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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 868 Melusine 19-Jan-04 20:55
Re: reincarnation 291 Zosimos 19-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 246 Melusine 19-Jan-04 21:59
Re: reincarnation 270 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:09
Re: reincarnation 261 Melusine 20-Jan-04 03:59
Re: reincarnation 246 David L 19-Jan-04 23:24
Re: reincarnation 284 Milo 19-Jan-04 23:38
Re: reincarnation 268 David L 20-Jan-04 15:08
Re: reincarnation 230 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:19
Re: reincarnation 260 David L 21-Jan-04 15:10
Re: reincarnation 267 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:23
Re: reincarnation 259 David L 20-Jan-04 15:03
Re: reincarnation 270 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 21:38
Re: reincarnation 219 David L 20-Jan-04 23:22
Re: reincarnation 265 Melusine 20-Jan-04 18:57
Re: reincarnation 257 Melusine 20-Jan-04 04:12
Re: reincarnation 235 David L 20-Jan-04 15:21
Re: reincarnation 248 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 17:13
Re: reincarnation 244 David L 20-Jan-04 18:54
Re: reincarnation 245 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 19:27
Re: reincarnation 260 David L 20-Jan-04 23:35
Re: reincarnation 303 banah 25-Jan-04 20:54
Re: reincarnation 265 David L 26-Jan-04 04:23
Re: reincarnation 254 banah 30-Jan-04 19:54
Water Symbolism 241 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 13:59
Re: Water Symbolism 263 David L 11-Feb-04 17:32
Re: reincarnation 289 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 10:16
Re: reincarnation 297 gene douglas 21-Jan-04 13:26
Re: reincarnation 248 HarryWJYoung 22-Jan-04 00:21
Re: reincarnation 266 David L 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: reincarnation 275 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 16:02
Re: reincarnation 262 David L 21-Jan-04 22:13
Re: reincarnation 252 banah 25-Jan-04 19:41
Re: reincarnation 233 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:29
Re: reincarnation 250 fiascohoho 20-Jan-04 19:22
Re: reincarnation 256 David L 20-Jan-04 23:41
Re: reincarnation 264 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:39
Re: reincarnation 239 David L 21-Jan-04 02:48
Re: reincarnation 255 Milo 21-Jan-04 03:03
Re: reincarnation 262 David L 21-Jan-04 15:41
Re: reincarnation 264 Milo 21-Jan-04 15:58
Re: reincarnation 253 David L 21-Jan-04 22:20
Re: reincarnation 270 Milo 21-Jan-04 22:52
Re: reincarnation 249 David L 22-Jan-04 01:55
Re: reincarnation 242 Milo 22-Jan-04 02:13
Re: reincarnation 218 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 12:44
Re: reincarnation 261 Milo 22-Jan-04 17:00
Re: reincarnation 261 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 17:34
Re: reincarnation 214 Milo 22-Jan-04 19:09
Re: reincarnation 315 David L 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 404 Cesar 22-Jan-04 22:49
Re: reincarnation 336 David L 23-Jan-04 02:37
Re: reincarnation 272 Cesar 23-Jan-04 10:41
Re: reincarnation 340 David L 23-Jan-04 02:53
Re: reincarnation 271 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 09:41
Re: reincarnation 246 David L 23-Jan-04 15:36
Re: reincarnation 276 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 256 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 17:06
Re: reincarnation 254 David L 23-Jan-04 20:28
Re: reincarnation 501 David L 23-Jan-04 20:10
Re: reincarnation 237 Milo 23-Jan-04 20:50
Re: reincarnation 229 David L 23-Jan-04 23:06
Re: reincarnation 227 Milo 23-Jan-04 23:43
Re: reincarnation 254 David L 24-Jan-04 01:04
Re: reincarnation 251 ArmchairObserver 24-Jan-04 07:43
Re: reincarnation 289 Cesar 24-Jan-04 17:31
Re: reincarnation 273 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:31
Re: reincarnation 244 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:45
Re: reincarnation 253 Milo 22-Jan-04 23:17
Re: reincarnation 221 Zosimos 22-Jan-04 22:53
Re: reincarnation 270 lobo-hotei 19-Jan-04 23:26
Re: reincarnation 272 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:27
Re: reincarnation 237 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:08
Re: reincarnation 294 RichardC 20-Jan-04 13:06
Re: reincarnation 258 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:13
Master of your own ship 469 Richard Fusniak 14-Feb-04 18:31
Re: reincarnation 262 David L 19-Jan-04 23:16
Re: reincarnation 279 newrisingsun 19-Jan-04 23:37
Re: reincarnation 237 David L 20-Jan-04 01:33
Re: reincarnation 253 newrisingsun 20-Jan-04 17:04
Re: reincarnation 220 Saorsa 20-Jan-04 08:46
Re: reincarnation 373 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 217 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:20
Re: reincarnation 258 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:15
Re: reincarnation 240 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 11:58
Re: reincarnation 223 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 15:33
Re: reincarnation 242 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 16:19
Re: reincarnation 295 Aarooga 22-Jan-04 13:13
Re: reincarnation 240 Saorsa 22-Jan-04 14:48
Re: reincarnation 272 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 20:21
Fuzzy 257 Richard Fusniak 20-Jan-04 23:21
Re: Fuzzy 237 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:35
Re: Fuzzy 245 Mark Staab 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 244 Segestan 21-Jan-04 16:33
Re: reincarnation 226 Earache 21-Jan-04 21:34
Re: reincarnation 256 Trygve Hogebol 22-Jan-04 07:17
Re: reincarnation 232 Earache 24-Jan-04 13:07
Re: reincarnation 238 Richard Fusniak 25-Jan-04 21:17
Re: reincarnation 245 Earache 31-Jan-04 15:42
Re: reincarnation 250 Alex S 26-Jan-04 01:56
Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 243 Richard Fusniak 27-Jan-04 01:26
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 245 Alex S 27-Jan-04 15:11
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 238 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 02:04
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 268 Alex S 29-Jan-04 12:13
Planetary Consciousness 231 Trygve Hogebol 30-Jan-04 05:59
Re: Planetary Consciousness 237 Mark Staab 30-Jan-04 16:18
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 303 timewaster 29-Jan-04 16:25
The value of regression 260 Richard Fusniak 31-Jan-04 23:17
Re: The value of regression 239 timewaster 02-Feb-04 03:22
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 266 David L 01-Feb-04 01:28
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 233 Trygve Hogebol 02-Feb-04 03:48
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 250 Trygve Hogebol 29-Jan-04 02:58
King or pauper 236 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 12:40
Re: King or pauper 243 Saorsa 29-Jan-04 12:51
Re: reincarnation 228 Lee McGiffen 27-Jan-04 10:38


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