about karma: What does a snail have to do to reincarnate? Le

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about karma: What does a snail have to do to reincarnate? Le

Postby absolute » Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:53 pm

hello everyone i am new here in this forum. i wanna ask about the concept from a movie
here is a quote from the movie the bucket list: What does a snail have to do to reincarnate? Leave the perfect trail of slime? yeah it is funny quote but meaningful. what can animals do for good karma? you know, they don't have own self awareness, and from the six realms that deva, asura, human, animals, hungry ghost, and hell can only mankind do good or bad karma? how can other beings if that don't have consciousness do action with their own ? if some carnivorous animals kill other animals to eat doesn't it mean they do bad karma right. so how are other beings do karma?

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Re: about karma: What does a snail have to do to reincarnate

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:18 pm

I think this has been discussed before, but not sure where those threads are right now. Animals probably just have to exhaust their kamma and then when the time is right there may be the opportunity for a human life. Animals are capable of altruism which I would assume is pretty wholesome kamma. You can google for numerous examples and you tube videos of animals saving humans, other animals, mourning, etc. And there are also some animals who kill their own kind over competition for resources, leadership, etc. in the same way humans do that and generate unwholesome kamma.


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