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How does one gain the Mind Reading Ability?

Once when the Venerable Anuruddha was dwelling at Savatthi in Jeta's Grove,
in Anāthapindika's Park, a number of Bhikkhus went to the Venerable Anuruddha
and exchanged polite greetings with him. Then they sat down to one side and then
asked the Ven. Anuruddha: Venerable Sir: What has the Venerable Anuruddha
developed and cultivated so that he has attained so successfully to his famous
greatness of direct knowledge?
It is, friends, because I have developed and cultivated these four
Foundations of Awareness that I have won great direct knowledge.
What four? Here, friends, I dwell constantly contemplating upon:
The Body only as a formed material group, neither as I, me, mine, nor any self...
The Feelings only as passing emotional responses, neither as I, me, mine, nor any self...
The Mind only as temporary moody mentalities, neither as I, me, mine, nor any self...
All Phenomena only as constructed mental states, not as substantial existents...
while eager, clearly comprehending, and fully aware, thereby removing all desire
and frustration rooted in this world! It is, friends, because I have developed and
cultivated these Four Foundations of Awareness that I have become empowered
with suprahuman forces: I directly understand other beings minds, when having
encompassed them with my own mind...
I understand a mind with greed as a mind with greed; a mind without greed as a
mind without greed; a mind with hate as a mind with hate; a mind without hate as a
mind without hate; a mind with ignorance as a mind with ignorance; a mind without
ignorance as a mind beyond ignorance; a contracted and lazy mind as a lazy and all
contracted mind, and a distracted mind as an agitated and distracted scatter-mind;
an exalted mind as exalted into jhāna and an unexalted mind as unexalted;
a surpassable mind as a surpassable mind and a verily unsurpassable mind as an
unsurpassable mind; a concentrated mind as concentrated and an unconcentrated mind
as so unconcentrated; an unreleased mind as unreleased and a released mind as indeed
all released...



More on the Mind and the the mind reading ability (Ceto-pariya-ñāna):

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:304]
section 52: Anuruddha. Thread 14: The Encompassing mind!

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