are 3 Mental Fermentations (Asavas):
The Blessed Buddha
once said: Bhikkhus, there are 3 mental fermentations
"What are these three mental concoctions
The mental Fermentation joined with Sensuality..
2: The mental Fermentation linked with Becoming..
3: The mental Fermentation associated with Ignorance..
are the three mental fermentations
8-fold Way is to be developed for
the direct experience of these three
for the full understanding of them, for their
complete elimination, and for
their final overcoming, abandoning and leaving all behind..."
1: The mental
fermentation (āsava) linked with sensuality is the false assumption,
brings pleasure, while actually sensing also is associated with pain and also neutral feeling,
which is far the most common!
2: The mental
fermentation associated with becoming is like the banal yet, common wishful
"May I become rich, beautiful, and famous",
not noticing that any becoming inevitably is associated
with change, decay, death, and thus
The mental fermentation associated with ignorance is the misconceptions we
make by inaccurate
approximation, undue generalization, and
Example: We make the observation: "The horizon is linear". Then we assume, project
and simplify by
over-generalization: "The earth must be flat", which is a false mentally
a while many would chop off your head, if you suggested just
about anything else, than that screaming erroneous
During biological fermentation sugar, water and yeast ferments into
alcohol: The alcohol was not
there to begin with... It was made up by this
fermentation process converting sugar into alcohol..
During mental fermentation observations, mixed with ideas and
assumptions ferments into a new
misconception, that was not there in the raw
misconception 'pancake earth' is not to be seen in an (almost~approximately) flat
This "pancake round disc earth" concept is a false idea fermented
and invented by the mind that
desperately is trying to predict the relations between the
Mind misconstrues and misconceives these relations, and thus misunderstands
their actual nature...
Notably mind ferments the three universal characteristics into their
Mind misconceives what actually is impermanent, as if it was
Mind misunderstands what ultimately is suffering, as
if it was
Mind mistakes what fundamentally is impersonal,
as if it was
"me, mine, what I
am, and my self"...
Video on Mental
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For Details on the 3 or 4 Mental Fermentations
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.
Book [V:56] section 45: The Way. 163: The fermentations ...