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Abhidhamma View: Materiality Aggregate.

Postby yawares » Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:28 pm

Dear Members,

:candle: Abhidhamma View: Materiality Aggregate. :candle:
[Presented by Dr.Tep Sastri @ sariputtadhamma/JTN]

The Vism. order of presentation on the five aggregates is materiality and consciousness first, then feeling and perception. Formations aggregate is presented last.

Vism. p. 443 -447 (excerpt):

33. When it was said above the things classed as aggregates, bases, elements, faculties, truths, dependent origination, etc., are the soil, the aggregates here are the five aggregates, that is to say, the materiality aggregate, the feeling aggregate, the perception aggregate, the formations aggregate, and the consciousness aggregate.

34. Herein, all kinds of states whatsoever that have the characteristic of being molested (ruppana) by cold, etc., taken all together should be understood as the materiality (ruupa) aggregate. 1. That is of one kind with the characteristic of being molested. 2. It is also of two kinds when classed as (a) primary entity (bhuuta) and (b) derived [by clinging] (upaadaaya).

35. Herein (a) primary materiality is of four kinds as the earth element, water element, fire element, and air element. Their characteristic, function, and manifestation have been given under the definition of the four elements (XI.87, 93); but as to the proximate cause, each has the other three as its proximate cause.

36. (b) Derived materiality is of twenty-four kinds as eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, visible datum, sound, odour, flavour; femininity faculty, masculinity faculty, life faculty, heart-basis; bodily intimation, verbal intimation; space element; lightness of matter, malleability of matter, wieldiness of matter, growth of matter, continuity of matter, ageing of matter, impermanence of matter, and physical nutriment.

37. 1. Herein, the eye's characteristic is sensitivity of primary elements that is ready for the impact of visible data; or its characteristic is sensitivity of primary elements originated by kamma sourcing from desire to see. Its function is topick up [an object] among visible data. It is manifested as the footing of eye consciousness. Its proximate cause is primary elements born of kamma sourcing from desire to see.

38. 2. The ear's characteristic is sensitivity of primary elements that is ready for the impact of sounds; or its characteristic is sensitivity of primary elements originated by kamma sourcing from desire to hear. Its function is to pick up [an object] among sounds. It is manifested as the footing of ear-consciousness. Its proximate cause is primary elements born of kamma sourcing from desire to hear.

39. 3. The nose's characteristic is sensitivity of primary elements that is ready for the impact of odours; or its characteristic is sensitivity of primary elements originated by kamma sourcing from desire to smell. Its function is to pick up [an object] among odours. It is manifested as the footing of nose-consciousness. Its proximate cause is primary elements born of kamma sourcing from desire to smell.

40. 4. The tongue's characteristic is sensitivity of primary elements that is ready for the impact of flavours; or its characteristic is sensitivity of primary elements originated by kamma sourcing from desire to taste. Its function is to pick up [an object] among flavours. It is manifested as the footing of tongue-consciousness. Its proximate cause is primary elements born of kamma sourcing from desire to taste.

41. 5. The body's characteristic is sensitivity of primary elements that is ready for the impact of tangible data; or its characteristic is sensitivity of primary elements originated by kamma sourcing from desire to touch. Its function is to pick up [an object] among tangible data. It is manifested as the footing of bodyconsciousness. Its proximate cause is primary elements born of kamma sourcing from desire to touch.

54. 6. As regards visible data, etc., which come next, a visible datum has the characteristic of impinging on the eye. Its function is to be the objective field of eye-consciousness. It is manifested as the resort of that too. Its proximate cause is the four great primaries. And all the [following] kinds of derived materiality are the same as this. Where there is a difference we shall mention it. This [visible datum] is of various kinds as blue, yellow (Dhs §617) and so on.

55. 7. Sound has the characteristic of impinging on the ear. Its function is to be the object of ear-consciousness. It is manifested as the resort of that too. It is of various kinds as drum sound, tabour sound” (Dhs §621) and so on. 56. 8. Odour has the characteristic of impinging on the nose. Its function is to be the object of nose-consciousness. It is manifested as the resort of that too. It is of various kinds as root odour, heartwood odour (Dhs §625) and so on.

57. 9. Flavour has the characteristic of impinging on the tongue. Its function is to be the object of tongue-consciousness. It is manifested as the resort of that too. It is of various kinds as “root flavour, trunk flavour” (Dhs §629) and so on.

58. 10. The femininity faculty has the female sex as its characteristic. Its function is to show that “this is a female. It is manifested as the reason for the mark, sign, work, and ways of the female (cf. Dhs §633).

11. The masculinity faculty has the male sex as its characteristic. Its function is to show that “this is a male.” It is manifested as the reason for the mark, sign, work, and ways of the male (cf. Dhs §634).

59. 12. The life faculty has the characteristic of maintaining conascent kinds of matter. Its function is to make them occur. It is manifested in the establishing of their presence. Its proximate cause is primary elements that are to be sustained. And although it has the capacity consisting in the characteristic of maintaining, etc., yet it only maintains conascent kinds of matter at the moment of presence, as water does lotuses and so on.

60. 13. The heart-basis has the characteristic of being the (material) support for the mind-element and for the mind-consciousness-element. Its function is to observe them. It is manifested as the carrying of them. It is to be found in dependence on the blood, of the kind described in the treatise on mindfulness of the body (VIII.111), inside the heart. It is assisted by the primaries with their functions of upholding, etc.; it is consolidated by temperature, consciousness, and nutriment; it is maintained by life; and it serves as physical basis for the mind-element and mind-nsciousness element, and for the states associated with them.

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