Tuesday, May 18, 2010

An Everlasting Reincarnation

It's a common myth - life after life, the afterlife.

But a better way to look at it is as a life before birth - before conception.

BTW, Sailor Mars is a Miko (hint: red and white) and I wrote a research paper on the four classes of miko perhaps a decade back. Here is a captured frame of her in Miko garb at the shrine. This PDF is a more modern version. (The four classes are apprentice, adept, master, and Princess. Daughters of nobility are exempt from performing exorcisms.) Exorcisms are the folly of shamanism and catholicism - as if there is any difference. Sometimes I, for one, wonder.

At any rate, before your conception, you lived another life. If you hated Muslims, you entered this life as a Muslim. Think about it... if you hate ________________ (fill in the blank) you will be reborn as one. But it's not that simple. If you have the desire (Buddhists call it craving) you will be reborn. Not in heaven, either - unless you make THIS heaven. Oh, that was the message of the mythical Buddhist Rabbi:

Luke 17:20-21 (New International Version)
20 Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation,
21 nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."

If you sit - just sit quietly - you might experience that "kingdom of God within you" a.k.a. nirvana. And, if you can die without craving, without greed, without desire, that nirvana becomes eternal. You get to skip the suffering of birth-death cycles. Or so the thinking goes...

Buddhists hold no beliefs.

Where is Hell? Right here! Hell is of our making.

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