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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 679 Melusine 19-Jan-04 20:55
Re: reincarnation 220 Zosimos 19-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 179 Melusine 19-Jan-04 21:59
Re: reincarnation 204 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:09
Re: reincarnation 191 Melusine 20-Jan-04 03:59
Re: reincarnation 180 David L 19-Jan-04 23:24
Re: reincarnation 210 Milo 19-Jan-04 23:38
Re: reincarnation 201 David L 20-Jan-04 15:08
Re: reincarnation 163 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:19
Re: reincarnation 201 David L 21-Jan-04 15:10
Re: reincarnation 193 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:23
Re: reincarnation 190 David L 20-Jan-04 15:03
Re: reincarnation 201 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 21:38
Re: reincarnation 155 David L 20-Jan-04 23:22
Re: reincarnation 199 Melusine 20-Jan-04 18:57
Re: reincarnation 185 Melusine 20-Jan-04 04:12
Re: reincarnation 169 David L 20-Jan-04 15:21
Re: reincarnation 180 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 17:13
Re: reincarnation 176 David L 20-Jan-04 18:54
Re: reincarnation 188 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 19:27
Re: reincarnation 207 David L 20-Jan-04 23:35
Re: reincarnation 215 banah 25-Jan-04 20:54
Re: reincarnation 197 David L 26-Jan-04 04:23
Re: reincarnation 193 banah 30-Jan-04 19:54
Water Symbolism 170 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 13:59
Re: Water Symbolism 189 David L 11-Feb-04 17:32
Re: reincarnation 224 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 10:16
Re: reincarnation 226 gene douglas 21-Jan-04 13:26
Re: reincarnation 186 HarryWJYoung 22-Jan-04 00:21
Re: reincarnation 203 David L 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: reincarnation 208 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 16:02
Re: reincarnation 196 David L 21-Jan-04 22:13
Re: reincarnation 184 banah 25-Jan-04 19:41
Re: reincarnation 172 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:29
Re: reincarnation 189 fiascohoho 20-Jan-04 19:22
Re: reincarnation 197 David L 20-Jan-04 23:41
Re: reincarnation 196 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:39
Re: reincarnation 175 David L 21-Jan-04 02:48
Re: reincarnation 188 Milo 21-Jan-04 03:03
Re: reincarnation 198 David L 21-Jan-04 15:41
Re: reincarnation 193 Milo 21-Jan-04 15:58
Re: reincarnation 188 David L 21-Jan-04 22:20
Re: reincarnation 205 Milo 21-Jan-04 22:52
Re: reincarnation 186 David L 22-Jan-04 01:55
Re: reincarnation 175 Milo 22-Jan-04 02:13
Re: reincarnation 148 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 12:44
Re: reincarnation 202 Milo 22-Jan-04 17:00
Re: reincarnation 193 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 17:34
Re: reincarnation 143 Milo 22-Jan-04 19:09
Re: reincarnation 245 David L 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 337 Cesar 22-Jan-04 22:49
Re: reincarnation 261 David L 23-Jan-04 02:37
Re: reincarnation 208 Cesar 23-Jan-04 10:41
Re: reincarnation 264 David L 23-Jan-04 02:53
Re: reincarnation 205 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 09:41
Re: reincarnation 182 David L 23-Jan-04 15:36
Re: reincarnation 207 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 188 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 17:06
Re: reincarnation 197 David L 23-Jan-04 20:28
Re: reincarnation 430 David L 23-Jan-04 20:10
Re: reincarnation 170 Milo 23-Jan-04 20:50
Re: reincarnation 167 David L 23-Jan-04 23:06
Re: reincarnation 167 Milo 23-Jan-04 23:43
Re: reincarnation 181 David L 24-Jan-04 01:04
Re: reincarnation 182 ArmchairObserver 24-Jan-04 07:43
Re: reincarnation 219 Cesar 24-Jan-04 17:31
Re: reincarnation 203 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:31
Re: reincarnation 181 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:45
Re: reincarnation 180 Milo 22-Jan-04 23:17
Re: reincarnation 162 Zosimos 22-Jan-04 22:53
Re: reincarnation 207 lobo-hotei 19-Jan-04 23:26
Re: reincarnation 196 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:27
Re: reincarnation 169 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:08
Re: reincarnation 225 RichardC 20-Jan-04 13:06
Re: reincarnation 197 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:13
Master of your own ship 354 Richard Fusniak 14-Feb-04 18:31
Re: reincarnation 197 David L 19-Jan-04 23:16
Re: reincarnation 208 newrisingsun 19-Jan-04 23:37
Re: reincarnation 174 David L 20-Jan-04 01:33
Re: reincarnation 188 newrisingsun 20-Jan-04 17:04
Re: reincarnation 160 Saorsa 20-Jan-04 08:46
Re: reincarnation 294 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 156 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:20
Re: reincarnation 188 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:15
Re: reincarnation 171 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 11:58
Re: reincarnation 152 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 15:33
Re: reincarnation 170 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 16:19
Re: reincarnation 216 Aarooga 22-Jan-04 13:13
Re: reincarnation 174 Saorsa 22-Jan-04 14:48
Re: reincarnation 205 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 20:21
Fuzzy 187 Richard Fusniak 20-Jan-04 23:21
Re: Fuzzy 169 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:35
Re: Fuzzy 183 Mark Staab 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 176 Segestan 21-Jan-04 16:33
Re: reincarnation 158 Earache 21-Jan-04 21:34
Re: reincarnation 192 Trygve Hogebol 22-Jan-04 07:17
Re: reincarnation 171 Earache 24-Jan-04 13:07
Re: reincarnation 173 Richard Fusniak 25-Jan-04 21:17
Re: reincarnation 176 Earache 31-Jan-04 15:42
Re: reincarnation 187 Alex S 26-Jan-04 01:56
Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 177 Richard Fusniak 27-Jan-04 01:26
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 176 Alex S 27-Jan-04 15:11
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 173 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 02:04
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 200 Alex S 29-Jan-04 12:13
Planetary Consciousness 160 Trygve Hogebol 30-Jan-04 05:59
Re: Planetary Consciousness 180 Mark Staab 30-Jan-04 16:18
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 244 timewaster 29-Jan-04 16:25
The value of regression 187 Richard Fusniak 31-Jan-04 23:17
Re: The value of regression 179 timewaster 02-Feb-04 03:22
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 207 David L 01-Feb-04 01:28
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 169 Trygve Hogebol 02-Feb-04 03:48
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 189 Trygve Hogebol 29-Jan-04 02:58
King or pauper 177 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 12:40
Re: King or pauper 174 Saorsa 29-Jan-04 12:51
Re: reincarnation 169 Lee McGiffen 27-Jan-04 10:38


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