Nanda Thera’s Inability to Concentrate
When Nanda, the young prince, was about to marry Janapada Kalyani, Buddha took him to the monastery and ordained him a bhikkhu. He was so distracted that he could not concentrate on the Dhamma, his mind wandering back often to Princess Janapada Kalyani. In this story, Prince Nanda’s state of mind which is unable to concentrate on Dhamma is a good example of uddhacca.
The Feeble Power of Uddhacca
Uddhacca is the inability to concentrate on any object steadfastly. Being distracted, one’s mind wanders from this object to that object. Although uddhacca is akusala, of unwholesome nature, because of it does no evil deeds effectively, it has no power to throw one into apayas, (the four woeful abodes), as greed, hatred and delusion do. But it is one of the obstacles in practicing meditation for meditator, yogi.
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Title- 14 Wholesome Mental Factors That Influence The Mind (Kusala Cetasikas)
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