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
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...
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
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.
Samyutta Nikāya. Book IV
section 36: Feeling. Vedanā.
The Dart. Sallatena. 6.
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