Five similes illustrating the five steps of the gradual pacification of mind
Meditation which is like a water falling from a cliff: Thoughts continuously following one after the other. They seem to be even more numerous than before, because you have become aware of mind's movements.
- Like a river rushing through gorges: The mind alternates between periods of rest and activity.
- Like a wide river flowing easily: The mind moves when disturbed by circumstances, and otherwise rests calmly.
- Like an lake with a few ripples on the surface: The mind is slightly agitated on the surface but remains calm and present in the depth.
- Like a still ocean: An unshakable and effortless concentration that does not need to resort to antidotes against thoughts. [MR]