80. A scolding

There were times when Luang Pu seemed almost annoyed with people who, having hardly meditated at all, asked him how to push things along so that they could see results right away.

He would scold them,

“We practice for the purpose of restraint, for the purpose of abandoning, for the purpose of unraveling our desires, for the purpose of putting an end to suffering, not for the purpose of seeing heavenly mansions. We don’t even make it our goal to see nibbāna. Just keep on practicing calmly without wanting to see anything at all. After all, nibbāna is something empty, without shape. There’s no foundation to it, and nothing to which it can be compared. Only if you keep at the practice will you know for yourself.”