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All the Corrupting Influences

(Sabbāsava Sutta Outline)

[1][rhyt][chlm][pts][ati][upall] The destruction of the Asavas — The No-goods, the Corrupting Influences

This is the destruction of the Corrupting Influences in an individual who "Knows and Sees" (i.e, at least a Streamwinner):

There is yoniso-manasikara and ayoniso-manasikara. [Studious etiological examination] Tracing things back to their point of origin and not tracing things back to their point of origin.

For the ordinary common man, tracing things back to their point of origin is a mere expression and has the wrong result because "point of origin" is not seen properly by him.[1] In such a one, not comprehending the things that should not be traced back to their point of origin ...
 
wanting that exists in the here and now increases
wanting that does not yet exist in the here and now appears
living that exists in the here and now increases
living that does not yet exist in the here and now appears
blindness that exists in the here and now increases
blindness that does not yet exist in the here and now appears
 
Because he is thinking:
 
"Was I?"
"Was I not?"
"What was I?"
"How did I appear (look)?"
"Having been what, what did I become?"
"Will I be reborn?"
"Will I not be reborn?"
"What will I become?"
"How will I appear?"
"Am I?"
"Am I not?"
"What am I?"
"How do I appear?"
"Having been what, did this appear?"
"Where will this be reborn?"
 
Which results in holding the following views:
 
"I have a self."
"I have no self."
"My self is aware of my self."
"By self I am aware of not having a self."
"Not having a self, I am aware of self."
or
"Whatever it is that is speaking, experiencing, knowing, now here, now there the fruition of deeds well done and badly done, that is the self of me and that is permanent, stable, eternal, not subject to change."

For the one who knows and sees, not tracing things back to their point of origin results in the Corrupting Influences increasing, tracing things back to their point of origin results in the Corrupting Influences decreasing. For the one who knows and sees, the Corrupting Influences are Got Rid of by:

Seeing things as they are:

Comprehending the things that should be traced back to their point of origin
 
Such as things which traced back to their point of origin result in
 
wanting that exists in the here and now decreasing
wanting that does not yet exist in the here and now not appearing
living that exists in the here and now decreasing
living that does not yet exist in the here and now not appearing
blindness that exists in the here and now decreasing
blindness that does not yet exist in the here and now not appearing

Comprehending the ways one is properly tracing things back to their point of origin:
 
Thinking:
 
This is Pain (dukkha)
This is the origin of Pain
This is how to end Pain
This is the Way: High View; High Principles; High Talk; High Works; High Lifestyle; High Self Control; High Mental Culture; High Getting High.

Comprehending the things that should not be traced back to their point of origin
 
Things which traced back to their point of origin result in
 
wanting that exists in the here and now increasing
wanting that does not yet exist in the here and now appearing
living that exists in the here and now increasing
living that does not yet exist in the here and now appearing
blindness that exists in the here and now increasing
blindness that does not yet exist in the here and now appearing

Comprehending the ways one is not properly tracing things back to their point of origin:
 
Thinking:
 
"Was I?"
"Was I not?"
"What was I?"
"How did I appear (look)?"
"Having been what, what did I become?"
"Will I be reborn?"
"Will I not be reborn?"
"What will I become?"
"How will I appear?"
"Am I?"
"Am I not?"
"What am I?"
"How do I appear?"
"Having been what, did this appear?"
"Where will this be reborn?"
 
Which results in holding the following views:
 
"I have a self."
"I have no self."
"My self is aware of my self."
"By self I am aware of not having a self."
"Not having a self, I am aware of self."
or
"Whatever it is that is speaking, experiencing, knowing, now here, now there the fruition of deeds well done and badly done, that is the self of me and that is permanent, stable, eternal, not subject to change."

Self Control:

Controlling getting involved in attention to detail or general appearance of objects
Seen by the eye
Heard by the ear
Smelled by the nose
Tasted on the tongue
Felt touching the body
Comprehended by the mind
Such that liking and disliking arise not.

Proper Use of the Necessities of Life:

Clothing is used to protect against heat and cold, insects, wind and sun, and for covering one's nakedness.

Food is used not for pleasure, not for self-indulgence, not out of habit, not for beautification, but just to support the body in one's quest for true dhamma.

Lodging: is used to protect against the heat and cold, insects, wind and sun, changes in the seasons, for enjoyment of solitude.

Medicines: used for keeping off pain, for maximum well-being.

Endurance:

of
cold
heat
hunger
thirst
touch of fly, mosquito, wind and sun and creeping things
ways of speech that are disagreeable and unwelcome
bodily feelings that are painful, acute, sharp, shooting, disagreeable, miserable, deadly

Avoidance:

of
a fierce elephant
a fierce horse
a fierce bull
a fierce dog
a snake
a stump
the briar patch
a pit
a cliff
a sewer
the dump
a seat alone with a woman, too close to a woman, or when an elder or newcomer has no seat
an improper place to beg for food (a dangerous town or the red-light district)
keeping bad company

Elimination:

By letting go, dumping, putting down, setting aside, putting to one side, eliminating, eradicating, radically exterpating, uprooting, getting rid of, not giving in to, making an end of, sending away:
thoughts of indulging in sense pleasures
thoughts of inflicting mental pain
thoughts of inflicting physical pain

Mental development:[2]

Cultivating the Dimension of Self-Awakening that is Memory, which is rooted in solitude, in calm, in ending and Letting Go
 
Cultivating the Dimension of Self-Awakening that is dhamma investigation, which is rooted in solitude, in calm, in ending and Letting Go
 
Cultivating the Dimension of Self-Awakening that is Energy Building, which is rooted in solitude, in calm, in ending and Letting Go.
Cultivating the Dimension of Self-Awakening that is Entheusiasm, which is rooted in solitude, in calm, in ending and Letting go.
Cultivating the Dimension of Self-Awakening that is impassivity, which is rooted in solitude, in calm, in ending and Letting Go.
 
Cultivating the Dimension of Self-Awakening that is Getting High, which is rooted in solitude, in calm, in ending and Letting Go
 
Cultivating the Dimension of Self-Awakening that is Objective Detachment, which is rooted in solitude, in calm, in ending and Letting Go.
 
For one who knows and sees, getting rid of the Corrupting Influences in this way will end in the complete destruction of Dukkha.

 


[1] The point being that the ordinary man thinks in terms of "existing" and "not-existing" and the derivative idea of "self" whereas the well-trained student of the Aristocrats thinks in terms of process: For example, the ordinary man sees himself as a permanently existing thing and "his" life as originating in birth; the student of the Ariyanam sees life as a process arising or not depending on various conditions, specifically, as arising in reaction to the asavas.

[2] See also: The Seventh Lesson

 


 

References:

MN 2: Sabbasavasutta


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