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It said, ‘You’re so lazy! You know you should be practising. ’ 60 Ajahn Tha¯niya¯ I had this incredible feeling. ’ It was like catching Ma¯ra with his hands in the till. It was very important for me because I saw how merciless that voice is. There was I, unwell, having sat for many hours, and just going to have a cup of tea. This is what many of us are up against. So it’s very helpful, as we’re practising, to remember this. Ma¯ra is not going to let up when approached from any intention to placate.

I was raised to think, ‘It’s just an ant. ’ Now at one time, there was an anthill by the path on the way to the meditation hall; it was spilling over onto the path, so I had the bright idea to sweep it up – to move it slowly, gently, day by day. But the nature of bright ideas is that they can be totally disconnected from nature. When I started sweeping the base of the anthill, instantaneously, the whole anthill was on red alert and thousands of ants were charging towards me! I realised: ‘Well, what I did was rather insensitive.

Now at one time, there was an anthill by the path on the way to the meditation hall; it was spilling over onto the path, so I had the bright idea to sweep it up – to move it slowly, gently, day by day. But the nature of bright ideas is that they can be totally disconnected from nature. When I started sweeping the base of the anthill, instantaneously, the whole anthill was on red alert and thousands of ants were charging towards me! I realised: ‘Well, what I did was rather insensitive. After all, it’s their home, and who am I to say they’re not supposed to live here?

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