Once venerable Mahāmoggallāna was dozing seated in the Kallavalaputta village in Magadha. The Blessed One appeared before venerable Mahāmoggallāna and preached:

  1. “Moggallāna, you should not abide in that perception, abiding in which you were overcome by that sluggishness. You should not attend and abide in that perception much. There is a possibility for that sluggishness to disappear if you abide thus.
  2. Abiding in this manner if that sluggishness does not disappear, you should think and discriminatingly think about the Teaching (Dhamma) as you have heard and experience it with the mind. There is a possibility for that sluggishness to disappear if you abide thus.
  3. Abiding in this manner if that sluggishness does not disappear, you should recite in detail the Teaching as you have heard and experience it. There is a possibility for that sluggishness to disappear if you abide thus.
  4. Abiding in this manner if that sluggishness does not disappear, you should pull both ears and rub the legs with both hands. There is a possibility for that sluggishness to disappear if you abide thus.
  5. Abiding in this manner if that sluggishness does not disappear, you should get up from the seat, wash your eyes, look in the directions and should look at the constellation of stars. There is a possibility for that sluggishness to disappear if you abide thus.
  6. Abiding in this manner if that sluggishness does not disappear, you should attend to the sign of light – attend to the perception of day- as the day, so the night -as the night so the day. Thus open and uncovered the mind should be developed. There is a possibility for that sluggishness to disappear if you abide thus.
  7. Abiding in this manner if that sluggishness does not disappear, you should determine a walk perceiving the start and the end with the mental faculties turned inwards and the mind not allowed to wander. There is a possibility for that sluggishness to disappear if you abide thus.

Abiding in this manner if that sluggishness does not disappear, you should turn to the right side and making the lion’s posture, go to sleep keeping one foot over the other and mindful of the time of rising. When awake quickly get out of bed thinking I will not enjoy the sluggish pleasure.

May all beings be well and happy and attain the fruits of Nibbana.

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