-Seven Factors for Awakening
-analysis of qualities
Ajaan Maha Boowa
(from “The Path to Arahantship”)
When the citta enters into a deep state of calm and concentration, the conscious awareness that is normally diffused throughout the body simultaneously converges from all areas of the body into one central point of focus at the middle of the chest. The knowing quality manifests itself prominently at that point. It does not emanate from the brain. Although the faculties of memorization and learning arise in association with the brain, direct knowledge of the truth does not. Step by step, beginning with the initial stages of samadhi practice, progress in meditation is experienced and understood in the heart – and only the heart. This is where the truth lies, and the meditator who practices correctly knows this each step of the way. When it comes to understanding the true nature of all phenomona, the brain is not a factor – it is not useful at all. The citta’s serene and radiant qualities are experienced at the heart. They emanate conspicuously from that point. All of the citta’s myriad aspects, from the grossest to the most subtle, are experienced clearly from this central spot.
Simply talking a lot
doesn’t maintain the dhamma.
—although he’s heard next to nothing--
sees dhamma through his body,
is not heedless of dhamma:
he’s one who maintains the dhamma.
They awaken, always wide awake:
whose mindfulness, both day & night,
is constantly immersed
in the body.
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