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Detached from Bodily and Mental Feeling!

 

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        Detached from Bodily and Mental Feeling!



The Blessed Buddha once said:

Bhikkhus, the uninstructed ordinary person feels pleasant feelings, painful feelings, and neither-painful-nor-pleasant feelings... Such does the instructed Noble Disciple also feel. What then is the difference, the variation, and the distinction between the instructed Noble Disciple and the uninstructed ordinary person? Bhikkhus, when the uninstructed ordinary person is being touched by a painful feeling, then he cries, grieves, moans, weeps, beats his breast and becomes bewildered!

He feels actually two feelings: A bodily pain and a mental sadness...!!!
Imagine they hit a man with a dart, and then they pricked him immediately after with another dart, then that man would indeed feel two feelings caused by both the two darts. Similarly is it in this case where this poor uninstructed ordinary person touched by a painful feeling, actually feels two feelings: A bodily pain and another mental frustration over that pain. Whenever touched by pain, he responds with aversion towards that painful feeling, then the latent tendency to aversion towards painful feeling grows even deeper. When touched by painful feeling, he seeks for sense pleasure!

Why? Because the uninstructed ordinary person does not know any other  escape from painful feeling than seeking to relief by new sense pleasure. When he seeks towards delight by sensual pleasure, the latent tendency to lust for pleasant feeling grows even deeper. He does not at all really understand as it really is neither the cause, nor the fading away, nor the satisfaction, nor the danger, nor the escape regarding these feelings!

# Not understanding any of these things, then when touched by a neutral neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling the latent tendency to ignorance also grows deeper. When feeling a pleasant feeling, he feels it as if attached to it, and as the owner ("my feeling") being involved in it. When feeling a painful feeling, he also feels this as if attached to it and involved in it. If he feels a neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling, he feels it as if attachedto it and involved in it... This, bhikkhus, is called an uninstructed  ordinary person, who is attached & clings desperately to birth, aging, death, sorrow, pain, discontent, and despair. I tell you: What he clings to is Suffering ...!

Bhikkhus, when the instructed Noble Disciple is being touched by a painful feeling, he neither cries, nor grieves, nor moans, nor weeps, nor beats his breast, nor does he become bewildered! He feels actually only one feeling: Bodily pain, yet no mental sadness or frustration! Imagine they hit a man with only one single dart, and not any other dart, then that man would feel a single feeling caused by only one single dart. So too, when the instructed Noble Disciple is contacted by a painful feeling, then he feels one feeling: A bodily pain, but not any mental sadness or frustration. Touched by that painful feeling, he neither develops nor reinforces any aversion towards it! Because he develops no aversion towards this painful feeling, the latent tendency to aversion towards painful feeling does not grow deeper! When touched by painful feeling, he does not wish for sense pleasure.

For what reason? Because the instructed Noble Disciple knows another escape from painful feeling other than sensual pleasure! Since he does not seek delight in sensual pleasure, the latent tendency to lust for pleasant feeling does not grow deeper in him. He indeed understands as it really is, the cause, the fading away, the satisfaction, the danger, and the escape in the case of feelings. Since he understands all these things, the latent tendency to ignorance, when touched by a neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling, does not grow deeper in him. When feeling a pleasant feeling, he feels it as if detached from it, as something remote, irrelevant and alien. When feeling a painful feeling, he also feels this as if detached from it, as if remote and alien. If he feels a neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling, he feels even that neutrality as if disconnected from it, remote and alien.

This, Bhikkhus, is called a Noble Disciple, who is released from birth, aging, and death! Who is separated from sorrow, lamentation, pain, discontent, and desperate despair... I tell you, such one is separated from Suffering!

This, is the difference, variation, and distinction, between the learned Noble Disciple and an uninstructed ordinary person! The wise, clever and learned one does not feel the adjoined pleasant & painful mental feeling!

This is the great difference between the wise and learned one and the ordinary person. For the learned one, who has comprehended the Dhamma, who clearly sees this world and the next, the desirable things do neither incite, nor stir up, nor stimulate his mind...Towards whatever disgusting, he has no aversion. All mental attraction and repulsion has ceased in him...

Both have been extinguished, brought to silence. Having known this stain and sorrow-less state, such transcender of existence rightly understands:

Pleasant feeling induces greed...
Painful feeling produces hate...
Neither-painful-nor-pleasant neutral feeling
causes neglect and therefore generates ignorance... 



Note #:
The cause of feeling is contact bye the eye, ear, nose, tongue, body or mind.
The fading away of feeling occurs right when this contact ceases.
The satisfaction in feeling is the delight one can take in it.
The danger of feeling is the impermanence of it. Instantly it goes away!
The escape from feeling is Nibbāna by completing the Noble 8-fold Way!

All converges on Feeling (Vedanā):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Three_Basic_Kinds_of_Feeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Feeling_Causes_and_Effects.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_8_Aspects_of_Feeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bodily_and_Mental_Feeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Detached_from_Feeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Dependent_on_Contact.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Focusing_on_Feeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Analysis_of_Feeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_108_Feelings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Emotional_Storm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Latent_Feeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Five_Feelings.htm

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. Book IV [208-10]
section 36: Feeling. Vedanā. The Dart. Sallatena. 6.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/samyutta/index.html

Everything Converges on Feeling!

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