This Saturday morning, I proudly present a beautiful dhamma to you all.
Make Effort To Dispel Blemish "Angana"
[Presented By Dr.Tep Sastri @ Sariputtadhamma/JTN]
Arahant Sariputta said: "What is a synonym for blemish? Friend, blemish is the wanderings of thoughts in evil demerit."
One very effective way to test whether a person knows, as it really is, that he/she has blemish (angana) is whether or not he/she would right away arouse interest, and make effort to dispel that blemish (e.g. a sudden surge of sensual desire, raaga; aversion, dosa). According to Anangana Sutta (MN 5), the one who knows, as it really is, that 'there is blemish in me' is a superior one.
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A grave danger associated with the failure to make effort to dispel the blemish is that he/she would die with a defiled mind with greed, hate and delusion.
"Bhikkhus, the shameful one(hirimaaya.m) with remorse(ottaapii) becomes diligent(appamatto hoti).
It is possible for the diligent one(appamatto samaano) to dispel disrespect(anaadariya.m), unruliness(dovacassata.m) and evil friendship (paapamittata.m).
It is possible for the one associating spiritual friends (kalyaa.namitto samaano) to gain faith (assaddhiya pahaatu.m), dispel stinginess (avada~n~nuta.m pahaatu.m) and laziness(kosajja.m pahaatu.m).
It is possible for the one with aroused effort(aaraddhaviiriyo samaano) to dispel excitement(uddhacca.m pahaatu.m), lack of restraint (asa.mvara.m pahaatu.m) and evil virtues(dussiilya.m pahaatu.m).
It is possible for the virtuous one(siilavaa samaano) to dispel the dislike to see noble ones, to hear the Teaching of the noble ones and dispel the reproaching mind (upaarambhacittata.m pahaatu.m).
It is possible for one without a reproaching mind to dispel forgetfulness, lack of mindful-awareness(asampaja~n~na.m pahaatu.m). and the derangement of mind(cetaso vikkhepa.m pahaatu.m).
It is possible for one without deranged mind to dispel unwise attention(ayonisomanasikaara.m pahaatu.m), practising in the wrong path (kummaggasevana.m pahaatu.m) and the mind's immobility (cetaso liinatta.m pahaatu.m).
It is possible for one with a mobile mind to dispel the view of a self (sakkaayadi.t.thi.m pahaatu.m), doubts(vicikiccha.m pahaatu.m), and grasping virtues as the highest aim(siilabbataparaamaasa.m pahaatu.m).
It is possible for one without doubts to dispel greed, hate and delusion. Dispelling greed, hate and delusion it is possible to dispel birth, decay and death."
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