Kalpa, as interpreted in the Buddhist terms, denotes a long, long
stretch of time dissimilar to the normal unit of time otherwise in use.
It works like this: to start, from the initial human life of 10 years,
1 year is being added every 100 years until reaching 84,000 years,
hence called kalpa of increment; next, 1 year is being subtracted every
100 years until reaching 10 years, hence called kalpa of reduction;
a kalpa of increment and a kalpa of reduction together make a small
kalpa, 20 small kalpas make a middling kalpa, and 4 middling kalpas
make a large kalpa.
No evading from kalpas as predestined, though a nonBuddhist phrasal
expression, does seem a sweeping attempt to say there is nowhere to
run in the face of evil retributions.