Thinking as Way to Suprahuman Force:
Blessed Buddha once said:
When a Bhikkhu develops the
Ways to Force
that is enriched with concentrated thinking,
constructed by effort, by thinking: thus will thinking,
neither be too slack, nor too tense,
it will neither be constricted internally, nor scattered externally, then he
both what is in front and what is behind, what is above, so also
below, as 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 internal luminosity... However:
that is too slack?
joined with dullness is called
that is too slack!
that is too tense?
Restless and agitated thinking is called
that is too tense
that is constricted internally?
done with lethargy and laziness. This is thinking
that is constricted internally!
that is scattered externally?
It is thinking
that is distracted and diverted externally urging for the 5 sense pleasures...
This is called
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 well comprehended,
well considered, and penetrated by understanding... This is called
what is in the front and back!
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 by 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 in the stomach,
excrement, bile, lymph, pus, blood, sweat, fat,tears, slime, spit, snot, joint fluid, and urine...
This is called
is below, so above; as above, so below...
How does one dwell as by day, so at night; as at night, so by day?
Here, at night a Bhikkhu trains the Ways
that is enriched with
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 its own luminosity...?
Here, friends, the perception of day-light is well attended and well resolved upon by determination.
It is in exactly this way that one dwells with a mind that is all open, unrestricted, unbounded
dazzling bright mind, which is pervaded by its own luminosity...
on the 4 Feet of Suprahuman Force!
Source (edited extract):
Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V: 278]
section 51: The 4 Forces: Thread 20: Analysis of the Ways.