AN 1: 31-40 Untamed Adanta Vagga

Again your mind is the most important thing to decide if it becomes harmful or beneficial. If you truly wish for the mind to be beneficial then tame, guard, protect, restrain it.

Commentary:

Tame it like you tame a wild monkey, meditate so that it can settle down and listen.

Guard it from unwholesome states and hindrances as highlighted here.

Protect it from unwholesome being self indulgence and self torturing, blaming, guilt.

Restrain it from paying unwise attention onto beautiful things, repulsive things.

Your mind is like a power gem, be the power ranger which helps to tame, guard, protect and restrain it. Also, develop it, cultivate it to realize its potential.

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4. wild

31

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it’s not tamed, is so very harmful as the mind. A wild mind is very harmful.”

32

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it is tamed, is so very beneficial as the mind. A tamed mind is very beneficial.”

33

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it’s not guarded, is so very harmful as the mind. An unguarded mind is very harmful.”

34

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it is guarded, is so very beneficial as the mind. A guarded mind is very beneficial.”

35

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it’s not protected, is so very harmful as the mind. An unprotected mind is very harmful.”

36

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it is protected, is so very beneficial as the mind. A protected mind is very beneficial.”

37

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it’s not restrained, is so very harmful as the mind. An unrestrained mind is very harmful.”

38

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it is restrained, is so very beneficial as the mind. A restrained mind is very beneficial.”

39

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it is not tamed, guarded, protected and restrained, is so very harmful as the mind. An untamed, unguarded, unprotected, and unrestrained mind is very harmful.”

40

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it is tamed, guarded, protected and restrained, is so very beneficial as the mind. A tamed, guarded, protected, and restrained mind is very beneficial.”

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AN 1:21-30 Unwieldy Akammaniya Vagga

Your greatest weapon, friend, foe, is the mind.

It’s useless and harmful if you leave it undeveloped. More so harmful if you don’t tap its potential and do not cultivate it. An uncultivated and undeveloped mind brings suffering like nothing else does.

However, if you develop your mind it becomes workable, beneficial. Realize its potential, cultivate it to get the best benefit. A cultivated and developed mind brings you happiness like nothing else does.

Commentary.

So forget about external foe and friends, stock markets and Pokemon games. The mind is your key to being useful, beneficial and happiness. Or the key to being useless, harmful and suffering. Look inside to your mind to cultivate, develop it to realize its potential, or look outside and leave your mind undeveloped, uncultivated and potential untapped, your choice.

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3. useless

21

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it’s not developed like this, is as useless as the mind. An undeveloped mind is useless.”

22

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it is developed like this, is as workable as the mind. A developed mind is workable.”

23

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it’s not developed like this, is so very harmful as the mind. An undeveloped mind is very harmful.”

24

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it is developed like this, is so very beneficial as the mind. A developed mind is very beneficial.”

25

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it’s not developed, with such untapped potential, is so very harmful as the mind. An undeveloped mind, with untapped potential, is very harmful.”

26

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it is developed, with its potential realized, is so very beneficial as the mind. A developed mind, with its potential realized, is very beneficial.”

27

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it’s not developed and cultivated, is so very harmful as the mind. An undeveloped and uncultivated mind is very harmful.”

28

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it is developed and cultivated, is so very beneficial as the mind. A developed and cultivated mind is very beneficial.”

29

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it’s not developed and cultivated, brings such suffering as the mind. An undeveloped and uncultivated mind brings suffering.”

30

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that, when it is developed and cultivated, brings such happiness as the mind. A developed and cultivated mind brings happiness.”

AN 1:11-21 Abandoning the Hindrances, Nīvaraṇappahāna Vagga

Here are the five evil generals and their greatest strength and weaknesses.

First, lust, or sensual desire. Otherwise known as Morrigan Aensland. It gets stronger when you attend improperly to beauty. It gets weaker if you attend properly to ugliness.

Second, ill-will, anger, hatred. Otherwise known as Hulk. It gets stronger when you attend improperly to repulsion, weaker if you attend properly on the heart which is released by loving-kindness.

Third, dullness and drowsiness, or sloth and torpor. Otherwise known as Garfield. It gets stronger when you have a sluggish mind, being discontent, slothful, yawning, sleepiness after eating. It gets weaker if you have the element of initiative, persistence and exertion, or energy, effort.

Fourth, restlessness and remorse. Otherwise known as Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes). It gets stronger with an unsettled mind, weaker with peace of mind.

Lastly, doubt, uncertainty. Otherwise known as the Flat Earthers. It gets stronger with improper attention, weaker with proper attention.

 

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The following is the proper English Translation by Bhante Sujato. https://suttacentral.net/an1.11-20/en/sujato

numbered collection 1

2. giving up the hindrances

11

“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that gives rise to sensual desire, or, when it has arisen, makes it increase and grow like the aspect of beauty. When you attend improperly on the aspect of beauty, sensual desire arises, and once arisen it increases and grows.”

12
“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that gives rise to ill will, or, when it has arisen, makes it increase and grow like the aspect of repulsion. When you attend improperly on the aspect of repulsion, ill will arises, and once arisen it increases and grows.”

13
“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that gives rise to dullness and drowsiness, or, when they have arisen, makes them increase and grow like discontent, sloth, yawning, sleepiness after eating, and mental sluggishness. When you have a sluggish mind, dullness and drowsiness arise, and once arisen they increase and grow.”

14
“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that gives rise to restlessness and remorse, or, when they have arisen, makes them increase and grow like an unsettled mind. When you have no peace of mind, restlessness and remorse arise, and once arisen they increase and grow.”

15
“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that gives rise to doubt, or, when it has arisen, makes it increase and grow like improper attention. When you attend improperly, doubt arises, and once arisen it increases and grows.”

16
“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that prevents sensual desire from arising, or, when it has arisen, abandons it like the aspect of ugliness. When you attend properly on the aspect of ugliness, sensual desire does not arise, or, if it’s already arisen, it’s given up.”

17
“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that prevents ill will from arising, or, when it has arisen, abandons it like the heart’s release by love. When you attend properly on the heart’s release by love, ill will does not arise, or, if it’s already arisen, it’s given up.”

18
“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that prevents dullness and drowsiness from arising, or, when they have arisen, by which they are given up like the elements of initiative, persistence, and exertion. When you’re energetic, dullness and drowsiness do not arise, or, if they’ve already arisen, they’re given up.”

19
“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that prevents restlessness and remorse from arising, or, when they have arisen, by which they are given up like peace of mind. When your mind is peaceful, restlessness and remorse do not arise, or, if they’ve already arisen, they’re given up.”

20
“Mendicants, I do not see a single thing that prevents doubt from arising, or, when it has arisen, gives it up like proper attention. When you attend properly, doubt does not arise, or, if it’s already arisen, it’s given up.”

AN 1:1-10 OBSESSION OF THE MIND, CITTAPARIYĀDĀNA VAGGA

Recording accessed. Memory replaying.

Location: Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery.

There, the Awaken One said to his disciples: “Truth Seekers!” “Respected One,” they replied. The Awaken One said this:

“Truth Seekers, I do not see a single sight that occupies a man’s mind like the sight of a woman. The sight of a woman occupies a man’s mind.”

“Not only sight, but sound, smell, taste, touch. All five physical senses. Also on the opposite direction, for men occupies the mind of a woman too.”

*Commentary by author*

“Of course, this doesn’t take into account the other genders and sexual orientation which doesn’t neatly falls into the binary categories, but you can generalize it as it suits.”

“Also, this does includes sex robots, dolls and even humanoid aliens. Lust is ever creative.”

Basically, to succeed as a truth seeker, be careful of what the mind obsesses with!

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The following is the proper English Translation by Bhante Sujato.
https://suttacentral.net/an1.1-10/en/sujato

numbered collection 1

1. sights, etc.

1

So i have heard. At one time the Buddha was staying near Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. There the Buddha addressed the mendicants: “Mendicants!” “Venerable sir,” they replied. The Buddha said this:

“Mendicants, I do not see a single sight that occupies a man’s mind like the sight of a woman. The sight of a woman occupies a man’s mind.”

2

“Mendicants, I do not see a single sound that occupies a man’s mind like the sound of a woman. The sound of a woman occupies a man’s mind.”

3

“Mendicants, I do not see a single smell that occupies a man’s mind like the smell of a woman. The smell of a woman occupies a man’s mind.”

4

“Mendicants, I do not see a single taste that occupies a man’s mind like the taste of a woman. The taste of a woman occupies a man’s mind.”

5

“Mendicants, I do not see a single touch that occupies a man’s mind like the touch of a woman. The touch of a woman occupies a man’s mind.”

6

“Mendicants, I do not see a single sight that occupies a woman’s mind like the sight of a man. The sight of a man occupies a woman’s mind.”

7

“Mendicants, I do not see a single sound that occupies a woman’s mind like the sound of a man. The sound of a man occupies the mind of a woman.”

8

“Mendicants, I do not see a single smell that occupies a woman’s mind like the smell of a man. The smell of a man occupies the mind of a woman.”

9

“Mendicants, I do not see a single taste that occupies a woman’s mind like the taste of a man. The taste of a man occupies the mind of a woman.”

10

“Mendicants, I do not see a single touch that occupies a woman’s mind like the touch of a man. The touch of a man occupies a woman’s mind.”

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