Often we tend to focus on being mindful and aware of unwholesome mind states & what has gone wrong e.g. that our mind has become distracted.

But this sutta passage highlights the importance of being aware when we are NOT distracted, when we ARE mindful, when one’s mind is pure, clean, and without defilements (even if temporarily)!

“Take the case of the person who doesn’t have a blemish but does not understand it. You can expect that they will focus on the feature of beauty, and because of that, lust will infect their mind. And they will die with greed, hate, and delusion, blemished, with a corrupted mind.

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Suppose a bronze dish was brought from a shop or smithy clean and bright. And the owners neither used it or had it cleaned, but kept it in a dirty place. Over time, wouldn’t that bronze dish get dirtier and more stained?”

“Yes, reverend.”
“In the same way, take the case of the person who has no blemish and does not understand it. You can expect that … they will die with a corrupted mind”

English translation of Pali: https://suttacentral.net/mn5/en/sujato


Chinese: https://suttacentral.net/ma87/lzh/taisho