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Abhidhamma View : The Arahant - Dhamma Wheel
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Abhidhamma View : The Arahant [Presented by Dr.Tep Sastri @sariputtadhamma/JTN]
CMA IX, p. 362-363:
Having developed the Path of Arahantship, with the total abandonment of defilements one becomes an Arahant, a destroyer of the taints, a supreme recipient of offerings in the world.
The five fetters abandoned by the first three paths are called the lower fetters (orambhaagiya- sa.myojana) because they bind beings to the lower world, the sensuous plane of existence. One who has eradicated them, the non-returner, no longer returns to the sensuous plane, but he is still bound to the round of existence by the five higher fetters (uddhambhaagiya-sa.myojana). With the attainment of the path of Arahantship, these five higher fetters are also eradicated: desire for fine-material existence, desire for immaterial existence, conceit, restlesness, and ignorance. The fourth path also destroys the remaining two taints --the taint of attachment to existence and the taint of ignorance --for which reason the Arahant is called a "destroyer of the taints" (khii.naasava). The path of Arahantship eradicates, too, the remaining unwholesome cetasikas left unabandoned by the earlier paths: delusion, shamelessness, fearlessness of wrongdoing, restlessness, conceit, sloth and torpor. .......... It is amazing to me to know that the lower ariyans (the stream-enterer, the once-returner, the non- returner) still have "shamelessness" and "fearlessness" of wrongdoing! ************* Love Buddha's dhamma, yawares/sirikanya