Series Survey Quotes
- Dear friends
Do we apply the Dhamma with perseverance and courage, and are we
inspired and gladdened because of it? We can take courage and be
inspired when kusala citta arises. Some people may be unhappy, they
may worry about it that they are becoming older and that sati arises
very seldom. When someone worries the citta is akusala. We should not
because of the Dhamma worry, or have akusala cittas. The Buddha
taught the Dhamma so that people would be encouraged to apply it, to
develop it with perseverance and gladness, and be inspired by it. All
akusala arises because of conditions, there is no self who can
prevent its arising. When akusala citta has already arisen, we should
not be downhearted, but we can take courage, and if there can be
awareness of the characteristic of akusala which appears we can be
inspired by the Dhamma. If we investigate the characteristic of
akusala dhamma which appears at that moment, we shall know that it is
not a being, not a person or self. We can clearly see that at the
moment of awareness there is no akusala, that we are not downhearted.
If one does not take akusala for self one will not be disturbed nor
discouraged because of it.
Akusala dhamma arises because of conditions, and when it has arisen,
we should, instead of worry about it again and again, be aware of its
characteristic, investigate it and understand it as not self. This is
the only way to have less akusala and to eventually eradicate it.
When satipatthåna is developed people will come to know what it means
to be inspired, gladdened and purified because of the benefit
acquired from the realization of the Dhamma. They will experience
that the truth of the Dhamma they realize is purifying and that it is
to their benefit. We shall know this when the characteristics of
realities can be known as they are.
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