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    Question Rebirth - Reincarnation

    Namaste ,

    I am familiar with the Theravada view on Rebirth and also the Zen portrayal.

    As someone that has pursued strong meditation based traditions such as Thai Forest and Antai-ji - Gyobutsuji Zen Monastery I have been able to experience a lot of the teachings and or at least understand them in both a logical way and experiential way.

    Rebirth however has been a hard one for me. Not for disbelief but in achieving a level of experience and understanding in which it fits in smoothly into how I have come to understand the teachings both through study and experience.

    I am hoping those knowledgeable in the other schools/traditions can explain how it is talked about in their school and also experiences and or things that have helped deepen their understanding on this teaching.

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    Re: Rebirth - Reincarnation

    Namaste CedarTree

    Simple myths contain a lot of wisdom … Ganga Weds a Frog Prince is the story how a frog became - throughseries of lives – an equal to Ganga. Rebirth as the ‚die and become‘.

    May be you like it.

    Last edited by Indialover; 12 July 2017 at 11:21 AM.
    Dance with Shiva - live with Shiva - merge with Shiva

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    Re: Rebirth - Reincarnation

    hariḥ oṁ

    Kṛṣṇa-ji informs us in the chapter 2, 12th śloka of the bhāgavad gītā:
    na tvevāhaṁ jātu nāsaṁ na tvaṁ neme janādhipāḥ |
    na caiva na bhaviṣyāmaḥ sarve vayam ataḥ param ||

    this says,
    there never was a time when I was not, nor you, nor these rulers
    of men. Nor will there ever be a time when all of us shall cease to be.

    If this is so , where then is rebirth or even birth if ~ we~ have always been and always will be ? Where is there this re-incarnation?
    Then the question must be, what then comes and goes? Something to ponder , no ?

    What school(s) are of this orientation? ( that too is another good question, me thinks)

    iti śivaṁ

    Last edited by yajvan; 17 July 2017 at 01:53 PM.
    यतस्त्वं शिवसमोऽसि
    yatastvaṁ śivasamo'si
    because you are identical with śiva


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