Abhidhamma View : Concepts & Mind-and-Matter for Mind
[Presented by Dr.Tep Sastri @ SariputtaDhamma/JTN/Mult]
CMA VIII, p. 315-316:
In two ways concepts and mind-and-matter are conditions for mind --namely, by way of object and decisive support.
Therein, object is sixfold as visible form, etc. But decisive support is threefold, namely, object decisive support, proximity decisive support, and natural decisive support. Of them, the object itself when it becomes prominent serves as object decisive support. Consciousness and mental factors that immediately cease, act as the proximity decisive support. The natural decisive support is of many kinds: states of lust, etc., states of faith, etc., pleasure, pain, individuals, food, season, lodgings --(all such things) internal and external, as the case may be, are conditions for wholesome states, etc. Kamma, too, is similarly a condition for its results.
Object condition is a condition where a conditioning state, as object, causes other states, the conditioned states, to arise taking it as their object. The six classes of objects [visible form-, sound-, smell-, taste-, tangible-, and mental-object] are the conditioning states in this relation, the coresponding cittas and cetasikas are the conditioned states.
Decisive support condition: Of the three types of this condition:
(i) Object decisive support (aaramma.nuupanissaya) is a condition where the conditioning state is an exceptionally desirable or important object which causes the conditioned states, the mental phenomena that apprehend it, to arise in strong dependence on it.
(ii) Proximity decisive support (anantaruupanissaya) is identical with proximity condition with respect to the conditioning and conditioned states, but differs from it slightly in the forces of the conditions. Proximity is the force that causes the succeeding mental states to arise immediately after the preceding states have ceased; proximity decisive support is the force which causes the succeeding states to arise because they are strongly dependent on the ceasing of the preceding states.
(iii) Natural decisive support (pakatuupanissaya) is a wide relation that includes as the conditioning states all past mental or material phenomena that become strongly efficacious for the arising, at a subsequent time, of the conditioned states, which are subsequent cittas and cetasikas. For example, prior lust may be a natural decisive support condition for the volition of killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, etc.; prior faith for the volitions of giving alms, undertaking precepts, and practicing meditation; the gaining of health for happiness and energy, the onset of sickness for sorrow and torpor, etc.
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