cycle of reincarnation

cycle of reincarnation

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A term coined by Ivan Sutherland ca. 1970 to refer to a well-known effect whereby function in a computing system family is migrated out to special-purpose peripheral hardware for speed, then the peripheral evolves toward more computing power as it does its job, then somebody notices that it is inefficient to support two asymmetrical processors in the architecture and folds the function back into the main CPU, at which point the cycle begins again.

Several iterations of this cycle have been observed in graphics-processor (blitter) design, and at least one or two in communications and floating-point processors. Also known as "the Wheel of Life", "the Wheel of Samsara" and other variations of the basic Hindu/Buddhist theological idea.

cycle of reincarnation

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If you die in Varanasi in north India, some Hindus believe, you can skip the cycle of reincarnation, and directly attain salvation.
By this directive Socrates means that to become like God we should live virtuously in order to escape the cycle of reincarnation and achieve a specific, fulfilling kind of immortality.
Modi is the first prime ministerial candidate to stand inVaranasi, a 3,000-year-old city built around the river Ganges where several religions mingle but is best known forthe Hindubelief that to die here allows souls to escape the cycle of reincarnation.
The photographs were taken in Varanasi, India, a pilgrimage site for Jams, Buddhists, and most of all Hindus, who bathe in the Ganges River there for purification and believe that to die in the city is to be released from the grinding cycle of reincarnation.
Devotees believe that taking a dip in the River Ganga during Kartik Purnima cleanses them of their sins, speeding the way to the end of the cycle of reincarnation.
Even if you believe in an everlasting cycle of reincarnation with your soul leaping from man to fox to elephant to dung-beetle and so on for all eternity, life would still be too short for online bingo.
Samsara," -- a reference to the cycle of reincarnation or rebirth in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and other related religions --Aa opened at the Opera on Wednesday with a warning from the images that would be screened.
Having reached this realm, one no longer re-enters the cycle of reincarnation and one thereby gains eternal salvation" (212).
This is because according to yoga, as well as Ayurveda, the ultimate cause of disease is ignorance (the illusion that the "I-sense" is real), the ultimate cure of disease is discriminative wisdom (the realization that the "I-sense" is an illusion), and the ultimate state of health is liberation from the cycle of reincarnation and suffering (through that ultimate realization).
Hindus believe this rite breaks the cycle of reincarnation and allows the soul to begin its final journey toward heaven.
Hindus believe this ritual releases the soul from the body for its heavenward journey, and frees it from the cycle of reincarnation.
It draws a contrast between the eternal cycle of reincarnation and the linear ephemerality of a domestic experience.