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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 526 Melusine 19-Jan-04 20:55
Re: reincarnation 161 Zosimos 19-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 137 Melusine 19-Jan-04 21:59
Re: reincarnation 144 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:09
Re: reincarnation 128 Melusine 20-Jan-04 03:59
Re: reincarnation 125 David L 19-Jan-04 23:24
Re: reincarnation 149 Milo 19-Jan-04 23:38
Re: reincarnation 154 David L 20-Jan-04 15:08
Re: reincarnation 119 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:19
Re: reincarnation 143 David L 21-Jan-04 15:10
Re: reincarnation 137 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:23
Re: reincarnation 138 David L 20-Jan-04 15:03
Re: reincarnation 156 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 21:38
Re: reincarnation 109 David L 20-Jan-04 23:22
Re: reincarnation 133 Melusine 20-Jan-04 18:57
Re: reincarnation 132 Melusine 20-Jan-04 04:12
Re: reincarnation 115 David L 20-Jan-04 15:21
Re: reincarnation 131 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 17:13
Re: reincarnation 129 David L 20-Jan-04 18:54
Re: reincarnation 132 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 19:27
Re: reincarnation 149 David L 20-Jan-04 23:35
Re: reincarnation 146 banah 25-Jan-04 20:54
Re: reincarnation 139 David L 26-Jan-04 04:23
Re: reincarnation 140 banah 30-Jan-04 19:54
Water Symbolism 128 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 13:59
Re: Water Symbolism 138 David L 11-Feb-04 17:32
Re: reincarnation 170 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 10:16
Re: reincarnation 141 gene douglas 21-Jan-04 13:26
Re: reincarnation 143 HarryWJYoung 22-Jan-04 00:21
Re: reincarnation 157 David L 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: reincarnation 154 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 16:02
Re: reincarnation 137 David L 21-Jan-04 22:13
Re: reincarnation 139 banah 25-Jan-04 19:41
Re: reincarnation 131 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:29
Re: reincarnation 123 fiascohoho 20-Jan-04 19:22
Re: reincarnation 146 David L 20-Jan-04 23:41
Re: reincarnation 136 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:39
Re: reincarnation 129 David L 21-Jan-04 02:48
Re: reincarnation 146 Milo 21-Jan-04 03:03
Re: reincarnation 137 David L 21-Jan-04 15:41
Re: reincarnation 136 Milo 21-Jan-04 15:58
Re: reincarnation 131 David L 21-Jan-04 22:20
Re: reincarnation 143 Milo 21-Jan-04 22:52
Re: reincarnation 133 David L 22-Jan-04 01:55
Re: reincarnation 133 Milo 22-Jan-04 02:13
Re: reincarnation 100 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 12:44
Re: reincarnation 130 Milo 22-Jan-04 17:00
Re: reincarnation 127 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 17:34
Re: reincarnation 103 Milo 22-Jan-04 19:09
Re: reincarnation 182 David L 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 277 Cesar 22-Jan-04 22:49
Re: reincarnation 196 David L 23-Jan-04 02:37
Re: reincarnation 147 Cesar 23-Jan-04 10:41
Re: reincarnation 206 David L 23-Jan-04 02:53
Re: reincarnation 149 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 09:41
Re: reincarnation 135 David L 23-Jan-04 15:36
Re: reincarnation 163 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 131 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 17:06
Re: reincarnation 139 David L 23-Jan-04 20:28
Re: reincarnation 375 David L 23-Jan-04 20:10
Re: reincarnation 114 Milo 23-Jan-04 20:50
Re: reincarnation 112 David L 23-Jan-04 23:06
Re: reincarnation 109 Milo 23-Jan-04 23:43
Re: reincarnation 126 David L 24-Jan-04 01:04
Re: reincarnation 130 ArmchairObserver 24-Jan-04 07:43
Re: reincarnation 152 Cesar 24-Jan-04 17:31
Re: reincarnation 144 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:31
Re: reincarnation 125 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:45
Re: reincarnation 118 Milo 22-Jan-04 23:17
Re: reincarnation 102 Zosimos 22-Jan-04 22:53
Re: reincarnation 148 lobo-hotei 19-Jan-04 23:26
Re: reincarnation 142 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:27
Re: reincarnation 108 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:08
Re: reincarnation 162 RichardC 20-Jan-04 13:06
Re: reincarnation 144 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:13
Master of your own ship 260 Richard Fusniak 14-Feb-04 18:31
Re: reincarnation 139 David L 19-Jan-04 23:16
Re: reincarnation 134 newrisingsun 19-Jan-04 23:37
Re: reincarnation 120 David L 20-Jan-04 01:33
Re: reincarnation 131 newrisingsun 20-Jan-04 17:04
Re: reincarnation 116 Saorsa 20-Jan-04 08:46
Re: reincarnation 233 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 104 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:20
Re: reincarnation 132 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:15
Re: reincarnation 114 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 11:58
Re: reincarnation 111 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 15:33
Re: reincarnation 124 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 16:19
Re: reincarnation 174 Aarooga 22-Jan-04 13:13
Re: reincarnation 118 Saorsa 22-Jan-04 14:48
Re: reincarnation 143 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 20:21
Fuzzy 130 Richard Fusniak 20-Jan-04 23:21
Re: Fuzzy 111 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:35
Re: Fuzzy 135 Mark Staab 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 131 Segestan 21-Jan-04 16:33
Re: reincarnation 110 Earache 21-Jan-04 21:34
Re: reincarnation 136 Trygve Hogebol 22-Jan-04 07:17
Re: reincarnation 128 Earache 24-Jan-04 13:07
Re: reincarnation 116 Richard Fusniak 25-Jan-04 21:17
Re: reincarnation 115 Earache 31-Jan-04 15:42
Re: reincarnation 129 Alex S 26-Jan-04 01:56
Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 136 Richard Fusniak 27-Jan-04 01:26
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 119 Alex S 27-Jan-04 15:11
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 131 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 02:04
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 149 Alex S 29-Jan-04 12:13
Planetary Consciousness 106 Trygve Hogebol 30-Jan-04 05:59
Re: Planetary Consciousness 126 Mark Staab 30-Jan-04 16:18
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 183 timewaster 29-Jan-04 16:25
The value of regression 142 Richard Fusniak 31-Jan-04 23:17
Re: The value of regression 125 timewaster 02-Feb-04 03:22
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 153 David L 01-Feb-04 01:28
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 120 Trygve Hogebol 02-Feb-04 03:48
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 138 Trygve Hogebol 29-Jan-04 02:58
King or pauper 124 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 12:40
Re: King or pauper 132 Saorsa 29-Jan-04 12:51
Re: reincarnation 116 Lee McGiffen 27-Jan-04 10:38


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