Knowing any Appearance to be
as Total Terror!
The Ancient Elders
As one repeats the observation and contemplation of the unavoidable
of all phenomena by their decay, gradual destruction, fall, breakup and
ceasing, then all formations, all constructions, all kinds of becoming,
birth, life, destiny, station, or abode, appears as a great
dread of total terror!
When one sees how past phenomena have ceased, present ones are ceasing, and
those to be generated in any far future all inevitably also will cease, then
called -knowledge of appearance as terror- arises in the meditating
in the same way a mother gives up of all hope, when she see her 3 sons
one after the other... When seeing the 2nd son axed she knows:
All 3 will die... !
The meditator's seeing & noting the ceasing of all past, & all present
is like the woman's seeing the eldest & the middle son's head being slashed
His realizing the unavoidable ceasing of all future phenomena, by
All phenomena, whether mental or material, arising in any future will all
is like her giving up hope for the youngest son, thinking: He
too will die
Advantages of noting & contemplating Dissolution: