In a recent discussion on another forum, the nature of creation arose. In the Yog Vasishtha (from the Ramayana), the story of Bhusunda the crow is told. He is a being who has learned how to continue to exist when creation ceases. He has thus lived through 10 creation cycles.
He tells Vasishtha that Vasishtha has come to see him in 8 of the last 10 cycles. This tells us creation repeats itself over and over with small differences in detail.
But if the purpose of creation is for Self to know itself, whats the point of doing it over and over again?
This comes down to perspective. From one viewpoint, it can seem it is all arising from memory (smriti). Creation is an impression in That, cycling out over and over in the flow of attention. It is only in time that there is sense of sequence, cycle and repeating.
If we take a deeper step outside of time, we can see all of creation as an impression in wholeness. While attention may move across the details, there is no coming and going, just a totality of knowledge. Creation is not repeating itself, it simply is. Complete. Memory is not a playback device but a totality of knowing.
This is the superior understanding. But it is through experiencing it in time that we can come to know the totality of it, beyond time.