Withdrawal is the 3rd Mental Perfection:
Withdrawal is renunciation
of all ill.
Withdrawal is the removal of misery
Withdrawal is the extraction of disease.
Withdrawal is a retraction from danger.
Withdrawal is seclusion from what is grief.
Withdrawal is letting go of what is burning.
Withdrawal is giving up what is detrimental.
Withdrawal is discharge of what is infested.
Withdrawal is pulling
out the splinter of pain.
Withdrawal is turning
away from what is sorrow.
Withdrawal is protection from what is entrapping.
Withdrawal is the clearing of captivating illusions.
Withdrawal is a freedom from enslaving addiction.
Withdrawal is waking up from an enthralling trance.
Withdrawal is breaking out of the inner mental prison.
Withdrawal is release from all suffering inherent in any
"Back to Nature" by
Robert Storm Petersen.
(1882 - 1949)
One who has
withdrawn, even as the man newly freed from
does not wish himself back into very the same prison
The Basket of
Infatuated with lust, impassioned and obsessed, they are caught in
their own self-created net, like a spider, which spins its own web!
Cutting through, the Noble Friend withdraw
and go scott free,
Without any longing, without any greed, leaving all misery behind.
The Bodhisatta as the King Culasutasoma gave up his whole kingdom.
Knowing withdrawal to be an advantageous victory, he remembered:
A mighty kingdom I possessed, as if it was dropped into my hands...
Yet all this tantalizing luxury, I let fall
and go without any even slight
trace of longing or clinging. This was my perfection of Withdrawal...
Jātaka no. 525
Lust, I say, is a great flood, a whirlpool sucking one down, a
seeking a hold, continually active, and difficult to cross is such morass of
and sensual desire... A sage does not deviate from the good, but remains steady!
A recluse stands on firm ground, when
alone and secluded: When withdrawn from all,
truly he is calmed and
silenced... Having directly touched the Dhamma, he becomes
independent! He behaves only right, and does not envy anyone anywhere...
He who has left behind all
sense-pleasure, which is an attachment difficult to cut,
is freed of both depression, and longing, since he has cut across this
and is released.
Any being, that cools down all desires, and greedy lusts,
by being alert,
and ever aware of the inherent danger,
by directing attention only to the disgusting aspects of
all phenomena, such one withdraws from all craving and
thereby wears down, and
breaks the bars of this inner prison.
If one gains an infinite blissful ease by
leaving a minor pleasure,
any clever one would swap the luminous for what
is a trifling delight,
by withdrawing from this trivial banal boredom of repeated sensation.
The one who has reached the sublime end
completely perfected is fearless,
is freed of from all craving, is freed from all desire, and
a one has broken the chains of being and is certainly withdrawing
into the final phase, wearing his last frame...
"Why do I, being subject to birth,
disease, death, sorrow
and defilement, thus search after things of the same nature? What if I,
who am subject to things of such low nature, realize their disadvantages
and seek the unattained and unsurpassed, perfect security:
"Cramped and confined is the household life, a den of dust, but the life
of the homeless is in the free open air of heaven! Hard is it for him who
abides at home to live the Holy Life as it should be lived, in all
perfection, and in all its purity."
"The household life is a cramped way,
choked with dust. To leave it, is
like coming out into the free space of open air! It is not easy for one,
who lives at home, to live the Noble life completely perfect and pure,
bright as mother-of-pearl. Surely I will now shave off my hair and go
forth into homelessness..."
Only Misery Arises.
Only Misery Ceases.
Nothing good is thus lost
by withdrawing from it All...
Nothing is Worth
of the 10 mental perfections (paramis) and Withdrawal (Nekkhamma)