eliminates all Physical Pain!
The Blessed Buddha once pointed out:
Where does all bodily pain cease, without even a trace remaining?
Aloof from all sense-desire and secluded from any
one enters and remains in the
first jhāna absorption
of directed thought
and sustained thinking, joined with pleasure and joy,
born of sole seclusion.
It is right
there, that all bodily pain ceases without a trace remaining...
Therefore do beings reborn at the
brahma level, never feel
any physical pain, since they are continuously absorbed in this first
The amateur meditator can use this absence of pain as a diagnostic tool:
If pain is still felt anywhere in the body, then the present meditative state
cannot be first or any higher
jhāna, but must be a case of calm (samatha),
preparatory concentration (parikamma-samādhi)
or near neighbourhood
how to attain the Jhāna absorptions:
Microscopic, astronomic, or other visions are not uncommon during
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha.
Samyutta Nikāya. Book V
The Abilities section 48. Thread on The Irregular Order: Uppatika 40