Embryo development and the arrival of gandhabba

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I have addressed many of the knotty issues discussed here in the above essay. I hope it will help.

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I’m afraid I didn’t see this term in the thread. Nor have I ever come across it in the suttas. It seems like a an Abhidhammic term to me: is it? I’m afraid I don’t know much at all about Abhidhamma. Maybe someone could explain its meaning to me?


It’s the 1st thought arise in a new life, in the case of humans its the first thought arise in fetus.


“An Ekottarika-agama parallel to the Mahata/hasa&khaya-sutta does
not employ the term gandhabba, but instead speaks of the “external
consciousness” or of the “aspiring consciousness”, in the sense of
the consciousness that aspires to be reborn.28 The Madhyama-agama
parallel to the Assalayana-sutta, however, also speaks of a
*gandhabba, as does a Madhyama-agama parallel to another listing of
the same three conditions in the Mahata/hasa&khaya-sutta.29 The
corresponding expression gandharva is also found in a reference to
the three conditions for conception in the Abhidharmakosabha1ya; in
the Divyavadana; in the Pravrajyavastu of the (Mula-) sarvastivada Vinaya;
and in the Mahavibha1a.”
Quoted from Venerable Analayo’s “Rebirth and Gandhabba”.

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