Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Energy is the 5th Mental Perfection:

 Energy is the 5th Mental Perfection:
Energy means enthusiasm, effort, exertion and interest!
Energy means eagerness, endeavour, initiative and intensity!
Energy means action, force, power, drive and hyper keenness!
Energy means devotion, dedication, determination & commitment!
Energy means enjoyment :-)
Energy pave the way for success in all and any project ...
Energy is thereby instrumental for all the perfections!
Without Energy no achievement can ever be accomplished..
The proximate cause for Energy is a sense of urgency!
The characteristic of Energy is Striving, its function is
Effort, and the manifestation of Energy is Endurance.
The Blessed Buddha said about the perfection of Energy:

Get up! Sit up!

Of what use are your dreams ?
How can you sleep, when mentally sick,
stabbed by the arrow of urge and craving.
                                                 Sutta Nipāta 331

Get up! Sit up!
Push on your training, until reaching pure peace!
Don't let the king of death -Mara- see you sloppy and
thus delude and dominate you like a stringed toy doll...
                                                 Sutta Nipāta 332
Possessed of Energy and Endurance
be always Earnest  in your training.
The clever one is not satisfied before the final
goal of ending all misery is completely achieved.
                                                 Theragatha 585
It is too cold, it's too hot, it's too early, it is too late!
Such bad excuses, makes one give up the training and
miss one more precious opportunity to end suffering...
                                                            DN 31

This straight and Noble Way has now been clearly shown:
Don’t hesitate, walk forward and do not turn around.
Urge yourself to advance further by your own Energy!
Only thus will you obviously approach and attain Nibbāna!
                                                           Theragatha 637

The efforts to prevent and to eliminate all evil.
The efforts to develop and to maintain all good.
These are the 4 right efforts, taught by the Buddha.
                                                           AN II 17
And what, friends, is feeding the Energy Link to Enlightenment,
not yet arisen, & food too for boosting of any present Energy ?
1: The element of initial initiative,
2: The element of launching into action,
3: The element of persistent endurance.
Systematic attention to these 3 aspects, is feeding your Energy
and is boosting any already present Energy.
               Samyutta Nikāya XLVI 51 Bojjhanga-samyutta
At such times, when the mind is Slow, Sluggish, and Heavy:
Then it is the right occasion: for cultivating:
The Investigation-by-curiosity enlightenment-factor,
The Energy-of-Enthusiasm enlightenment-factor,
The Rapture-of-Joy enlightenment-factor...
Why is it so ? When the mind is slow, sluggish, and heavy,
it is easily raised up by exactly these 3 mental qualities.
Suppose, friends, that a man wants a fire to blaze up,
and he put on dry grass, dry wood sticks and blow it
with dry hot air and do not cover it with any dust,
would that man then see his fire blaze up ?
Certainly So, Lord...
                           SN V, 46. Bojjhanga-samyutta

When Moggallana where sitting nodding in the jungle night:
Well then, Moggallana, whatever experience you had in mind when
drowsiness demoralized you down, don't attend to that experience,
don't follow it. Remember instead the Dhamma, as you have heard &
memorized it, reflect on & examine it! Then raise up & repeat aloud
the details of Dhamma, as you have learnt it! Then pull both your
earlobes and rub your limbs with both your hands.! Then get up from
your seat, and after washing your eyes with cold water, look around
and upward in all directions and identify the major stars & planets!
Then attend to the experience of inner light, resolve on the clear
perception of daytime, by night as by day, and by day as by night!
By means of an Awareness thus open, unhindered & vivid, develop the
bright mind. Its possible, that by doing this, you will shake off your
lethargy... But if by doing this you don't shake off your laziness,
then continually noting what is both in front and behind set of a
distance to meditate walking back and forth, your senses inwardly
settled, while your mind is not getting lost outwards. It is possible
that by doing this you will shake off all your mental sluggishness...
                                                   Anguttara Nikāya VII 58

Born as the Brahmin Mahajanaka, the Bodhisatta was once aboard
a sinking ship far from shore. All the crew were in great panic...!!!
The Bodhisatta though ate his belly full of sugar and ghee, oiled his
clothes and swam continuously for 7 days towards the shore, until
he was rescued by a guarding female devata. Later he remembered:
"Even far out at sea, where many men were lost,  yet still unruffled
by worry was my mind. I just kept swimming for seven days!
This was my perfection of Energy."
                                                         Mahajanaka-Jataka no. 539
One who exerts effort,
One who is alert and always aware,
One who does good deeds voluntarily and deliberately,
One who is kind and considerate in all dealings,
One who is restrained and controlled,
One who lives according to the real truth of the Dhamma,
carefully and seriously, the fame of such one always grows!
Dhammapada Illustration 24 Background Story 24
By arousing & inspiring oneself to put forth energetic effort;
By meticulous carefulness; By well restrained self-control;
The wise and clever ones make themselves a safe island,
no flood or fever of desire can ever overwhelm!
Dhammapada Illustration 25 Background Story 25

Have a nice & noble day!
Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samāhita _/\_ ]

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