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The third watch the Buddha achieved led to the ending of the asravas The asravas are what binds a person and keeps them ignorant The root of suffering is ignorance therefore the third watch had the largest impact on the Buddha By meditating on the dependant co-arising witch feeds the asrava the Buddha was able to unravel this pattern and achieve awakening In the Pali Sutta he reports When the mind was thus concentratedand attained to imperturbability I directed it to the knowledge of the ending of the asravas I discerened as it actually was that this is duhkhathis is the origination of duhkhaThis is the cessation of duhkhathis is the way leading to the cessation of duhkhaThese are the asravasThis is the origination of the asravasthis is the cessation of the asravasthis is the way leading to the cessation of the asravasRJ pg17 With knowledge of how the asravas worked and how they ended and consequently the effects the Buddha was able to release himself of the four asravas After the third watch the Buddha states Birth is ended the holy life fulfilled the task done There is nothing further for this world RJ pg 17 Although the Third watch lead to the awakening of the Buddha the first and second watch were as important as the third The first watch of the Buddha he attained the first cognition knowledge of his many thousands of lifetimes he had experience prior When the mind was thus concentrated purified bright unblemished rid of defilement pliant malleable steady and attained to imperturbability I directed it to the knowledge of recollecting my past livesRJ pg 15 There in the experiencing of his past lives the Buddha saw all that binded him and how conditioned his previous lives were Following each passing from each life he re-arose and began a new life with new asravas The second cognition the Buddha acquired was psychic vision During his second
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