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High Memory aka: The Mind

High Memory describes the ideal state of the Memory of one who has set up memory [sati paṭṭhāna] in four areas:

 

sign #1

 

One with memory so set up
revisits the body watching over the body,
energetic, alert, satisfied,
with the awareness that 'This is body'
set up to just such a degree as will sustain recollectedness,
Such a one sees how body is a thing
that comes to be and comes to an end
with such penetrating knowledge
that he releases his angry downbound worldly ambition and disappointments, and,
rising above it all,
watchful and diligent,
appamada,
satisfied,
Reviewing and calming down,
Overcoming any hunger/thirst that may appear,
he is bound up bound up in nothing at all in the world.

When such a one goes to sit, he looks for a place of solitude, sits down sitting up straight with his legs bent across his lap, recollectedness at the area of the face, in this way he remembers his in and out breaths.

When he breathes in, he is aware that he is doing so.
When he breaths out, he is aware that he is doing so.

He is aware when his in-breath is deep, and
He is aware when his out-breath is deep, and
He is aware when his in-breath is shallow, and
He is aware when his out-breath is shallow.

He stills, calms, and tranquillizes the body when he breathes in and
he releases his attachments to the body when he breaths out.

He reflects on the experience of all that is related to body.

He is aware of the positioning of the body.

He knows whether he is coming or going,
if he is facing or facing the other way.
If he is bending a limb,
or outstretching a bent limb,
whether he is waking up,
rising up,
attending to bowl and robes,
leaving his hut,
going to town,
going on his Beggars rounds,
eating,
chewing,
tasting,
or swallowing,
getting out of town,
urinating or defecating,
entering his hut,
sitting down,
or lying down,
talking or keeping silent,
awake or asleep
he does whatsoever he does,
in a Satisfactory Fashion.

In the Same Way as The Cattle Butcher,
or The Butcher's Skillful Apprentice,
having slain some cow,
and wishing to display his meat
by the crossroads as he sits,
arranges the various portions
in a satisfying way,
one with memory established
knows whether he is coming or going,
if he is facing or facing the other way.

He is aware of the basic elements found in the body:
Earth,
Water,
Fire,
Wind.

In the Same Way as The Cattle Butcher, or The Butcher's Skillful Apprentice,
wishing to butcher some cow, knows:
"In this cow there are
Solid things,
Wet things,
Warm things, and
Things that are still moving."

He is aware of the disgusting nature of the body,
considering it like a double-ended skin bag
filled with various sorts of filth, so:
there is in this body:
Hair of the head, body hair, nails, teeth, skin, meat, sinews, bones, marrow, esophagus, lungs, heart, pancreas, stomach, liver, kidneys, large intestine, small intestines, spleen, bile, phlegm, pus, blood, sweat, tears, fat, spit, snot, urine, feces and your brain.

In the same way as the Bean Peddler, or The Bean Peddler's Skillful Apprentice,
whenever he wishes to dump out his goods,
opens the lower end of his double-ended sample bag and
Dumps out his beans,
so that any man with eyes in his head that can see could see:
"There is rice, there are black beans, there are kidney beans, there are peas, there are string beans, there are sesame seeds, there is wild rice, there are oats, and there is corn, husked and ready for boiling.

Your body too is just like that, is confounded just like that, has not risen above just such an end as that.

He is aware that the fate of the body is the charnal ground,
and reflects on his own body, thinking:
"This body too, is just like such a corpse tossed away,
is confounded just like that,
has not risen above just such an end as that.

 

sign #2

 

One with memory so set up
revisits sensation, watching over the sensations,
energetic, alert, satisfied,
with the awareness that 'This is sensation'
set up to just such a degree as will sustain recollectedness,
Such a one sees how sensation is a thing
that comes to be and comes to an end
with such penetrating knowledge
that he releases his angry downbound worldly ambitions and disappointments, and,
rising above it all,
watchful and diligent,
appamada,
satisfied,
reviewing and calming down,
Overcoming any hunger/thirst that may appear,
he is bound up bound up in nothing at all in the world.

Here he is aware, when a sensation that is
unpleasant,
pleasant,
or neither unpleasant nor pleasant
occurs as a consequence of contact of
eye, visible object and consciousness
ear, auditory object and consciousness
nose, scent and consciousness
tongue, taste and consciousness
body, touch and consciousness, or
mind [mano], mental object and consciousness.

He knows when such a sensation has to do with worldly things and when such a sensation has to do with letting go

He understands that the same sensation can be seen in different ways according as it has to do with worldly things or letting go.

 

sign #3

 

One with memory so set up
revisits the heart, watching over the heart,
energetic, alert, satisfied,
with the awareness that 'This is the heart.'
set up to just such a degree as will sustain recollectedness,
Such a one sees how the heart is a thing
that comes to be and comes to an end
with such penetrating knowledge
that he releases his angry downbound worldly ambitions and disappointments, and,
rising above it all,
watchful and diligent,
appamada,
satisfied,
reviewing and calming down,
Overcoming any hunger/thirst that may appear,
he is bound up bound up in nothing at all in the world.

In this case, he knows a heart by reading his own heart, and, with penetrating knowledge,

Of a heart full of lust, he knows: "This is a heart full of lust."

Of a heart free of lust, he knows: "This is a heart free of lust."

Of a heart full of hate, he knows: "This is a heart full of hate."

Of a heart free of hate, he knows: "This is a heart free of hate."

Of a low heart, he knows: "This is a low heart."

Of a high heart, he knows: "This is a high heart."

Of a narrow heart, he knows: "This is a narrow heart."

Of a broad heart, he knows: "This is a broad heart."

Of a closed heart, he knows: "This is a closed heart."

Of an open heart, he knows: "This is an open heart."

Of a mental state that is less than superior, he knows: "This is a mental state that is less than superior."

Of a superior mental state, he knows: "This mental state is nothing less than superior."

Of an unbalanced heart, he knows: "This is an unbalanced heart."

Of a balanced heart, he knows: "This is a balanced heart"

Of a heart that is not free, he knows: "This is a heart that is not free."

Of a liberated heart, he knows: "This is a liberated heart."

 

sign #1sign #3

 

One with memory so set up
revisits the Dhamma, watching over the Dhamma,
energetic, alert, satisfied,
with the awareness that 'This is Dhamma'
set up to just such a degree as will sustain recollectedness,
Such a one sees how a Dhamma is a thing
that comes to be and comes to an end
with such penetrating knowledge
that he releases his angry downbound worldly ambitions and disappointments, and,
rising above it all,
watchful and diligent,
appamada,
satisfied,
reviewing and calming down,
Overcoming any hunger/thirst that may appear,
he is bound up bound up in nothing at all in the world.

He is one who sees things from the perspective of:

1. The involvements which are forms of self-indulgence and are obstructions to the full use of the memory

A. Wishing for Pleasure
B. Deviant Ways
C. Lazy Ways and Inertia
C. Fear and Trembling
D. Doubt and Vassilation

such that he knows how they arise, knows how they are sustained and knows how they come to an end.

2. The Five Piled Up stockpiles — Areas where involvements pile up

A. Involvement with piling up Forms
B. Involvement with piling up sensations
C. Involvement with piling up Perceptions
D. Involvement with piling up Own-Making
E. Involvement with piling up Consciousness

such that he knows how such piles arise, knows how they are sustained and knows how they come to an end.

3. The six realms of the senses:

The Eye and Visible Objects
The Ear and Sounds
The Nose and Scents
The Tongue and Tastes
The Body and Touches
The Mind and Ideas

such that he is aware of the sense organ, the sense object, any bond that may arise as a consequence of the contact of the two.
He knows how a bond that is not present in the here and now can arise.
And he knows how a bond that is present in the here and now can be let go.
And, too, he knows how to prevent the arising again in the future of any bond that has been let go.

4. The Seven Dimensions of Awakening One's Own Wisdom

The Memory Dimension
The Research Things Dimension
The Invigorating Dimension
The Entheusiastic Dimension
The Impassive Dimension
The HigherThanHigherThanHigh Dimension
The Objectively Detached Dimension

such that he knows of each:
When it is present, that it is present;
When it is not present, that it is not present;
That when it is not present it can be made to arise by the cultivation of attention to the origins of things, solitude, calm, ending, and letting go;
That when it is newly arisen, it can be cultivated and brought to fruition through energy, exertion and striving.

5. The Four Aristocrats of Truths

1. This is all pain
2. This pain originates from hunger/thirst
3. To end the pain, end the hunger/thirst
4. This is the way: High Working Hypothesis; High Principles; High Talk; High Works; High Lifestyle; High Reign; High Memory; High Getting High; High Vision and High Objective Detachment.