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There are three fetters: sakkaya ditthi, silabbata paramasa, and vicikicca.

Each of those are not knowing how to deal with correctly raga, dosa, and moha.

Sakkaya ditthi is the false belief that the consequent pleasure from having raga can be meaningful in some way.

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

“Everything will be Okay.”

These words are good example of sakkaya ditthi.

There are three groups in the 10 punna kamma: Dana, Sila, and Bhavana.

Sila group helps to remove dosa and cultivate adosa.

But Anariya hasn’t removed silabbata paramasa yet, i.e. they couldn’t see the essence of morality, their sila is not permanent.

Instead, Ariya saw the essence of morality so silabbata paramasa is gone.

Then what is the essence of morality?

How I treat a living being determines how nature treats me as a living being.

AND, there is no right reason to harm other beings.

Because nothing is more precious than life.

One may think like this. “I can swear at him because he broke my stuff, because my stuff is precious.”

But, nothing is more precious than life.

The point is that as long as someone has sakkaya ditthi, one day they put something else on life.

What should I know more broadly? What more information should I collect?

These questions have nothing to do with understanding the nature of the suffering.

One should purify one’s mind. What we should do and need to do is that. And it alone is enough to attain Nibbana.

Until one really comes to this conclusion, one still has vicikicca.

Think about 10 samyojanas.

Those can be chunked in three categories.

Raga categories

  • sakkaya ditthi
  • kama raga
  • rupa raga
  • arupa raga
  • mana

Dosa categories

  • silabbata paramasa
  • patigha
  • uddacca

Moha categories

  • vicikicca
  • avijja

And we can also see that the first item of each list means not knowing how to do ragakkhayo dosakkhayo mohakkhayo, and the rest items mean not doing enough.

That’s why sotapanna knows the map to the nibbana. Ragakkhayo dosakkhayo and mohakkhayo cover all of the bhavana!

So we should deal with raga by asubha, dosa by metta, moha by panna.