Originally Posted by Ground
What is rebirth?
It is the anew arising of what has ceased before. The basis of rebirth is identity, i.e. that which arises is that which has ceased before.
How can rebirth be validly known
It can be validly known through having directly perceived a thing before its cessation and through directly perceiving its anew arising. Thus one can validly know 'This has existed before it ceased and now it has arisen again.' based on direct perception.
Can a living being be reborn?
A living being cannot be reborn. Why? Because although a living being can be directly perceived before it ceases to live a living being that is newly born cannot be traced back to a living being that has ceased to live before through direct perception. There is no directly perceptible sign of a living being that would necessarily
indicate that it had existed before it was born.
What can be inferred?
The word 'rebirth' that occurs in authentic buddhist texts in the context of the birth of living beings is a metaphor because there is no directly perceptible basis for its non-metaphorical use.
Like most religious scripture, the Diamond Sutra veils the meaning of rebirth from the opening chapter. When the subject puts on his robe, this is the Being in Sattva (TRUTH) above (your higher nature). He then enters the stream of life below (Rajas / Tamas). From this Sanskrit source, we have a veiled meaning for John 3 in the Bible, or baptism -- immersion into the stream of life (rebirth).
In Hebrew, the word AMEN is AMN (TRUE), or Aleph (Strong) Mem (Water) Nun (Seed). The Hebrew word truth is Aleph Mem Tav, or Strong Water Mark. In Greek, the word AMN is Lamb. From the root AMN, you can make limited Greek and Latin words, giving you the key to the True Lamb taking on the robe (body) and mind (crown).
In Greek (WEST), AMN is LAMB. Consider the words made with this grouping of letters:
Amn - Lamb
Amni - River of Life
Amnio - Bowl catching the sacrifice of a Lamb in ancient Rome
Amnion - Sac covering the baby in the womb
Amniotic - Fluid of the womb. Also mixed with the blood of the amnio in ritual sacrifice
Amnesia - Condition of the Lamb at birth
Anamnesis - Rediscovery of forgotten knowledge or talents as residual images left behind by past lives (you must be born again)
Amnesty - When God forgets
dAMNation - When God remembers sin
Notice that Linguistics are the true scripture. Amnesia does not imply you will fail to remember when hanging up the robe. Death is simply an illusion. Tantra is the robe we wear as a text, or the WORD. Aleph Bet in Hebrew is the word Father. John 1 tells you how the letters make word (like DNA making the book of a human body). WORD is the primary programming language of MARA (illusion of reality in simulation).
23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
What is the topic of Heb 9? The Earthly Tabernacle.