Maybe of interest.
"There are these ten fetters. Which ten? Five lower fetters & five higher fetters.
And which are the five lower fetters? Self-identity views, uncertainty, grasping at precepts & practices, sensual desire, & ill will. These are the five lower fetters.
And which are the five higher fetters? Passion for form, passion for what is formless, conceit, restlessness, & ignorance. These are the five higher fetters.
And these are the ten fetters."
MN 118: Mindfulness of Breathing:
"In this community of monks there are monks who, with the total ending of [the first] three fetters, are stream-winners
, steadfast, never again destined for states of woe, headed for self-awakening."
"In this community of monks there are monks who, with the total ending of [the first] three fetters, and with the attenuation of passion, aversion, & delusion, are once-returners
, who — on returning only one more time to this world — will make an ending to stress...
"In this community of monks there are monks who, with the total ending of the five lower fetters, are due to be reappear [in the Pure Abodes], there to be totally unbound, never again to return
from that world...
"In this community of monks there are monks who are arahants
, whose effluents are ended, who have reached fulfillment, done the task, laid down the burden, attained the true goal, totally destroyed the fetter of becoming, and who are released through right gnosis...
The Abhidhamma in Practice: under Nibbaana: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... l#nibbaana
.....We will recognize these sign-posts when the fetters that bind us are broken in succession. When the first three fetters — personality view, doubt, and clinging to mere rules and rituals — are broken one becomes a "stream enterer
" (sotaapanna), one who has entered the stream to nibbaana. The fetters, once broken, will never bind such a person again. This is the truth he knows without uncertainty. The stream-enterer will not be reborn in the four lower planes of existence. He will take rebirth seven times at the most, either in the human or heavenly planes.
When the next two fetters — sensuous craving and ill-will are attenuated, one becomes a "once-returner
" (sakadaagaamii), due to return only once to the sense sphere world and then attain nibbaana.
When all the lower five fetters are eradicated, the disciple becomes a "non-returner
" (anaagaami), who will never return to the sense sphere world but, after death, will be reborn in a pure divine abode and attain nibbaana there.
One who takes the next major step and eradicates the five higher fetters — desire for existence in fine material planes, desire for existence in the immaterial planes, conceit, restlessness, and ignorance — reaches the final goal. He is the arahant
, free from all future becoming.