Abhidhamma View : Conascence and Mutuality
[Presented by Dr.Tep Sastri @ SariputtaDhamma/JTN/Mult]
CMA VIII, p. 317-318:
Conascence condition is a condition where a conditioning state, on arising, causes the conditioned states to arise simultaneously with itself. This is compared tot he flame of a lamp which, on arising, causes the light, colour, and heat to arise along with it. This condition may be divided into three types, as it is done in the above text, or it may be more finely divided into five types: (i) each mental state --citta or cetasika-- for the associated mental states; (ii) each mental state for the conascent material phenomena; (iii) each of the four great essentials for the other three great essentails; (iv) each of the four great essentials for derived material phenomena; and (v) at the moment of rebirth-linking, the heart-base for the resultant mental states, and the latter in turn for the heart-base.
The mutuality is threefold: consciousness and mental factors are a condition for one another; the four great essentials for one another; the heart-base and the resultant (mental aggregates) for one another at the moment of rebirth-linking.
Mutuality condition is actually a subordinate type of conascence condition. In the general conascence condition, the conditioning state simply causes the conditioned states to arise together with itself, but no reciprocity in the conditioning force is required. However, in the mutuality condition each of the conditioning states is, at the same time and in the same way, a conditioned state in relation to the very states that it conditions. Thus a conditioning state in the relation of mutuality gives its force to the conditioned state and also receives the force of the conditioned state, which is a conditioning state relative to itself. This is compared to a tripod, each leg of which assists the other two legs reciprocally in enabling the tripod to stand upright.
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