Originally posted by reinfeld
this is not about the three parts of the brain ( rat, mammalian and primate ).
i read a book 30 years ago about the discussion that man has two souls and not one. one soul is human and the other is animal. it is really a discussion of the higher and lower appetites ( not the freudian view of the id, ego, etc. ) but rather actually two SOULS.
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do you think man has two souls entwined in one place who struggle to survive together ?
Modern Christianity offers that the human being has one soul, but people who follow other religions and other traditions believe otherwise; some say that probably there are many intelligent little souls in the human body -they are known for example as chakras, and many methods of healing and well-being are connected with the accurate communication between them “little souls”. The Eastern are meditating over chakras in order to have them activated for several purposes.
And the qblh meditators recognize a soul that activates the physical body of the human beings and of the animals -the Goof. And they are aware of the existence of Nephesh that lingers after death: when the body dies Nephesh tries to look for another one, and this is a ghost that is not very sharp because it is solely able to hold its previous pattern it had when the body was alive.
And beyond Nephesh there is Ruach, the intelligent soul or the human soul. You can see Ruach dancing like a flame in the people’s eyes. Furthermore, the Holy Guardian Angel is an even deeper soul and it is known as Neshamah -and this is considered the first immortal soul.
So Nephesh is the thing that makes your friends think your ghost is present when they feel some intangible thing and suddenly see it as you, and at a given point of time Nephesh will die too. The Ruach survives in books, buildings and works of art, but it will too pass away if not deliberately kept alive because it depends also on physical things or people still living. But Neshamah is immortal, they say.
In the East, Theravanda Buddhism denies the existence of the soul as Rahula explains at his “What the Buddha thought”, however this approach is false regarding the Mahayanna and Vajrayana Buddhism perspective: the Tibetans versed in Dzogchen can easily comment about the soul in bardo. Also, even Hinayana Buddhism accepts the existence of the soul -and Theravada is a variation of Hinayana!
Since all the Buddhist schools accept the reality of the 500 previous lifes of Gautama Budda, in which his self Sunetra was always the same, many people cannot understand why Buddha offered the concept of No-Self -but that's another story