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Single Idea 8145

[catalogued under 29. Religion / A. Polytheistic Religion / 3. Hinduism]

Full Idea

Of those ignorant of the Self (Atman), some enter into beings possessed of wombs, others enter into plants - according to their deeds and the growth of their intelligence.

Gist of Idea

Those ignorant of Atman return as animals or plants, according to their merits


Anon (Upan) (The Upanishads [c.950 BCE], 'Katha')

Book Reference

'The Upanishads', ed/tr. Prabhavananda /Manchester [Mentor 1957], p.22

A Reaction

"I sigh and sigh, and wish I were a tree" wrote George Herbert. You probably need the snobbery of the Indian caste system to appreciate the horrors of low rebirth. I quite fancy being a dolphin, but a tulip would be all right.