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Introduction

Narada Thera, in The Buddha and his Teachings, describes the first stages of the awakening after abandoning a previous period of extreme asceticism:

“Regaining his lost strength with some coarse food, he easily developed the first jhāna which he gained in his youth. By degrees he developed the second, third and fourth jhānas as well. By developing the jhānas he gained perfect one-pointedness of the mind. His mind was now like a polished mirror where everything is reflected in its true perspective. Thus with thoughts tranquillized, purified, cleansed, free from lust and impurity, pliable, alert, steady, and unshakable, he directed his mind to the knowledge as regards 'The reminiscence of past births' (pubbe-nivāsānussati māna).

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