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Remembering all Details of a 1000 Universal Cycles!

Once when the Venerable Anuruddha was dwelling at Savatthi in Jeta's Grove, Anāthapindika's
Park, a number of Bhikkhus went to the Venerable Anuruddha and exchanged polite greetings
with him. Then they sat down and asked the Ven. Anuruddha:
Venerable Sir: What has the Venerable Anuruddha developed and cultivated so that he has
attained to his famous greatness of direct knowledge?
Anuruddha then answered: It is, friends, because I have developed and cultivated these four
Foundations of Awareness that I have won great direct knowledge. What four?
Here, friends, I dwell constantly contemplating upon:
1: The body only as a frame of transient form, neither as I, me, mine, nor a any self...
2: The feelings only as passing sense reactions, neither as I, me, mine, nor anything self...
3: The mind only as habitual and transient moods, neither as I, me, mine, nor any of myself...
4: All phenomena only as momentary mental states, neither as any real, nor static existents...
while eager, clearly comprehending, and acutely aware, by that removing all desire and
therefore also all frustration rooted in this world! It is thus, friends, because I have developed
and cultivated these Four Foundations of Awareness, that I have attained to greatness of direct
knowledge. Furthermore, friends, it is indeed, because I have developed and completely refined
these 4 Foundations of Awareness, that I clearly and easily can remember all the historical
details of a Thousand Aeons... !

Video on Buddhist Cosmology, Space-time, Observer-dependent Reality, and Genesis:

In Buddhist cosmology an Aeon (kappa)  means a universal cycle, where space first expands,
then stands almost still, then contracts and lastly implodes usually caused by extreme heat.
This is said to happen, when 7 suns, due to the contraction of space, have come so close, that
they can be seen from earth. All the oceans will have evaporated, when 5 suns can be seen!
It is worth noting that this non-steady-state model of the universe described in detail by the
Buddha >2500 years ago, first was "re-discovered" in the 1920ties as the Big Bang theory,
based on measurements using telescopes and spectrometers not available to the Buddha...!

Details and references for further study:

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:301-2]
section 52: Anuruddha. Thread 11: A Thousand Aeons!

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