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> I'm curious what your source is for this Buddhist belief. In
> the Tibetan Book of the Dead it is inferred that it takes
> forty nine days for the soul to pass through all the inner
> worlds before it can rest and move on. I'd be very interested
> to hear more of this three days idea.

I wouldn't take any of that 49 day stuff literally. There are no hard and fast rules like that. Some souls go straight to the Source, some get stuck in the earth's ether for months or years, ala Sixth Sense, and everyone else is some shade of gray in between. It all depends on one's state of awareness, their progress ove millions of years...which is different for all.

> You also wrote in another thread that Buddhists believe that
> it is hard to be reincarnated into a human body. I've heard
> this before too. I depends who you talk to or read though.
> Some Buddhists also say that we humans can be reincarnated
> into animals depending on how much merit we have acquired in
> earthly life and also by the quality of our actions. This
> idea jars severely with me. I am under the impression that
> "once a man always a man". Karma, if understood in its
> original sense as meaning "action" in an absolutely neutral
> way (like attracts like, cause and effect), must preclude us
> from reincarnating into the not only the body of an animal
> but also animals' emotional and mental bodies. I'm sure I
> read somewhere in Buddhist scripture that it is "elements" of
> the human constitution that are attracted to the other
> kingdoms - animal, mineral and plant - and help constitute
> bodies there WHILE our spiritual components i.e.
> consciousness journey through the inner worlds or "bardos".

Humans do reincarnate as animals, but for various reasons. Attraction is a big reason--you know...the way some people gaze longingly at wolves, etc. We go where our heart is... Some become animals due to animal-like behavior, and many high souls "step down" and become pets, as a very altruistic act, a sacrifice of consciousness to help someone they love dearly--maybe help them learn to love.

> As an aside, the idea that it is "harder" to reincarnate into
> a human body is interesting when we think about population
> growth. We don't know with any accuracy how much it has
> changed over the millennia but the world's population has
> increased over the past few decades although the actual
> figures are way off beam as far as "official" projections are
> concerned.
>
> Regards
>
> Harry

The human body is a gift. It's only from this form that we can meditate and raise our awareness, and evolve spiritually to something much greater than human. This is due to the upright spine, which enables the shakti to flow upward to the eye-center. The spine angle is a major clue to evolution. An exception to this is whales and dolphins, but their spines are erect when they sleep--and meditate.
David

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reincarnation 627 Melusine 19-Jan-04 20:55
Re: reincarnation 205 Zosimos 19-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 163 Melusine 19-Jan-04 21:59
Re: reincarnation 189 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:09
Re: reincarnation 176 Melusine 20-Jan-04 03:59
Re: reincarnation 164 David L 19-Jan-04 23:24
Re: reincarnation 194 Milo 19-Jan-04 23:38
Re: reincarnation 186 David L 20-Jan-04 15:08
Re: reincarnation 149 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:19
Re: reincarnation 187 David L 21-Jan-04 15:10
Re: reincarnation 178 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:23
Re: reincarnation 169 David L 20-Jan-04 15:03
Re: reincarnation 183 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 21:38
Re: reincarnation 141 David L 20-Jan-04 23:22
Re: reincarnation 182 Melusine 20-Jan-04 18:57
Re: reincarnation 171 Melusine 20-Jan-04 04:12
Re: reincarnation 154 David L 20-Jan-04 15:21
Re: reincarnation 164 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 17:13
Re: reincarnation 162 David L 20-Jan-04 18:54
Re: reincarnation 173 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 19:27
Re: reincarnation 195 David L 20-Jan-04 23:35
Re: reincarnation 197 banah 25-Jan-04 20:54
Re: reincarnation 183 David L 26-Jan-04 04:23
Re: reincarnation 180 banah 30-Jan-04 19:54
Water Symbolism 155 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 13:59
Re: Water Symbolism 171 David L 11-Feb-04 17:32
Re: reincarnation 209 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 10:16
Re: reincarnation 191 gene douglas 21-Jan-04 13:26
Re: reincarnation 171 HarryWJYoung 22-Jan-04 00:21
Re: reincarnation 187 David L 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: reincarnation 193 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 16:02
Re: reincarnation 181 David L 21-Jan-04 22:13
Re: reincarnation 170 banah 25-Jan-04 19:41
Re: reincarnation 159 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:29
Re: reincarnation 173 fiascohoho 20-Jan-04 19:22
Re: reincarnation 185 David L 20-Jan-04 23:41
Re: reincarnation 183 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:39
Re: reincarnation 159 David L 21-Jan-04 02:48
Re: reincarnation 172 Milo 21-Jan-04 03:03
Re: reincarnation 182 David L 21-Jan-04 15:41
Re: reincarnation 179 Milo 21-Jan-04 15:58
Re: reincarnation 175 David L 21-Jan-04 22:20
Re: reincarnation 190 Milo 21-Jan-04 22:52
Re: reincarnation 174 David L 22-Jan-04 01:55
Re: reincarnation 159 Milo 22-Jan-04 02:13
Re: reincarnation 134 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 12:44
Re: reincarnation 178 Milo 22-Jan-04 17:00
Re: reincarnation 178 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 17:34
Re: reincarnation 127 Milo 22-Jan-04 19:09
Re: reincarnation 213 David L 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 322 Cesar 22-Jan-04 22:49
Re: reincarnation 246 David L 23-Jan-04 02:37
Re: reincarnation 195 Cesar 23-Jan-04 10:41
Re: reincarnation 250 David L 23-Jan-04 02:53
Re: reincarnation 191 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 09:41
Re: reincarnation 168 David L 23-Jan-04 15:36
Re: reincarnation 189 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 175 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 17:06
Re: reincarnation 181 David L 23-Jan-04 20:28
Re: reincarnation 415 David L 23-Jan-04 20:10
Re: reincarnation 155 Milo 23-Jan-04 20:50
Re: reincarnation 153 David L 23-Jan-04 23:06
Re: reincarnation 153 Milo 23-Jan-04 23:43
Re: reincarnation 167 David L 24-Jan-04 01:04
Re: reincarnation 169 ArmchairObserver 24-Jan-04 07:43
Re: reincarnation 195 Cesar 24-Jan-04 17:31
Re: reincarnation 187 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:31
Re: reincarnation 168 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:45
Re: reincarnation 165 Milo 22-Jan-04 23:17
Re: reincarnation 146 Zosimos 22-Jan-04 22:53
Re: reincarnation 191 lobo-hotei 19-Jan-04 23:26
Re: reincarnation 181 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:27
Re: reincarnation 155 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:08
Re: reincarnation 210 RichardC 20-Jan-04 13:06
Re: reincarnation 185 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:13
Master of your own ship 324 Richard Fusniak 14-Feb-04 18:31
Re: reincarnation 181 David L 19-Jan-04 23:16
Re: reincarnation 192 newrisingsun 19-Jan-04 23:37
Re: reincarnation 158 David L 20-Jan-04 01:33
Re: reincarnation 173 newrisingsun 20-Jan-04 17:04
Re: reincarnation 146 Saorsa 20-Jan-04 08:46
Re: reincarnation 279 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 143 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:20
Re: reincarnation 175 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:15
Re: reincarnation 156 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 11:58
Re: reincarnation 138 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 15:33
Re: reincarnation 154 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 16:19
Re: reincarnation 201 Aarooga 22-Jan-04 13:13
Re: reincarnation 160 Saorsa 22-Jan-04 14:48
Re: reincarnation 190 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 20:21
Fuzzy 171 Richard Fusniak 20-Jan-04 23:21
Re: Fuzzy 152 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:35
Re: Fuzzy 169 Mark Staab 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 161 Segestan 21-Jan-04 16:33
Re: reincarnation 139 Earache 21-Jan-04 21:34
Re: reincarnation 179 Trygve Hogebol 22-Jan-04 07:17
Re: reincarnation 156 Earache 24-Jan-04 13:07
Re: reincarnation 161 Richard Fusniak 25-Jan-04 21:17
Re: reincarnation 161 Earache 31-Jan-04 15:42
Re: reincarnation 174 Alex S 26-Jan-04 01:56
Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 163 Richard Fusniak 27-Jan-04 01:26
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 162 Alex S 27-Jan-04 15:11
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 160 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 02:04
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 189 Alex S 29-Jan-04 12:13
Planetary Consciousness 145 Trygve Hogebol 30-Jan-04 05:59
Re: Planetary Consciousness 166 Mark Staab 30-Jan-04 16:18
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 233 timewaster 29-Jan-04 16:25
The value of regression 172 Richard Fusniak 31-Jan-04 23:17
Re: The value of regression 168 timewaster 02-Feb-04 03:22
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 194 David L 01-Feb-04 01:28
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 157 Trygve Hogebol 02-Feb-04 03:48
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 177 Trygve Hogebol 29-Jan-04 02:58
King or pauper 165 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 12:40
Re: King or pauper 160 Saorsa 29-Jan-04 12:51
Re: reincarnation 156 Lee McGiffen 27-Jan-04 10:38


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