Devoted to Wakefulness »


Self-Control entails always being Wide Awake!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus by possessing 3 qualities, one lives this life full of pleasure and joy!
Furthermore, one has thereby prepared for the elimination of the treacherous
mental fermentations... What are these 3 advantageous qualities?

I: One guards the doors of the senses,
II: One is moderate in eating, and
III: One is devoted to wakefulness...

How, Bhikkhus, and friends is a Bhikkhu devoted to wakefulness?
During daytime, while doing either walking, or sitting meditation, any Bhikkhu
purifies his mind of detrimental states. In the 1st watch of the night, while
walking back and forth, and sitting, he also purifies mind of obstructive states!
In the middle watch of the night, he lies down on the right side in the lion's posture,
with one foot lying upon the other, aware and clearly comprehending, determining
when to rise again. After rising, in the last watch of the night, while walking back
and forth and sitting, he cleans out any disadvantageous mental states again.
It is in this way, Bhikkhus, that a true Bhikkhu is fully devoted to wakefulness!
Bhikkhus, it is by possessing these three qualities, that a Bhikkhu lives saturated
with happiness and Joy in this very life, and that he has prepared for the final
end-game destruction of the mental fermentations...

When have you last been Wide Awake before Sunrise?

The first 3 Basics of Self-Control:

Sit up! Rise Up! Let not the King of Death find you sloppy!

Source (edited extract):

The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. Book IV [176-7]
Section 35: The 6 Senses. Salayatana. The Horse-Wagon. Rato 239.

Get Up! Dawn and Prepare! There is no free ride or lunch!

Devoted to Wakefulness!

Back Home Index Next

Updated: 12 Oct 2017
Recommended Links