Monday, May 21, 2012

Human potential

     "As human beings, we have the potential to attain all kinds of happiness, all kinds of higher experiences. But as long as we are in the world of senses and concepts, certain forces pull us down. Those forces are called nivarana (hindrences) - sensual desire, ill will, sloth and torpor, restlessness and worry, and doubt. As soon as we try to practice meditation, to collect our mind, these hindrances come on the way. When concentration is highly cultivated, one comes to the jhanic plane, experiencing absorptions, a state of stillness, a blissful state. Then the five mental hindrances are suppressed, go down to the bottom."      Anagarika Munindra
        Knaster M. Living this life fully. Stories and teachings of Munindra. Shambhala, Boston, 2010.

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