All past constructions have vanished:
All present construction is vanishing.
All future constructions will vanish.
All phenomena are sure to cease.
All being in existence will be cut off.
All becoming is therefore truly a Terror.
It is Void, Vain & Empty
Like an Empty Village,
Like a tumour, a cancer,
Like a disease, an affliction,
Like a trap, a burning pit.About this Generalization the Ancients Elders said:
The substitution of the Object.
The transference of the Understanding.
The power of redirecting thought - these
Are the Insights following real Reflection.
Defining both to be Alike.
By inference from that same object,
Intent on Ending all - these are insights
into the characteristics of Decay & Fall.
Having reflected on an object,
One contemplates dissolution of that thought,
Appearance then as Empty - this
Is Insight into higher Understanding. Clever in the three Contemplations:
(arising, fall, dissolution of all phenomena)
And in the fourfold Insight too.
Skilled in the three Appearances:
(transient, pain & non-self are all states)
The various diverse views cannot shake him.
With view of what is Present purified.
He infers the past & future to be alike.
He knows that all constructions disappear
Like a dew drop in the morning sun.
The clusters of clinging cease & nothing else ever were.
The breakup of these groups is known as Death.
He observes their continual decay unwaveringly
As one who drill a hole in a jewel with a diamond!Visuddhimagga-Magga (The Path of Purification) XXI
As the expert drilling a jewel with a diamond tool only pays
attention to the hole and not to the colour of the jewel,
so do the meditator too, wisely keep his mind fixed & focused
on the Ceaseless Dissolution of all conditioned constructions
and not on the constructions ( mental formations) themselves.Visuddhimagga-Magga
And he who regards the World
as one who watches a bubble,
as one views a mirror image,
is unseen by Death - the King. Dhammapada 170.
When one sees the dissolution of reflection on causes & conditions,
this thinking in itself being an construction - a mental formation -
the ancients elders (poranas) said
He sees with insight both the known & the knowledge.
Knowledge is what is known &
understanding is the act of understanding that.
Seeing with insight is always seeing it as it really is:
Impermanent, miserable & impersonal. Be careful. The World is a Trap of Transience! Trapped by Transience...Inevitable is the Dissolution of All Phenomena!http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Trap.htm