villkorkarma wrote:Because the Sotapatti-magga, had been attained thus, the mind continuum of the Bodhisatta was completely rid of the three defilements, namely sakkaya ditthi* Vicikiccha** and Silabbataparamasa***. These defilements would never rise again in the Bodhisatta's mind continuum.
This quote may be creating some confusion. On the night of his Enlightenment, the Bodhisatta attained all four of the Noble Paths in rapid succession. The citta of the Path moment is immediately followed by the Fruition moment, without any delay (akāliko).
Then he attained the Paths of Once-returning, Non-returning, and Arahantship in rapid succession. A moment of consciousness (citta)
is incredibly brief, not even a millisecond or microsecond.
After attaining each stage of the Path, an ordinary disciple of the Buddha may stay at that stage for days, weeks, months, years, or for the remainder of his/her lifespan. They can develop concentration, and learn to attain Fruition for longer and longer periods, or they can strive for the higher Paths.
Or, a Stream-winner might not do either, and might return to household life and get caught up somewhat in worldly activities. However heedless they might be, they will not be reborn any more than seven times at the most.
In the case of the Bodhisatta, he had already fully developed concentration before sitting down on the eve of his Enlightenment. He had no need of further development before attaining Arahantship.