The term beginningless pertains to nonexistence of primordial cause.
The Buddha held that the universe is without any starting point, that
there is no chance of finding it within the brevity of a lifetime and
limitations of energy and intelligence, and that the earth is but of
thousands of millions of continuous years.
In the Buddha' s worldview, the extent of time and space is horrendously
vast. Time goes by kalpas, as in the immeasurable asankhya
kalpas. Space goes by the incessant process of formation, abidance,
deterioration, and nonexistence of all worlds, and the planet earth has
come to its present state through immeasurable repeats of the same
process. How, then, is human intelligence ever capable of tracking
and arresting the beginning of time? Hence the Buddha' s adjectival
application of the word, beginningless.
On realization and awakening and with knowledge of all forms of
previous existence of self and another, we would comprehend the
world and life itself. Hence beginningless is the same as before the
immeasurable worlds began.