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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 659 Melusine 19-Jan-04 20:55
Re: reincarnation 215 Zosimos 19-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 173 Melusine 19-Jan-04 21:59
Re: reincarnation 197 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:09
Re: reincarnation 185 Melusine 20-Jan-04 03:59
Re: reincarnation 175 David L 19-Jan-04 23:24
Re: reincarnation 205 Milo 19-Jan-04 23:38
Re: reincarnation 195 David L 20-Jan-04 15:08
Re: reincarnation 158 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:19
Re: reincarnation 196 David L 21-Jan-04 15:10
Re: reincarnation 187 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:23
Re: reincarnation 184 David L 20-Jan-04 15:03
Re: reincarnation 195 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 21:38
Re: reincarnation 149 David L 20-Jan-04 23:22
Re: reincarnation 191 Melusine 20-Jan-04 18:57
Re: reincarnation 179 Melusine 20-Jan-04 04:12
Re: reincarnation 163 David L 20-Jan-04 15:21
Re: reincarnation 175 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 17:13
Re: reincarnation 170 David L 20-Jan-04 18:54
Re: reincarnation 182 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 19:27
Re: reincarnation 201 David L 20-Jan-04 23:35
Re: reincarnation 208 banah 25-Jan-04 20:54
Re: reincarnation 192 David L 26-Jan-04 04:23
Re: reincarnation 188 banah 30-Jan-04 19:54
Water Symbolism 163 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 13:59
Re: Water Symbolism 182 David L 11-Feb-04 17:32
Re: reincarnation 218 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 10:16
Re: reincarnation 220 gene douglas 21-Jan-04 13:26
Re: reincarnation 179 HarryWJYoung 22-Jan-04 00:21
Re: reincarnation 196 David L 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: reincarnation 203 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 16:02
Re: reincarnation 190 David L 21-Jan-04 22:13
Re: reincarnation 178 banah 25-Jan-04 19:41
Re: reincarnation 166 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:29
Re: reincarnation 183 fiascohoho 20-Jan-04 19:22
Re: reincarnation 191 David L 20-Jan-04 23:41
Re: reincarnation 190 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:39
Re: reincarnation 168 David L 21-Jan-04 02:48
Re: reincarnation 180 Milo 21-Jan-04 03:03
Re: reincarnation 191 David L 21-Jan-04 15:41
Re: reincarnation 187 Milo 21-Jan-04 15:58
Re: reincarnation 183 David L 21-Jan-04 22:20
Re: reincarnation 199 Milo 21-Jan-04 22:52
Re: reincarnation 180 David L 22-Jan-04 01:55
Re: reincarnation 169 Milo 22-Jan-04 02:13
Re: reincarnation 142 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 12:44
Re: reincarnation 194 Milo 22-Jan-04 17:00
Re: reincarnation 187 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 17:34
Re: reincarnation 137 Milo 22-Jan-04 19:09
Re: reincarnation 239 David L 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 330 Cesar 22-Jan-04 22:49
Re: reincarnation 256 David L 23-Jan-04 02:37
Re: reincarnation 202 Cesar 23-Jan-04 10:41
Re: reincarnation 259 David L 23-Jan-04 02:53
Re: reincarnation 198 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 09:41
Re: reincarnation 177 David L 23-Jan-04 15:36
Re: reincarnation 199 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 182 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 17:06
Re: reincarnation 189 David L 23-Jan-04 20:28
Re: reincarnation 425 David L 23-Jan-04 20:10
Re: reincarnation 164 Milo 23-Jan-04 20:50
Re: reincarnation 162 David L 23-Jan-04 23:06
Re: reincarnation 161 Milo 23-Jan-04 23:43
Re: reincarnation 176 David L 24-Jan-04 01:04
Re: reincarnation 177 ArmchairObserver 24-Jan-04 07:43
Re: reincarnation 211 Cesar 24-Jan-04 17:31
Re: reincarnation 197 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:31
Re: reincarnation 175 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:45
Re: reincarnation 175 Milo 22-Jan-04 23:17
Re: reincarnation 154 Zosimos 22-Jan-04 22:53
Re: reincarnation 201 lobo-hotei 19-Jan-04 23:26
Re: reincarnation 191 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:27
Re: reincarnation 164 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:08
Re: reincarnation 218 RichardC 20-Jan-04 13:06
Re: reincarnation 191 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:13
Master of your own ship 340 Richard Fusniak 14-Feb-04 18:31
Re: reincarnation 191 David L 19-Jan-04 23:16
Re: reincarnation 203 newrisingsun 19-Jan-04 23:37
Re: reincarnation 167 David L 20-Jan-04 01:33
Re: reincarnation 181 newrisingsun 20-Jan-04 17:04
Re: reincarnation 154 Saorsa 20-Jan-04 08:46
Re: reincarnation 286 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 150 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:20
Re: reincarnation 183 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:15
Re: reincarnation 165 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 11:58
Re: reincarnation 147 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 15:33
Re: reincarnation 165 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 16:19
Re: reincarnation 209 Aarooga 22-Jan-04 13:13
Re: reincarnation 168 Saorsa 22-Jan-04 14:48
Re: reincarnation 199 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 20:21
Fuzzy 180 Richard Fusniak 20-Jan-04 23:21
Re: Fuzzy 161 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:35
Re: Fuzzy 177 Mark Staab 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 169 Segestan 21-Jan-04 16:33
Re: reincarnation 150 Earache 21-Jan-04 21:34
Re: reincarnation 187 Trygve Hogebol 22-Jan-04 07:17
Re: reincarnation 165 Earache 24-Jan-04 13:07
Re: reincarnation 168 Richard Fusniak 25-Jan-04 21:17
Re: reincarnation 169 Earache 31-Jan-04 15:42
Re: reincarnation 181 Alex S 26-Jan-04 01:56
Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 170 Richard Fusniak 27-Jan-04 01:26
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 170 Alex S 27-Jan-04 15:11
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 167 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 02:04
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 195 Alex S 29-Jan-04 12:13
Planetary Consciousness 154 Trygve Hogebol 30-Jan-04 05:59
Re: Planetary Consciousness 173 Mark Staab 30-Jan-04 16:18
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 238 timewaster 29-Jan-04 16:25
The value of regression 179 Richard Fusniak 31-Jan-04 23:17
Re: The value of regression 174 timewaster 02-Feb-04 03:22
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 201 David L 01-Feb-04 01:28
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 163 Trygve Hogebol 02-Feb-04 03:48
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 183 Trygve Hogebol 29-Jan-04 02:58
King or pauper 171 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 12:40
Re: King or pauper 168 Saorsa 29-Jan-04 12:51
Re: reincarnation 162 Lee McGiffen 27-Jan-04 10:38


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