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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 431 Melusine 19-Jan-04 20:55
Re: reincarnation 139 Zosimos 19-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 116 Melusine 19-Jan-04 21:59
Re: reincarnation 114 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:09
Re: reincarnation 104 Melusine 20-Jan-04 03:59
Re: reincarnation 104 David L 19-Jan-04 23:24
Re: reincarnation 121 Milo 19-Jan-04 23:38
Re: reincarnation 124 David L 20-Jan-04 15:08
Re: reincarnation 101 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:19
Re: reincarnation 126 David L 21-Jan-04 15:10
Re: reincarnation 120 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:23
Re: reincarnation 114 David L 20-Jan-04 15:03
Re: reincarnation 131 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 21:38
Re: reincarnation 90 David L 20-Jan-04 23:22
Re: reincarnation 106 Melusine 20-Jan-04 18:57
Re: reincarnation 113 Melusine 20-Jan-04 04:12
Re: reincarnation 97 David L 20-Jan-04 15:21
Re: reincarnation 107 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 17:13
Re: reincarnation 105 David L 20-Jan-04 18:54
Re: reincarnation 108 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 19:27
Re: reincarnation 122 David L 20-Jan-04 23:35
Re: reincarnation 124 banah 25-Jan-04 20:54
Re: reincarnation 115 David L 26-Jan-04 04:23
Re: reincarnation 122 banah 30-Jan-04 19:54
Water Symbolism 110 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 13:59
Re: Water Symbolism 115 David L 11-Feb-04 17:32
Re: reincarnation 153 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 10:16
Re: reincarnation 117 gene douglas 21-Jan-04 13:26
Re: reincarnation 126 HarryWJYoung 22-Jan-04 00:21
Re: reincarnation 130 David L 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: reincarnation 122 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 16:02
Re: reincarnation 120 David L 21-Jan-04 22:13
Re: reincarnation 121 banah 25-Jan-04 19:41
Re: reincarnation 113 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:29
Re: reincarnation 104 fiascohoho 20-Jan-04 19:22
Re: reincarnation 118 David L 20-Jan-04 23:41
Re: reincarnation 117 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:39
Re: reincarnation 112 David L 21-Jan-04 02:48
Re: reincarnation 118 Milo 21-Jan-04 03:03
Re: reincarnation 110 David L 21-Jan-04 15:41
Re: reincarnation 118 Milo 21-Jan-04 15:58
Re: reincarnation 113 David L 21-Jan-04 22:20
Re: reincarnation 122 Milo 21-Jan-04 22:52
Re: reincarnation 115 David L 22-Jan-04 01:55
Re: reincarnation 116 Milo 22-Jan-04 02:13
Re: reincarnation 84 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 12:44
Re: reincarnation 108 Milo 22-Jan-04 17:00
Re: reincarnation 104 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 17:34
Re: reincarnation 85 Milo 22-Jan-04 19:09
Re: reincarnation 157 David L 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 245 Cesar 22-Jan-04 22:49
Re: reincarnation 174 David L 23-Jan-04 02:37
Re: reincarnation 108 Cesar 23-Jan-04 10:41
Re: reincarnation 183 David L 23-Jan-04 02:53
Re: reincarnation 132 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 09:41
Re: reincarnation 112 David L 23-Jan-04 15:36
Re: reincarnation 142 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 104 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 17:06
Re: reincarnation 120 David L 23-Jan-04 20:28
Re: reincarnation 356 David L 23-Jan-04 20:10
Re: reincarnation 98 Milo 23-Jan-04 20:50
Re: reincarnation 95 David L 23-Jan-04 23:06
Re: reincarnation 92 Milo 23-Jan-04 23:43
Re: reincarnation 107 David L 24-Jan-04 01:04
Re: reincarnation 113 ArmchairObserver 24-Jan-04 07:43
Re: reincarnation 128 Cesar 24-Jan-04 17:31
Re: reincarnation 119 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:31
Re: reincarnation 103 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:45
Re: reincarnation 102 Milo 22-Jan-04 23:17
Re: reincarnation 86 Zosimos 22-Jan-04 22:53
Re: reincarnation 127 lobo-hotei 19-Jan-04 23:26
Re: reincarnation 115 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:27
Re: reincarnation 91 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:08
Re: reincarnation 144 RichardC 20-Jan-04 13:06
Re: reincarnation 124 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:13
Master of your own ship 216 Richard Fusniak 14-Feb-04 18:31
Re: reincarnation 113 David L 19-Jan-04 23:16
Re: reincarnation 113 newrisingsun 19-Jan-04 23:37
Re: reincarnation 103 David L 20-Jan-04 01:33
Re: reincarnation 113 newrisingsun 20-Jan-04 17:04
Re: reincarnation 100 Saorsa 20-Jan-04 08:46
Re: reincarnation 199 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 86 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:20
Re: reincarnation 116 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:15
Re: reincarnation 97 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 11:58
Re: reincarnation 93 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 15:33
Re: reincarnation 105 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 16:19
Re: reincarnation 146 Aarooga 22-Jan-04 13:13
Re: reincarnation 98 Saorsa 22-Jan-04 14:48
Re: reincarnation 121 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 20:21
Fuzzy 106 Richard Fusniak 20-Jan-04 23:21
Re: Fuzzy 94 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:35
Re: Fuzzy 118 Mark Staab 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 112 Segestan 21-Jan-04 16:33
Re: reincarnation 93 Earache 21-Jan-04 21:34
Re: reincarnation 114 Trygve Hogebol 22-Jan-04 07:17
Re: reincarnation 110 Earache 24-Jan-04 13:07
Re: reincarnation 97 Richard Fusniak 25-Jan-04 21:17
Re: reincarnation 95 Earache 31-Jan-04 15:42
Re: reincarnation 109 Alex S 26-Jan-04 01:56
Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 116 Richard Fusniak 27-Jan-04 01:26
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 100 Alex S 27-Jan-04 15:11
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 113 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 02:04
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 118 Alex S 29-Jan-04 12:13
Planetary Consciousness 88 Trygve Hogebol 30-Jan-04 05:59
Re: Planetary Consciousness 107 Mark Staab 30-Jan-04 16:18
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 137 timewaster 29-Jan-04 16:25
The value of regression 124 Richard Fusniak 31-Jan-04 23:17
Re: The value of regression 107 timewaster 02-Feb-04 03:22
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 134 David L 01-Feb-04 01:28
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 101 Trygve Hogebol 02-Feb-04 03:48
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 118 Trygve Hogebol 29-Jan-04 02:58
King or pauper 103 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 12:40
Re: King or pauper 110 Saorsa 29-Jan-04 12:51
Re: reincarnation 95 Lee McGiffen 27-Jan-04 10:38


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