Orthodox interpretation of rising numbers of humans

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Orthodox interpretation of rising numbers of humans

Postby kilanta » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:37 am

What would be the most plausible explanation according to the orthodox classical theravada to rising numbers of humans? It seems that the number of humans has been raising for quite a while, but lately, during last century or so, the growth has been exponential.

Maybe devas have, en masse, decided to descend from heavens and to born as humans? Or a few beehives full of bees have gained enough merit to be born as humans (we seem to have a mass extinction of bees going on in Europe)?

I'm not sure if it's correct, but I assume that in most cases, maybe even all cases, one stream of consciousness can "kickstart" only one at rebirth. Or to put it more precisely, one stream of consciousness never branches but always is one stream of consciousness until the final release. If that is in accord with the canon, then it could be assumed that the rising numbers of humans can't be attributed to streams of consciousness's branching (as one-into-many) at death/birth border.
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Re: Orthodox interpretation of rising numbers of humans

Postby lyndon taylor » Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:10 am

kilanta wrote:What would be the most plausible explanation according to the orthodox classical theravada to rising numbers of humans? It seems that the number of humans has been raising for quite a while, but lately, during last century or so, the growth has been exponential.

Maybe devas have, en masse, decided to descend from heavens and to born as humans? Or a few beehives full of bees have gained enough merit to be born as humans (we seem to have a mass extinction of bees going on in Europe)?

I'm not sure if it's correct, but I assume that in most cases, maybe even all cases, one stream of consciousness can "kickstart" only one at rebirth. Or to put it more precisely, one stream of consciousness never branches but always is one stream of consciousness until the final release. If that is in accord with the canon, then it could be assumed that the rising numbers of humans can't be attributed to streams of consciousness's branching (as one-into-many) at death/birth border.


Could simply be a decrease in the number of insects or animals, but seriously there has to be life on other planets somewhere(as spoken of in scripture), all it takes is one planet to nuke itself into oblivion, or its sun to go supernova, and there's a whole planet's worth of sentient beings looking for rebirth somewhere. Not to mention beings making it out of hell realms. Or loseing a place in "heaven" realms.
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