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Jhana / Buddha back pains/ What mindfulness is - solved
Yes, I was able to just solve all these hard questions. I recently experienced a headache. So, I asked myself: what should I do to experience less pain ? I realized buddhist advice should be to try and distant yourself from all of this through the method advised in the pali canon.
Normal reaction that I had all the time until now was to somehow run from this pain by focusing on other things, trying to somehow be less conscious of the pain in order to suffer less. This is the normal reaction of the uninlightened brain in front of pain: to somehow become less conscious in order to experience less pain. This is also what the focusing on a fixed spot methods do in front of pain. They move focus to another object and indeed reduce pain by a little by doing the normal human reaction with bigger concentration power caused by mindfulness and effort. But this is why they do not lead to jhana. It’s simply not the way you do jhana.
But since I’ve become a little more enlightened lately - through reading the suttas by myself and not relying on others - I knew that sutta advice is to remain mindful and detach yourself by contemplating how this is just part of the 5 aggregates witch are always changing and not me. This is what mindfulness is. It’s not just bare awareness, it means been mindful for the sake of detaching yourself from the aggregates by keeping in mind they are impermanent, always changing and most important: not self. Most people think that no-self is something to be understood theoretically and that’s it. But what is keeping a sotapanna from been an arahant is conceit. And this is what mindfulness (7th step) and the result of doing this long enough - jhana (8th step) are supposed to mean. The goal of mindfulness, witch leads to jhana if practiced long enough, is to get more detached from the 5 clinging aggregates because they are not self. It is explained innumerable times in the suttas that you contemplate impermanence in order to experience revulsion, revulsion leads to dispassion, dispassion leads to liberation:
“Bhikkhus, form is impermanent, feeling is impermanent, perception is impermanent, volitional formations are impermanent, consciousness is impermanent. Seeing thus, bhikkhus, the instructed noble disciple experiences revulsion towards form, revulsion towards feeling, revulsion towards perception, revulsion towards volitional formations, revulsion towards consciousness. Experiencing revulsion, he becomes dispassionate. Through dispassion his mind is liberated. When it is liberated there comes the knowledge: ‘It’s liberated.’ He understands: ‘Destroyed is birth, the holy life has been lived, what had to be done has been done, there is no more for this state of being.’”
https ://suttacentral .net/en/sn22.12
And then… I remembered Buddha advice for entering jhana witch I have practiced a little but without been able to attain jhana yet:
“’I tell you, the ending of the mental fermentations depends on the first jhana.’ Thus it has been said. In reference to what was it said? There is the case where a monk, secluded from sensuality, secluded from unskillful qualities, enters & remains in the first jhana: rapture & pleasure born of seclusion, accompanied by directed thought & evaluation. He regards whatever phenomena there that are connected with form, feeling, perception, fabrications, & consciousness, as inconstant, stressful, a disease, a cancer, an arrow, painful, an affliction, alien, a disintegration, an emptiness, not-self. He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessnes: ‘This is peace, this is exquisite—the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.’
https ://suttacentral .net/en/an9.36
And this is how I made the connection. This is how I understood why Buddha practiced jhana in order to not experience pain.
And this finally solves the problem of why such an enlightened person like the Buddha needed to practice jhana in order to not suffer from pain.
This also explains us what jhana is and that the state of been of an arahant is not that of a person in constant jhana. That is idealism and divinization of Buddha. An arahant is a person who has gained a lot of wisdom through contemplating things while in jhana and this better knowledge of him + general detachment causes him not to make volitional formations that would lead in rebirth. Also, such a person as an arahant is required to have mastered the first 4 jhanas according to the suttas, jhana been the 8th factor of the eightfold path. Because non-returners+ have mastered jhana, they are able to enter jhana at will even during the day and all they have to do to escape pain is enter jhana. But it seems that they are not in jhana as a default mode because of been a non-returner+.
PS: Have I seriously solved what mindfulness is, what jhana is, what been an arahant feels like through having a headache and thinking about the recent topic about Buddha pack pains ???