thanks for that clarification.
I just said what I said because I have personally found that the old way I used to look at 'concentration' actually hindered me from attaining anything even near serenity. I have found that Ajahn Brahm is correct (he is speaking from sutta, of course, so it is actually the Buddha
who is correct! - but sometimes we need the meaning of sutta explained in more detail): he describes the jhanas as 'states of letting go', and I find the idea of progressively letting go of baggage - first the gross, then more and more subtle stuff - a very appealing and useful perspective. It helps me to ease into samatha practice, to relax,
rather than to strain like I used to (I was mentally
straining, not physically, but still...). As I said, there are those accomplished in jhana here, but I'm not one of them...I'm just a guy trying to learn to calm his mind lol...
Thanks again for your insights regarding the practice, especially the reminder about the need for the five balas
in getting past the hindrances. Got to cultivate those...
May all of us here be able to enter upon jhanas, for the sake of penetrative insight!