SN V 47.5 A Mass of Unwholesomeness

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SN V 47.5 A Mass of Unwholesomeness

 

Akusalarāsi Sutta #

 

 

Once in Sāvatthi.

There, the Awakened One said this:


 “A complete mass[1] of unwholesomeness bhikkhus!”

 

If this was stated about the five hindrances,

It would be properly stated.

 

For these are a complete mass of unwholesomeness,

That is to say; the five hindrances.

 

What five?

 

The hindrance of:

 

(1) Outward Desires,

(2) Anger,

(3) Dullness and Laziness,

(4) Restlessness and remorse,

(5) And Doubt.

 

“A complete mass of unwholesomeness bhikkhus!”

 

If this was stated about the five hindrances,

It would be properly stated.

 

For these are a complete mass of unwholesomeness,

That is to say; the five hindrances.


 

 

“A complete mass of wholesomeness bhikkhus!”

 

If this was stated about the four foundations of awareness,

It would be properly stated.

 

For these are a complete mass of wholesomeness,

That is to say: the four foundations of awareness.

 

 

What four?

 

Here bhikkhus, a bhikkhu

 

(1) Meditates, aware of body as body[2]

Intent, fully aware and present,

Without worldly desire or regret.

 

(2) He meditates, aware of feeling as feeling,

Intent, fully aware and present,

Without worldly desire or regret.

 

(3) He meditates, aware of mind as mind,

Intent, fully aware and present,

Without worldly desire or regret.

 

(4) He meditates, aware of Dhamma as Dhamma,

Intent, fully aware and present,

Without worldly desire or regret.

 

 

“A complete mass of wholesomeness bhikkhus!”

 

 

If this was stated about the four foundations of awareness,

It would be properly stated.

 

For these are a complete mass of wholesomeness,

That is to say: the four foundations of awareness.

 

 


[1] Rāsi: Heap, quantity, mass

[2] Kāye kāyānupassī: Anupassī as “resting the mind” on either one of the four foundations (Satipaṭṭhāna), simply being aware, without being involved in the process. Not “my” body, but simply knowing: “this is body”. Instantly relaxing any tension that might pull one away from this passive awareness.

 

This is a gift of Dhamma

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