Let us begin with a basic concept in Mysticism, that is thought of as heresy in Christianity… from the book: Light on Sant Mat, by Maharaj charan Singh.
“The question arises: Why does not everyone approach Saints, to learn the process [of discovering God Within oneself] and to accumulate Nam, when it is so great and holy? The reason is that it is not possible to come into contact with Saints without the Grace of God. Without this Grace, even if one does happen to meet them, faith in their teachings and in Nam does not arise in him. First, God’s Grace; then contact with Saints and faith in their teachings; and then one’s own efforts, as instructed by them. That is the order.”
“That is the order,” refers to the procedure or ‘process’ of instruction given to Mankind by Perfect Living Masters, often referred to in mysticism as ‘Saints’. And the term “Nam” means the same thing as the “Word” in Christianity. Both Nam and Word speak to the Spirit of God hidden Within each Soul.
The basic and principle difference between Eastern mysticism and Christianity lies in one reference in the Bible, Hebrews 9:27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after than comes judgment.
This is clearly wrong, since in Revelation it mentions at least two judgements. Hebrews 9:27 refers to the fact that yes, at the time of death one’s Soul goes before a judge, and one is evaluated as to how well one did working through the Fate Karma one’s Soul designed for its last lifetime?
When one dies, ones brain, personality and psychology all die as well. The only two things carried forward is ones Soul and the MIND that is attached to ones Soul. Each new lifetime requires a new body, brain, personality and psychology to “fit” the life one’s Soul designed.
The Christian is taught that based on Hebrews 9:27, man only has one lifetime in which to achieve Perfection. And to further deny Man any more opportunity to achieve a more Enlightened status as a Soul, Christians are further told that the Laws of Karma and Reincarnation do not exist in Christianity. So, when you combine all three of these elements of Life, the Christian winds up with only one life in which to achieve Perfection. And this means that the Christian is up against people in the East whose religions teach them that they have endless lifetimes in which to achieve Perfection of their Souls.
So, here is the Christian, standing in line to be evaluated as to the achievement of the Soul… with people who have had multiple lifetimes in which to be a doctor, minister, entertainer, teacher, fireman, and so forth [each lifetime earning that Soul a great deal of positive Karma], and all of these people are being judged next to the Christian who has only one lifetime. Is that fair? Or, what is more likely, some early Pope, in wanting to control people, came up with the idea of limiting Man to one lifetime…in a misrepresenting of Hebrews 9:27.
God never meant Man to live only one lifetime. This is the reason for the many Hells on the Astral region of Creation. At the end of each life, ones Soul goes before a ‘judge,’ and that lifetime is evaluated, and one’s Soul gets to design a new lifetime for ones next lifetime…[before going to some Hell for re-education, or some Heaven for rest and relaxation]. The new Lifetime one’s Soul designs is called its Fate Karma. When one’s Soul is done in some Heaven or Hell, its next lifetime is ready, and ones Soul is part of the creation of that new life form. God is a loving God. What is loving about limiting a Soul to one lifetime as a dog?
Now, I ask you… simply as a practical matter, would you prefer more or less chances to achieve the Perfection required of the Soul to enable it to pass through the eye of the needle? And what about the fact that animals have Souls just like people do, and if this “one life to live” idea is correct, then if a Soul is born into a dog’s form, is that adequate to achieve the perfection of one’s Soul? I suggest it is not adequate.
So, the choice is ones own choice… and my choice is to believe God wanted me to achieve Perfection, and gave me multiple lifetimes in which to achieve this goal. But that is just me… and a few billion other people as well.