Gandhabbas and Identical twin births

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    • #14179

      Greetings Lal and others:

      I would like to add my appreciation to you (Lal) for the tremendous effort and dedication to maintain the pace of your posts and still have time to respond to various questions on the fora.

      I would like to initiate this forum on Gandhabbas by posing two questions.
      How many Gandhabbas ae involved in the case of identical twin births and to what extent are their gathi’s and life cycles interrelated?

      Thank you for your response and comments.

    • #14180

      Welcome to the forum, Ashok!

      Each human life is a different gandhabba.
      But in the case of twins, the zygote splits into two and effectively become two.

      Even if the two split cells are identical, there are no two gandhabbas that would be identical (no two humans are the same). Gandhabbas are “selected for a given zygote” based on how well gandhabba’s gati match the gati of the mother and father. That “matching process” selects the “best matching gandhabba” available at the time. This is why there are instances where a child may grow up to have very different gati compared to either parent.

      In the case of two gandhabbas taking possession of the split zygote, while they are likely to have similar gati, they can never have exactly the same gati.

      As the twins grow, they will start exhibiting their own “inherent gati”, and in some cases they may be quite different. Of course, their “original gati” will change towards some common gati too, since they will be brought up in the same environment.

      The conception process is discussed in the post,”What does Buddha Dhamma (Buddhism) say about Birth Control?“.

    • #14185

      Thank you Lal:

      Your comments are consistent with the observations of twins who are brought up during their formative years in the same environment, showing similar traits. As they mature through puberty to adulthood, their individual inherent gati does manifest. Even if they were physically indistinguishable as children, with maturity their physical features may also differ, once again confirming that they were indeed two unique gandhabbas that were attracted to the initial split zygote.

      Thanks again.


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