--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Jarvis Stamply" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
> From: "dkotschessa" <> In the beginning of the meal gatha recited 
at some
> zen centers, the first line is "72 labors brought us this food, we 
> know how it
> > comes to us."
> >
> Interesting that the Muslim religion promises 72 virgins to men who 
> while fighting an intifada.

You're right! I hope that's a coincidence...

> Some numbers seem to show up more than others in various religions. 
Where is
> the common source? Is there one?

Well there are the "archetypes."  Where we you see that all religions 
and mythologies tend to have things like death and resurrection 
themes, metomorphoses, virgin births, etc.  These basically come from 
our biology and our environment.  Pretty spooky though that this 
would be refined down to the level of larger numbers...

(Though with stuff like "3" I could understand...)

Aren't you glad you asked now? :)


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