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Transmigration of Souls

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There is an oracle of Necessity, ancient decree of the gods,

Eternal, sealed with solemn oaths,

That whenever one of the daimones, allotted long life,

Fouls his limbs by unwitting involvement in murder,

Or in strife falsely swears an oath,

He is exiled to wander for thirty thousand seasons

Far from the blessed gods, being born in myriads

of mortal forms, on the painful paths of life.

The mighty ether chases him into the seas.

The sea spews him forth upon the threshold of earth,

And earth casts him into the sun's shining splendour.

The sun hurls him into the whirling ether's vortex.

Thus one receives him from the other, and all loathe him.

I, too, am one of these now, fugitive from the gods

And wanderer, for I yielded to raging Strife's enticement.

 

- Empedocles

 

The notion of the transmigration of souls is a perennial theme in numerous philosophical paths of thinking, from the Buddhist and the Platonic to the Kabbalistic and Theosophical. Self-actualization, as new age jargonistic as it seems as a concept, has a lengthy and complex history. Christ, even Kant was partial to the transmigratory notion! I'd like to see people flesh out this trope, basically giving consideration to it both from a metaphorical and literal perspective.

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I think the transmigration of souls is a perfectly apt metaphor for how the brain relates to others and its environment - by morphing its own 'body map' onto others. Imagine in essence that we naturally externalise the feeling fabric of ourselves onto objects, animals, and people.

 

This is the root of our feelings regarding the physical infinity of our souls - infinite to what ever literally can be imagined.

 

We do not just externalise this fabric and morph it to the objects of our consciousnes, thereby bringing them within it, we also have brain processes and specialised cells that try always to identify motive and will in events - to appropriate a desire in a sequence of things.

 

This represents an externalisation of the will.

 

It is that which becomes, in the events that influence us in our lives, the hand of God.

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Before I go any further, I'd be interested in seeing what people who believe in a soul (I dont, at least in any literal sense) think that it is, and what makes it different than personality or instinct.

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Before I go any further, I'd be interested in seeing what people who believe in a soul (I dont, at least in any literal sense) think that it is, and what makes it different than personality or instinct.

 

 

Is there something fundamental in each of us e.g. a soul, bhudda nature, christ consciousness, etc?

 

Instinct is a set of programmed ways of acting and very narrow in scope.

 

Personality is shaped by our circumstances and can change over time, so this would not apply either.

 

 

Obvoiusly this is very difficult to discuss and perhaps beyond my limited capabilities. Read Anthony Demello he talks about this and explains it very well (not that he actually uses the word sould or explains anything, he kinda leads one to see certain things e.g. how fucked up society is for one, and what is the real I).

 

Oh and DeMello was a jesuit, although I don't think it matters. Truth does not have a denomination. And I don't beleive in any conventional flavor of religion.

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Before we go on ... does transmigration of souls includes things like reincarnation?

 

If so, maybe we can talk about that first.

 

It is definitely captured within the purview of transmigration, although etymologically, the whole somatic notion of reincarnation shouldn't apply to metempsychosis.

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