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Control makes one Behave like a true Master!

Buddha once asked: How, Bhikkhus and friends, is there full mental control?
When seeing a form then one becomes neither attracted by any pleasing form,
nor repelled by any displeasing form! When having heard a sound with the ear,
one becomes neither entranced by any charming sound, nor opposed by any
horrid sound! When having sniffed a smell with the nose, one becomes neither
fascinated by any lovely smell, nor held off by any detestable smell!
Having tasted a flavour with the tongue, one becomes neither captivated by
any likeable taste, nor rejected by unlikable taste! When having felt a touch
with the body, one becomes neither allured by any pleasant touch, nor repelled
by any unpleasant touch! When having experienced whatever mental state with
the mind, one becomes neither obsessed by any agreeable mental phenomenon,
nor rebuffed by any disagreeable mental phenomenon whatsoever...
Thus does one live on, while having established Awareness of the Body, yet also
abiding within an unlimited & infinite mind. Thus does a focused one come to
understand, through direct experience, that release of mind, a mental release
through understanding, wherein all those evil & disadvantageous mental states
irreversibly cease without any remaining trace! It is in exactly this way, that
there is full mental control!

The infinite mind, counteracting hate & anger, is a mind made limitless by
the praxis of the 4 sublime & divine dwellings (brahma-vihāra), also called the
4 infinite states (appamaññā), which are:

Infinite Friendliness (Mettā),
Endless Pity (Karunā),
Mutual Sympathy & Joy (Muditā), and
Imperturbable Equanimity (Upekkhā).

For Awareness of the Body, which counteracts greed, lust & desire; see:
Having counteracted both greed & lust, which pulls in the mind attracting it
to objects, and having counteracted both hate & anger, which push the mind
repulsing it from objects, mind may stay stilled and ballanced in the middle,
untouched, ballanced and in complete control...

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. Book IV [189-]
35: 6 Senses. Salayatana. States that entail Suffering. Dukkha-Dhammā 244.

Mind Control is Neither Attracted, nor Repelled!

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Updated: 22 Dec 2016
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