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The Importance of the First Jhāna


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As we have seen, to understand the world you have to get out of it, and the first jhāna is the exit hatch from the human sphere to other worlds and, finally, to escape.

All paths to enlightenment: cessation, the eightfold path, paranormal abilities, or practice instructions, begin in the first jhāna.

And it is logical. To escape from prison, the first thing is to get out of the cell and then, we'll see. Inside the cell there is no escape. An obviousness that people resist with all their might, believing that everything can be achieved from the human mind.

And not.

The Buddha explains to us what the first jhāna is and the factors that accompany it.



SN 47.1: In the forest of Ambapālī


—But, venerable, what is the first jhāna?

—Venerable, it is when a bhikkhu, totally cut off from sensory pleasures, cut off from vices, enters and submerges in the first jhāna, having the pleasure, happiness and joy that arise from recollection, while directing the mind and consciousness. keeps focused. This is called the first jhāna.

—But how many factors does the first jhāna have?

—The first jhāna has five factors. When a bhikkhu has entered the first jhāna, he directs the mind and keeps it concentrated, pleasure, happiness, joy and concentration of mind being present. This is how the first jhāna has five factors.

—But how many factors has the first jhāna abandoned and how many does it possess?

—The first jhāna has given up five factors and has five factors. When a bhikkhu has entered the first jhāna, sense desire, malevolence, dullness and drowsiness, restlessness and remorse and doubt are given up. Directing the mind and keeping it focused, pleasure, happiness, joy and concentration of the mind are present. This is how the first jhāna has given up five factors and has five factors.

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