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Sigmund Freud, The Standard Edition o f the Complete Psychological Works o f Sigm und Freud, vol. 10 (London: Hogarth Press, 1953-74), p. 122.

In his letter to Fliess of December 6, 1896, he wrote, “ I am working on the assumption that . . ” 68 He observed that the same processes of displacement and condensation found in dreams also occur in reminiscences during waking hours. It had generally been be­ lieved that, for an event to be remembered, it must arouse a powerful emotion in the subject at the time or prove to be of a significance that is recognized shortly after its occurrence. But Freud noted that this did not explain why we recall events that seem insignificant, often in our earliest childhood memo­ ries.

Although one could, indeed, extrapolate from the classical Buddhist categories of causation, impermanence, and construction (samskára) a Buddhist critique of time, Eliade makes no move in this direc­ tion, seeing only history as the negatum of Buddhist insight. Consequently, Eliade comes to imagine that the Buddha’s purpose in recollecting his former abodes is the return to a primordial moment whereby he will escape the con­ fines of time; “ This mystical ability made it possible to reach the ‘beginning of tim e’ which .

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