Mkoll wrote:In the highest Pure Abode: the Akannitha, beings there live for 16,000 kalpas or aeons. Taking the aeon to be 16,000,000 years, that means that the beings there live for 256 billion years.
The mayfly will live as an adult for as little as 30 minutes before dying.
Life, person, pleasure, pain — just these alone
Join in one conscious moment that flicks by.
Devas, though they live for eighty-four thousand kalpas,
Are not the same for two such moments....
Breakup of dhammas is foredoomed at their birth;
Those present decay, unmingled with those past.
They come from nowhere, break up, nowhere go;
Flash in and out, as lightning in the sky.