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  1. There is a sutra wishing well to all beings metta sutra, there are such lines:

    May all beings be happy and safe!
    May they be happy inwardly!

    Whatever living beings may be-
    Frail, strong, [and all], without omissions,
    [All] those that are long and those that are large,
    Both medium and small, short and obese;

    Whether they are visible or invisible, whether they
    live far away or near,
    whether they are here or will be soon,
    Let all beings be happy inwardly!

    This shows that every creature, regardless of size, can be happy. That is, each being can try to move from mental anxiety and dissatisfaction to more peaceful states, to approach happiness. This potential for the unfolding of absolute happiness in the consciousness of every being is commonly referred to as Buddha nature. It's like the potential of any flame to go out one day, to run out of fuel to burn. The human form is considered the most favorable and valuable on Earth for unlocking the freedom of the mind, because the human mind is best suited for this. That is, a monkey can theoretically write a book if it spends billions of billions of years doing it, but it is much easier for a human to do it.

    Another question is what is considered a living being at all. In Buddhism, the conditions for the birth of a being are the five groups of elements (skandhas): material elements, elements of perception, elements of recognition of pleasant and unpleasant, elements of will formation, elements of memory/experience and knowledge. From this point of view, viruses, for example, are not creatures, since they do not have (after all, no?) the senses. Viruses are more like a complex chemical substance, as they only have a group of material form elements. Viruses reproduce not because of the manifestation of will, but because the material elements, due to the appropriate form, are attached to living organisms. But bacteria are living beings, because they feel pleasant and unpleasant, react to stimuli, can suffer in their own way and, on the contrary, be relatively satisfied.

  2. If we compare the realm of man with the realm of elemental forms, for example, viruses, we can say that the latter are in a more harmonious state than man. The balance of the realm of elemental forms depends on human consciousness and its correspondence to the incoming energies of the cosmos. The virus is an embodied elemental, just as man is an embodied spirit in the sevenfold principles of essence manifestation.

    There are many types of elementals, Hinduism says about 33 million species. The nature of their beginnings of manifestation is the thought of man. Namely, the elements (primary elements) in the age of fire show the ability to combine with the energy of thought. As you know, kinship attracts, so a Thought that becomes an independent entity will sooner or later rush to its parent-man. Thus, humanity, with its collective thoughts, sometimes imperfect, generates elementals that transform their original nature under certain conditions into viruses. Viruses are embodied elementary forms of human thinking that strive for their originator and, due to the fact that their elemental consciousness is “sharpened” through energetic “communication”, (through imitation of the highest form of consciousness-man) move towards the ultimate goal-human evolution.

    All diseases accompanied by high fever have a fiery origin (with the participation of the element of fire). Fire, as we know, can be transformative, or it can be destructive (consuming). Hence the reasonableness of the research philosophy and ethics of treating viral diseases. If viruses are killers, then in a good sense of the word, they transmute the material form of a Fifth-race person, which has outlived itself, so that the transformed form corresponds to the level of human consciousness and cosmic energies (spatial fire), and in fact contribute to the transformation of humanity in the basic law-harmony. This transformation will give birth to a new Sixth Race of humanity, whose distinctive feature will be the refinement of feelings and perceptions (mental feelings), which will eventually lead to the manifestation of the sixth sense-sense consciousness.

    If the thinking and intelligence of humanity were more harmonious, then the fiery transformation would be less painful and would not be perceived as tragically as it is now. Harmony is understood as an established connection with the Supreme, who understands it by what names: God, Atman, Higher Ego, Teacher, etc.

    Viruses also have a peculiar “mind” of the appropriate level, but it is directly dependent on the collective will and knowledge of humanity.

  3. I welcome you. To begin with, from the point of view of Theravada Buddhism, there is no special Buddha nature that is present in all living beings. this is a purely Mahayana idea. The Buddha did not mention this at all. I will continue by saying that only a person has the opportunity to become a Buddha or an Arhat. Of all sentient beings, only a human being can become an Arhat or a Buddha. now about the animals…….. even the smartest of animals, such as dogs or dolphins, don't have the opportunity to think about the concept of escape from suffering. there is already no question of unicellular cells

  4. The evolutionary development of animals, from the simplest to the most complex. There are rudiments wherever there is perception. The Buddha nature in some areas is called the ability to interact and perceive.

  5. In the time of the Buddha, single-celled organisms, much less viruses, were hardly known to anyone. It is absolutely certain that no one had any idea about them, since they need powerful microscopes to detect them. For this simple reason, it doesn't explain it in any way. As for the rudiments of the mind, again, it is unlikely, just some elements of consciousness. It can be assumed that any creatures that have a nervous system in the simplest form, capable of responding in any way to a stimulus, have a form of consciousness.

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