Lucas Oliveira wrote:[b]Cakkavatti Sutta: The Wheel-turning Emperor
... In the future, as morality continues to degenerate, human life will continue to shorten to the point were the normal life span is 10 years, with people reaching sexual maturity at five. "Among those human beings, the ten courses of action (see AN 10.176) will have entirely disappeared... The word 'skillful' will not exist, so from where will there be anyone who does what is skillful? Those who lack the honorable qualities of motherhood, fatherhood, contemplative-hood, & brahman-hood will be the ones who receive homage... Fierce hatred will arise, fierce malevolence, fierce rage, & murderous thoughts: mother for child, child for mother, father for child, child for father, brother for sister, sister for brother." Ultimately, conditions will deteriorate to the point of a "sword-interval," in which swords appear in the hands of all human beings, and they hunt one another like game...
Sounds just like the entire middle-age and early renaisance in europe -in the western history time-period terms-, where people lived very short lives and killed each other for power, wealth, confusion, plots and so -even between relatives-.
am i too optimistic? i really hope not.
In that spirit, my questions are:
1) if this is the degenerate age, what was the age of the dinosaurs?
2) can't there be really different things going on in one age?
in the rumination of the idea, i think that dinosaurs were something like animals, and that time was an empty human realm in this world -just like there are pure realms where are no hells, animals, hungry ghosts nor asuras-
so, i feel that the Blessed-One only concerns about the Dharma time periods where humans exists.
in afterthought, in the Lotus Sutra the Blessed-One was visited by another Blessed-One's student from another world, so there are other worlds -planets- whith life -which seems to be obvious but not prooven by sciences-. Curious, ETs existence came to human buddhist knowledge since the mahaparinirvana of the Buddha but not the dinosaurs, and the ETs does not came to human scientific knowledge and the dinosaurs did came.
this also makes me think that the Blessed-One only concerns about the Dharma in time periods where humans exists.
Also makes me think that there are other worlds -infinite planets, since universe size is still a deduction or induction- where we can reborn.
in the surangama sutra the Blessed-One explains the great fire and the deva plains that are not destroyed. So there is an end of the world -planet-. And explains about the fall of a confused deva who rebirths memoryless in the inmediate lower plane in total lonelyness, and due to the karma of other beings that appears in the diferent planes of that world that naturally developed -just like the confused deva plane- making him believe that he created them in his desire -like objects-.
This makes me think that this that we call "the world" develops through our desire, just like the devas create objects. Maybe that's why the desire realms are all destroyed during the great fire, and why we see the world as an object perceibed by a subject -our duality vision-.
wow this made me turn in a wheel. i feel that your question is valid due to the confidence -in the perfect knowledge sense- to keep in the buddhadharma, and might try to elucidate it one day when i'm capable.
and so, what do you mean by "different things going on in one age"? if it's a question related to dinosaurs, appears that we can go from a world to another -between planets- while transmigrating, where our karma fits the conditions to manifest, so kaliyuga is happening in many worlds.
or maybe the little cosmology explained by the Blessed-One is only an expedient, an skillfull mean.
or maybe i'm wrong haha.
Proof of anything will come in time.