We come into this world with “lots of baggage”. Many would think a newborn baby comes into this world pure and innocent. They like the environmentalist would like to think that the surroundings influences most of his or her life, corrupting or enhancing their character. When we hear tragedies of innocent people taken at the prime of their life, what can we say to their grieving parents? Why would God take away a good child?
Edgar Cayce, the clairvoyant, once said that we have many mansions and many lives. He meant that our souls come back to this earth to continue the process of purifying the mind. But the selfish ego or mind thwarts this process of purification of the heart. The selfish ego or minds create a path of suffering for the soul, while a selfless ego or mind opens a path of joy. It is this suffering or joy that sprouts in the present that most people do not understand. We sow what we have planted. We have all sinned. These are common clichés that are found in our sacred books; but they have truth and merit. They can explain what we cannot see on the surface.
Because someone goes through suffering, it does not mean that they are evil or bad like many who oppose the concept of causality and reincarnation claim. All human beings have the template for a pure heart. These mansions that are given to us are individualized to our specific path we are on, a path of suffering or a path of joy. For those who have experienced suffering or grief, we are not doomed to live in a dilapidated mansion for eternity. By our thoughts and actions of today, we can determine what kind of mansion we will live in the future. In the Heaven’s Truth Church (Tenrikyo), God promises that all mankind will live in mansion that only bring upon joy.