Dhamma Letter No. 79
Satipatthana 4 : Sati as a beautiful mental factor
Mind rises like the Sun rises every morning. It is a natural phenomenon. If you can control of not to arise the sun or mind, it is not a natural phenomenon. It arises from natural conditions. Everything is on the conditions.
The mind holds only one object in the one moment. It never happens to two objects or more objects with one mind at the same time. If one says that ‘I do things at the same time’, the time has already accumulated a lot.
When we look at the light of a light bulb, it feels as if the light is constantly on, but the fact is that the light keeps on turning on and off at an incredibly fast rate. It is as if we are looking at a single line, but it is as if countless dots are combined to form a single line.
The mind is like this. We think that one mind and one thought continue, but this is also a myriad of minds that arise, have a momentary object, and are maintained through continuous change.
As mentioned in dhamma letter no. 77, Sati is a beautiful mind.
When Sati is working, several mental factors are arising at the same time for an object.
The third basket, Abhidhamma describes one mind and mental factors arise at the same time and hold one same object at the same time. There are 52 mental factors. When Sati is there, it becomes a beautiful mind. Because Sati leads only to Nibbana. There will be no more suffering in the result. If it causes suffering in the result, it is not called Sati. It can be mindfulness. But it is a different story.
The mind works restlessly and always holds an object. When Sati is there, the mind is in a wholesome state. When no Sati is there, the mind is in an unwholesome state.
To be continued…
May you be free from any suffering through Sati practice!
May you understand all phenomena in Dhamma for your peace!
Ayyā Kosallā & Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha
Edited by Euna Bonovich
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