peterbindi wrote:Ans: Yes, they have souls, but they are inert. In the seeds.
As with many of the written answers we are able to receive, this is a bit inconclusive.
Is he saying that "plant souls" are equal in form and nature to "human souls" (and, by extension, that all souls are the same). I am not sure what "inert" means. In English, inert means "not active, inanimate, lifeless" etc.
I suppose the next questions are; what does it prove ... what practical difference does it make ... what can we do with them ... what are our responsibilities to them? I suspect transmigration, either up or down, is still out of the question?
Some religions believe similar, that other simple spirits (devas, kamis) live in amongst plants looking after them but that they are not the spirit or soul of the plant or animal itself. A general and widespread concept about other species, e.g. ants and bee etc, is that they do not have individual souls but operating of one "hive soul".
I have no comments to make, its not my field of interest and does not appear to be of immediate practical benefit. I would say though that some shamanistic traditions talk about the general "overspirit" of a particular plant, e.g. dope, tobacco, ayahuasca ... some of which can be not too pretty. What it does all point to is that life entails a much more rich and extensive spiritual cosmology than the one presented by the BKWSU.
I am just off to teach my gladioli Yoga now ... so, are the flowers in the Subtle Regions karmateet? (No answer necessary).