Take Advantage

It’s not like I believe in reincarnation. It’s not like I don’t.

Consider it as an exchange of energy from one state to another.

I recently heard this explanation:

Physically, you can identify the components/sources of matter appearing in the material world.  For humans, we know sperm fertilizes egg to produce a baby in three seasons.

What cannot be determined is the source of that child’s temperament. Where did she get those particular aversions/attractions, skills/abilities, interests/instincts? People carry an energy, a way of being, that cannot be measured nor explained. Even twins created from the same biological sources will have their own subtle air about them. Where did this come from?

What happens to the body when a person dies is also understood physically. The organs no longer function; the skin is cold to touch, color drains. But where does their energy go? Physics tells us “energy cannot be created nor destroyed; only be converted from one form to another.”

So if we do not know where it comes from, nor do we know where it goes….

Like I said, it’s not like I believe in reincarnation, I just haven’t figured out an answer to this question yet…so it’s not like I don’t.

Energy can be transferred to anything though. Microbes, moths, ants, bacteria…every living thing is energy dancing in form.  The odds of materializing as a human are miniscule. One last illustration:

Imagine a toad capable of living for 100,000 years that travels along the bottom of the ocean. He swims to the surface once per century to breathe air. Now imagine a log eternally floating on the surface of that same ocean. It is said that a human is created as often as that toad would bump his head on the log when he surfaces.

That is what we have: an impossible existence. Who you are, as you are, is a lucky happenstance in an unspeakably long causation of events that will continue unspeakably long after you die.

Take advantage now.

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14 comments on “Take Advantage

  1. Noel says:

    Very thought provoking. I have reflected on something similar for a long time. For instance, where was “I” (my self) two hundred years ago? Where will “I” be 100 years from now? If I am energy (soul), where will this energy transfer after my body decays? Hmmm!

  2. atrm61 says:

    Wonderfully thought provoking!

  3. Draug419 says:

    Ooo a very interesting post. It’s definitely something to think about!

    • kenajos says:

      You are the best…everywhere I go I see your comments on people’s pages. This is very good of you. Thank you for being yourself. _/\_

  4. D.mooncrab says:

    I will be thinking about this for a long time from now. Great job!

  5. kymminbarcelona says:

    Love the parable of the toad. Universal energy, rock on!

  6. The toad bumping his head was fantastic. Great job.

    • kenajos says:

      Thanks a lot, I received that parable from a pretty wise young teacher of vedanta…putting it in writing and w/in limited words was difficult. I was afraid it would lose it’s potency…it probably did, but I’m glad the point got across. Thanks for giving me the chance to explore these things in my mind…all I needed was the exact loose structure you provide. May you continue to inspire. _/\_

  7. Christine says:

    This is brilliant – I love the philosophy, and your writing is really a pleasure to read. I’m particularly captured by the last two paragraphs. Great job!

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