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Friends:

Seeing one's own past Lives and all their peculiarities..


Once when the Venerable Anuruddha was dwelling at Savatthi in Jeta's Grove, in the
Anāthapindika's Park, a number of Bhikkhus went to the Venerable Anuruddha and
exchanged polite greetings with him. There 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?
It is, friends, because I have developed and cultivated these 4 Foundations of Awareness
that I have won great direct knowledge.
What four? Here, friends, I dwell constantly contemplating upon:
The Body as a formed group, neither as me, nor as lasting, nor as any happiness!
The Feelings as passing sensations, neither as mine, nor as lasting, nor as any happiness!
The Mind as temporary mentalities, neither as I, nor as permanent, nor as any happiness!
All Phenomena as mental states neither as any substance, constant stability, nor any real!
while eager, clearly comprehending, and fully aware, thereby removing all desire and
frustration rooted in this world! It is, friends, because I have developed and cultivated
these Four Foundations of Awareness  that I have become empowered with all these fine
suprahuman abilities:
I remember many of my prior lives, one rebirth, two lives, three lives, four lives, five lives,
ten past lives, twenty lives, thirty lives, 40 lives, 50 lives, a 100 past lives, a 1000 prior lives,
several hundred thousand lives, many aeons (universal cycles) of world-contraction and
expansion (big bangs): There such was my name, species, family, such my appearance,
such was my food, such my experience of any pleasure and pain, such was the story of my life;
passing away from there, I was reborn elsewhere. There such was my name, variety, family,
such my appearance, such was my food, such my experience of pleasure and pain, such was
my life length; passing away from there, I was reborn here. Thus I recollect manifold various
past lives and abodes in all their particular modes, and all their spectacular details...

Comments: There one sees all the times one has been a killer, a thief, a crook, a hero,
an ordinary being and all the possible evil things one has done not one time, but billions of
billions of times in this looong Samsara - The dreadful round of rebirths...
A truly humongous sight! 

On folly longing after a now unreal past, that has passed never ever to return:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/No_Nostalgia.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/At_All_Times.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anti-EGO-Tool.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hidden_Horror.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Seing_Past_Lives.htm




Reincarnation Research
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luoDNRbsl4E
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Reincarnation_Research.htm


Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:305]
section 52: Anuruddha. Thread 22: The Past Lives.

Seeing one's own past Lives..


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