The Blessed,Noble,Awakened One-The Tathagata
Blinded this world — how few here see clearly! Just as birds who’ve escaped from a net are few, few are the people who make it to heaven.
Swans fly the path of the sun; those with the power fly through space; the enlightened flee from the world, having defeated the armies of Mara.
Setting at Savatthi. Then, in the morning, the bhikkhuni Sisupacala dressed… she sat down at the foot of a tree for the day’s abiding.
Then Mara the Evil One approached the bhikkhuni Sisupacala and said to her: “Whose creed do you approve of, bhikkhuni?”
“I don’t approve of anyone’s creed, friend.”
“Under whom have you shaved your head? You do appear to be a recluse, Yet you don’t approve of any creed, So why wander as if bewildered?”
“Outside here the followers of creeds Place their confidence in views. I don’t approve of their teachings; They are not skilled in the Dhamma. But there is a scion of the Sakyan clan, The Awakened One, without an equal, Conqueror of all, Mara’s subduer, Who everywhere is undefeated. Everywhere freed and unattached, The One with Vision who sees all, Who attained the end of all kamma, Released in the extinction of acquisitions: That Blessed One is my Teacher; His is the teaching I approve.”
Then Mara the Evil One, realizing, “The bhikkhuni Sisupacala knows me,” sad and disappointed, disappeared right there.
Doctrine-True Practice of The Path Shown by The Blessed,Noble,Awakened One-The Tathagata
When our practice of Samatha arrives at calm, the mind will be clear and bright. The activity of mind will become less and less. The various mental impressions which arise will be fewer. When this happens great peace and happiness will arise, but we may attach to that happiness. We should contemplate that happiness as uncertain. We should also contemplate unhappiness as uncertain and impermanent. We’ll understand that all the various feelings are not lasting and not to be clung to. We see things in this way because there’s wisdom. We’ll understand that things are this way according to their nature.
If we have this kind of understanding it’s like taking hold of one strand of a rope which makes up a knot. If we pull it in the right direction, the knot will loosen and begin to untangle. It’ll no longer be so tight or so tense. This is similar to understanding that it doesn’t always have to be this way. Before, we felt that things would always be the way they were and, in so doing, we pulled the knot tighter and tighter. This tightness is suffering. Living that way is very tense. So we loosen the knot a little and relax. Why do we loosen it? Because it’s tight! If we don’t cling to it then we can loosen it. It’s not a permanent condition that must always be that way.
We use the Teaching of Impermanence as our basis. We see that both happiness and unhappiness are not permanent. We see them as not dependable. There is absolutely nothing that’s permanent. With this kind of understanding we gradually stop believing in the various moods and feelings which come up in the mind. Wrong understanding will decrease to the same degree that we stop believing in it. This is what is meant by undoing the knot. It continues to become looser. Attachment will be gradually unrooted.