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.
(Sheikh has never printed at very large scale; his portraits might be twenty or so inches high--which, however, is four times the height of the new works.) 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. Many therefore go to Varanasi when they understand they are dying, and the city is known for the riverside ghats where their bodies are cremated.
It's believed that bathing in the Ganges absolves sins and that dying here frees one from samsara, the cycle of reincarnation, and allows the soul to achieve spiritual liberation, or moksha.
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.
Certainly the whole cycle of reincarnation as it applies to the lives of the rest of us is addressed in a brilliant way.
"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.
This effectively reinforces the cyclic nature of the narrative and reaffirms the cycle of reincarnation that has just started one more time.
Lives were ordered by the gods and governed by fate, the cycle of reincarnation, or divine providence.
En route, we get passing explanations of holy-fire rituals, the third eye, and the cycle of reincarnation that mystics hope to transcend.