Energy is the 5th Mental Perfection:
Energy means enthusiasm, effort, exertion
Energy means eagerness, endeavor, initiative and intensity!
Energy means action, force, power, drive,
and hyper keenness!
means devotion, dedication, determination, and commitment!
Energy means enjoyment
Energy pave the way for success in all,
and any project ...
Energy is thereby
instrumental for all the perfections!
Energy no achievement
can ever be accomplished..
The proximate cause for
a sense of urgency!
The characteristic of
striving, its function is
effort, and the manifestation of
The Blessed Buddha
said about the perfection of Energy:
Get up! Sit up!
Of what use are your dreams ?
How can you sleep, when
stabbed by the arrow of urge and craving.
Sutta Nipāta 331
Get up! Sit up!
Push on your training, until reaching
Don't let the king of death -Mara- see you sloppy and
thus delude, and dominate you like a stringed puppet...
Sutta Nipāta 332
and Keen in your training.
The clever one is not satisfied before the
goal of ending all misery is completely achieved.
It is too cold, it's too hot, it's too early, it is too late!
Such bad excuses, makes one give up the training
miss one more precious opportunity to end suffering...
This straight and Noble
Way has now been clearly
Don't hesitate, keep walking forward, and do not turn around.
Urge yourself to advance further by your own
Only thus will you obviously approach,
The 2 efforts to prevent and to eliminate all evil.
to develop and to maintain all good.
These are the 4 right
efforts, taught by the Buddha.
AN II 17
And what, friends, is feeding the
Energy Link to Enlightenment,
not yet arisen, and food too for boosting of any present
1: The element of initial initiative,
2: The element of
launching into action,
3: The element of
Systematic attention to these 3 aspects, is initiating your
and is boosting any Energy
that is already present .
Nikāya XLVI 51 Bojjhanga-samyutta
At such times, when the mind is Slow, Sluggish, and Heavy:
Then it is the
right occasion: for cultivating:
The Investigation-by-curiosity enlightenment-factor,
Why is it so ? When the mind is slow, sluggish, and heavy,
easily raised up by exactly these
3 mental qualities.
Suppose, friends, that a man wants a fire to blaze up,
and he put on dry grass, dry wood sticks, and blow it
with dry hot air, and do not cover it with any dust,
would that man then see his fire blaze up ?
Certainly So, Lord...
SN V, 46.
The Buddha when
Moggallana where sitting nodding in the jungle
Well then, Moggallana, whatever experience you had in mind when
drowsiness demoralized you down, don't attend to that experience,
don't follow it. Remember instead the Dhamma, as you
have heard and
memorized it, reflect on and examine it! Then raise up
and repeat aloud
the details of Dhamma, as you have learnt it! Then pull both your earlobes
and rub your limbs with both your hands.! Then get up from your seat,
and after washing your eyes with cold water, look around and upward
in all directions, and identify the major stars and planets!
Then attend to the experience of inner light, resolve on the clear
perception of daytime, by night as by day, and by day as by night!
By means of an
Awareness thus open, unhindered
and vivid, develop the
bright mind. Its possible, that by doing
all this, you will shake off your
lethargy... But if by doing this you don't shake off your laziness,
then continually noting what is both in front and behind set of a
distance to meditate walking back and forth, your senses inwardly
settled, while your mind is not getting lost outwards. It is possible
that by doing this, you will shake off all your mental sluggishness...
1 WEEK SWIM
Born as the Brahmin Mahajanaka, the
Bodhisatta was once aboard
far from shore. All the crew were in great panic...!
The Bodhisatta though ate his belly full of sugar and ghee, oiled his
and swam continuously for 7 days towards the shore, until
he was rescued
by a guarding female devata. Later he remembered:
"Even far out at sea, where many men were lost, yet still unruffled
was my mind. I just kept swimming for seven days!
This was my ultimate perfection of
One who exerts effort,
One who is
alert and aware,
One who is restrained and controlled,
One who is kind and considerate in all dealings,
One who does good deeds voluntarily and deliberately,
One who lives according to the real truth of the Dhamma,
the fame of such one always grows!
Dhammapada Illustration 24
Background Story 24
By arousing and inspiring oneself to put forth energetic
By meticulous carefulness, by well restrained
The wise and clever ones make themselves a
no flood or fever of desire, can ever overwhelm!
Dhammapada Illustration 25
Background Story 25
Energy, Enthusiasm, and Eager Effort: (Viriya):
of the 10 mental perfections (paramis):
Enthusiastic is Energy!