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Ayoniso-manasikara Sutta: Inappropriate Attention
heard that on one occasion a certain monk was dwelling among the Kosalans in a forest thicket. Now at that time, he spent the
day’s abiding thinking evil, unskillful thoughts: i.e., thoughts of sensuality,
thoughts of ill will, thoughts of doing harm.
devata inhabiting the forest thicket, feeling sympathy for the monk, desiring
his benefit, desiring to bring him to his senses, approached him and addressed
him with this verse:
From inappropriate attention you’re being chewed by your
thoughts. Relinquishing what’s inappropriate, contemplate appropriately.
Keeping your mind on the Teacher, the Dhamma, the Sangha, your virtues, you
will arrive at joy, rapture, pleasure without doubt. Then, saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering & stress.
chastened by the devata, came to his senses.