Effort to Avoid Protect against Evil?
The Blessed Buddha once said:
There are these 4 best efforts, Bhikkhus and friends:
1: The effort to
avoid and thus prevent all evil states not yet arisen.
2: The effort to
overcome all wrong states, that already has arisen.
3: The effort to
all the good mental states, that not yet has arisen.
4: The effort to
maintain any advantageous state, that already has arisen.
What, Bhikkhus and friends, is the effort to
When experiencing a form with the eye, or a sound with the ear, or a smell
with the nose, or a taste with the tongue, or a touch with the body, or a
thought with the mind, then the Bhikkhu neither fixes his attention on the
whole appearance, nor on any of the object's specific
He tries hard instead to dispel all these evil and disadvantageous
such as greed, lust and longing, that would arise if he left his senses unguarded.
He thus watches over his senses, controls his senses, and restrains his senses...
This is called the
effort to avoid and thereby prevent all own evil mental states!
More on the Avoiding Effort!
Source (edited extract):
The Numerical Sayings of the Buddha.
Anguttara Nikāya AN 4:14