1. Did Sariputta discern the mental qualities in the order listed?
2. Did he discern each of them arise, remain and subside before discerning the next one.
3. Is each mental quality dependant on the one before (hence "One after Another")?
4. aren't "Rapture" and "Pleasure" the same thing as "feeling"? if so, why is the generic mental quality of "feeling" listed after the specific mental qualities of "Rapture" and "pleasure"
from MN 111 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
The Blessed One said, "Monks, Sariputta is wise, of great discernment, deep discernment, wide... joyous... rapid... quick... penetrating discernment. For half a month, Sariputta clearly saw insight into mental qualities one after another. This is what occurred to Sariputta through insight into mental qualities one after another:
"There was the case where Sariputta — quite secluded from sensuality, secluded from unskillful qualities — entered & remained in the first jhana: rapture & pleasure born of seclusion, accompanied by directed thought & evaluation. Whatever qualities there are in the first jhana — directed thought, evaluation, rapture, pleasure, singleness of mind, contact, feeling, perception, intention, consciousness, desire, decision, persistence, mindfulness, equanimity, & attention — he ferreted them out one after another. Known to him they arose, known to him they remained, known to him they subsided. He discerned, 'So this is how these qualities, not having been, come into play. Having been, they vanish.' He remained unattracted & unrepelled with regard to those qualities, independent, detached, released, dissociated, with an awareness rid of barriers. He discerned that 'There is a further escape,' and pursuing it there really was for him.
Many thanks and much respect