many Universal Cycles of Past Lives...
The Blessed Buddha once said:
When a Bhikkhu develops the Feet of Force that is enriched with
concentrated energy, concentrated thought and concentrated investigation,
by effort, by thinking: In this
way will my desire, energy, thinking and investigating neither
slack, nor too tense, it will neither be constricted internally, nor scattered externally,
then he dwells experiencing both what is in
front, and what is behind, so above, so also below,
so by day, so also at
night! Therefore, with a mind that is all open, and unrestricted, he develops
the dazzling bright mind, which is pervaded by its own luminosity...
When the 4 feet of
supra-human force have been developed, refined and cultivated in exactly
this way, this Bhikkhu possesses the various kinds of
supra-human force: He remembers many
of his prior lives, one rebirth, two lives, three lives, four lives, five lives, ten past lives,
lives, thirty lives, forty lives, fifty lives, a hundred past lives, one thousand prior lives, several
100.000 lives, many
cycles) of contraction (big
crunch) & expansion (big bangs):
"There such was my name, species, family, such my appearance, such
was my food, such was my
experience of pleasure and pain, such was my life; passing away from there, I was reborn elsewhere.
There such was my name, species, family, such my appearance, such was my food,
such was my
experience of pleasure and pain, such was my life length; passing away from there, I was reborn here."
Thus he recollects his manifold various past lives
and worlds in all their
minutely specific details...
a Kappa: The
immensely long universal cycle or aeon or kalpa (big
bang to next big bang) see:
on the 4 Feet of supra-human Force!
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.
Samyutta Nikāya. [V:265-66]
section 51: The 4 Forces: Thread 11: Shaking The Mansion.