☸4nt → 8aam #6: Sammā Vāyāmo
☸8aam #6: Sammā Vāyāmo 🏹
The elephant is sati. Always remembers what he needs to do, never forgets. The rider, Indra, represents the wise gate keeper from AN 7.67, the frontier fortress. The 3 demons opposing the good guys represent the 3am (akusala mula), raga, dosa, moha. Viriya, right effort, right exertion (4pd), viriya-indriya and bala, are for the most part equivalent. They are the army from AN 7.67, armed with the Dhamma weapons, fighting against 5niv, 3am, etc. Viriya, Vigor, vitaliy, virility, derive from the same ancient roots. They are 'heroic' (think hero pose from hatha yoga, and the 'vi' from viagra). They are the motor, the energy, the driving force for all good actions.
viriya: vigor/vitality/virility. Its role in right effort, viriya-indiriya (faculty), and viriya-bojjhanga (awakening factor)
SN 21.3 āraddha-vīriyo (aroused-vigor) = let my flesh and blood dry up...
Kittāvatā nu kho, bhante, āraddhavīriyo hotī’ti?
How is an energetic person defined?’
Evaṃ vutte, maṃ, āvuso, bhagavā etadavoca:
When I said this, the Buddha said:
‘idha, moggallāna, bhikkhu āraddhavīriyo viharati—
‘Moggallāna, it’s when a mendicant lives with energy roused up:
kāmaṃ taco ca nhāru ca aṭṭhi ca avasissatu, sarīre upassussatu maṃsalohitaṃ, yaṃ taṃ purisathāmena purisavīriyena purisaparakkamena pattabbaṃ na taṃ apāpuṇitvā vīriyassa saṇṭhānaṃ bhavissatīti.
“Gladly, let only skin, sinews, and bones remain! Let the flesh and blood waste away in my body! I will not stop trying until I have achieved what is possible by manly strength, energy, and vigor.”