" Mind’s weapon "


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Kilesa or impurities always watch us on every move we make, whether doing, thinking or hoping to get whatever. Kilesa that is mixed in every breath knows us all. It’s a matter of whether it has enough power to spin our heads or controls us to take action according to its authority. If a person is firm enough in his/her Dhamma to withstand such the dark force, he/she will maintain mindfulness. If weak, he/she will be manipulated to act by the Kilesa power. The mind will always fight between the dark force and good force.

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I once saw, in my mind, Kilesa reading the book that I wrote, page by page. That makes me realize that Kilesa are analysing for ways to lure the fortunate individuals out of this strong path.

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In the worldly path, there’s a principle “ to know the enemy and know yourself”. They’re using the same method. They learn my teachings and then distort by adding some information to lure those who have unstable mind. This is a low cost approach but gives high yield. Those who have friends who used to be on the Mara’s side and being provoked everyday with doubts, they could become irresolute.

Therefore, those who can be instructed meaning that they can be enlightened but they have never been enlightened. It’s because they couldn’t pass through the tests, causing them stuck in this cycle of misery.

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Conscious mind is a part of the mind acting as hands. The mind is the finest energy current with an amazing working mechanism. I have witnessed the words “energy which can be transformed in many shapes and forms” when seeing the conscious mind transformed forms in a dimensional mind into scissors cutting the incoming defilements. Without the conscious mind, what will happen?

What will happen is, when that current is entering the mind, it will change the mind from having good or neutral thoughts to having bad thoughts or lost into the obsessions. Nevertheless, if always having the presence of the mind, that current once it has entered, will be destroyed or dismissed because the conscious mind protects the mind from being taken over and do bad things.

Nirvana is a destination to wish for in order to know how one will walk on his life’s path. Before reaching Nirvana, one who is walking on this noble path has to practice mindfulness and consciousness, to be clearly aware of what is good and bad deed or neutral action. Mindfulness can be practiced all the time, not only during meditating session. To practice mindfulness and consciousness in every action you do means you are guarded around because they perform as a knife, sword, scissor and soldier protecting us from being controlled by Kilesa (impurities). No matter how cunning Kilesa are, they still fear the blade of knife, spear or sword.

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Before attaining enlightenment, you have to start from being conscious of actions and surroundings. When keep practicing mindfulness and consciousness, the mind will have more power to be able to lift up and reach enlightenment.

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To maintain neutral state of mind, not shaken, it has to be an equanimity with wisdom, to have mindfulness and consciousness. The mind has to be sharp and neutral, not being dull, which does not clearly aware of action and surroundings.

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Don’t trust still water. There may be a fierce animal (impurities) rushing to catch you to be away from doing good deeds and the noble path. But if you maintain neutral mind with wisdom, when the wild animal comes, you will be aware of it.

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Thus, before reaching the destination, always practice mindfulness and consciousness. Whenever the mind thinks in evil ways, is harsh, stiff in manner, or keeps thinking and muddling up, be aware that Kilesa or impurities are luring the mind already. Do not be careless, but rather burn it and meditate to recover good force in your mind.

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Individual experience is the ending point of the Kalama Sutta, a discourse of Buddha on not to blindly believe in things without considering.

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Do not let the mind spiral down in the dark force, making you to be a downfallen person cultivating sins and bad consequences again. How was it so hard to come until this point, the point where the mind is lifted up to be a true good person? The one who can observe the Five Precepts. The one who has followed the teachings of Buddha. The one who has cultivated true meritorious deeds and virtues, who repays gratitude towards Buddha, who is the cause of goodness, not the one who lives only for his own craving.

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From an ordinary person who did not see the true goodness within oneself, we all lift up our minds to this point. How could we let Kilesa (impurities) take it easily?

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Do not abandon this precious gem in your mind because it may take many eons to find it again. Do not let anything lure this mind ever again. Do not take things for granted . Remember that everything is impermanent, but Nirvana is permanent. Once you reach the destination, you don’t have to struggle in this pity cycle of rebirth eternally.

Go for it until the end. Do not let any harm easily deprive liberation of your soul. How many months, how many years, how many seasons, how many lives we have rebirthed. It is so long, long time that cannot be described.

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It’s time to bring the mind home and reach the destination.


Source: Before Reaching the End of the Path :27 November 2018

Translators: Wisuwat Sutthakorn, Siriporn Kuprasertsin, Hataichanok Baker, Kanakwan Rachatanunthawich

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