What is the Sabbāsava Sutta all about in a nutshell?
This particular sutta comes back with Vigatha Parilaha. Vigatha is like grasping, taking, which I’ve been translating as tension.
At the core of the teaching, these mental distractions and bodily tension, come hand in hand all the time; when there is a distraction in the mind, there is tension somewhere, whether it’s gross in the body, or whether it’s just felt in the mind more. There is always this tension arising, and therefore we saw all these different ways that these distractions arise. If we boil it down to one thing; tension, bodily and mental tension. When we see this, we see the first Noble Truth. When we see that tension, we can let it go.
[Person asking the question]
And smile, yes of course. I was trying to keep it very short here. Of course, there’s a few things that could be said but yes, smiling. And whatever your vehicle of awareness is, whether you are with the metta, the Compassion, Joy, Equanimity, the still mind, or any of the Satipaṭṭhānas. Smiling, joy, this will help you see the tension.