General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
Post Reply
Posts: 519
Joined: Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:08 am


Post by sunnat »

Dhammapada 3:33, 34

Phandanam capalam cittam
durakkham dunnivarayam
ujum karoti medhavi
usukarova tejanam.

Varijova thale khitto
okamokata ubbhato
pariphandatidam cittam
maradheyyam pahatave.

Verse 33: The mind is excitable and unsteady; it is difficult to control and to restrain. The wise one trains his mind to be upright as a fletcher straightens an arrow.

Verse 34: As a fish quivers when taken out of its watery home and thrown on to dry ground, so does the mind quiver when it is taken out of the sensual world to escape from the realm of Mara

Ujum: upright

MahaSatipatthana Sutta

Pallaṅkaṁ ābhujitvā, ujuṁ kāyaṁ paṇidhāya,
After folding his legs crosswise, setting his body straight

Ujum: body set straight

How is a fletchers arrow straightened?

A fletch is the fin added to an arrow in order to make it fly straight.

In other words: the wise one trains the mind, body to be steady while meditating. To stay steady while mara or normal latent tendencies seek to destabilise.

In other words, sit still, making no intentional movement. Sitting crosslegged is a very stable posture. (it is possible to fall asleep and not fall over)

While sitting still, making no intentional movement, various latent tendencies start to manifest themselves. Pain rises and the habit to react by moving asserts itself. When not intentionally moving, instead (of moving) correctly understanding continuously equanimously observing the pain, the four noble truths unfold.

Post Reply