We should not only look at ourselves from this life but we should look at ourselves from a continuation over many life-times. And sometimes when you look at devotees, you think: Who were they in their last life?
You look around the room, you look at everybody here and you think: Who were they… what did they do in their last life to be here now… to sit so close to Prabhupada! What did they do? Were they also close to Prabhupada in their last life… maybe so!
We don’t know but it’s interesting to think like that. Who were we in our last life that we are here now. And if we think of ourselves in terms of a continuation then suddenly you can take what happens now a little less serious, you know I mean.
It’s my life… it’s all happening to me… it’s so important… it’s everything because it’s my life!
You know what I mean, it’s like there’s nothing beyond it. But there’s a lot beyond it, there’s lots of life beyond it and who were you in the last life… what went wrong also… and what went right that here we are. If we were already devotees in the last life then that verse applies: the unsuccessful yogi (Bhagavad-gita 6.42).