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Reincarnation, and Astrology
I: Blame It On Plato
the Western world, an afterlife belief in the concept of "general
reincarnation" has been steadily on the rise and gaining ground.
reincarnation is a belief that everyone and every living thing repeatedly
"reincarnates"... i.e. lives more than one life on this
physical plane in order to learn lessons and spiritually evolve.
naturally assume this growing Western world belief in reincarnation
is primarily based on a simultaneous increasing Eastern religion
assumption is due, in part, to much of the Eastern religious world
having long adhered to a belief in general reincarnation.
notwithstanding recurring allusions to the Eastern concept of karma
and reincarnation – our extraverted Western attitude toward
death and the afterlife experiences great angst when encountering
the Eastern religious concept of the annihilation of the ego and/or
individual personality after death.
close attention, the current Western World “rebirth”
of a belief in reincarnation (pun intended) owes the most credit
to the ancient classical Greeks and their fascinating views on the
afterlife and reincarnation.
particular, we owe many of our ideas to the musings and writings
of the ancient classical Greek philosopher Plato (428/427 BC – 348/347
Plato and The Republic
The fact is that we, in the Western world, feel much more at
home and comfortable with the metaphysical philosophies of the
ancient Greeks and especially with those of Plato.
of the best peeks into the cosmological views of Plato and reincarnation
is contained in the final chapter of The Republic and the "Myth
it or not, if you’re a Westerner that believes in
general reincarnation, then much of what Plato had to say on the
matter in The Republic will resonate as being more than a wee
oversimplifying, ancient classical Greek views of the afterlife
were generally a hazy amalgamation
of “heaven and hell” combined
with reincarnation. Keeping things simple, I’ll be sticking
with Plato’s stated views on reincarnation and leaving out
and hell” part.
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