Inspired by Lokanta Vihara’s Buddhist Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse—well worth reading—I revisited The Simile of the Mountain, an Early Buddhist Text. It dawned on me that the hypothetical scenario of four mountains coming from four directions—while far-fetched and unlikely—is not entirely impossible. Below I contrast an excerpt from the simile with an animation of the final moment of the engulfment of Earth following a large asteroid impact.
Suppose there were vast mountains
of solid rock touching the sky
drawing in from all sides
and crushing the four quarters.
So too old age and deathexcerpt from the Pabbatūpama Sutta, translated by Bhikkhu Sujato
advance upon all living creatures—
aristocrats, brahmins, merchants,
workers, outcastes, and scavengers.
They spare nothing.
They crush all beneath them.