Seeing the past Causes & their present Effects!
Once when the Venerable
Anuruddha was dwelling at
in Jeta's Grove,
Anāthapindika's Park, a number of Bhikkhus went
greetings with him.
Then they sat down & asked the Ven.
Sir: What has the Venerable Anuruddha developed and cultivated so
he has attained to his famous greatness of direct knowledge?
It is, friends, because I
have developed and cultivated these four
Foundations of Awareness
that I have won
What 4? Here, friends, I dwell constantly contemplating upon:
Body as a formed
frame, neither as any me-I-ego, anything lasting, nor as pleasure!
as passing sensations, neither as belonging to me or mine, nor as pleasure!
as temporary moods and mentalities, neither as I-Mine, nor as any soul!
as conditioned mental states, and neither as substance, nor any real!
aware, thereby removing all desire & frustration
rooted in this world! It is because I have developed these
Foundations of Awareness
that I have become empowered with these supra-human forces: With the
is purified & surpasses the human, I see beings passing away and being reborn,
or superior, beautiful or ugly, fortunate or unfortunate, & I understand how beings travel
on in accordance with their
past actions (=kamma)
thus: The beings who misbehaved bodily,
verbally and mentally, who reviled the Noble Ones, held wrong views, and did
on their wrong views, with the break-up of their body, right
after death, they have been
a state of
misery, in a painful
destination, in the lower worlds, even in hell...!
But these other beings,
who engaged in good behaviour bodily, verbally and mentally,
not revile the Noble Ones, who held right view, and undertook actions
this right view,
with the break-up of their body, after death, they are
a superior and exceedingly
happy destination, even a divine world!
Thus with the divine eye,
which is purified &
the human, I see beings passing away and being reborn, inferior and superior,
beautiful & ugly,
fortunate and unfortunate, and I understand how beings are
and fare on in this round
all in accordance with their past
(past life behaviour).
Buddha once said:
It is kamma that separates beings into inferiority and superiority!
MN iii 203
Source (edited extract):
Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya.
section 52: Anuruddha. Thread 23: The Divine Eye!
6 suprahuman forces, supernormal knowledge's see:
accumulation of intention, with spurious effects see:
About Retro-cognition and
the Divine Eye:
On folly longing after
a now unreal past, that has passed never ever to return: