The Constituents

On the very night of his enlightenment, during the first watch the Buddha developed retro-cognitive knowledge which enabled him to read his past lives. "I recalled," he declares, "My varied lot in former existences follows: first one life, then two lives, then three. four, five, ten, then a hundred, a thousand, a hundred watch the Buddha, with clairvoyant vision he perceived beings disappearing from one state of existence and reappearing in another. He beheld the 'base and the noble, the beautiful and the ugly, the happy and the miserable, passing according to their deeds."