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Sweet Mother,

I have read and heard much about past and future lives, but I feel very strongly that it is in this very life that we must realise our highest aspirations, as if this were the last chance given to us. For me, allusions to other lives are intangible and academic rather than a help and [new p. 353]a hope. It is not that I don't believe in reincarnation, but this idea comes back to my mind very often. Mother, is this a narrowness of vision on my part, or what?

Knowledge of past lives is interesting for an understanding of one's nature and a mastery of one's imperfections. But to tell the truth, it is not of capital importance, and it is far more important to concentrate on the future, on the consciousness to be acquired and on the development of the nature, which is almost unlimited for those who know how to do it.

We are at an especially favourable moment in the universal existence, a moment when, upon earth, everything is being prepared [old p. 354]for a new creation, or rather, for a new manifestation in the eternal creation.

7 November 1970

Collected Works of The Mother, First Edition, Volume 16, p. 353