Desire as Way to Suprahuman Force:
The Blessed Buddha once said:
When a Bhikkhu develops the
Ways to Force
that is enriched with
by effort, by thinking:
In this way will my
too slack nor too tense, it will
neither be constricted internally, nor scattered
externally, then he
dwells experiencing both what is in front and what is behind,
so also below, so by day, so also at night! Therefore, with a mind all
and unrestricted, he develops the dazzling bright mind, which is
own luminosity... However:
What is a desire that is too slack? It is desire joined
This is called a desire that is too slack...
What is a desire that is too
tense? It is a restless and agitated desire.
This is called a desire that is too tense...
What is a desire that is constricted internally? It is a desire joined
and laziness. This is desire that is constricted internally.
What is a desire that is
scattered externally? It is desire that is all
distracted and diverted externally
while urging for the 5 sense pleasures...
This is called a desire that is scattered
and distracted externally...
How does one dwell experiencing both the front and
what is behind?
The perception of front, back, is well attended to, and thereby
wellcomprehended, well considered, and penetrated by understanding...
one dwell seeing as below, so above; as above, so below?
One reviews this very
frame of body upwards from the soles of the
feet, and downwards from the tips
of the hairs, enclosed in skin, as
full of many kinds of impurities: There are in this
body-hairs, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bones, bone-marrow,
kidneys, heart, liver, pleura, spleen,
lungs, intestines, mesentery,
bile, lymph, pus, blood, sweat, fat,
tears, mucus, saliva, snot, joint-fluid, and urine...
How does one dwell as by day, so at night; as at night, so by day?
Here, at night a
Bhikkhu trains the
Ways to Force
that is enriched
a quite concentrated desire,
by effort using the same
techniques, qualities, features, and aspects,
as he trains during a day.
And how, does one dwell with a mind that is all open and
a dazzling bright mind, which is pervaded by
Here, friends, the perception of day-light is well attended
to and well
by determination. It is in exactly this way that one
dwell with a mind that is all open
and unrestricted, a dazzling bright
mind, which is pervaded by its own
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.
Samyutta Nikāya. [V:278]
section 51: The 4 Forces: Thread 20: Analysis of the Ways.
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