We must TRAIN THE MIND TO KNOW THE TRUTH. Whatever mental feeling arises on the establishment of a sensual contact shall be perceived ‘as the way it is’. It is called a true knowledge.
The understanding of every condition as a witness is a true knowledge of the mind. This knowledge does not disturb our mind at the establishment of a sensual contact with an outside object. Therefore, we refrain ourselves from clinging to the feelings of attachment. Our mind will remain unaffected both from a pleasant or unpleasant outcome.
TRAIN THE MIND
In order to gain peace, we must train our mind to accept the happenings without any likes or dislikes. As such, it is required that we focus and reflect on our incoming and outgoing breath. As a result, our mind will refrain from wandering unnecessarily from one thought to another. We would certainly, be able to witness the mental feelings ‘as the way they are’. It will only be possible through the practice of observation of our actions, speech, and thoughts.
Contact of any sensual organ to an outside object there arises the clinging. This clinging is the root cause of suffering. We must understand the true nature of these constantly changing conditions. Actually, the feelings which encourage likes and dislikes towards any object will increase mental suffering.
CONTEMPLATE THE BODY.
Together with the observation of the mind, the contemplation of the body is also very much necessary. The observation of incoming and outgoing breath will help us in the contemplation of our body. We must look at all of the insides and outside part of our body. While doing so we shall understand that the body consists of five aggregates only. Neither this body is I nor it belongs to me. All the body parts have the nature of constant change.
The clinging to the things, mental feelings and formations is the root cause of suffering. We shall train our mind to understand the true nature of the constantly changing conditions.
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