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What to Train when Mind is Sluggish, Slow and Low?
 



The Blessed Buddha once explained:

On any occasion, Bhikkhus, when the mind is sluggish, slow & low, then it is suitable to
develop the Investigation of states Link to Awakening, the Energy Link to Awakening,
and the Joy Link to Awakening! Why is it so?
Because when the mind is sluggish, slow and low, then it is easy to arouse, incite, stir, and
stimulate with exactly these states... Imagine, Bhikkhus, a man wants to make a small fire
flare up. If he throws dry grass, dry cow-dung, and dry timber into it, blows on it, and does
not scatter soil over it, would he be able to make that small fire flare up?
Yes indeed, Venerable Sir.
Similarly here, on any occasion, when the mind is sluggish, slow & low, then it is time to develop
the curious Investigation of states Link to Awakening, the enthusiastic Energy Link to Awakening,
and the rapturous Joy Link to Awakening! Why so? Because when the mind is sluggish, slow and low,
then it is easy to arouse, incite, stir and stimulate with the qualities of exactly these mental states...

More on these hair-raising mental qualities:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Investigation_Vicaya.htm

https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm

https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm




Sources (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya.
Book [V: 113] 46: Links. 53: Fire....

Alert vs. Sluggish ..


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