Friday, March 27, 2009

If there is a pot of water covered with moss ...

If there is a pot of water, covered with moss and water plants, then a man with a normal faculty of sight looking into it could not properly recognize and see the image of his own face.

In the same way, when one's mind is possessed by sloth and torpor*, overpowered by sloth and torpor, one cannot properly see the escape from sloth and torpor that have arisen; then one does not properly understand one's own welfare, nor that of another, nor that of both; and also texts memorized a long time ago do not come into one's mind, not to speak of those not memorized.

— SN 46:55
There are five impediments and hindrances, overgrowths of the mind that stultify insight.
1. Sensual desire
2. Ill-will
3. Sloth and torpor*
4. Restlessness and remorse
5. Sceptical doubt

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