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Seeing the Elements, Tendencies and Abilities!

Once when the Venerable Anuruddha was dwelling at Savatthi in Jeta's Grove,
in Anāthapindika's Park, numerous Bhikkhus went to the Venerable Anuruddha
& exchanged polite greetings with him. Then they sat down to one side & asked
the Ven. Anuruddha: Venerable Sir:  What is it that the Venerable Anuruddha
has developed & cultivated so that he has attained to his famous greatness of
direct knowledge? Ven. Anuruddha then answered:
It is, because I have developed & cultivated these 4 Foundations of Awareness
that I have won great direct knowledge. What four? Here, friends, I dwell
constantly contemplating upon:
The Body only as a formed material frame, neither as I, me, mine, nor a self...
The Feelings only as passing sensations, neither as I, as mine, nor as my self...
The Mind only as temporary mentalities, neither as I, me, mine, nor any ego...
All Phenomena only as momentary mental states, not as reality, or as existents...
while eager, clearly comprehending, & fully aware, thereby removing all desire
& frustration rooted in this world! It is, friends, because I have developed &
cultivated these 4 Foundations of Awareness that I have become empowered
with this supra-human ability: I see & understand this entire universe with its
many & diverse elements as it really is. Furthermore, friends, this awareness
make me experience the diversity of all possibilities & tendencies in all kinds
of beings... Furthermore, friends, it is, friends, because I have developed and
fully refined these Four Foundations of Awareness that I see & understand,
just as it really is, the degree of maturity in all mental abilities of all other
beings and persons...

For details on the Abilities (Indriya) see:

The All Seeing Eye!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:304]
section 52: Anuruddha. Thread 18-20: The elements and abilities!

Seeing all States!

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