But it isn't just a contemplation of anicca - it is a real series of events that takes place in this phenomenal realm. Variations of this series of events are found preserved in several other premodern traditions and are regarded as matter of fact. The universe is dynamic with cyclical inundation and conflagration.
The Aztec myth of the five ages of the world describes four abortive attempts to create a viable world order. each of the four early suns finally weakened and fell from its station in the heavens, the disaster in each case being accompanied by a cosmic holocaust.
Hopi myths state: as on the First World, Sotuknang called on the Ant people to open up their underground world for the chosen people. When they were safely underground, Sotuknang commanded the twins, Palonga-whoya and Poganghoya, to leave their posts at the north and south ends of the world’s axis where they were stationed to keep the earth properly rotating. The twins had hardly abandoned their stations when the world with no one to control it, teetered off balance, spun around crazily, then rolled over twice. Mountains plunged into seas with a great splash, seas and lakes splashed over the land; and as the world spun through cold and fireless space, it froze into solid ice.
Central American records tells us that the third era of the world, or “third sun,” is called Quia Tonatiuh, or sun of rain, “because in this age there fell a rain of fire, all which existed burned, and there fell a rain of gravel;” the rocks “boiled with tumult, and there also arose the rocks of vermilion color.” In other words, the traditions of these people go back to a great cataclysm of fire, when the earth possibly encountered, as in the Egyptian story, one of “the heavenly bodies moving round the earth and in the heavens;”
Souix records; After the destruction of the fourth sun, the world plunged in darkness during the space of twenty-five years. Amid this profound obscurity, ten years before the appearance of the fifth sun, mankind was regenerated.
The idea of world ages, held by some tribes, is comparable in many ways to the world age concepts held in India. The flood stories, even the most remote, gave rise to the belief that the world is periodically destroyed by flood, fire, or other natural catastrophes, and this idea was held by a number of tribes with stories of some antiquity. Some substance was
given to the belief in periodic destruction by particular stories, and in this sense the people could be said to have had a conception of history. For example, the Sioux explanation was framed in familiar terminology. They held that the world was protected by a huge buffalo that stood at the western gate of the universe and held back the waters that periodically
flooded the world. Every year the buffalo lost a hair on one of its legs. Every age it lost a leg. When the buffalo had lost all its legs and was no longer able to hold back the waters, the world was flooded and renewed.
The aboriginals of Sarawak and Sabah (Bornea) recall that “six Suns perished” and that “at present the world is illuminated by the seventh Sun.”
World eras come and go....
Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss
- Dawa Gyaltsen
Disclaimer: I'm a non-religious practitioner of Theravada, Mahayana/Vajrayana, and Tibetan Bon Dzogchen mind-training.