I know I would pick something that could fly. I would love to just fly above everything else, have it be a natural activity. Though, not as a bug. Probably a bird.
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Fantastic, but Zeus can be such a trouble maker sometimes :). Still he is one of my favorite Gods.
A Buddhist monk does not pray for a hard life. He doesn't pray for anything. He is doing his best to lead a pure life and eventually to attain Nirvana (Nibbana).
You can only be this body now but you will have the same spirit. Reincarnation helps us learn lessons and grow in each lifetime. We take on a body that helps us do that
Noble aspirations. Still, your soul will not be happy. You have to do the work. If I gave you £500. every Friday, you will undoubtedly feel great. But a day will come when you will ask yourself why you are not working for it. Your soul is like this.
No my friend, if I did not have to work I would be happy. I define work as doing things you rather not do to gain money to survive. I like to have fun playing on the beach. That makes my soul happy :).
You are no doubt a good man Darrell, but to the God-lover work is a veritable blessing. Wherever you work should be your heaven. Duty with detachment is the goal. Feel that you are an instrument in the Hands of Something Higher, and all will be well.
I like your spirit, good luck with all your endeavors in this life as well as the next.
The Soul is without gender, Kepitz. But generally when it takes a gender, it retains that gender unless of course there is an ordained reason for change. I learnt this from sitting at the feet of an illumined soul.
But being a caterpillar is not the most lovable of creatures nor always the best defense against being killed at a young age. I tend to believe that most people will step on a caterpillar if they see one, LOL.
Who determines this "perfection"? Why must we be perfect? What constitutes as living a normal life? What makes a Buddhist monk's life less valid than ours?
You need to stop judging things based on narrow-minded cultural assumptions!
Elusion, Awesome Body seems to be right. I have stayed in monasteries for months and I've met many monks. The less I say of them, the better!