Friends:

There are these Five Higher Mental Chains (Samyojana):


The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are these five Higher Mental Chains. What five?


1: The Mental Chain of Craving for Fine-material Existence (rūpa-rāga)...

2: The Mental Chain of Craving for Formless immaterial Existence (arūpa-rāga)...

3: The Mental Chain of the Conceit: 'I AM' (māna)...

4: The Mental Chain of Restlessness (uddhacca)...
5: The Mental Chain of Ignorance (avijjā)...


These are the 5 Higher Mental Chains! The Noble 8-fold Way should be developed for the direct experience
of these five Higher Mental Chains, for the full understanding and elimination of them, and for their final
overcoming, abandoning and leaving all behind...This Noble 8-fold Way is developed for the breaking asunder

these five Higher Mental Chains!

Explanation:

The Chain of Craving for Fine-material Existence is attraction to the bliss  of first 4 mental absorptions...

The Chain of Craving for Formless Existence is attraction to the Equanimity of 4 formless absorptions...

The Mental Chain of the Conceit: I AM is the narcissism, that there IS an 'Ego', that remains as the same...

The Chain of Restlessness is the obsessed addiction to all making, intending, planning, doing, constructing...
The Chain of Ignorance is the not seeing, not understanding and not knowing directly the 4 Noble Truths...

These Higher Chains bind beings to existence in the worlds of fine subtle matter & in the formless worlds!

 


For some details on the 31 levels of existence see:
https://what-buddha-said.net/library/ati_website/html/ptf/dhamma/sagga/loka.html

 

How to Cut these 2 sets of Five Mental Chains or Fetters (Samyojana) see:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Nibbana_or_non-return.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_5_Lower_Chains.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_5_Higher_Chains.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/s_t/samyojana.htm

 

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya.
Book [V:61] section 45: The Way. 180: The 5 Higher Mental Chains...

 


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