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"The priest concentrates his mind upon a single thought. Gradually his soul becomes filled with a supernatural ecstasy and serenity, while his mind still reasons upon and investigates the subject chosen for contemplation; this is the first Jhâna. Still fixing his thoughts on the same subject, he then frees his mind from reasoning and investigation, while the ecstasy and serenity remain, and this is the second Jhâna. Next, his thoughts still fixed as before, he divests himself of ecstasy, and attains the third Jhâna, which is a state of tranquil serenity. Lastly, he passes to the fourth Jhâna, in which the mind, exalted and purified, is indifferent to all emotions, alike of all pleasure and of pain."--Childer's Pali Dictionary


-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 7: Contemplative Stillness > # 297






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