Attention, attention

Greed is less blamable
but hard to remove.

Hatred is more blamable
but easier to remove

Delusion is very blamable
and hard to remove.

What is the cause and reason for
the arising of unarisen greed,
for the increase and strengthening of arisen greed?

An attractive object;
for one who attends improperly to an attractive object,
unarisen greed will arise and
arisen greed will increase and become strong.

What is the cause and reason for
the arising of unarisen hatred,
for the increase and strengthening of arisen hatred?

A repulsive object;
for one who attends improperly to a repulsive object,
unarisen hatred will arise and
arisen hatred will increase and become strong.

What is the cause and reason for
the arising of unarisen delusion,
for the increase and strengthening of arisen delusion?

Improper attention.
For one who attends improperly to things,
unarisen delusion will arise and
arisen delusion will increase and become strong.

What is the cause and reason for
the non-arising of unarisen greed,
the abandoning of arisen greed?

Foulness in the object;
for one who attends properly to foulness in the object,
unarisen greed will not arise and
arisen greed will be abandoned.

What is the cause and reason for
the non-arising of hatred,
the abandoning of arisen hatred?

The liberation of the mind by loving-kindness;
for one who attends properly to the liberation of the mind by loving-kindness,
unarisen hatred will not arise and
arisen hatred will be abandoned.

What is the cause and reason for
the non-arising of unarisen delusion,
the abandoning of arisen delusion?

Proper attention.
For one who applies proper attention,
unarisen delusion will not arise and
arisen delusion will be abandoned.

Titthiya Sutta
Book of Threes, Anguttara Nikaya

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