so even fully enlightened Buddhas never really eliminate all afflictions, and the traces of those afflictions remaining after the universe dissolves back into the basis are what become the "seeds" for the next universe. the latent awareness(es) in the bardo-basis become buddhas or sentient beings depending on their recognition or not of the appearances that flash forth because of the latent afflictions. without the latent afflictions causing an "itch" (so to speak) in the basis and thus provoking the wisdoms to flash forth, the awareness(es) would remain latent, and there would be no beings, enlightened or not. in that case, personally, i'm thankful for afflicted traces!
Thoroughly tame your own mind.
This is (possibly) the teaching of Buddha.
"I must finally conclude that this proposition, I am, I exist, is necessarily true whenever it is put forward by me or conceived in my mind."
- Descartes, 2nd Meditation 25