--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, TurquoiseB <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "Patrick Gillam" 
> <jpgillam@> wrote:
> >
> > We've had a half-dozen contributors to this list 
> > who profess to be functioning from Brahman. 
> > I've read that the larger Fairfield community has 
> > a dozen or so who've awakened. MUM says it's 
> > doing research on a dozen or so people in CC. 
> > I get the impression that "seven lifetimes" stuff
> > may apply to some of us, but it's likely an old
> > rule that no longer applies.
> It also is a "rule" that shows a remarkable 
> ignorance of Eastern thought. Within many
> Asian traditions, it is considered a given
> that one has to have logged *tens of thousands*
> of incarnations, many of them human, just to
> get to the point where one is attracted to 
> spiritual practice.

I was under the impression that the clock on the
"seven lifetimes" rule Patrick is referring to
started ticking *at* the point where one is
attracted to spiritual practice.

In other words, once you start the practice, it
takes seven lifetimes to become enlightened.  So
it only comes into effect *after* the lifetimes
in the rule you cite have taken place.  Tens of
thousands of incarnations to get to the point
where one is attracted to spiritual practice,
seven lifetimes thereafter to become realized.

Where's the "ignorance," exactly?

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