The Key, or essence of obtaining True Insight lays Not in Gaining, or Adding Anything…but in the Letting Go, peeling off….
Image: The Bodhisattva Gautama, Under the Bodhi Tree, being attacked my Mara, “the evil doer” as he tries to Scare or use lust to Distract the Bodhisattva, shortly before he obtains Samyak Sambodhi, or Perfect and Complete Enlightenment, Nirvana (Nibbana)
We practice to abandon “having” things or “being” anything at all. We don’t practice to “get” or to “be” a Stream Entrant/Bodhisattva, or Buddha.
Excerpt from the Satipanna Sutta ≈ “The Path to Stream Entry” A Stream Entrant is the same thing as a Bodhisattva, although there are various degrees.
This describes well what achieving True Insight, or Stream Entry is like, in my experience (At the lowest end of the “Bodhisattva Scale”)
“With sati (mindfulness) firmly established within the sphere of our bodies, our restless thinking and conjuring will diminish and the mind will be at peace. This is samādhi. When the mind is quiet, we will clearly know what it’s like not to have any mental impressions or hindrances disturbing it. The mind is bright and clear.
When thoughts come into the mind, we will know. With this stilled mind, we can investigate and know all mental impressions: all nāma (mind) and rūpa (matter) before us as anicca (impermanent), dukkha (suffering) and anattā (not self). Then the mind will step away from them all, including the body. This body is merely a body, not a person, me, mine or them.
This knowledge arises from “the one who knows” and it doesn’t hold to anything as “mine.” This is a mind totally still and free. Although there might be some sense impingement and thoughts passing through, the mind will continue to be still because it has stepped out of the way of these mind objects3. When we know how to step away from them, then we will truly understand what a quiet mind is like and what a disturbed mind is like. ”
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