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The Cesspit[1]

Important Note: The tendancy here is going to be to read the first two or three lines and skip to the end. Resist that tendancy. Read, if you are going to read this, S-L-O-W-L-Y; and visualize what is being described; but better than reading it to yourself would be reciting it out loud, also slowly...wait after each line until you feel the issue has penetrated through and you are ready to handle a new cycle...; even better would be to recite this to someone else. If you do decide to recite this to others, do so after you have explained how what they are to be doing is to make a small meditation out of each phrase...and, again, deliver it slowly, watching for the notion that 'this is just boring!' to pass off. This is deeply powerful if done properly. This little spell which can be read in a minute should take hours, even days, to deliver.

 

This Body, Beggars, is like a Cesspit, filled with filth from the top of the tips of the hairs of the head above to the bottom of the soles of the feet below.

The intestines of a one-month old baby, Beggars, if examined, look like a cesspit that has not been cleaned in one month.

 

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The intestines of a two-month old baby, Beggars, if examined, look like a cesspit that has not been cleaned in two months.

 

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The intestines of a three-month old baby, Beggars, if examined, look like a cesspit that has not been cleaned in three months.

 

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The intestines of a five-month old baby, Beggars, if examined, look like a cesspit that has not been cleaned in five months.

 

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The intestines of a one-year old child, Beggars, if examined, look like a cesspit that has not been cleaned in one year.

 

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The intestines of a two-year old child, Beggars, if examined, look like a cesspit that has not been cleaned in two years.

 

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The intestines of a three-year old child, Beggars, if examined, look like a cesspit that has not been cleaned in three years.

 

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The intestines of a five-year old child, Beggars, if examined, look like a cesspit that has not been cleaned in five years.

 

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The intestines of a ten-year old child, Beggars, if examined, look like a cesspit that has not been cleaned in ten years.

 

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The intestines of a twenty-year old man, Beggars, if examined, look like a cesspit that has not been cleaned in twenty years.

 

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The intestines of a thirty-year old man, Beggars, if examined, look like a cesspit that has not been cleaned in thirty years.

 

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The intestines of a fourty-year old man, Beggars, if examined, look like a cesspit that has not been cleaned in fourty years.

 

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The intestines of a fifty-year old man, Beggars, if examined, look like a cesspit that has not been cleaned in fifty years.

 

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The intestines of a eighty-year old man, Beggars, if examined, look like a cesspit that has not been cleaned in eighty years.

 

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The intestines of a ninety-year old man, Beggars, if examined, look like a cesspit that has not been cleaned in ninety years.

 

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The intestines of a one-hundred-year old man, Beggars, if examined, look like a cesspit that has not been cleaned in one-hundred years.

So seeing this body as it really is, a beggar should loose his attraction to body, put it away, and disassociate himself from body; putting away desire for body, disassociating himself from body, he becomes free from body and to this extent he has become cool and has attained a taste of Nibbana in the here and now.

Wherefore, beggars, train yourselves this way: "We shall look upon the body as a cesspit, putting away lust for bodies, disassociating ourselves from body. This is the way to train yourselves, say I.

 


[1]By recollection, not a translation.


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