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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 585 Melusine 19-Jan-04 20:55
Re: reincarnation 185 Zosimos 19-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 149 Melusine 19-Jan-04 21:59
Re: reincarnation 167 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:09
Re: reincarnation 155 Melusine 20-Jan-04 03:59
Re: reincarnation 145 David L 19-Jan-04 23:24
Re: reincarnation 173 Milo 19-Jan-04 23:38
Re: reincarnation 169 David L 20-Jan-04 15:08
Re: reincarnation 135 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:19
Re: reincarnation 166 David L 21-Jan-04 15:10
Re: reincarnation 158 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:23
Re: reincarnation 153 David L 20-Jan-04 15:03
Re: reincarnation 170 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 21:38
Re: reincarnation 127 David L 20-Jan-04 23:22
Re: reincarnation 160 Melusine 20-Jan-04 18:57
Re: reincarnation 151 Melusine 20-Jan-04 04:12
Re: reincarnation 137 David L 20-Jan-04 15:21
Re: reincarnation 148 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 17:13
Re: reincarnation 145 David L 20-Jan-04 18:54
Re: reincarnation 153 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 19:27
Re: reincarnation 168 David L 20-Jan-04 23:35
Re: reincarnation 172 banah 25-Jan-04 20:54
Re: reincarnation 162 David L 26-Jan-04 04:23
Re: reincarnation 160 banah 30-Jan-04 19:54
Water Symbolism 141 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 13:59
Re: Water Symbolism 154 David L 11-Feb-04 17:32
Re: reincarnation 191 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 10:16
Re: reincarnation 166 gene douglas 21-Jan-04 13:26
Re: reincarnation 157 HarryWJYoung 22-Jan-04 00:21
Re: reincarnation 170 David L 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: reincarnation 173 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 16:02
Re: reincarnation 158 David L 21-Jan-04 22:13
Re: reincarnation 154 banah 25-Jan-04 19:41
Re: reincarnation 143 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:29
Re: reincarnation 148 fiascohoho 20-Jan-04 19:22
Re: reincarnation 165 David L 20-Jan-04 23:41
Re: reincarnation 161 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:39
Re: reincarnation 144 David L 21-Jan-04 02:48
Re: reincarnation 159 Milo 21-Jan-04 03:03
Re: reincarnation 162 David L 21-Jan-04 15:41
Re: reincarnation 157 Milo 21-Jan-04 15:58
Re: reincarnation 154 David L 21-Jan-04 22:20
Re: reincarnation 169 Milo 21-Jan-04 22:52
Re: reincarnation 156 David L 22-Jan-04 01:55
Re: reincarnation 144 Milo 22-Jan-04 02:13
Re: reincarnation 117 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 12:44
Re: reincarnation 153 Milo 22-Jan-04 17:00
Re: reincarnation 153 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 17:34
Re: reincarnation 113 Milo 22-Jan-04 19:09
Re: reincarnation 195 David L 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 303 Cesar 22-Jan-04 22:49
Re: reincarnation 223 David L 23-Jan-04 02:37
Re: reincarnation 169 Cesar 23-Jan-04 10:41
Re: reincarnation 227 David L 23-Jan-04 02:53
Re: reincarnation 169 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 09:41
Re: reincarnation 151 David L 23-Jan-04 15:36
Re: reincarnation 174 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 154 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 17:06
Re: reincarnation 162 David L 23-Jan-04 20:28
Re: reincarnation 396 David L 23-Jan-04 20:10
Re: reincarnation 137 Milo 23-Jan-04 20:50
Re: reincarnation 133 David L 23-Jan-04 23:06
Re: reincarnation 132 Milo 23-Jan-04 23:43
Re: reincarnation 147 David L 24-Jan-04 01:04
Re: reincarnation 152 ArmchairObserver 24-Jan-04 07:43
Re: reincarnation 172 Cesar 24-Jan-04 17:31
Re: reincarnation 165 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:31
Re: reincarnation 148 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:45
Re: reincarnation 141 Milo 22-Jan-04 23:17
Re: reincarnation 123 Zosimos 22-Jan-04 22:53
Re: reincarnation 170 lobo-hotei 19-Jan-04 23:26
Re: reincarnation 162 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:27
Re: reincarnation 130 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:08
Re: reincarnation 188 RichardC 20-Jan-04 13:06
Re: reincarnation 166 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:13
Master of your own ship 294 Richard Fusniak 14-Feb-04 18:31
Re: reincarnation 161 David L 19-Jan-04 23:16
Re: reincarnation 165 newrisingsun 19-Jan-04 23:37
Re: reincarnation 138 David L 20-Jan-04 01:33
Re: reincarnation 154 newrisingsun 20-Jan-04 17:04
Re: reincarnation 132 Saorsa 20-Jan-04 08:46
Re: reincarnation 257 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 123 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:20
Re: reincarnation 156 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:15
Re: reincarnation 134 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 11:58
Re: reincarnation 124 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 15:33
Re: reincarnation 139 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 16:19
Re: reincarnation 187 Aarooga 22-Jan-04 13:13
Re: reincarnation 138 Saorsa 22-Jan-04 14:48
Re: reincarnation 165 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 20:21
Fuzzy 151 Richard Fusniak 20-Jan-04 23:21
Re: Fuzzy 132 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:35
Re: Fuzzy 152 Mark Staab 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 143 Segestan 21-Jan-04 16:33
Re: reincarnation 124 Earache 21-Jan-04 21:34
Re: reincarnation 157 Trygve Hogebol 22-Jan-04 07:17
Re: reincarnation 142 Earache 24-Jan-04 13:07
Re: reincarnation 137 Richard Fusniak 25-Jan-04 21:17
Re: reincarnation 140 Earache 31-Jan-04 15:42
Re: reincarnation 151 Alex S 26-Jan-04 01:56
Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 148 Richard Fusniak 27-Jan-04 01:26
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 140 Alex S 27-Jan-04 15:11
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 146 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 02:04
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 169 Alex S 29-Jan-04 12:13
Planetary Consciousness 127 Trygve Hogebol 30-Jan-04 05:59
Re: Planetary Consciousness 145 Mark Staab 30-Jan-04 16:18
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 207 timewaster 29-Jan-04 16:25
The value of regression 156 Richard Fusniak 31-Jan-04 23:17
Re: The value of regression 146 timewaster 02-Feb-04 03:22
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 176 David L 01-Feb-04 01:28
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 140 Trygve Hogebol 02-Feb-04 03:48
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 158 Trygve Hogebol 29-Jan-04 02:58
King or pauper 145 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 12:40
Re: King or pauper 147 Saorsa 29-Jan-04 12:51
Re: reincarnation 135 Lee McGiffen 27-Jan-04 10:38


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