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The Art of Knowing Directly
"Don’t be united in anything other than developing awareness; be aware – pure awareness. Be aware in a straight and direct way, straight and direct SATI. Feel the body directly, in a straight way. Be fully aware: don’t let there be anything in front or behind. This is called really teaching [oneself].
Let awareness move around: let it be with the body, with RUPA. And let awareness see the mind. When there are thoughts don’t prevent or obstruct anything, give awareness the full opportunity [to see]. As for the body: know directly and straightly, know purely. Use and search for whatever ways that makes you have awareness within your body. Make it direct and straight, know immediately.
But some people don’t do it like this; before, I was the same myself: I didn’t know directly and straightly. I reserved it and knew other things and there were thoughts. Why do we do it like this? One goes and uses reasoning, figuring out what is right and what is wrong. ‘Like this is right’. There is like and dislike. Why do we practice like that? What’s the point of knowing this and that? For example, when we are aware, we ask ourselves, ‘Am I aware or not’? Is this SATI or not? Is this kind of knowing, awareness? Or is it thought? Sometimes we’re thinking and we don’t know what awareness is and so there is a division all the time. Reasoning and perceptions of right and wrong come to interfere with practice and so one doesn’t practice fully."
"KNOW, KNOW, KNOW, KNOW, BE AWARE
When you start off practicing you shouldn’t use reasoning and think about what is right and wrong. Don’t do it like that! Know directly, using whatever method that makes you be aware of either the body or the mind. Don’t concentrate. Don’t think about right and wrong before you experience right and wrong, don’t think about ‘being and seeing’ before you actually ‘are and see’. That’s not it! It is wrong when something is wrong, it’s right when something is right, you are when you are and you see when you see.
Be aware directly, don’t concentrate and don’t use reasoning. You shouldn’t think, from now on there is no need to think. When there is awareness of the body and the mind for a long, long period, seeing automatically occurs. This is not called thinking, it is called discrimination (DHAMMAVICAYA) or ‘orderly reflection’ (YONISO-MANISIKARA), it differentiates and wisdom-knowledge or wisdom arises by itself. This is called practicing directly"
~LOO-ANG POR KAMKEE-AN SUVANNO
Based on the teachings of Luangphor Teean
Source: WATCHING: NOT ‘BEING’