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Whenever You Want To Do A Mental Action

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“Whenever you want to do a mental action, you should reflect on it: ‘This mental action I want to do ā€” would it lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both? Would it be an unskillful mental action, with painful consequences, painful results?’ If, on reflection, you know that it would lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both; it would be an unskillful mental action with painful consequences, painful results, then any mental action of that sort is absolutely unfit for you to do. But if on reflection you know that it would not cause affliction… it would be a skillful mental action with pleasant consequences, pleasant results, then any mental action of that sort is fit for you to do.”

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.061.than.html

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