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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 494 Melusine 19-Jan-04 20:55
Re: reincarnation 151 Zosimos 19-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 128 Melusine 19-Jan-04 21:59
Re: reincarnation 130 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:09
Re: reincarnation 116 Melusine 20-Jan-04 03:59
Re: reincarnation 116 David L 19-Jan-04 23:24
Re: reincarnation 136 Milo 19-Jan-04 23:38
Re: reincarnation 141 David L 20-Jan-04 15:08
Re: reincarnation 110 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:19
Re: reincarnation 136 David L 21-Jan-04 15:10
Re: reincarnation 130 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:23
Re: reincarnation 127 David L 20-Jan-04 15:03
Re: reincarnation 144 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 21:38
Re: reincarnation 103 David L 20-Jan-04 23:22
Re: reincarnation 119 Melusine 20-Jan-04 18:57
Re: reincarnation 123 Melusine 20-Jan-04 04:12
Re: reincarnation 107 David L 20-Jan-04 15:21
Re: reincarnation 119 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 17:13
Re: reincarnation 117 David L 20-Jan-04 18:54
Re: reincarnation 121 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 19:27
Re: reincarnation 138 David L 20-Jan-04 23:35
Re: reincarnation 136 banah 25-Jan-04 20:54
Re: reincarnation 130 David L 26-Jan-04 04:23
Re: reincarnation 134 banah 30-Jan-04 19:54
Water Symbolism 122 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 13:59
Re: Water Symbolism 133 David L 11-Feb-04 17:32
Re: reincarnation 163 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 10:16
Re: reincarnation 129 gene douglas 21-Jan-04 13:26
Re: reincarnation 136 HarryWJYoung 22-Jan-04 00:21
Re: reincarnation 142 David L 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: reincarnation 145 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 16:02
Re: reincarnation 130 David L 21-Jan-04 22:13
Re: reincarnation 131 banah 25-Jan-04 19:41
Re: reincarnation 125 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:29
Re: reincarnation 116 fiascohoho 20-Jan-04 19:22
Re: reincarnation 135 David L 20-Jan-04 23:41
Re: reincarnation 128 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:39
Re: reincarnation 123 David L 21-Jan-04 02:48
Re: reincarnation 131 Milo 21-Jan-04 03:03
Re: reincarnation 125 David L 21-Jan-04 15:41
Re: reincarnation 129 Milo 21-Jan-04 15:58
Re: reincarnation 124 David L 21-Jan-04 22:20
Re: reincarnation 135 Milo 21-Jan-04 22:52
Re: reincarnation 127 David L 22-Jan-04 01:55
Re: reincarnation 127 Milo 22-Jan-04 02:13
Re: reincarnation 93 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 12:44
Re: reincarnation 120 Milo 22-Jan-04 17:00
Re: reincarnation 116 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 17:34
Re: reincarnation 96 Milo 22-Jan-04 19:09
Re: reincarnation 173 David L 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 264 Cesar 22-Jan-04 22:49
Re: reincarnation 188 David L 23-Jan-04 02:37
Re: reincarnation 137 Cesar 23-Jan-04 10:41
Re: reincarnation 197 David L 23-Jan-04 02:53
Re: reincarnation 142 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 09:41
Re: reincarnation 124 David L 23-Jan-04 15:36
Re: reincarnation 156 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 118 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 17:06
Re: reincarnation 132 David L 23-Jan-04 20:28
Re: reincarnation 366 David L 23-Jan-04 20:10
Re: reincarnation 108 Milo 23-Jan-04 20:50
Re: reincarnation 106 David L 23-Jan-04 23:06
Re: reincarnation 102 Milo 23-Jan-04 23:43
Re: reincarnation 116 David L 24-Jan-04 01:04
Re: reincarnation 122 ArmchairObserver 24-Jan-04 07:43
Re: reincarnation 140 Cesar 24-Jan-04 17:31
Re: reincarnation 132 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:31
Re: reincarnation 115 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:45
Re: reincarnation 111 Milo 22-Jan-04 23:17
Re: reincarnation 96 Zosimos 22-Jan-04 22:53
Re: reincarnation 140 lobo-hotei 19-Jan-04 23:26
Re: reincarnation 128 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:27
Re: reincarnation 100 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:08
Re: reincarnation 154 RichardC 20-Jan-04 13:06
Re: reincarnation 137 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:13
Master of your own ship 239 Richard Fusniak 14-Feb-04 18:31
Re: reincarnation 127 David L 19-Jan-04 23:16
Re: reincarnation 125 newrisingsun 19-Jan-04 23:37
Re: reincarnation 113 David L 20-Jan-04 01:33
Re: reincarnation 123 newrisingsun 20-Jan-04 17:04
Re: reincarnation 110 Saorsa 20-Jan-04 08:46
Re: reincarnation 220 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 96 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:20
Re: reincarnation 125 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:15
Re: reincarnation 107 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 11:58
Re: reincarnation 103 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 15:33
Re: reincarnation 115 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 16:19
Re: reincarnation 164 Aarooga 22-Jan-04 13:13
Re: reincarnation 112 Saorsa 22-Jan-04 14:48
Re: reincarnation 135 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 20:21
Fuzzy 119 Richard Fusniak 20-Jan-04 23:21
Re: Fuzzy 104 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:35
Re: Fuzzy 128 Mark Staab 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 123 Segestan 21-Jan-04 16:33
Re: reincarnation 104 Earache 21-Jan-04 21:34
Re: reincarnation 125 Trygve Hogebol 22-Jan-04 07:17
Re: reincarnation 120 Earache 24-Jan-04 13:07
Re: reincarnation 109 Richard Fusniak 25-Jan-04 21:17
Re: reincarnation 107 Earache 31-Jan-04 15:42
Re: reincarnation 122 Alex S 26-Jan-04 01:56
Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 130 Richard Fusniak 27-Jan-04 01:26
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 112 Alex S 27-Jan-04 15:11
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 125 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 02:04
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 134 Alex S 29-Jan-04 12:13
Planetary Consciousness 99 Trygve Hogebol 30-Jan-04 05:59
Re: Planetary Consciousness 120 Mark Staab 30-Jan-04 16:18
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 167 timewaster 29-Jan-04 16:25
The value of regression 137 Richard Fusniak 31-Jan-04 23:17
Re: The value of regression 118 timewaster 02-Feb-04 03:22
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 146 David L 01-Feb-04 01:28
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 112 Trygve Hogebol 02-Feb-04 03:48
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 130 Trygve Hogebol 29-Jan-04 02:58
King or pauper 117 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 12:40
Re: King or pauper 126 Saorsa 29-Jan-04 12:51
Re: reincarnation 109 Lee McGiffen 27-Jan-04 10:38


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