At Savatthi the Blessed Buddha
as this body, is sustained by food, is dependent on food, and cannot
so, friends, are the five mental hindrances
indeed also sustained by a kind of
food, they are also dependent on food,
and cannot continue without ever renewed feeding!
And what, friends, is feeding for the arising and growth of
It is frequent and careless attention to the alluring and attractive
This food makes sensual lust arise, and feeds also growth of
And what, friends, is feeding for the arising and aggravation
It is frequent and careless attention to the displeasing and repulsive
This food makes aversion arise, and boosts also any
And what feeds the emergence and deterioration of
It is frequent and careless attention to
drowsiness, and too much
This is feeding makes sloth arise, and feeds
also worsening of habitual laziness...
feeds the arising and escalation of
It is frequent and careless attention to the excited, agitated,
and stressed up mind!
This food upsets
and stirs the mind, and intensifies also habitual
anxiety and worry...
And what feeds the arising, deepening, and
It is frequent
and careless attention to doubtful theories and speculative
This food bewilders the mind, and feeds
also the escalation of habitual confusion...
Just as this body is supported by food, is dependent on food, and cannot
without food, exactly so also, friends, are these
5 Mental Hindrances
dependent on feeding, and cannot persist without this continued
mental feeding by wrongly
directed and irrational attention...
The 5 Mental Hindrances
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