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Abhidhamma View: Kamma by Time of Ripening
[Presented by Dr.Tep Sastri@ SD/JTN/Mult] Four kinds of kamma that take effect with respect time are the focus of this post.
CMA V, p. 205:
Immediately effective (di.t.thadhammavedaniiya) kamma is kamma which, if it is to ripen, must yield its results in the same existence in which it is performed; otherwise, if it doesn't meet the opportunity to ripen in the same existence, it becomes defunct. According to the Abhidhamma, of the seven javanas in a javana process, the first javana moment, being the weakest of all, generates immediately effective kamma.
[Note: the seven javanas are in the cognitive process which, immediately following the determining stage, run swiftly over the object in the act of apprehending it. Wholesome and unwholesome cittas originate at this point. CMA p. 124]Subsequently effective(upapajjavedaniiya) kamma is kamma which, if it is to ripen, must yield its results in the existence immediately following that in which it is performed; otherwise it becomes defunct. This type of kamma is generated by the last javana moment in a javana process, which is the second weakest in the series.Indefinitely effective(aparaapariyavedaniiya) kamma is kamma which can ripen at any time from the second future existence onwards, whenever it gains an opportunity to produce results. This kamma, generated by the five intermediate javana moments of a cognitive process, never become defunct so long as the round of rebirths continues. No one, not even a Buddha or an Arahant, is exempt from experiencing the results of indefinitely effective kamma.Defunct(ahosi) kamma: This term does not designate a special class of kamma, but applies to kamma that was due to ripen in either the present existence or the next existence but did not meet conditions conducive to its maturation. In the case of Arahants, all their accumulated kamma from the past which was due to ripen in future lives becomes defunct with their final passing away.
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