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How important is Samadhi

By Bhikkhu SiriDhamma
Courtesy : VESAK LIPI

The Buddha himself says that the mind of him who suffers is not concentrated (dukkhino cittam na samadhiyati).
This means that Samadhi is first gained only with the arising of joy (piti) and the other factors as pointed out in the following passage: "To him who comprehends the truth and the law, gladness is born; with that joy arises; owing to joy his body becomes tranquil; and in the
comfort he feels with his tranquil body, his mind becomes concentrated. (Tassa atthapatisamvedino dhamma patisamvedino pamujjam jayati, pamuditassa piti jayati, pitimanassa kayo passambhati, passaddhakayo sukham vedeti, sukhino cittam samadhyai).

The Buddha has also said" I shall teach you purity and the road to purity. What is purity? The destruction of lust, hate and delusion. What is the road to purity? Tranquility (samatha) is called the road to purity. Again He has said, "I shall teach you purity and the road to purity. What is purity? The destruction of lust, hate and delusion. What is the road to purity? Insight (Vipassana) is called the road to purity."
It is clear that there is no way of evading the cultivation of these two aspects of mental development. Every one has to master them in order to free the mind of the defilements of lust, hate and ignorance. Samadhi bhavana occupies a place of great importance in the Buddhist life. The Samatha trained mind is better equipped for critical examination of results.
What is done in the way of meditation now will make our work easier in the future, and will bring about a peace, a calm and a restfulness of spirit in the vortex of worldly activity.

INTRODUCING THE WRITER
Bhikkhu Siridhamma Maha Thera (87) born in November 1919, hails from the Gampaha District Lay name - Cyril Randunu. Educated at Nalanda College Colombo. Later he became a lawyer and served as a junior to the Late H. Siri Nissanka K. C the well known criminal lawyer.
Resided for long years at the Mrs. F. R. Senanayake Forest Hermitage Udawattekelle, Kandy. During the great world war 1939-45 he resided at the Island Hermitage, Dodanduwa along with the Most Ven Gnanathiloka Maha Thera (the founder of the Island Hermitage, Dodanduwa) and other well known senior scholarly monks, Kotahene Soma Thera and Lunugala Kheminda Maha Thera. Bhikkhu Siridhamma now resides at the Vajiraramaya Bambalapitiya. <<Back


 

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