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Desire as Way to Suprahuman Force:


The Blessed Buddha once said:
When a Bhikkhu develops the Ways to Force that is enriched with concentrated
desire, constructed by effort, by thinking: In this way will my desire, neither be
too slack nor too tense, it will neither be constricted internally, nor scattered
externally, then he dwells experiencing both what is in front and what is behind,
so above, so also below, so by day, so also at night! Therefore, with a mind all open
and unrestricted, he develops the dazzling bright mind, which is pervaded by its
own lu
minosity... However: What is a desire that is too slack? It is desire joined
with dullness. This is called a desire that is too slack... What is a desire that is too
tense? It is a restless and agitated desire. This is called a desire that is too tense...
What is a desire that is constricted internally? It is a desire joined with lethargy
and laziness. This is desire that is constricted internally. What is a desire that is
scattered externally? It is desire that is all distracted and diverted externally
while urging for the 5 sense pleasures... This is called a desire that is scattered
and distracted externally... How does one dwell experiencing both the front and
what is behind? The perception of front, back, is well attended to, and thereby
wellcomprehended, well considered, and penetrated by understanding... How does
one dwell seeing as below, so above; as above, so below? One reviews this very
frame of body upwards from the soles of the feet, and downwards from the tips
of the hairs, enclosed in skin, as full of many kinds of impurities: There are in this
body head-hairs, body-hairs, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bones, bone-marrow,
kidneys, heart, liver, pleura, spleen, lungs, intestines, mesentery, vomit, excrement,
bile, lymph, pus, blood, sweat, fat, tears, mucus, saliva, snot, joint-fluid, and urine...
How does one dwell as by day, so at night; as at night, so by day? Here, at night a
Bhikkhu trains the Ways to Force that is enriched with a quite concentrated desire,
constructed by effort using the same techniques, qualities, features, and aspects,
as he trains during a day. And how, does one dwell with a mind that is all open and
unrestricted,  a dazzling bright mind, which is pervaded by luminosity...?
Here, friends, the perception of day-light is well attended to and well resolved upon
by determination. It is in exactly this way that one dwell with a mind that is all open
and unrestricted, a dazzling bright mind, which is pervaded by its own luminosity...


Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:278]
section 51: The 4 Forces: Thread 20: Analysis of the Ways.


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