Abhidhamma View : Appearance of Signs
[Presented by Dr.Tep Sastri @ SariputtaDhamma/JTN/Mult]
CMA IX, p. 340-341:
When a beginner apprehends a particular sign from the earth disk, etc., that object is called the preliminary sign, and that meditation is called preliminary development (parikamma-bhaavanaa). When the sign has been thoroughly apprehended and enters into range of the mind door just as if it were seen by the eye, then it is called the learning sign(uggahanimitta), and that meditation becomes concentrated (bhaavanaa samaadhi).
When one is thus concentrated, one then applies oneself to meditation by means of that preliminary concentration based on that learning sign. As one does so, an object which is the counterpart of that (learning sign) becomes well established and fixed in the mind --(an object) which is freed of the flaws of the original object, reckoned as a concept, born of meditation. Then it is said that the counterpart sign has arisen.
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