Five similes illustrating the five steps of the gradual pacification of mind

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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]