Bodily and Mental Feeling ... !!!
Detached from both 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, he cries, grieves, moans, weeps, beats his breast & becomes bewildered!
He feels actually two feelings: A bodily pain and a mental frustration...!!! Imagine
they hit a man with a dart, and then they pricked him immediately with another dart,
then that man would indeed feel two feelings caused by both the two darts. Similarly
is it in this case where the uninstructed ordinary person touched by a painful feeling,
actually feels two feelings: A bodily pain and another mental frustration over that.
Whenever touched by pain, he responds with aversion towards that painful feeling,
the latent tendency to aversion towards painful feeling grows deeper. When touched
by painful feeling, he seeks to sense delight! Why? Because the uninstructed ordinary
person does not know any other escape from painful feeling than seeking to pleasure.
When he seeks towards delight in sensual pleasure, the latent tendency to lust for
pleasant feeling grows deeper. He does not really understand as it really is neither
the cause, nor the fading away, nor the satisfaction, nor the danger, nor the escape
in the case of these feelings.... Not understanding these things, 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 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 attached to 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, & despair. I tell you: He clings to 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 becomes
bewildered! He feels actually only one feeling: Bodily pain, yet no mental 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 frustration. Touched by that same painful feeling, he neither develops
nor maintains any aversion towards it! Since he develops no aversion towards any 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. He understands as it really
is, the cause, fading away, satisfaction, danger, and the escape in the case of feelings.
Since he understands these things, the latent tendency to ignorance, when touched by
neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling, does not grow deeper. When feeling a pleasant
feeling, he feels it as if detached, remote & alien. it. When feeling a painful feeling,
he also feels this as if detached, remote & alien. If he feels a neither-painful-nor-
pleasant feeling, he feels even that neutrality as if something detached, remote & 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 disconnected from Suffering. This, is the difference, variation,
& distinction, between the learned Noble Disciple & an uninstructed ordinary person!
The wise, clever & learned one does not feel the pleasant and painful mental feeling!
This is the great difference between the wise & learned one and the ordinary person.
For the learned one, who has comprehended the Dhamma, who clearly sees this world
and the next, desirable things does neither incite, nor stir up, nor stimulate his mind...
Towards anything disgusting, he has no aversion. All mental attraction and repulsion
has ceased... Both have been extinguished, brought to silence. Having known this stain-
and sorrow-less state, such transcender of existence directly understands ...
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [208-10]
section 36: Feeling. Vedanā. The Dart. Sallatena. 6.
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