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Buddhadharma : Winter 2005
winter 2005| 58 |buddhadharma fulness of object A, object B and then mindful- ness of object B, object C and then mindfulness of object C. When your mind can be on the main object only, you are said to gain what is called “momentary concentration.” When you gain the momentary concentration, you are said to gain purity of mind. Purity of mind can be understood in two ways. Your mind is pure at that time because it is not contaminated by mental hindrances. Your mind is also pure because there is always mindfulness and concentration. It is not mixed with distractions. So pure can mean “without impurities” and pure can also mean “unmixed.” Your flow of mind is unmixed with distractions and you are always on the object. When your mind can be on the medita- tion only and does not wander, your mind settles down and becomes quiet. At that point, you begin to see the objects vividly and clearly. Before that time, although you may think you see the objects clearly, you do not see them clearly at all. But when mind becomes settled, when mind becomes concentrated, the objects manifest themselves to you vividly and clearly. MAHASI SAYAdAW spoke about right thought and right view. Right thought is the mental state that puts the mind on the object. Right thought does not mean thinking (in the usual sense). It is essential that there be a mental state that can take the mind to the object. Once the mind is on the object, right view understands the object clearly and correctly. These two mental states are important for the correct understanding of objects, for seeing objects as they are without any distractions. Right thought takes the mind to the object, then right view understands the object, sees the object as it is. That comes only when your mindfulness and concentration become strong. When concen- tration becomes strong, your mind is free from mental hindrances and distractions. It resembles a glass of water in which the particles of dirt have settled down after being shaken up. When the par- ticles settle down, the water becomes both clear and still. When it is still and without particles of dirt, you can see through the water clearly; when it is unsettled and full of dirt, you cannot see through it. In the same way, when there are mental hin- drances in our minds, like desire, anger, and so on, our minds are dirty, contaminated. We cannot see objects clearly. With practice our minds settle down and become clear. When a person has reached that stage – when the mind becomes steady and without mental hindrances, like a clear glass of water – he has achieved purity of mind. Sayadaw said that when purity of mind begins to arise, you see dis- tinctly the matter that is noted and the mind that notes. There are no distractions and your mind is always on the object. Your mind is making notes: “Rising, falling, rising, falling.” Previously, you may have noted rising and falling, but you thought the noting and the object were all mixed together. Now you see each of them clearly and distinctly. You see the one that makes notes and the other that is noted. It is important that you see these two things separately and clearly. Rising and falling of the abdomen is matter; it is made up of mate- rial properties. The thing that notes that matter is mind. So you see mind and matter arising and also disappearing simultaneously. When you walk, you make note of lifting the foot and putting down the foot. Lifting the foot is matter and noting is mind. Putting down is matter and noting is mind. You see clearly at each of those moments that there are just two things going on: mind and matter.