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originally posted by: paraphi
No one really knows. You have to die to find out, so it's all a bit difficult to know. Also, different religions have a different slant on these things.
originally posted by: DpatC
Rebirth - Now thats a very interesting topic. Into what though. Lets say you have completed the assumed 35stages of re-incarnation as proposed by the website below, Than what --
originally posted by: Whatsthisthen
Heaven and hell only applies to Christians it seems in practice.
I had a (deceased) Christian American girl try to show me her heaven one time. Two guards barred my way silently with spears crossed.
She was devestated, I was not surprised.
originally posted by: Parishna
Whatever there is, the you that you think you are is no more.
Imagine, if you can, what YOU were the very instant you were conceived. You were a thing without attachment. You were the purest you that you could be. It is life that builds us into what we know. Every interaction, experience, layered onto us, good and bad, that creates what we think of when we consider us. Yet, within us, there is still that innocent thing that came into this world. We just lose sight of it.
When we die, once more those layers of experience, interaction, attachment, are stripped away. We once more remember who that purest version of us. We don't look back with regret or fight it. Those events, experiences, interactions, that made us who we thought we were, are removed. We understand a complete lack of attachment. We rejoin the same space that we entered by.
what was before we were born, or after we die, is that question we can never know, till it is our time to stand before it once more.
Perhaps we enter into an vastness, so infinite that each of us there, is incapable of experiencing things beyond consciousness. Where in an attempt to experience, we, as tendrils reach down, like droplets to live and experience things...
Or perhaps we simply vanish. A fleeting moment, with nothing more.
Heaven and Hell are what we experience on earth. This organic thing. The calmness of death is the complete lack of anything. Only the knowing I.
originally posted by: djz3ro
a reply to: DpatC
You're plonked right back on earth in another body.
The way it works is this. There are, at any given time, the a act same number of souls on the planet, when one creature dies, another is born. We see plagues, mass dies offs and things as a result of this. If you've done ezpetional good with your life, you get to spend an eternity in heaven (eternity just being another word for lifespan, only different to how we perceive time in this life) if you do great good you go to hell for an eternity (I use the words Heaven and Hell as metaphors so you understand what I mean)
If you just live your life in an unremarkable fashion you will be born into the next life and the next until you do great good or great evil...