Osho on Reincarnation

“Eastern psychology says that it is not the parents who decide your life. Really, you have chosen them. You have chosen particular parents. You are responsible. If I am born to a particular mother and to a particular father, this is my choice. They will determine me because I have allowed them to determine me. I have chosen them because of so many actions in my past life. It is a chain. So, ultimately, I remain responsible. If I choose a very violent father, or if I choose a very wise man, whatsoever my choice is, it is my choice. Then they determine me, but this determination by parents, education etc is not ultimate. Ultimately, you remain the master; you can throw it at any moment. It is difficult but it is not impossible.

It is very difficult because it is not jus like throwing your clothes. It is like changing your skin. It is so deep-rooted in you. Everything that has happened has gone so deep that it has become your blood and bones. You are made out of it. Now you cannot conceive yourself apart from it. Your identity has become mixed with it. But still, to throw it is not impossible. You can jump out of it!

Really, all yoga is concerned only with this, how you can get out of all the influences that have made you whatsoever you are, how to jump out of them, how t go beyond, how t go beyond your parents, how to go beyond your education, how to go beyond your heredity, how to go beyond your past lives. The whole science of Yoga consists only in this, to help you go beyond.”

Osho, The Ultimate Alchemy

“See the point. Millions of foolish people were making love when you were hovering to take birth. But still, you have chosen a certain couple, why? You must have a certain idea. It is your choice. And then you say, “My parents have done harm to me.” In the first place, why have you chosen them? Nobody is responsible except you! This is one of the hardest truths to accept. But once you accept it, it brings great freedom, great space. Because with this, another possibility opens up. If I am responsible then I can change. If I am not responsible, how can I change? And then the natural self comes of it’s own accord. The natural has always been there, hidden under the rubbish.”

Osho, Take It Easy Vol. 1

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