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
fermentations... What are these 3 advantageous qualities?
One guards the doors of the senses,
One is moderate in eating, and
One is devoted to wakefulness...
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
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
When have you last been
Wide Awake before
The first 3 Basics
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
Section 35: The 6 Senses. Salayatana. The Horse-Wagon. Rato
Get Up! Dawn and Prepare! There is no free
ride or lunch!