Plotinus and Reincarnation

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Submitted: April 20, 2016

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Plotinus was born in Egypt, and then came to Rome, where he established a philosophy school.  There seems to be some controversy over the philosophy of Plotinus, because, one version of his book, The Enneades is very different from another that I have read.The better view, I think, is that Plotinus wrote about Reincarnation, and, that, evil is a lessening of The Good.

This article is about Plotinus and Reincarnation.Plotinus write around 300 C.E. and it is unclear whether he was influenced by Christianity or vice verse. Plotinus is generally considered to be a Pagan Thiest.  His discussion of God is interesting.God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, are discussed by Plotinus as a Triad or Trinity of  Greek and Roman Gods.For our purposes, here, it is important to note that the third person of the Triad, for Plotinus, is the Oversoul.

Plotinus tells us that that the Oversoul is a creative aspect of the Triad, and that the creation of sentient beings began when the Oversould began to spin off entities or souls.Some of these souls went only a little bit out of the Oversoul and becam  Archangels.  Others went further and became gods and goddesses.  Then some went even further and became Saints.Then some went further and became human beings.  Lastly,  some went very far away from the Oversoul and became demons.

Now, Reincarnation began taking place when human beings, for example, began to be attracted back to the Oversoul.Yet, there was a fear that if one went to close, back to the Oversoul, then the person would be reabsorbed by that Oversoul.On the other hand, some humans were so far away that they totally rejected God and became satanists.Reincanation, then, is the process of some souls finding their way back to the Oversould, but not too close.Good luck!

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