Bhavana for the Agitated Mind : - Part 07
Ven. Dr. Mirisse Dhammika thero
One who undertakes this bhavana may sit in front of a Buddha statue or find an
environment suitable for the purpose. It is useful to place a statue in front.
First one has to sit comfortably in front of the statue for some time and keep
looking at it. Then close the eyes and focus the mind on each and every quality
of the Buddha and try to establish samadhi. This samadhi will bring joy and
rapture as one realizes the Buddha qualities in-depth. Some may even achieve a
higher level of samadhi by getting rid of hindrance factors in the mind.
Bhavana for the Intellectual Mind
Buddhi means wisdom. One who is wise likes to associate with virtuous people and
act cautiously without delay. Such an individual does not postpone things
unnecessarily. He/She can easily adapt to any environment and never feel
disappointed or retreat due to criticism. Obstacles and discrimination. When one
is wise, one has the firm determination to realize what is wholesome and what is
not. Therefore, for the intellectual mind, bhavana on reflections of death is
more appropriate and may achieve progress effectively .
Bhavana on the Reflection on Death
All beings that are born are subject to death – it is inevitable. When the sun
rises in the morning, it sets in the evening. Similarly life ends in death. With
these thoughts in mind, one is able to realize the impermanent nature of life.
All worldly beings and everything around us appear and disappear, deliverance
from this suffering is blissful;
Soon will this body be buried in the soil,
Then it becomes something like a dead trunk in the wood;
Bribes and friendships, certainly do not help to escape the death;
Elder or younger, educated or not, no one can escape the death that is inherent.
Birth comes together with death, like an executioner who always carries out
orders to kill;
Death is at war with each one of us,
He is the winner and we are always the losers.
Nothing is permanent in this world we know, suffering brings realization laying
the foundation for Nirvanic bliss.
One may chose any one of the above phases and focus on it to establish samadhi.
It will allow one to realize how life ends in death through stages of infancy,
childhood, adulthood, and old age.
When one trains the mind on this bhavana, one’s mind is occupied with wholesome
qualities. Gradually one distances oneself from unwholesome activities. This
person develops the desire to cultivate great virtues. All obsessive desires
decrease, resulting in mindful calmness. One begins to look at oneself and
others with loving kindness. Such an individual attends to his duties and
responsibilities towards others without delay.
Therefore, reflecting on death should not be understood as a suggestion that
destroys happiness but as a method to achieve more peace and harmony in the
mind. Those who forget about death, destroy not only themselves but also others
and the society. The mindful individual notices it all around.
Bhavana for the Agitated Mind
One with agitated mind is restless. Mind is attached to many intentions and
often the mind and the body are located in different places. Thus, a person with
an agitated mind many undertake object bhavana to make progress. The
Visuddhimagga explains 10 different object bhavana methods.
They are the methods using the qualities of solidity, fluidity, heat, motion,
blue, yellow, red, white, light, parichinna (combination of the stated
Blue Object Bhavana
Take a piece of round wood or cardboard or approximately twelve inch diameter
and cover it with a blue cloth leaving no folds (blue object). Take this object
to a quiet place and keep it about a meter in front at eye level. Then sit in a
comfortable posture in front of the object. Establish the virtues and focus the
eyes on the blue object and think about it making mental notes of “blue, blue,
blue” at a moderate pace. Repeat it after closing the eyes. When the mind is
focused and samadhi is established you begin to see shining around the blue
object. It appears yellow or brown at times. Continue this training with
closed and opened eyes until you see only the blue object with closed eyes. At
this stage you are able to focus the mind even without the object. During
samadhi, you may see the blue object clearly. When samadhi is established you
begin to enjoy physical and mental relief, happiness, and peacefulness within
yourself. This is a state that can be achieved, with determination. You should
necessarily consult a master during the training period.
May all being be well, happy and peaceful !!!