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on the days when you are feeling lazy. That’s called practising under theinfluence of the defilements. It means you don’t have any real power overyour mind and just follow your desires.When your mind is in line with the Dhamma, there is no one who isdiligent and there is no one who is lazy. It’s a matter of how the mind isconditioned. The practice of insight keeps flowing automatically withoutlaziness or diligence. It’s a state that is self-sustaining, fuelled by its ownenergy. Once the mind has these characteristics, it means you no longerhave to be the doer in the practice. You could say that it’s as if you havefinished all the work you have been doing and the only thing left is for youto leave things to themselves and watch over the mind. You don’t haveto be someone who is doing something anymore. There is still mentalactivity occurring – you experience pleasant and unpleasant sense contactaccording to your kammic accumulations – but you see it as ‘just that much’419
The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chahand are letting go of attachment to the sense of self the whole time.At this point, you aren’t creating a self and so you aren’t creating anysuffering. All the sense objects and moods you experience ultimatelyhave exactly the same value in the mind. Whatever mental or physicalphenomena you examine appear the same as everything else, bearingthe same inherent qualities. All phenomena become one and the same.Your wisdom has to develop that far for all uncertainty to come to anend in the mind.When you first start meditating, it seems like all you know how to dois to doubt and speculate about things. The mind is always wavering andvacillating. You spend the whole time caught in agitated thinking andproliferating about things. You have doubts about every last thing. Why?It stems from impatience. You want to know all the answers and fast. Youwant to have insight quickly, without having to do anything. You wantto know the truth of the way things are, but that wanting is so strong inthe mind that it is more powerful than the insight you desire. For thatreason the practice has to develop in stages. You must go one step at atime. In the first place you need to put forth persistent effort. You alsoneed the continuous support of your past good actions and developmentof the ten spiritual perfections (pāramī).Keep summoning up effort in training the mind. Don’t get caught intodesiring quick results; that just leads you to disappointment and frustra-tion when the insights are slow to come. Thinking like that won’t help you.Is it correct to expect suddenly to experience some kind of permanentstate where you are experiencing no pleasure or pain at all? It doesn’tmatter what the mind throws up at you. At that time when you do get over-whelmed by pleasure and pain stimulated by contact between the mindand different sense objects, you don’t have any idea what level your prac-tice has reached. But within a short space of time such moods lose powerover the mind. Actually, such impingement can be of benefit, because

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