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What a wandering mind can do

In this sutta, Bhikkhu Sangharakkhita became sotāpanna after seeing why it is useless to have many expectations in this world with 31 plans. Before that, he had too many desires like getting a job, possessing much wealth, and living comfortably. He became sotāpanna after hearing this discourse from the Lord Buddha: 37th verse of the Dhammapada.


Dūrangamaṁ ekacaraṁ,

  Asariraṁ guhāsayaṁ,

  ye cittaṁ saññamessanti,

  mokkhanti mārabandhanā.”


“The mind wanders far alone,

  without a body, hidden in the cave of the heart,

  those who restrain the mind,

  will be released from the bonds of the Māra. (1)


That reminds me of a post of Sir Lal when he talks about future expectations in point 10

10. There are many types of kamma viññāṇa that we can have. The minor ones are expectations of getting something done, buying something, getting a new job, etc.

  • Sankhāra, or “thinking of that expectation and making plans to get it done by speaking and doing things (that includes vaci saṅkhāra and kāya saṅkhāra),” will make that viññāṇa grow. This comes via the “saṅkhāra paccayā viññāṇa” step.

Viññāṇa – Consciousness Together With Future Expectations

Also, I want to know, Sir does the Drarisworld post above have the correct explanation?