SV: Origins of the "double-truth"

Erik Hoogcarspel jehms at KABELFOON.NL
Tue Dec 26 21:28:01 UTC 2000

Assuming direct influences seems to be an easy way out, besides: if
reincarnation in Plato's writings stems from Indian influence, wouldn't
it also be necessairy to explain why not other Indian ideas like karma
or the zero have been taken over?


Swaminathan Madhuresan wrote:

> --- Vidyasankar Sundaresan <vsundaresan at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
>> 3. Still, re: transmigration/metempsychosis/reincarnation, it
>> remains to be proved that it is a uniquely Indian religious idea
>> that went west. Indeed, it seems like a very "natural" belief
>> about life and death. Even Judaism has room for it. There is a
>> debate going on in Israel and the USA, about reincarnation and
>> the Holocaust. The Reform Jews have serious problems with the
>> idea, while the Orthodox Jews seem to accept it.
>  So, the transmigration need not be uniquely IE and confined to them
> alone in origins?? Dravidians or Semites or South East Asians could have had
> this theme also ??
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