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Saɱyutta Nikāya
I. Sagatha Vagga
9. Vanasaɱyutta

Sutta 11

Ayoniso-manasikara Sutta

Inappropriate Attention

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Provenance, terms and conditons



[11.1][pts] I have 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.

Then the devatā 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,

Keeping your mind on the Teacher,
the Dhamma, the Saŋgha, your virtues,
    you will arrive at
    without doubt.

Then,    saturated
    with joy,
you will put an end
to suffering and stress.

The monk, chastened by the devatā, came to his senses.



See also:
any of the suttas on the six recollections (e.g., SN 1 11 3,
AN III.70,
AN XI.12,
AN XI.13);
passage 36 in Wings to Awakening;
"The Ten Recollections" (Study Guide).


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