SN 46.3 the real bojjhanga paritta, V&V vitakka & vicara

I recite this every day, it’s the compressed version of SN 46.3, also occurs multiple times in anapansati samyutta.

notice what vitakka and vicara are doing. If you recite this every day, examining the meaning as you recite, once you understand how these 7 steps take you from sati to samadhi, and how it overlaps with the 4 jhanas, you’ll never be confused or doubt how V&V works.


(implied: pamojja and pīti would result from contact with inspiring monks)
(0. Bhikkhūnaṃ dhammaṃ sutvā)
0. listen to Dhamma [teaching] from a monk [and memorize it]
(1. Sati: taṃ Dhammaṃ anus-sarati anu-vitakketi)
1. that Dhamma [teaching] (he) recollects and thinks about
(2. Dhamma-vicaya: taṃ dhammaṃ paññāya, pa-vicinati pa-vicarati pari-vīmaṃsam-āpajjati )
2. that Dhamma discerning; he discriminates, evaluates, investigates
(3. Vīriya: āraddhaṃ hoti vīriyaṃ a-sallīnaṃ.)
3. his aroused vigor is not-slackening
(4. Pīti: Āraddha-vīriyassa uppajjati pīti nir-āmisā,)
4. his aroused vigor leads to arising of rapture not-carnal (of jhana)
(5. Passaddhi: Pīti-man-assa, kāyo-pi passambhati, cittam-pi passambhati )
5. with enraptured-mind, his body becomes pacified, his mind becomes pacified
(6. Samādhi: Passaddha-kāyassa sukhino, cittaṃ samādhiyati.)
6, with pacified body, he is in pleasure, mind becomes undistractable and lucid.
(7. Upekkha: so tathā-samāhitaṃ cittaṃ, sādhukaṃ ajjh-upekkhitā hoti)
7. he of such undistractable & lucid mind, thoroughly looks-on-with-equanimity
(7 types of fruits, Nirvana)
Seven different levels of awakening results from proper practice of 7sb.