To Stop Craving in Everyday Life

Dhamma Talks by Mogok Sayadaw; 13th March 1959

For any yogi who practices to end dukkha always makes effort to stop kilesas arising. Therefore, should reflect on the 4-requisites. Without it, paticcasamupāda process continues. With no kilesas come in, then Nibbāna element can appear quicker. In wearing clothing with contemplation no kilesa arises. For beautifying is kilesa. Doing with good intention is no fault. Not good intention it is. Whatever we are doing must do it with nyan (knowledge). Without it always tanhā arises. Therefore, always use satipatthāna. Conducting with mindfulness can stop tanhā arising. Even they come in can destroy them. Never let go of sati. Whatever you are doing reflect as dukkha or these are dukkha. If you have sati and including with viriya, they can’t separate. Therefore, I have taught you to be mindful, put effort and contemplate with wisdom. It can be say satipatthāna or the 4-right efforts (sammappadhānā). Why the Buddha sometimes taught as satipatthāna and sometimes as sammappadhānā? However, he said both of them are together. Sati and viriya can’t see impermanence. Contemplative wisdom can see it. Therefore, wisdom is the main, and sati & viriya are supportive factors. Only wisdom can penetrate ignorance. All these points were taught in the Suttanipata by the Buddha.

Paññā is the most important factors of the three, because without paññā , sati can also micca-sati and viriya also micca-viriya (wrong mindfulness and effort), but paññā doesn’t have micca-paññā can be mundane (lokiya) or surpermundane (lokuttara) wisdom respectively. Whatever arising if you can’t contemplate impermanence, then one of the factors is lacking.

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