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Numerical Sayings - Ańguttara Nikāya  I [6-7]

Untamed - Adanta


At Savatthi .. the Blessed Buddha said this:

Bhikkhus, I know of not even one other thing, leading to so much harm as the untamed mind. The untamed mind, Bhikkhus, is of great disadvantage!
Bhikkhus, I know of not even one other thing, leading to so much good as the tamed mind. The tamed mind, Bhikkhus, is of great advantage!

Bhikkhus, I perceive not even one other phenomenon, bringing such great misery as the unguarded  mind. The unguarded mind, Bhikkhus, is very damaging!
Bhikkhus, I perceive not even one other phenomenon, bringing such great benefit as the guarded mind. The guarded mind, Bhikkhus, is very beneficial!

Bhikkhus, I see not even one other state, bringing such great loss as the unprotected mind. The unshielded mind, Bhikkhus, leads to much misery!
Bhikkhus, I see not even one other state, bringing such great gain as the protected mind. The sheltered mind, Bhikkhus, brings much benefit!

Bhikkhus, I comprehend not even one other thing, producing so much evil as the uncontrolled mind. The uncontrolled mind, Bhikkhus, is very dangerous!
Bhikkhus, I comprehend not even one other thing, conducive to so much welfare as the controlled mind. The controlled mind, Bhikkhus, is very advantageous!

Bhikkhus, I know of no other single thing, leading so much away from the goal as the untamed, unguarded, unprotected & uncontrolled mind. Such untamed, unguarded, unprotected & uncontrolled mind misses any aim!
Bhikkhus, I know of no other single thing, leading so directly to the goal as the tamed, guarded, protected & controlled mind. Such tamed, guarded, protected & controlled mind reaches whichever aim!


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