SN 15.20 / DN 26 reverse/forward evolution

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      Tobias G

      Please see the two suttas:
      SN 15.20
      DN 26

      Vepullapabbatasutta describes a reverse evolution and Cakkavattisutta describes reverse and forward evolution until the new Buddha Metteyya appeares. At that time humans shall have life spans of 80,000 years.

      Why again a forward evolution from life spans 10 until 80,000 years? All the other Buddhas appeared in reverse evolution.

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      I would not call it “human evolution.”

      1. “Human existence” is determined by the lifetime of the gandhabba, the “mental body.”

      2. The “physical body” is just a shell that allows a human to experience gandha (odors), rasa (tastes), and phottabba (touches). The duration of that physical body is subjected to environmental conditions.
      – Even now, in some poor countries, “physical-body lifetime” is around 50 years, while in some others it is around 100 years.
      – Over long times it can change from around 10 years (when the environment is bad) to around 80,000 or so years when the conditions are optimum.
      – However, the lifetime of human existence DOES NOT depend on such environmental conditions.It depends solely on the kammic energy.

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