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III:1 Meghiya who could not control his mind

On one occasion, on his return from his almsround, the Venerable Meghiya noticed a pleasant and beautiful mango grove, which he thought was an ideal spot for meditation. He asked the Buddha's permission to let him go there. At first the Buddha asked him to wait for some time knowing that simply liking another place would not help him in his meditation. Meghiya was in a hurry to go and so he repeated his request again and again, until finally the Buddha allowed him to go.

Thus, Meghiya set out for the mango grove, sat at the foot of a tree and practised meditation. He stayed there the whole day, but his mind kept wandering and he made no progress. He returned in the evening and reported to the Buddha how all the time he was assailed by thoughts associated with all sorts of mental defilements and disturbances.

The Buddha admonished him that as the mind is easily excitable and fickle, one should control one's mind in a proper manner wherever one is.

Reflecting mindfully on the admonition given by the Buddha, Meghiya attained the first stage of Sainthood.

55/170 Dhammapada & Commentary Khuddhaka J.i.106ff. despair

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