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The 5 Mental Hindrances Causes Ignorance!



On the vulture's peak hill, prince Abhaya once asked the Blessed Buddha:
Sir, what is the causes of not seeing, not knowing, and not Understanding?



The All-Seeing Blessed One responded:
At such time, prince, when one remains with a mind possessed and overwhelmed by
sensual desire, and one does not know any way to escape this sensual lust, that has
arisen - this condition itself, prince, is the cause of not seeing, and of not knowing.
Therefore, not seeing, and not knowing have indeed a specific cause, and is indeed
conditioned by an essential prerequisite. [Such as desire for sensing]

Then again, prince, when one remains with a mind possessed and overwhelmed by
ill will, and does neither know any way to escape, nor still this anger, that has arisen,
then this exact condition itself is the cause
of not seeing, and of not knowing.
Therefore, not seeing, and not knowing have indeed a specific cause, and is indeed
conditioned by a necessary requirement
. [Such as hate, ill will, anger, and irritation]

Then again, prince, when one remains with a mind possessed and overwhelmed by
lethargy and laziness, and does not know any way to escape such apathy and dullness,
then this exact condition itself
is the cause of not seeing, and of not knowing.
Therefore, not seeing, and not knowing have indeed a specific cause, and is
created
by an indispensable requirement. [Such as apathy, dullness, sloth, torpor and laziness]

Then again, prince, when one remains with a mind possessed and overwhelmed by
restlessness and regret, and does not know any way to escape this restlessness and
anxious
remorse, then this exact condition itself,  is the cause of not seeing, and of
not knowing.
Therefore, not seeing, not knowing have indeed a cause, and is conditioned
by a specific crucial necessity.  [Such as restlessness and regret]

Then again, prince, when one remains with a mind possessed and overwhelmed by
uncertainty, doubt and confusion, and does not know any way to escape this doubt,
uncertainty, and confusion, then this very condition,
is the cause of not seeing, and
of not knowing. Therefore, not seeing, not knowing have a cause, and is created by a
causal requirement... [
Such as uncertainty and sceptical doubt]

What, Sir, is this method of teaching called?
These, prince, are called: The Hindrances...!

Comment:
Ignorance is not seeing, and not knowing the 4 Noble Truths!



More on the Mental Hindrances (
Nīvarana) and How to Escape them:

https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Causes_of_Ignorance.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_5_Mental_Hindrances.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Starving_the_Hindrances.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_5_Become_10.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.3-4.html

Source: Samyutta Nikāya – The Grouped Sayings V, Mahavagga.

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