Just as we graduate, or not, from school, so goes our spiritual evolution, taking on increasing challenges to further our intimate relationship with Mother Divine.
The mechanism for this is called reincarnation, to ensure we have a line of temporary vehicles to inhabit in order to experience the fulfillment of spiritual life; cosmic life. This arrangement ensures balance in creation, so that we all have what we need in order to move forward on our timeless journey.
It is said that to gain a human life is one opportunity in forty million, an amazing boon, and precious responsibility. With each life comes a series of lessons, designed by how we come in (parents, family, gender, race, economic situation, Yuga, physical and mental health, etc.), and what we face during our time here.
Two dramatic examples I am aware of stand out as the means by which Nature accomplishes this balancing act for any soul on its journey:
In the first, a man was born and discovered during puberty that he was attracted to same sex relationships. He was in an ordinary family with two siblings, one who was married that he was very close with. He was active in, and dedicated to his spiritual practice. This was during a time when homosexuality was not as openly accepted as it is today. This was also during the AIDS epidemic – and during that time this person caught AIDS and died.
A little over two years later, the sibling who was married, conceived a child with his wife, a baby girl. This girl was the reincarnation of the brother who had died of AIDS, continuing the relationship as his daughter. Because of his ability to live a good and kind life during his short time before, he was re-born into a supportive and loving family, in the gender he was comfortable with.
This is a textbook example of reincarnation, working smoothly to forward the lives of all involved.
The second example illustrates how Cosmic Law also takes care of those who greatly abuse their privileges. This second example involves a man who used everything in his life for basest enjoyment, also relishing hurting others.
He was a pedophile who raised his daughters so that he could sexually abuse them. His appearance to the community was as a pillar of integrity, but he was anything but. Child sexual abuse scars everyone involved for lifetimes, due to its actions in secrecy, and he perpetuated this secret as an iron lock on his family. A truly evil individual and sadly, not unique in that way.
This human beast lived for a long time without suffering the human consequences of his actions. Then he left the earth, assured he had ‘gotten away with it’. And for a time he did. However, after he was no longer an influence here, his truth began seeping out. By the recognition of who he was, his karma began coming due, first with a torturous stay in purgatory, followed by his human ‘de-incarnation’ as a muskrat.
Yes, a muskrat. He lost his place on the immensely valuable chain of human evolution, and must now work his way up from muskrat life. However, awareness does not die, so he has awareness of his past capabilities as a human being, and they are all inexpressible.
What a torture. Instead of ranting and raving as he did as a human, he can only squeak. Instead of crafting new environments for his ongoing abuse, all he can do is scurry among the rushes, avoiding predators, eating snails and wet grass, and trying to stay warm and safe. He will continue this incarnation until he learns the lessons of humility, respect, and surrender. Imagine the gulf to be comprehended – He will remain a muskrat for many lifetimes.
This second example is rarely spoken of, yet it shows that even if someone creates evil on this earth, balance is not forgotten. Although we may not always have the satisfaction of seeing such human predators gain their just desserts in this life, Cosmic Law assures us that in this perfect universe, all is well and wisely set.
“Spend your energy to get joy, happiness, evolution, and to gain more ability to enjoy. In this field we spend our energy. We never use our time, energy, speech, or ability to do something that doesn’t help us grow and improve our life. It’s not worth it.” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi