SarathW wrote:Thank you for your clrification Lonesome. Do you know the reason or logic behind why that Sotapanna will be reborn for less than seven times?
Because, when one becomes a Sotapanna, or "stream-enterer," they have entered the stream that will take them to the ocean, i. e. Nibanna. They have cleared their minds of the defilements that could possibly lead to actions that cause rebirth in Hell. With Sotapannas, it's only "a matter of time" so to speak because they have changed their minds to the point where the seeds for destructive actions just aren't there anymore.
Do you have any experience with farming? Sometimes, if soil is bad, one crop might be okay one year but terrible the next; the quality just goes up and down forever. But when you take time to really enrich the soil with fertilizer or other means, when you remove the stuff that is holding your crop back, then it's only a matter of time before a great crop arises. It might take a little work, maybe a few seasons, but once the soil is really healthy, it can't go back to being bad until a great crop is born of it. That is what Sotapannas have done; they've made the soil of their minds wholesome to the point where they can't go back until the perfect harvest - Nibbana.
Does that make sense?
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.
Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.
His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti SuttaStuff I write about things.