway, the full picture of transcendance. So therefore, we say initiation is only a beginning. Initiation means for stopping death. That's what it means. Initiation from the Guru means to stop death. If we really apply ourself in terms of this ideal as it is a joint scripture and so forth then we can see that it amounts to that. That voluntarily I'm giving up my body, voluntarily I'm giving up my mind's perception,
matra-sparsas tu kaunteya
the world is created in the mind. I live in a world created through my mind and senses and I am the God there and I go forward to exploit everything that I come in touch with for my world. Back to the New Age again, create your own reality. This is nothing special. That's what everybody is doing, creating their own reality.