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stray comments on reincarnation

Oct 22, 1998 09:17 PM
by Eldon B Tucker

A number of points regarding the theosophical view of
reincarnation have appeared in the current discussion.
Following is my stray list of ideas -- something quickly
written in the hope of perhaps adding another idea or
two to those now circulating.

* The current method and timing of reincarnation is
  specific to the current forms, personalities, and
  evolutionary status of humanity.

* Being in the Kali Yuga, a time period of intense
  happenings, we tend to reincarnate more often, seeking
  more frequent rebirth to take advantage of the opportunity
  for growth. This increases the apparent world population,
  as more people are in body at any one time.

* In earlier races, humanity was quasi-astral, and had
  different methods of reproduction. The same may be
  true of distant future races of humanity. How things
  currently work is not necessarily indicative of how
  things may be.

* Highly advanced humans -- chelas and Mahatmas -- do
  not have the same need of devachan and other after-death
  states as we do, so their time between births is much

* In the case of accidents, suicide, bad karma resulting
  in insane or other problems preventing a normal life,
  the after-death states may be greatly shortened, or
  practically non-existent.

* In some cases, an chela may assume the body of a young
  child that has just died, and assume that outer personality,
  growing up and living a life in that child's body, which
  would have otherwise when the child departed it.

* Although Mahatmas may be able to skip devachan between
  lifetimes, they still have need of a deep, special time
  of quietude, dwelling deep within, as described in THE

* There is mention of a ratio of 1-to-100 regarding years
  of earth life and the time in the after-death. The number
  "100" could refer to many things. One is 10 x 10 states
  or classes of other-world experience, each having it's
  own sort of "time", disassociated with our normal sense
  of the passage of time on this, our Globe D physical earth.

* Our state of awareness, which in embodied existence, is
  especially lucid, a rare gift, where in we can achieve
  considerable advancement, if we perfect our minds and
  spiritual natures. In after-death states, we are in a
  subjective state where no new progress, nor karma, is made,
  except in the passive sense of working out energies in our
  personal natures that were set in motion during embodied life.

* Our exceptional lucidity, which embodied, derives from the
  COMPOSITE nature of our being. Different Monads or beings
  come together to form the complete human, including a
  demigod acting as our Higher Self, a Manasaputra; ourselves
  as the essentially-human nature; an animal Monad acting as
  our animal/human nature; and yet other parts. In sleep and
  in death each part goes to its own realm, with US, the human,
  gravitating to devachan; the God going to our parent star;
  the Spirit going to its own home; and so forth. We are
  MORE THAN OURSELVES, while alive, because of this union
  of conscious, with various parts of us drawn from the various
  kingdoms. There are many mysteries associated with this.

* No one makes us come back into incarnation. It's just
  something that naturally happens. We are drawn to concrete
  existence, to reestablish the lucidity of composite
  existence. Our essential nature, a human Monad, a mind-being,
  becomes like one atom join several others to form something
  bigger than any of them -- a molecule.

* Apart from our physical world, there are associated with
  our earth other places where we could possibly exist, being
  fully-incarnate, having all seven principles of consciousness
  including what corresponds to a physical body, on different
  and higher planes. These are called "the globes of the
  earth planetary chain," with the physical world as we know
  it being one of them.

* Subjective states, like our typical after-death states, are
  had in "spheres of effects," located "between" these globes,
  which are called "spheres of causes," the places where we
  make karma and are fully functional beings. All but the highest
  of us are born on this earth, Globe D, have a period of rest
  in the following sphere of effects, going through kamaloka
  and devachan there, then find ourselves immediately reborn
  on Globe D again. The Mahatmas and some chelas may find rebirth
  on the other globes.

... no more time for further stray thoughts ...

-- Eldon

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