Re: [Buddhism_101] Re-incarnation
- My thoughts on Reincarnation:Lets suppose my four year old daughter and I were in a terrible accident that only one of us could survive and fate allowed me to choose which one it would be. I would choose her of course, for two reasons, because I love her and because she hasn't had her chance at life yet, while I have. It would be an easy, simple decision.If I loved all of humanity the way I love my daughter, it wouldn't much matter what happened to me after death. I may not be around to watch the sun rise and experience the world, but someone would be, and that would be good enough. The problem is, I don't really love all of humanity that way, and so the dissolution of my own ego seems like a terrible thing.When I consider it from that perspective, reincarnation is a mute point, just a speculation or hypothesis. The problem with death is really insufficient love, although having a daughter at least gives me a glimpse of what it feels like to love that completely, even if I'm not enlightened enough to apply it to the entire world.
- It's the loving the whole world thing that gets in our way. It is the hardest thing to do, but I have a sneeking suspicion that once you do, it is easy. There are those I love in this way, but many more I do not. I work on it every day.Namaste'Karen
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> But I don't believe in mind as anything separate from the physicalThis falls in line with my own way of thinking.
> brain. Therefore, I don't think my mind will survive my death. I
> don't believe I have a soul either, so as far as I can see, when I
> die there will be nothing left of me except an inert pile of atoms.
As far as reincarnation goes, I believe in it to the extent that when
we die, we eventually revert the our natural state, which is that
state that everything is made of, be it atoms or the smaller
measurements of quantum physics. You revert back to that basic
energy that the entire universe is made of, in essence, returning to
the "whole" or "center". Now what if your body was buried in the
ground, and it help to nourish the land as it decomposed (yeah, I
know, but bear with me on this <G>), then a tree started to grow in
that spot. Wouldn't you in essence be a part of the tree?
Everything is a part of everything else. We all have sunlight in us
simply because we were exposed to it. We have thousands of elements
in common with the universe, because we are one with it. It merely
changes form and helps to create something new, and to me THAT is
Someone mentioned the "self" earlier, the self is nothing but a
collection of memories. If a person "loses his mind" and acts
differently from the person he was, then it is said that that person
is "no longer himself" and they are right. Lose your memories, and
you lose everything you are. That's the bottom line. "Self" is an
illusion we create, and being an illusion, it is unreal. And that,
my friends, steers us in the direction of eternal philosophical
I don't know if there is some essence in us that carries on when we
pass. I don't disregard the possibility, because I've seen strange
things happen that looks in ways like predestination. And my views
are open, because like me, they are never stationary, but constantly
changing as I learn. <G>