Heaven, Hell, Re-incarnation?

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28 Nov 2015 22:42 #210763 by Rickie
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Proteus's analogy showed that all things are just like the waves.They rise, stabilize, decline and dissolve. Yet the entire time they were dependent on the ocean and were never separate from it.


This is a beautiful thing....

I've read some say the only difference is the vibration of the waves, part of much larger broader spectrum. Much broader then we can experience but it still have an influence on us.

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28 Nov 2015 22:56 #210766 by magmon
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I think this has devolved a lot into criticism and semantics. Let Khaos do what works for him, and do what works for you. Arguing with him is not the point. It doesn't matter if he's cremated or not, though those are his wishes. Please.

I am of the belief that "return to the force" and "reincarnation" are nice words for saying we will be broken down to our base components and recycled into a new life form. And I think that is beautiful. I don't know what the conscious mind is, but I do not believe mine will live on after my physical body dies. And that's okay with me. Oblivion is nothing to fear, but to me, to be embraced. We think too much. This life is stressful. Oblivion is eternal serenity.

For the record, I too want to be cremated. Though, by the same token, I'm an organ donor because I believe that what happens to my body after I am no longer using it is irrelevant to me.

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29 Nov 2015 09:59 #210806 by Loudzoo
I believe heaven and hell (and purgatory for that matter) do exist - not as places we go after we die, but psychological spaces we inhabit whilst we're alive. Most simply hell is separation (selfishness), heaven is connection (love) and purgatory is that feeling I experience most of the time: some combination of the two. None of these states are permanent - they are all subject to change. However, through practice we can gain some control as to which psychological space we reside in.

As for any experience after physical death, I agree with Liwa Nim, it is probably very similar to the experience before birth (or conception, or whatever). I like the Richard Bach quote on this:

"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly."

Its off-topic but I was enjoying the discussion on the prevalence of metaphor in our human experience - might start another thread on that . . . *ponders*

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29 Nov 2015 13:01 #210817 by Streen
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Gisteron wrote: there is no telling that it is actually going to happen, likely though it may be and reasonable though it is to assume that indeed it will.


Assume nothing. Every assumption is a conclusion. Every conclusion is an end, a death, if you will. All things move and evolve, including thought.

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29 Nov 2015 13:14 - 29 Nov 2015 13:15 #210818 by Khaos
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Streen wrote:

Khaos wrote: The point still escapes me, as you seemed to have answered your question, but I still don't see what point your trying to make.


It's alright, I was being vague on purpose, thinking you might get my point without me spelling it out. No harm done though. It's simple really. It comes down to the old Zen koan, "If a tree falls in the woods, and no one is around, does it make a sound?" The tree falling in the woods if your death. But if you're not around to witness your own cremation (the sound of it falling) then does it happen at all?

If we're talking about trees in this sense, the technical answer to the question is, "No, it doesn't make a sound". Why? Because the definition of sound includes the existence of an ear in which the vibration will be received. If there is no ear, there is no sound.

So, if there is no You, does your cremation ever happen? Does Khaos' world continue to exist without him? Just a rhetorical question really, since there is no way to know.


Then it is not only pointless, but useless.

I can say that my mother sits in a jar not 100 feet from me.

Does her world go on?

No, her cremation still happened, and your proposition would also have to mean I am the last person on earth, or in the case of your analogy, the only thing in the forest. My mother was not, we "heard" the "tree" fall, so to speak.

I have no use for zen koans.

Also,if you conclude there is no way to know, then the question is not just rhetorical, but without merit.

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29 Nov 2015 13:18 - 29 Nov 2015 13:19 #210819 by Khaos
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Streen wrote:

Gisteron wrote: there is no telling that it is actually going to happen, likely though it may be and reasonable though it is to assume that indeed it will.


Assume nothing. Every assumption is a conclusion. Every conclusion is an end, a death, if you will. All things move and evolve, including thought.


Conclusions are not an end, actually.

Of course, this conversation is getting a bit woo, woo, trying to impart some grand lesson by being vague when really, its not.

You argue for something you conclude that there is no way of knowing.

That, is a dead end.

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29 Nov 2015 13:34 #210821 by Khaos
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Loudzoo wrote: As for any experience after physical death, I agree with Liwa Nim, it is probably very similar to the experience before birth (or conception, or whatever).


That experience being?

Also, you imply evolution into a butterfly, but then, if death simply is like what was before experienced, then there was no evolution, no change.

A butterfly is much different then a caterpillar, and in that analogy life is the chrysalis...So I was a butterfly that regressed only to be a butterfly again?

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29 Nov 2015 13:45 - 29 Nov 2015 14:02 #210822 by Gisteron

Streen wrote:

Gisteron wrote: there is no telling that it is actually going to happen, likely though it may be and reasonable though it is to assume that indeed it will.


Assume nothing. Every assumption is a conclusion. Every conclusion is an end, a death, if you will. All things move and evolve, including thought.

Yea, don't go full woo-woo on me, sir...


A conclusion is a proposition reached from given premises.
An assumption is a proposition accepted (tentatively) without premises to inescapably lead to it.

They are literally the opposite of each other!

Better to leave questions unanswered than answers unquestioned
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29 Nov 2015 21:20 #210857 by Loudzoo

Khaos wrote:

Loudzoo wrote: As for any experience after physical death, I agree with Liwa Nim, it is probably very similar to the experience before birth (or conception, or whatever).


That experience being?


That experience being something we don't typically have access to whilst we are alive / awake - like being in deep (non-dreaming) sleep. I imagine death being like that: peaceful, insensitive to the passing of time and inpenetrable to our conscious waking experience.

Also, you imply evolution into a butterfly, but then, if death simply is like what was before experienced, then there was no evolution, no change.

A butterfly is much different then a caterpillar, and in that analogy life is the chrysalis...So I was a butterfly that regressed only to be a butterfly again?


Rumi explains it better (for me) than anyone else:

I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die as Man, to soar
With angels blest; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel-soul,
I shall become what no mind e'er conceived.
Oh, let me not exist! for Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones, To Him we shall return.

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29 Nov 2015 21:49 - 29 Nov 2015 21:50 #210868 by Adder
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