Points of Controversy
12.5. Of the Seven-Rebirths’-Limit.
And is he incapable of penetrating Truth during the interval? You deny. Then he cannot possibly become guilty of those heinous crimes, which admit of no intervening rebirth without retribution. You now assent, admitting that he is incapable of that penetration. Then you imply that he may commit those crimes, which of such a man you deny.
Is there a fixed order of things (among the Paths) by which the seven-rebirths’-limit man is bound to go through all the seven? You deny. Then your proposition cannot hold. Do you in other words hold that there are applications of mindfulness, supreme efforts, steps to potency, controlling powers, forces, factors of enlightenment, by culture in which the seven-births’-limit person is destined to go through all seven?