Abhidhamma View: Consciousness
[Presented by Dr.Tep Sastri @ sariputtadhamma/JTN]
Vism. p. 457 -460 (excerpt):
87. I. C. That of the immaterial sphere is fourfold by association with the four immaterial states; for (boundless space) the first is associated with the jhaana of the base consisting of boundless space in the way aforesaid, while the second, third, and fourth (boundless consciousness, nothingness, neither-perception-nor-non-perception), are [respectively] associated with those of the base consisting of boundless consciousness, and so on.
88. I. D. The supramundane is fourfold (stream-entry, ..., arahantship) by association with the four paths.
89. II. The unprofitable is one kind according to plane, being only of the sense sphere. It is of three kinds according to root, as (a) rooted in greed, (b) rooted in hate, and (c) rooted in delusion.
91 - 93. .... that rooted in greed should be understood as of eight kinds (accompanied by joy, asso. with views, unprompted; ... accompanied by joy, asso. with views, prompted), being classed according to joy, equanimity, [false] view and prompting. ... that rooted in hate is of two kinds: being accompanied by grief and associated with resentment, it is either prompted or unprompted. It should be understood to occur at the times when [consciousness] is either keen [if unprompted] or sluggish [if prompted] in the killing of living things, and so on. ... That rooted in delusion is of two kinds: being accompanied by equanimity, it is either associated-with uncertainty or associated with agitation. It should be understood to occur at the time of indecision or of distraction. So unprofitable consciousness is of twelve kinds.
94. III. The indeterminate is of two kinds: (i) resultant and (ii) functional. Herein, III.i. resultant is of four kinds according to plane; namely, (A) of the sense sphere, (B) of the fine-material sphere, (C) of the immaterial sphere, and (D) supramundane. Herein, III.i. A. that of the sense sphere is of two kinds, namely, (a) profitable result and (b) unprofitable result. And III.i.A. (a) the profitable resultant is of two kinds, namely, (1) without root-cause and (2) with root-cause.
95. III. i. A. (a) i. Herein, that without root-cause is that devoid of non-greed, etc., as the cause of result. It is of eight kinds as eye-consciousness, ear-, nose-, tongue-, and body-consciousness, mind-element with the function of receiving, the two mind-consciousness-elements with the functions of investigating, and so on.
96. Herein, eye-consciousness has the characteristic of being supported by the eye and cognizing visible data. Its function is to have only visible data as its object. It is manifested as occupation with visible data. Its proximate cause is the departure of the functional mind-element that has visible data as its object. Ear-, nose-, tongue-, and body-consciousness [respectively] have the characteristic of being supported by the ear, etc., and of cognizing sounds, and so on. Their functions are to have only sounds, etc., as their [respective] objects. They are manifested as occupation with [respectively] sounds, and so on. Their proximate cause is the departure of the functional mind-element that has [respectively] sounds, etc., as its object.
97. [The resultant] mind-element has the characteristic of cognizing [respectively] visible data, etc., immediately next to eye-consciousness, and so on. Its function is to receive visible data, and so on. It is manifested as the state [of receiving] corresponding to that [last-mentioned function]. Its proximate cause is the departure of eye-consciousness, and so on. Also the twofold resultant mind-consciousness-element without rootcause with the function of investigating, etc., has as its characteristic the cognizing of the six kinds of objects. Its function is that of investigating, and so on. It is manifested as the state [of investigating] corresponding to that [lastmentioned function]. Its proximate cause is the heart-basis.
98. But it is classed according to its association with joy or with equanimity, and according to its being divisible into that with two positions and that with five positions [in the cognitive series]. For of these, one is associated with joy because of its presence when entirely desirable objects occur; and it has two positions [in the cognitive series] because it occurs as investigating at the five doors and as registration at the end of impulsion. The other kind is associated-with-equanimity because of its presence when desirable-neutral objects occur, and it has five positions since it occurs as investigation, registration, rebirth-linking, life-continuum, and death.
99. And this eightfold resultant consciousness without root-cause is of two kinds as well because of having an invariable object and a variable object. It is of three kinds as classed according to [bodily] pleasure, [mental] joy, and equanimity. For (eye-, ..., body-consciousness) the five consciousnesses have each an invariable object since they occur respectively only with respect to visible data, and so on. The others (mind- and mind-consciousness elements) have a variable object. For here the mind-element occurs with respect to the five beginning with visible data, and the two mind-consciousness-elements occur with respect to [all] six. Here, however, body-consciousness is associated with [bodily] pleasure. The mind-consciousness-element with two positions is associated with [mental] joy; the other (mind-consciousness element) is associated with equanimity. So firstly, the profitable resultant without root-cause should be understood as of eight kinds.
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