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NIRVANA THROUGH WATCHING OVER BREATHING

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    NIRVANA THROUGH WATCHING OVER BREATHING as taught by the Buddha, 500 BC Watching over In-and Out-breathing practiced and developed, brings the four
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      NIRVANA THROUGH WATCHING OVER BREATHING
      as taught by the Buddha, 500 BC

      "Watching over In-and Out-breathing" practiced
      and developed, brings the four Fundamentals of
      Attentiveness to perfection; the four
      fundamentals of attentiveness, practiced and
      developed bring the seven Elements of Enlightenment
      to perfection; the seven elements of
      enlightenment, practiced and developed, bring
      Wisdom and Deliverance to perfection.
      But how does Watching over In-and Out-breathing,
      practiced and developed, bring the four Fundamentals
      of Attentiveness to perfection?
      I. Whenever the disciple is conscious in
      making a long inhalation or exhalation, or in
      making a short inhalation or exhalation, or is
      training himself to inhale or exhale whilst
      feeling the whole [breath]-body, or whilst calming
      down this bodily function-at such
      a time the disciple is dwelling in "contemplation
      of the body," of energy, clearly conscious,
      attentive, after subduing worldly greed and
      grief. For, inhalation and exhalation I call
      one amongst the corporeal phenomena.
      II. Whenever the disciple is training himself
      to inhale or exhale whilst feeling rapture, or
      joy, or the mental functions, or whilst
      calming down the mental functions-at such a
      time he is dwelling in "contemplation of the
      feelings," full of energy, clearly conscious,
      attentive, after subduing worldly greed and
      grief. For, the full awareness of in-and outbreathing
      I call one amongst the feelings.
      III. Whenever the disciple is training himself
      to inhale or exhale whilst feeling the mind, or
      whilst gladdening the mind or whilst
      concentrating the mind, or whilst setting the
      mind free-at such a time he is dwelling in
      "contemplation of the mind," full of energy, clearly
      conscious, attentive, after subduing worldly
      greed and grief. For, without attentiveness and
      clear consciousness, I say, there is no Watching
      over in-and Out-breathing.
      IV. Whenever the disciple is training himself
      to inhale or exhale whilst contemplating impermanence,
      or the fading away of passion, or
      extinction, or detachment at such a time he is
      dwelling in "contemplation of the phenomena,"
      full of energy, clearly conscious,
      attentive, after subduing worldly greed and grief.
      Watching over In-and Out-breathing, thus practiced
      and developed, brings the four Fundamentals
      of Attentiveness to perfection.
      But how do the four Fundamentals of Attentiveness,
      practiced and developed, bring the seven Elements
      of Enlightenment to full perfection?
      Whenever the disciple is dwelling in contemplation
      of body, feeling, mind and phenomena, strenuous,
      clearly conscious, attentive, after subduing
      worldly greed and grief-at such a time his
      attentiveness is undisturbed; and whenever
      his attentiveness is present and undisturbed,
      at such a time he has gained and is developing the
      Element of Enlightenment "Attentiveness"; and
      thus this element of enlightenment reaches
      fullest perfection.
      And whenever, whilst dwelling with attentive
      mind, he wisely investigates, examines and
      thinks over the Law-at such a time he has
      gained and is developing the Element of
      Enlightenment "Investigation of the Law";
      and thus this element of enlightenment reaches
      fullest perfection.
      And whenever, whilst wisely investigating,
      examining and thinking over the law, his
      energy is firm and unshaken-at such a time he has
      gained and is developing the Element of
      Enlightenment "Energy"; and thus this element
      of enlightenment reaches fullest perfection.
      And whenever in him, whilst firm in energy,
      arises supersensuous rapture-at such a time
      he has gained and is developing the Element
      of Enlightenment "Rapture"; and thus this
      element of enlightenment reaches fullest perfection.
      And whenever, whilst enraptured in mind,
      his spiritual frame and his mind become
      tranquil-at such a time he has gained and is developing
      the Element of Enlightenment "Tranquility";
      and thus this element of enlightenment reaches
      fullest perfection.
      And whenever, whilst being tranquilized in
      his spiritual frame and happy, his mind becomes
      concentrated-at such a time he has gained
      and is developing the Element of Enlightenment
      "Concentration; and thus this element of
      enlightenment reaches fullest perfection.
      And whenever he thoroughly looks with
      indifference on his mind thus concentrated-at
      such a time he has gained and is developing the
      Element of Enlightenment "Equanimity."
      The four fundamentals of attentiveness,
      thus practiced and developed, bring the seven
      elements of enlightenment to full perfection.
      But how do the seven elements of enlightenment,
      practiced and developed, bring Wisdom and
      Deliverance to full perfection?
      There, the disciple is developing the
      elements of enlightenment: Attentiveness,
      Investigation of the Law, Energy, Rapture, Tranquility,
      Concentration and Equanimity, bent on detachment,
      on absence of desire, on extinction and renunciation.
      Thus practiced and developed, do the seven
      elements of enlightenment bring wisdom and
      deliverance to full perfection.
      Just as the elephant hunter drives a huge
      stake into the ground and chains the wild elephant
      to it by the neck, in order to drive
      out of him his wonted forest ways and wishes,
      his forest unruliness, obstinacy and violence,
      and to accustom him to the environment of
      the village, and to teach him such good behavior
      as is required amongst men: in like manner also
      has the noble disciple to fix his
      mind firmly to these four fundamentals of
      attentiveness, so that he may drive out of
      himself his wonted worldly ways and wishes, his
      wonted worldly unruliness, obstinacy and
      violence, and win to the True, and realize Nirvana.
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