What is Starving of the
At Savatthi the Blessed Buddha once explained:
What, friends, is the starvation, that prevents the arising of
and blocks growth of already arisen Sense-Desire?
It is frequent and careful attention to the Disgusting Features of
This starvation prevents sensual lust from arising & reduces
And what, friends, is the starvation that prevents the arising of
and hinders aggravation and inflation of already arisen Ill-Will?
It is frequent, careful and rational attention to Universal
This starvation prevents aversion from arising & inhibits present
And what is the starvation, that prevents arising of
and eliminates already present Lethargy-&-Laziness?
It is attention to these 3 elements of: Initiative, Launching, and
This starvation prevents sloth from arising & stops present
And what is the starving that prevents arising of
and retards escalation of present Restlessness-&-Regret?
It is frequent attention to this sweet, calm & peaceful
Tranquility of Mind!
This starvation prevents upsetting of the mind & reduces anxiety &
What is the starvation that prevents the arising of
and stops proliferation of present Doubt-&-Uncertainty?
It is frequent, careful, rational attention & evaluation of these
There are advantageous & disadvantageous states! There are
blameless states! There are ordinary & exalted states! There are
dark mental states! This starvation prevents confusion of the mind
dampens escalation of already present perplexity.
Memorize and "substitute as required", whenever
a hindrance is noted!
on these 5 Mental Hindrances
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.
Book [V:105-6] section 46: The Links. 51: The Nutriments...
Starving the Hindrances!
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