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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 715 Melusine 19-Jan-04 20:55
Re: reincarnation 238 Zosimos 19-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 197 Melusine 19-Jan-04 21:59
Re: reincarnation 219 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:09
Re: reincarnation 209 Melusine 20-Jan-04 03:59
Re: reincarnation 196 David L 19-Jan-04 23:24
Re: reincarnation 225 Milo 19-Jan-04 23:38
Re: reincarnation 218 David L 20-Jan-04 15:08
Re: reincarnation 181 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:19
Re: reincarnation 216 David L 21-Jan-04 15:10
Re: reincarnation 209 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:23
Re: reincarnation 208 David L 20-Jan-04 15:03
Re: reincarnation 217 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 21:38
Re: reincarnation 173 David L 20-Jan-04 23:22
Re: reincarnation 219 Melusine 20-Jan-04 18:57
Re: reincarnation 208 Melusine 20-Jan-04 04:12
Re: reincarnation 187 David L 20-Jan-04 15:21
Re: reincarnation 197 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 17:13
Re: reincarnation 196 David L 20-Jan-04 18:54
Re: reincarnation 203 gene douglas 20-Jan-04 19:27
Re: reincarnation 223 David L 20-Jan-04 23:35
Re: reincarnation 244 banah 25-Jan-04 20:54
Re: reincarnation 216 David L 26-Jan-04 04:23
Re: reincarnation 210 banah 30-Jan-04 19:54
Water Symbolism 185 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 13:59
Re: Water Symbolism 208 David L 11-Feb-04 17:32
Re: reincarnation 242 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 10:16
Re: reincarnation 245 gene douglas 21-Jan-04 13:26
Re: reincarnation 202 HarryWJYoung 22-Jan-04 00:21
Re: reincarnation 220 David L 21-Jan-04 15:26
Re: reincarnation 226 HarryWJYoung 21-Jan-04 16:02
Re: reincarnation 214 David L 21-Jan-04 22:13
Re: reincarnation 204 banah 25-Jan-04 19:41
Re: reincarnation 191 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:29
Re: reincarnation 206 fiascohoho 20-Jan-04 19:22
Re: reincarnation 213 David L 20-Jan-04 23:41
Re: reincarnation 215 Milo 21-Jan-04 00:39
Re: reincarnation 193 David L 21-Jan-04 02:48
Re: reincarnation 204 Milo 21-Jan-04 03:03
Re: reincarnation 214 David L 21-Jan-04 15:41
Re: reincarnation 211 Milo 21-Jan-04 15:58
Re: reincarnation 206 David L 21-Jan-04 22:20
Re: reincarnation 223 Milo 21-Jan-04 22:52
Re: reincarnation 201 David L 22-Jan-04 01:55
Re: reincarnation 195 Milo 22-Jan-04 02:13
Re: reincarnation 169 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 12:44
Re: reincarnation 217 Milo 22-Jan-04 17:00
Re: reincarnation 210 Nebankh 22-Jan-04 17:34
Re: reincarnation 159 Milo 22-Jan-04 19:09
Re: reincarnation 261 David L 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 355 Cesar 22-Jan-04 22:49
Re: reincarnation 280 David L 23-Jan-04 02:37
Re: reincarnation 226 Cesar 23-Jan-04 10:41
Re: reincarnation 287 David L 23-Jan-04 02:53
Re: reincarnation 227 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 09:41
Re: reincarnation 199 David L 23-Jan-04 15:36
Re: reincarnation 223 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 207 HarryWJYoung 23-Jan-04 17:06
Re: reincarnation 213 David L 23-Jan-04 20:28
Re: reincarnation 447 David L 23-Jan-04 20:10
Re: reincarnation 187 Milo 23-Jan-04 20:50
Re: reincarnation 184 David L 23-Jan-04 23:06
Re: reincarnation 186 Milo 23-Jan-04 23:43
Re: reincarnation 205 David L 24-Jan-04 01:04
Re: reincarnation 201 ArmchairObserver 24-Jan-04 07:43
Re: reincarnation 235 Cesar 24-Jan-04 17:31
Re: reincarnation 221 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:31
Re: reincarnation 199 Cesar 24-Jan-04 00:45
Re: reincarnation 203 Milo 22-Jan-04 23:17
Re: reincarnation 177 Zosimos 22-Jan-04 22:53
Re: reincarnation 222 lobo-hotei 19-Jan-04 23:26
Re: reincarnation 222 Zosimos 20-Jan-04 00:27
Re: reincarnation 187 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:08
Re: reincarnation 243 RichardC 20-Jan-04 13:06
Re: reincarnation 215 SunSword 14-Feb-04 18:13
Master of your own ship 378 Richard Fusniak 14-Feb-04 18:31
Re: reincarnation 213 David L 19-Jan-04 23:16
Re: reincarnation 228 newrisingsun 19-Jan-04 23:37
Re: reincarnation 192 David L 20-Jan-04 01:33
Re: reincarnation 205 newrisingsun 20-Jan-04 17:04
Re: reincarnation 174 Saorsa 20-Jan-04 08:46
Re: reincarnation 312 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 16:35
Re: reincarnation 172 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:20
Re: reincarnation 209 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 09:15
Re: reincarnation 190 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 11:58
Re: reincarnation 170 ArmchairObserver 21-Jan-04 15:33
Re: reincarnation 188 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 16:19
Re: reincarnation 236 Aarooga 22-Jan-04 13:13
Re: reincarnation 195 Saorsa 22-Jan-04 14:48
Re: reincarnation 224 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 20:21
Fuzzy 205 Richard Fusniak 20-Jan-04 23:21
Re: Fuzzy 187 Saorsa 21-Jan-04 08:35
Re: Fuzzy 201 Mark Staab 22-Jan-04 21:53
Re: reincarnation 196 Segestan 21-Jan-04 16:33
Re: reincarnation 175 Earache 21-Jan-04 21:34
Re: reincarnation 210 Trygve Hogebol 22-Jan-04 07:17
Re: reincarnation 188 Earache 24-Jan-04 13:07
Re: reincarnation 190 Richard Fusniak 25-Jan-04 21:17
Re: reincarnation 195 Earache 31-Jan-04 15:42
Re: reincarnation 204 Alex S 26-Jan-04 01:56
Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 194 Richard Fusniak 27-Jan-04 01:26
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 193 Alex S 27-Jan-04 15:11
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 194 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 02:04
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 217 Alex S 29-Jan-04 12:13
Planetary Consciousness 178 Trygve Hogebol 30-Jan-04 05:59
Re: Planetary Consciousness 195 Mark Staab 30-Jan-04 16:18
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 260 timewaster 29-Jan-04 16:25
The value of regression 209 Richard Fusniak 31-Jan-04 23:17
Re: The value of regression 196 timewaster 02-Feb-04 03:22
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 226 David L 01-Feb-04 01:28
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 187 Trygve Hogebol 02-Feb-04 03:48
Re: Telepathic link doesn't explain reincarnation 204 Trygve Hogebol 29-Jan-04 02:58
King or pauper 195 Richard Fusniak 29-Jan-04 12:40
Re: King or pauper 193 Saorsa 29-Jan-04 12:51
Re: reincarnation 185 Lee McGiffen 27-Jan-04 10:38


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