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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 788 Melusine 19-Jan-04 20:55
Re: reincarnation 265 Zosimos 19-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 222 Melusine 19-Jan-04 21:59
Re: reincarnation 247 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:09
Re: reincarnation 234 Melusine 20-Jan-04 03:59
Re: reincarnation 223 David L 19-Jan-04 23:24
Re: reincarnation 255 Milo 19-Jan-04 23:38
Re: reincarnation 245 David L 20-Jan-04 15:08
Re: reincarnation 208 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:19
Re: reincarnation 239 David L 21-Jan-04 15:10
Re: reincarnation 237 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:23
Re: reincarnation 235 David L 20-Jan-04 15:03
Re: reincarnation 245 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 21:38
Re: reincarnation 193 David L 20-Jan-04 23:22
Re: reincarnation 244 Melusine 20-Jan-04 18:57
Re: reincarnation 234 Melusine 20-Jan-04 04:12
Re: reincarnation 212 David L 20-Jan-04 15:21
Re: reincarnation 224 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 17:13
Re: reincarnation 221 David L 20-Jan-04 18:54
Re: reincarnation 224 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 19:27
Re: reincarnation 243 David L 20-Jan-04 23:35
Re: reincarnation 277 banah 25-Jan-04 20:54
Re: reincarnation 242 David L 26-Jan-04 04:23
Re: reincarnation 234 banah 30-Jan-04 19:54
Water Symbolism 213 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 13:59
Re: Water Symbolism 235 David L 11-Feb-04 17:32
Re: reincarnation 266 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 10:16
Re: reincarnation 272 gene douglas 21-Jan-04 13:26
Re: reincarnation 228 HarryWJYoung 22-Jan-04 00:21
Re: reincarnation 245 David L 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: reincarnation 251 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 16:02
Re: reincarnation 238 David L 21-Jan-04 22:13
Re: reincarnation 230 banah 25-Jan-04 19:41
Re: reincarnation 213 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:29
Re: reincarnation 231 fiascohoho 20-Jan-04 19:22
Re: reincarnation 233 David L 20-Jan-04 23:41
Re: reincarnation 240 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:39
Re: reincarnation 215 David L 21-Jan-04 02:48
Re: reincarnation 233 Milo 21-Jan-04 03:03
Re: reincarnation 240 David L 21-Jan-04 15:41
Re: reincarnation 239 Milo 21-Jan-04 15:58
Re: reincarnation 231 David L 21-Jan-04 22:20
Re: reincarnation 248 Milo 21-Jan-04 22:52
Re: reincarnation 224 David L 22-Jan-04 01:55
Re: reincarnation 217 Milo 22-Jan-04 02:13
Re: reincarnation 194 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 12:44
Re: reincarnation 241 Milo 22-Jan-04 17:00
Re: reincarnation 238 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 17:34
Re: reincarnation 186 Milo 22-Jan-04 19:09
Re: reincarnation 289 David L 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 379 Cesar 22-Jan-04 22:49
Re: reincarnation 310 David L 23-Jan-04 02:37
Re: reincarnation 249 Cesar 23-Jan-04 10:41
Re: reincarnation 316 David L 23-Jan-04 02:53
Re: reincarnation 249 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 09:41
Re: reincarnation 223 David L 23-Jan-04 15:36
Re: reincarnation 251 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 231 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 17:06
Re: reincarnation 234 David L 23-Jan-04 20:28
Re: reincarnation 474 David L 23-Jan-04 20:10
Re: reincarnation 213 Milo 23-Jan-04 20:50
Re: reincarnation 207 David L 23-Jan-04 23:06
Re: reincarnation 209 Milo 23-Jan-04 23:43
Re: reincarnation 230 David L 24-Jan-04 01:04
Re: reincarnation 228 ArmchairObserver 24-Jan-04 07:43
Re: reincarnation 262 Cesar 24-Jan-04 17:31
Re: reincarnation 247 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:31
Re: reincarnation 223 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:45
Re: reincarnation 227 Milo 22-Jan-04 23:17
Re: reincarnation 200 Zosimos 22-Jan-04 22:53
Re: reincarnation 248 lobo-hotei 19-Jan-04 23:26
Re: reincarnation 252 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:27
Re: reincarnation 210 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:08
Re: reincarnation 267 RichardC 20-Jan-04 13:06
Re: reincarnation 236 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:13
Master of your own ship 417 Richard Fusniak 14-Feb-04 18:31
Re: reincarnation 239 David L 19-Jan-04 23:16
Re: reincarnation 255 newrisingsun 19-Jan-04 23:37
Re: reincarnation 216 David L 20-Jan-04 01:33
Re: reincarnation 232 newrisingsun 20-Jan-04 17:04
Re: reincarnation 197 Saorsa 20-Jan-04 08:46
Re: reincarnation 344 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 196 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:20
Re: reincarnation 237 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:15
Re: reincarnation 218 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 11:58
Re: reincarnation 194 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 15:33
Re: reincarnation 215 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 16:19
Re: reincarnation 267 Aarooga 22-Jan-04 13:13
Re: reincarnation 219 Saorsa 22-Jan-04 14:48
Re: reincarnation 249 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 20:21
Fuzzy 230 Richard Fusniak 20-Jan-04 23:21
Re: Fuzzy 214 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:35
Re: Fuzzy 225 Mark Staab 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 219 Segestan 21-Jan-04 16:33
Re: reincarnation 203 Earache 21-Jan-04 21:34
Re: reincarnation 234 Trygve Hogebol 22-Jan-04 07:17
Re: reincarnation 211 Earache 24-Jan-04 13:07
Re: reincarnation 216 Richard Fusniak 25-Jan-04 21:17
Re: reincarnation 221 Earache 31-Jan-04 15:42
Re: reincarnation 226 Alex S 26-Jan-04 01:56
Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 218 Richard Fusniak 27-Jan-04 01:26
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 219 Alex S 27-Jan-04 15:11
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 215 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 02:04
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 241 Alex S 29-Jan-04 12:13
Planetary Consciousness 206 Trygve Hogebol 30-Jan-04 05:59
Re: Planetary Consciousness 218 Mark Staab 30-Jan-04 16:18
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 280 timewaster 29-Jan-04 16:25
The value of regression 234 Richard Fusniak 31-Jan-04 23:17
Re: The value of regression 217 timewaster 02-Feb-04 03:22
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 247 David L 01-Feb-04 01:28
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 211 Trygve Hogebol 02-Feb-04 03:48
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 228 Trygve Hogebol 29-Jan-04 02:58
King or pauper 215 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 12:40
Re: King or pauper 217 Saorsa 29-Jan-04 12:51
Re: reincarnation 209 Lee McGiffen 27-Jan-04 10:38


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