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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 393 Melusine 19-Jan-04 20:55
Re: reincarnation 126 Zosimos 19-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 105 Melusine 19-Jan-04 21:59
Re: reincarnation 102 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:09
Re: reincarnation 92 Melusine 20-Jan-04 03:59
Re: reincarnation 92 David L 19-Jan-04 23:24
Re: reincarnation 108 Milo 19-Jan-04 23:38
Re: reincarnation 112 David L 20-Jan-04 15:08
Re: reincarnation 88 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:19
Re: reincarnation 109 David L 21-Jan-04 15:10
Re: reincarnation 107 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:23
Re: reincarnation 101 David L 20-Jan-04 15:03
Re: reincarnation 116 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 21:38
Re: reincarnation 80 David L 20-Jan-04 23:22
Re: reincarnation 95 Melusine 20-Jan-04 18:57
Re: reincarnation 101 Melusine 20-Jan-04 04:12
Re: reincarnation 85 David L 20-Jan-04 15:21
Re: reincarnation 93 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 17:13
Re: reincarnation 93 David L 20-Jan-04 18:54
Re: reincarnation 96 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 19:27
Re: reincarnation 109 David L 20-Jan-04 23:35
Re: reincarnation 111 banah 25-Jan-04 20:54
Re: reincarnation 104 David L 26-Jan-04 04:23
Re: reincarnation 109 banah 30-Jan-04 19:54
Water Symbolism 96 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 13:59
Re: Water Symbolism 103 David L 11-Feb-04 17:32
Re: reincarnation 141 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 10:16
Re: reincarnation 102 gene douglas 21-Jan-04 13:26
Re: reincarnation 112 HarryWJYoung 22-Jan-04 00:21
Re: reincarnation 115 David L 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: reincarnation 104 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 16:02
Re: reincarnation 108 David L 21-Jan-04 22:13
Re: reincarnation 107 banah 25-Jan-04 19:41
Re: reincarnation 102 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:29
Re: reincarnation 90 fiascohoho 20-Jan-04 19:22
Re: reincarnation 106 David L 20-Jan-04 23:41
Re: reincarnation 104 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:39
Re: reincarnation 99 David L 21-Jan-04 02:48
Re: reincarnation 106 Milo 21-Jan-04 03:03
Re: reincarnation 95 David L 21-Jan-04 15:41
Re: reincarnation 105 Milo 21-Jan-04 15:58
Re: reincarnation 101 David L 21-Jan-04 22:20
Re: reincarnation 109 Milo 21-Jan-04 22:52
Re: reincarnation 104 David L 22-Jan-04 01:55
Re: reincarnation 104 Milo 22-Jan-04 02:13
Re: reincarnation 72 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 12:44
Re: reincarnation 96 Milo 22-Jan-04 17:00
Re: reincarnation 91 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 17:34
Re: reincarnation 74 Milo 22-Jan-04 19:09
Re: reincarnation 145 David L 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 232 Cesar 22-Jan-04 22:49
Re: reincarnation 162 David L 23-Jan-04 02:37
Re: reincarnation 96 Cesar 23-Jan-04 10:41
Re: reincarnation 171 David L 23-Jan-04 02:53
Re: reincarnation 121 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 09:41
Re: reincarnation 98 David L 23-Jan-04 15:36
Re: reincarnation 129 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 91 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 17:06
Re: reincarnation 109 David L 23-Jan-04 20:28
Re: reincarnation 336 David L 23-Jan-04 20:10
Re: reincarnation 86 Milo 23-Jan-04 20:50
Re: reincarnation 83 David L 23-Jan-04 23:06
Re: reincarnation 80 Milo 23-Jan-04 23:43
Re: reincarnation 93 David L 24-Jan-04 01:04
Re: reincarnation 100 ArmchairObserver 24-Jan-04 07:43
Re: reincarnation 114 Cesar 24-Jan-04 17:31
Re: reincarnation 105 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:31
Re: reincarnation 91 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:45
Re: reincarnation 90 Milo 22-Jan-04 23:17
Re: reincarnation 74 Zosimos 22-Jan-04 22:53
Re: reincarnation 111 lobo-hotei 19-Jan-04 23:26
Re: reincarnation 102 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:27
Re: reincarnation 78 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:08
Re: reincarnation 128 RichardC 20-Jan-04 13:06
Re: reincarnation 111 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:13
Master of your own ship 194 Richard Fusniak 14-Feb-04 18:31
Re: reincarnation 100 David L 19-Jan-04 23:16
Re: reincarnation 97 newrisingsun 19-Jan-04 23:37
Re: reincarnation 88 David L 20-Jan-04 01:33
Re: reincarnation 99 newrisingsun 20-Jan-04 17:04
Re: reincarnation 87 Saorsa 20-Jan-04 08:46
Re: reincarnation 182 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 75 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:20
Re: reincarnation 103 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:15
Re: reincarnation 84 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 11:58
Re: reincarnation 82 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 15:33
Re: reincarnation 91 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 16:19
Re: reincarnation 132 Aarooga 22-Jan-04 13:13
Re: reincarnation 85 Saorsa 22-Jan-04 14:48
Re: reincarnation 109 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 20:21
Fuzzy 90 Richard Fusniak 20-Jan-04 23:21
Re: Fuzzy 80 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:35
Re: Fuzzy 106 Mark Staab 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 100 Segestan 21-Jan-04 16:33
Re: reincarnation 81 Earache 21-Jan-04 21:34
Re: reincarnation 101 Trygve Hogebol 22-Jan-04 07:17
Re: reincarnation 96 Earache 24-Jan-04 13:07
Re: reincarnation 87 Richard Fusniak 25-Jan-04 21:17
Re: reincarnation 84 Earache 31-Jan-04 15:42
Re: reincarnation 98 Alex S 26-Jan-04 01:56
Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 106 Richard Fusniak 27-Jan-04 01:26
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 89 Alex S 27-Jan-04 15:11
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 101 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 02:04
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 106 Alex S 29-Jan-04 12:13
Planetary Consciousness 77 Trygve Hogebol 30-Jan-04 05:59
Re: Planetary Consciousness 95 Mark Staab 30-Jan-04 16:18
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 127 timewaster 29-Jan-04 16:25
The value of regression 112 Richard Fusniak 31-Jan-04 23:17
Re: The value of regression 96 timewaster 02-Feb-04 03:22
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 123 David L 01-Feb-04 01:28
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 89 Trygve Hogebol 02-Feb-04 03:48
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 107 Trygve Hogebol 29-Jan-04 02:58
King or pauper 93 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 12:40
Re: King or pauper 101 Saorsa 29-Jan-04 12:51
Re: reincarnation 85 Lee McGiffen 27-Jan-04 10:38


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