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Careless Attention grows Mental Hindrances!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
When one attends carelessly and irrationally:
Then will Greed, Lust, and Sense-desire arise, increase, and expand...
Then will Hate, Anger and Ill-will arise, increase, and expand...
Then will Sloth, Lethargy and Laziness arise, increase and expand...
Then will Agitation, Restlessness and Regret arise, increase and expand...
When one attends carelessly and irrationally then will:
Doubt, confusion and uncertainty arise, increase and expand...
Furthermore the Awareness link to awakening does not arise then!
The Investigation link to awakening cannot emerge as curiosity then!
The Energy link to awakening does not propagate any effort then!
The Joy link to awakening does not spring into being as gladness then!
The Tranquillity link to awakening does not calm down mind then!
The Concentration link to awakening cannot focus and absorb mind then!
The Equanimity link to awakening cannot emerge as even mental ballance!
And if these qualities are present in mind, then they instantly cease, when
one attends carelessly, neglectfully, absentmindedly, sloppily, & irrationally.
However if one attends carefully and rationally, these 5 mental hindrances
do not arise and if already arisen, then they gradually fade out and cease!
Secondly, any of the 7 mental links to awakening, that has not yet arisen,
arise and is gradually completed by mental development by such repeated
reflection and meditation...

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More on Attention, rational and careful ( yoniso manasikāra):

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya.
Book [V:84-5] section 46: The Links. 24: Careless Attention...

Careless Attention!

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