Monday, June 20, 2011

Origin of humans

Question : (Unedited)
what do buddhists believe about the orgin of people... what do buddhits say about where people came from into this world?

My comment:
Hi L,
There is a discourse where the Buddha explained the "evolution" or the "beginning" of life.  However this "beginning" was just the beginning of endless cycles of existence stretching for an unimaginable and incalculable long periods of time; for lack of a better word it is called an aeon for one such cycle.  Unless you are familiar with Buddhist teachings, you are not going to believe this.  

Be that as it may, the story goes like this:  Long long ago, luminous beings having descended to earth from a higher plane of existence, found that on the surface of the planet was a layer of very aromatic substance.  They decided to taste it and subsequently were addicted to it.  After a long time they lost their luminosity and supernatural powers, and their forms evolved into what we are today.  This was the result of having tasted the "forbidden elixir"....sounds familiar??

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