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This, Sariputta, is called the disappearance of the outward form. "Then, when the Dispensation of the Perfect Buddha is 5000 years old, the relics, not receiving reverence and honour, will go to places where they can receive them. As time goes on and on there will not be reverence and honour for them in every place. At the time when the Dispensation is falling into (oblivion), all the relics, coming from every place: from the abode of serpents and the deva-world and the Brahma-world, having gathered together in the space round the great Bo-tree, having made a Buddha-image, and having performed a 'miracle'like the Twin-miracle, will teach Dhamma.
Without malevolence. He abides. having suffused the first quarter with a mind of compassion. then of sympathetic joy. then of evenmindedness. likewise the second. the third and the fourth; just so above. below. across he abides. having suffused the whole world everywhere. in every way with a mind of compassion. of sympathetic joy. of even-mindedness that is farreaching. wide-spread. immeasurable. without enmity. without malevolence. In each case he reflects that the freedom of mind-whether it be of friendliness.
A ViDA. 140 says on account of being the first-born among the Ariyans. Ariyans are defined at ViDA. 165 as Buddhas, Paccekabuddhas and disciples of Buddhas. The Dhamma 61 "With the mind thus composed, quite purified, quite clarified, without blemish, without defilement, grown soft and workable, fixed, immovable, I directed my mind to the knowledge and recollection of former habitations. I remembered a variety of former habitations, thus: one birth, two births ... or fifty or a hundred or a thousand or a hundred thousand births; or many an aeon of integration, disintegration, integration-disintegration; such a one was I by name, having such and such a clan, such and such a colour, so was I nourished, such and such pleasant and painful experiences were mine, so did the span of life end.