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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 512 Melusine 19-Jan-04 20:55
Re: reincarnation 155 Zosimos 19-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 133 Melusine 19-Jan-04 21:59
Re: reincarnation 140 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:09
Re: reincarnation 119 Melusine 20-Jan-04 03:59
Re: reincarnation 120 David L 19-Jan-04 23:24
Re: reincarnation 143 Milo 19-Jan-04 23:38
Re: reincarnation 150 David L 20-Jan-04 15:08
Re: reincarnation 115 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:19
Re: reincarnation 140 David L 21-Jan-04 15:10
Re: reincarnation 133 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:23
Re: reincarnation 130 David L 20-Jan-04 15:03
Re: reincarnation 147 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 21:38
Re: reincarnation 106 David L 20-Jan-04 23:22
Re: reincarnation 129 Melusine 20-Jan-04 18:57
Re: reincarnation 126 Melusine 20-Jan-04 04:12
Re: reincarnation 110 David L 20-Jan-04 15:21
Re: reincarnation 123 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 17:13
Re: reincarnation 122 David L 20-Jan-04 18:54
Re: reincarnation 124 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 19:27
Re: reincarnation 146 David L 20-Jan-04 23:35
Re: reincarnation 138 banah 25-Jan-04 20:54
Re: reincarnation 132 David L 26-Jan-04 04:23
Re: reincarnation 137 banah 30-Jan-04 19:54
Water Symbolism 124 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 13:59
Re: Water Symbolism 135 David L 11-Feb-04 17:32
Re: reincarnation 166 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 10:16
Re: reincarnation 132 gene douglas 21-Jan-04 13:26
Re: reincarnation 139 HarryWJYoung 22-Jan-04 00:21
Re: reincarnation 148 David L 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: reincarnation 149 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 16:02
Re: reincarnation 133 David L 21-Jan-04 22:13
Re: reincarnation 134 banah 25-Jan-04 19:41
Re: reincarnation 128 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:29
Re: reincarnation 119 fiascohoho 20-Jan-04 19:22
Re: reincarnation 141 David L 20-Jan-04 23:41
Re: reincarnation 131 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:39
Re: reincarnation 125 David L 21-Jan-04 02:48
Re: reincarnation 142 Milo 21-Jan-04 03:03
Re: reincarnation 132 David L 21-Jan-04 15:41
Re: reincarnation 133 Milo 21-Jan-04 15:58
Re: reincarnation 127 David L 21-Jan-04 22:20
Re: reincarnation 137 Milo 21-Jan-04 22:52
Re: reincarnation 129 David L 22-Jan-04 01:55
Re: reincarnation 130 Milo 22-Jan-04 02:13
Re: reincarnation 96 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 12:44
Re: reincarnation 123 Milo 22-Jan-04 17:00
Re: reincarnation 118 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 17:34
Re: reincarnation 98 Milo 22-Jan-04 19:09
Re: reincarnation 175 David L 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 268 Cesar 22-Jan-04 22:49
Re: reincarnation 191 David L 23-Jan-04 02:37
Re: reincarnation 140 Cesar 23-Jan-04 10:41
Re: reincarnation 201 David L 23-Jan-04 02:53
Re: reincarnation 146 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 09:41
Re: reincarnation 128 David L 23-Jan-04 15:36
Re: reincarnation 158 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 126 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 17:06
Re: reincarnation 135 David L 23-Jan-04 20:28
Re: reincarnation 368 David L 23-Jan-04 20:10
Re: reincarnation 110 Milo 23-Jan-04 20:50
Re: reincarnation 109 David L 23-Jan-04 23:06
Re: reincarnation 105 Milo 23-Jan-04 23:43
Re: reincarnation 119 David L 24-Jan-04 01:04
Re: reincarnation 126 ArmchairObserver 24-Jan-04 07:43
Re: reincarnation 143 Cesar 24-Jan-04 17:31
Re: reincarnation 134 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:31
Re: reincarnation 118 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:45
Re: reincarnation 115 Milo 22-Jan-04 23:17
Re: reincarnation 99 Zosimos 22-Jan-04 22:53
Re: reincarnation 142 lobo-hotei 19-Jan-04 23:26
Re: reincarnation 138 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:27
Re: reincarnation 104 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:08
Re: reincarnation 156 RichardC 20-Jan-04 13:06
Re: reincarnation 139 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:13
Master of your own ship 249 Richard Fusniak 14-Feb-04 18:31
Re: reincarnation 130 David L 19-Jan-04 23:16
Re: reincarnation 130 newrisingsun 19-Jan-04 23:37
Re: reincarnation 116 David L 20-Jan-04 01:33
Re: reincarnation 126 newrisingsun 20-Jan-04 17:04
Re: reincarnation 113 Saorsa 20-Jan-04 08:46
Re: reincarnation 223 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 99 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:20
Re: reincarnation 129 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:15
Re: reincarnation 110 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 11:58
Re: reincarnation 106 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 15:33
Re: reincarnation 119 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 16:19
Re: reincarnation 170 Aarooga 22-Jan-04 13:13
Re: reincarnation 115 Saorsa 22-Jan-04 14:48
Re: reincarnation 138 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 20:21
Fuzzy 126 Richard Fusniak 20-Jan-04 23:21
Re: Fuzzy 107 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:35
Re: Fuzzy 131 Mark Staab 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 127 Segestan 21-Jan-04 16:33
Re: reincarnation 106 Earache 21-Jan-04 21:34
Re: reincarnation 133 Trygve Hogebol 22-Jan-04 07:17
Re: reincarnation 123 Earache 24-Jan-04 13:07
Re: reincarnation 112 Richard Fusniak 25-Jan-04 21:17
Re: reincarnation 109 Earache 31-Jan-04 15:42
Re: reincarnation 125 Alex S 26-Jan-04 01:56
Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 134 Richard Fusniak 27-Jan-04 01:26
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 114 Alex S 27-Jan-04 15:11
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 128 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 02:04
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 143 Alex S 29-Jan-04 12:13
Planetary Consciousness 102 Trygve Hogebol 30-Jan-04 05:59
Re: Planetary Consciousness 124 Mark Staab 30-Jan-04 16:18
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 179 timewaster 29-Jan-04 16:25
The value of regression 139 Richard Fusniak 31-Jan-04 23:17
Re: The value of regression 121 timewaster 02-Feb-04 03:22
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 148 David L 01-Feb-04 01:28
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 115 Trygve Hogebol 02-Feb-04 03:48
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 134 Trygve Hogebol 29-Jan-04 02:58
King or pauper 120 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 12:40
Re: King or pauper 129 Saorsa 29-Jan-04 12:51
Re: reincarnation 113 Lee McGiffen 27-Jan-04 10:38


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