“EKAGGATA: ONE-POINTEDNESS OF ATTENTION: “Focused and Fearless”

  
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The fifth jhanic factor, ekaggata, describes the capacity of mind to remain focused and one-pointed with a chosen object.
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Ekaggata’s characteristic quality is to lock on to the chosen object with an intimacy that rivets the attention, stills the mind, and settles into unwavering focus.
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The connection is so steady there is no impetus to wander.
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This singularity of attention does not diverge; it is not lured from its meditation subject by the seductive force of desire, lust, or craving.
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It is not thrown off its focus by the rattling energies of restlessness.
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Although it is described in terms similar to the sustaining factor of vicara, ekaggata has a steadier texture; it does not possess the explorative quality inherent in vicara.
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Whereas vicara is compared to a bee entering a single flower and buzzing around in the pollen, ekaggata is compared to a nail or post that is anchored to one spot.
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Ekaggata brings certainty, deep stability, and clarity: its one-pointed focus completely unifies attention with the object until consciousness feels virtually undifferentiated from its object.
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Continued:
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My two cents: Be your breath, become your breath. Focus.
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