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originally posted by: Hyperboles
Whether officially acknowledged or not, it is my understanding that human cloning does take place. In such an event, while dna may stay the same, am curious to know whether biometrics like finger prints, retina scans, iris scans will match as well.
originally posted by: tribal
Is there any example in history of humans having the ability to do something but then choosing not to do it?
I'm not sure what you mean exactly by "doomed to fail"
I have to smile at your use of the word soul in quotation marks - "soul". You're right - there's a great deal of confusion in its definition across cultures and it is difficult to use the term without defining or providing the proper context at the same time.
Without souls, the cloned shells generally behave like automatons and so are easily controlled by the owner. What critically distinguishes a clone from a non-clone is the presence/existence of will/volition, the prime and foremost attribute of Divinity. I Hence the value of [total] surrender, the giving up of one's sovereign will which is the underlying meaning of "crucifixion", the dying or death of the ego. In the monastery, the nuns/monks are taught that obedience [= surrender or denial of the will] comes foremost, even before anything holy.
Only in the human is found all the seven levels of consciousness, from the gross physical to the most subtle and sublime. All the 14 worlds/dimensions interface with the human vehicle so they can be visited using one's astral body. The next step in evolution for humanity is divinity, hence it is the greatest blessing to get an ensouled human body. The only place where one can get it is on Earth and no where else in the universe, according to the teachings. Those who want to evolve and ascend to divinity have to come down here to humble planet Earth, and to do that, they have to be gifted a body + soul.
The admonition given to the initiate upon entry to occultism is "Know Thyself". The second lesson following initiation and entry is this: "Forget Thyself" - they sound paradoxical until you realize that there's a play on the 's' in the two utterances. In the first, it should be a capital "S" [referring the divine, spiritual Self], whereas the second refers to the ordinary ego-centeredness, which you say is needed for survival.