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Thursday February 21st 2013    Tim Candler

    Karmic Bondage is a concept from Jainism that might be expressed this way.  Through the course of life a person's soul is subject to over a hundred fifty different kinds of invisible rays capable of passing through the visible and attaching to the soul.  Karma is considered real and it is physical and it is of this earth.  Jain's do not have gods.  Instead they have Saints, who are souls liberated from the  bondage of karma, because when they were alive as a person, they managed to behaved in such a way as to achieve a balance that released their soul from having to relive life as a person, on endlessly.  Worth noting, that as a person, a Jain avoids adopting a dogmatic position by commencing all propositions with a "perhaps" or a "maybe" or at least some suggestion of alternative possibility that's found in the Sanskrit word 'syad.' Only when Sainthood is achieved does a soul possesses an infinity of knowledge, purity, bliss and energy.

    Which is kind of interesting in my view, especially when you put it beside the traditions of Goths and Germanic tribes from more northern and much colder places, who when burying someone they'd bind him or her, so that after the burial he or she would not become a ghost, and hang out scarily, or in anyway be able to return to the earthly plane.  I'm inclined to think the idea of a soul, or the departed, having to go somewhere else, whether it wants to or not, sounds like an abdication.  A washing of the hands. Quite what that abdication is I am not certain, but I suspect it has something to do with the effect winter has on state of mind, and on understandings of eternity. And I say this because if I had to relive winter on endlessly until I achieved Sainthood, go ahead bind me in chains before burying me. The swastika, also a Jain symbol, before coming into such disrepute in the middle of the last century, was considered a good luck charm by aviators.

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