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Semi-eternalistic belief

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The Semi-Eternalism Belief is described as belief that is based on the Past, where they assert Duality beliefs that there are things which are Eternal and there are things which are not Eternal. There are four ways these belief come to be Faith, where one believer never acknowledged the other beliefs: Buddha told a story about a time when the Earth was not formed, yet. The Sentient beings in this time, normally lived in the realm of Abbhasara, in radiant Light and nourished by celestial Joy. Then come a time when the Earth was in forming process yet still unhabitable. One of these beings in Abbhasara realm died (due to the exhaustion of his Karma) and born in the higher realm called the Brahma realm and lived in the palace there, alone. Of living alone for so long time, the being grew in distress and longed for a companion. He then uttered, "O, let it be that another being come here and accompany me."

At the same time as the wish, a being in the Abbhasara realm died (due to the exhaustion of his good Karma) and was reborn in the Brahma realm as his follower, but in many ways, similar to his feature. Seeing this happen, come to the Mind of the Brahma being this Thought, "I am Brahma, Maha Brahma, the Almighty, Omniscient, the Lord of All, Creator, Master for all creatures. I am the soure of all Life, Father to everything which exists and will come to exist. These creatures are my creations. Why can I conclude this? because as I was just Thinking, "Let it be that another bering come hera and accompany me", then my wish made the beings spawn to existence." The beings which came after Thought the same thing.

They worshipped and reverred the Brahma because, "He had been there even before I existed! Surely he was the Lord and Creator of All." In the Brahma realm, the first being had longer and more powerful features than the latter coming beings. So, a probability exist that the latter beings died in the Brahma realm, and then was reborn as a human. This human abandoned the wordly affairs and became an Ascetics, then by his devotion and practice, he had achieved the Power to remember his one past Life. As he recalled so, he came to a conclusion that the creatures, including himself are not eternal, had limited age, vulnerable to changes, but Brahma is eternal, ageless, and changeless. The second semi-Eternalistic belief came from Ascetics who were once a Khiddapadosika gods. They were once celestial gods who were too busy to experience Desire-based Joy and fun, that they forgot to take their nutriments and therefore, died. As they were reborn as Ascetics and achieved the ability to remember their past Life, they came to a conclusion which somehow analogous to the 'Fall from Grace', "If only we are not too greedy and overzealous in our previous Life, if only we could control ourselves, we would not have suffered Death. Now that we had made such error, we had to suffer this mortal Life." Here, they concluded that the gods were eternal, and the others were not. The third semi-Eternalistic belief came from Manopadosika gods.

They were the gods who always envied the other gods. This illness of Mind caused their Death. In the same cycle, the reincarnated as Ascetic Manopadosika gods, if achieved the ability to remember their past Life, would come to the conclusion, "Had we not been envious, we would stay strong and intelligent. We would never die or fall from the realm of gods forever." The fourth semi-Eternalistic belief is based on the logic and reflection on Mind. The people who embraced this belief concluded their Faith based on their thoughts and logics as follow: "Here is what is called (Atta) of Eyes, nose, tongue, and our physical Body, which are always changed. But, there are Atta of Mind Mind: the state of Mind, awareness of 'Atta' which is eternal." All of the followers of these beliefs defended and clung on their Faith and didn't believe in another faiths.