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Hinduism : The Eternal Tradition Sanatana Dharma
Index

Preface 

Perennial Wisdom 

Sanatana Dharma

Religion And Spirituality...

Religion Or Dharma

The Eternal View Of Hinduism

Idolatary And Dogmatism

Religion And Spirituality..

Religious And Spiritual Practices

Civilization And Social Issues

Hinduism And Sanatana Dharma

Hinduism And Other Religions

Appendices

       

Major Sections
Books By David Frawley
Arjuna

Awaken Bharata

From The River Of Heaven How I Became A Hindu
The Myth Of Aryan Invasion Of India

Hinduism : The Eternal Tradition, Sanatana Dharma

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RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY AND THE MODERN WORLD

Can Human Beings Be Reborn as Animals?

Human and animal evolutions are generally distinct. Once a soul has advanced to the human level, which affords easier access to higher states of consciousness than the animal state, it seldom falls back into animal births. Yet souls who are in the transitional phase between animal and human births may go back and forth for several incarnations. Human beings who have done much evil may also temporarily sink into some animal birth owing to the density of their karma.

However, while the general rule is that animal and plant evolution is lower than human evolution, there are exceptions. Sometimes even great sages can take animal births like that of a bird, monkey or deer, or plant births, like that of a great tree. Such births allow the sage to devote more time to meditation as they are less likely to be bothered by other people. Realizing the same Self in all beings they can experience these lower forms of life as part of the same Divine existence. For example, Ramana Maharshi brought his cow to a state of liberation or Self-realization, demonstrating that spiritual practice is not achievable only for human beings.

Liberated sages can also manifest or communicate to us through plants and animals, and through the whole world of Nature. This is because they themselves have become the entire universe. In this case the forces of nature become their vehicles, though they might not actually take birth within them.

 

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About Religion, Spirituality And The Modern World
The Basis of the Eternal Tradition
What is God?
What is Non-Duality (Advaita)?
Is Atheism Wrong?
Is God Personal or Impersonal?
What is Our Relationship With God?
Why Do Religions Call God He?
What is the Importance.... ?Pg1
What is the Importance ... ?Pg2
What is the Relationship.... ?
Why Do People Worship God in...?
Can God be Portrayed in.... ?
Where Do People Go Who Worship.... ?
What is the Name of God?
How Should Religion Be Propagated?
How Should Religion Be Organized?
What is the Importance of .....?
What is the Origin of Sanatana Dharma?
What is the Goal of Sanatana Dharma?
Is Evolution Endless?
What is Karma and Rebirth?
Is Life Predestined?
Are We Punished for Wrong Actions?
Do Heaven and Hell Exist? Pg1
Do Heaven and Hell Exist? Pg2
Does Evil Exist? Pg1
Does Evil Exist? Pg2
Do Angels Exist?
Can Human Beings Be Reborn as ....?
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