Abhidhamma View : The Feeling Aggregate
[Presented by Dr.Tep Sastri @ sariputtadhamma/JTN/Triplegem]
Vism. p. 466- 468:
125. Now, it was said above, Whatever has the characteristic of being felt should be understood, all taken together, as the feeling aggregate (Â§81). And here too, what is said to have the characteristic of being felt is feeling itself, according as it is said, It is felt, friend, that is why it is called feeling (M I 293).
126. But though it is singlefold according to its individual essence as the characteristic of being felt, it is nevertheless threefold as to kind, that is to say, profitable, unprofitable, and indeterminate. Herein, it should be understood that when associated with the profitable consciousness described in the way beginning (1)-(8) That of the sense sphere is eight-fold, being classified according to joy, equanimity, knowledge, and prompting (Â§83), it is profitable; that associated with unprofitable consciousness is unprofitable; that associated with indeterminate consciousness is indeterminate.
127. It is fivefold according to the analysis of its individual essence into [bodily] pleasure, [bodily] pain, [mental] joy, [mental] grief, and equanimity. Herein, pleasure is associated with profitable resultant body-consciousness (38) and pain with unprofitable resultant body-consciousness (54). Joy is associated with 62 kinds of consciousness, namely, as to sense sphere, with 4 kinds of profitable (1)-(4), with 4 resultant with root-cause (42)-(45), with 1 resultant without root-cause (40), with 4 functional with root-cause (73)-(76), with 1 functional without root-cause (72), and with 4 unprofitable (22)-(25); and as to the fine-material-sphere, with 4 kinds of profitable (9)-(12), 4 resultant (57)-(60), and 4 functional (81)-"(84), leaving out that of the fifth jhaana in each case; but there is no supramundane without jhaana and consequently the [eight] kinds of supramundane (18)-(21) and (66)-(69) multiplied by the five jhaana make forty; but leaving out the eight associated with the fifth jhaana, it is associated with the remaining 32 kinds of profitable resultant. Grief is associated with two kinds of unprofitable (30)-(31). Equanimity is associated with the remaining fifty-five kinds of consciousness.
128. Herein, pleasure has the characteristic of experiencing a desirable tangible datum. Its function is to intensify associated states. It is manifested as bodily enjoyment. Its proximate cause is the body faculty.
Pain has the characteristic of experiencing an undesirable tangible datum. Its function is to wither associated states. It is manifested as bodily affliction. Its proximate cause is the body faculty.
Joy has the characteristic of experiencing a desirable object. Its function is to exploit in one way or another the desirable aspect. It is manifested as mental enjoyment. Its proximate cause is tranquillity.
Grief has the characteristic of experiencing an undesirable object. Its function is to exploit in one way or another the undesirable aspect. It is manifested as mental affliction. Its proximate cause is invariably the heart-basis.
Equanimity has the characteristic of being felt as neutral. Its function is not to intensify or wither associated states much. It is manifested as peacefulness. Its proximate cause is consciousness without happiness.
This is the section of the detailed explanation dealing with the feeling aggregate.
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