SN 20.5 includes the following passage:
“In the same way, monks, when a monk’s awareness-release through good-will is cultivated, developed, pursued, handed the reins and taken as a basis, given a grounding, steadied, consolidated, & well-undertaken, any non-human being who would think of possessing that monk’s mind would simply reap his share of trouble & vexation.”
It’s the phrase “non-human being who would think of possessing that monk’s mind,” that I’m wondering about.
I haven’t seen any other references to this - so an oddity? late addition?
I’ve heard Ajahn Brahm tell “ghost stories” from his stay in Thailand, and it would only be one step further to say that ghosts or “non-humans” could derange a person (a different translation for “possess”)
Any comments or thoughts appreciated,