"Do not soil the mind.." (Sn 35:94)

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"Do not soil the mind.." (Sn 35:94)

Post by phil » Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:06 pm

Often caught by the phrase from 35:94, "dispel the path of lust toward the delightful, and do not soil the mind by thinking, '(the other) is displeasing to me." It comes in the verses added to the discourse. (If I recall correctly, it is thought that in discoures where there is a poem like addendum, these verses were probably added later, in the recording. Correct me if I'm wrong.)

What is this word for "soil" and is it used elsewhere as a simile for aversion? The discourse on the hindrances and water has aversion as boiling water if I recall correctly, not soil, which might be used for…ignorance?

I'm mostly asking because I want to reinforce the conditioning power of the reminder, but if you could tell me anything about this use of "soil" as a verb I would be grateful. If we take "soil" to refer to excremement rather than dirt, one is reminded of the stick with fire on one end and excremement on the other.

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Re: "Do not soil the mind.." (Sn 35:94)

Post by SarathW » Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:11 am

[ There are beings with little dust in their eyes who are falling away because they do not hear the Dhamma. There will be those who will understand the Dhamma.'/quote]

Dust is another word used.

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Re: "Do not soil the mind.." (Sn 35:94)

Post by binocular » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:13 am

phil wrote:
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:06 pm
If we take "soil" to refer to excremement rather than dirt, one is reminded of the stick with fire on one end and excremement on the other.
A person ruthless & grasping,
smeared like a nursing diaper:
to him
I have nothing to say.

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