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The Four Perversions

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"Monks, there are these four perversions of perception, perversions of mind, perversions of view. Which four? 'Permanent' with regard to the impermanent is a perversion of perception, a perversion of mind, a perversion of view. 'Non-Suffering' with regard to Suffering... 'Self' with regard to not-self... 'Pleasnt' with regard to the unpleasant is a perversion of perception, a perversion of mind, a perversion of view. These are the four perversions of perception, perversions of mind, perversions of view.

"There are these four non-perversions of perception, non-perversions of mind, non-perversions of view. Which four? 'Impermanent' with regard to the impermanent is a non-perversion of perception, a non-perversion of mind, a non-perversion of view. 'Suffering' with regard to Suffering... 'Not-self' with regard to not-self... 'Unpleasnt' with regard to the unpleasant is a non-perversion of perception, a non-perversion of mind, a non-perversion of view. These are the four non-perversions of perception, non-perversions of mind, non-perversions of view."

Perceiving permanence in the impermant,
Non-Suffering in the Suffering,
self in what's not-self,
Pleasant in the unpleasant,
beings, destroyed by wrong-view,
go mad, out of their minds.
Bound to Mara's yoke,
from the yoke they find no rest.
Beings go on to the wandering-on,
leading to birth & death.
But when Awakened Ones
arise in the world,
bringing light to the world,
they proclaim the Dhamma
leading to the stilling of stress.
When those with discernment listen,
they regain their senses,
seeing the impermanent as impermanent,
the suffering as suffering,
what's not-self as not-self,
the unpleasant as unpleasant.
Undertaking right view,
they transcend all stress & suffering.

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