overcomes, develops, & maintains!
The Blessed Buddha once said:
Friends: There are four
the effort to avoid, the effort to
overcome, the effort to develop, and the effort to maintain...
What, friends, is the effort to avoid? In this case, when perceiving
a form with the eye, a sound with the ear, a smell with the nose,
with the tongue, a touch with the body, a thought of mind,
fixes to the overall appearance, nor to any of this sensation's details...
One strives to avert the arising of evil and detrimental states, such
greed, urge and longing, by remaining guarding these
One watch and notice the senses, keeping
the 6 senses under control ...
This is the effort to avoid!
What, friends, is the effort to overcome? In this case, one does not
accept any thought of sensual lust, ill-will, irritation, or any other
and detrimental state that may have arisen! One dispels them,
them, causes them to evaporate right there and then, on the very
This is called the effort to overcome!
What, friends, is the effort to
develop? In this case, one develops
7 links enlightenment, which when bent on solitude,
ceasing, ends in release, namely: Awareness, Investigation, Energy,
Joy, Tranquillity, Concentration and Equanimity...
This is called the effort to develop!
What, friends, is the effort to maintain? In this case, one keeps the
mind firmly focused on any advantageous object of concentration
may have arisen, such as the mental image of a skeleton, of a
corpse infested by worms, of a swollen, decaying corpse,
riddled with pus and
maggots dripping out of any hole and opening...
This is called the effort to maintain!
These are the
four Right Efforts.
Nikāya. The Numerical Sayings: AN
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