Non-returning is obviously a superior attainment to once-returning.
And yet, the once-returner comes back one more time as a human being and attains Nibbana, while the non-returner is reborn in the pure abodes and stays there for eons before attaining Nibbana.
So it seems, if I understand it correctly, that it takes the once-returner far less time to attain Nibbana? And that would mean once-returning is the preferred option since one will escape samsara far sooner? Or have I got something wrong here?
Rather light a candle than complain about darkness.
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Think not lightly of evil, saying, "It will not come to me." Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the fool, gathering it little by little, fills himself with evil.
Think not lightly of good, saying, "It will not come to me." Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.