It seems to explain the sensation of first jhana when you absorb into suffering and begin to burn up your defilements. If you look on the surface the sensations associated with unpleasant are there if you look deeper they break apart.Zom wrote: ↑Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:10 pmBut still much better (closer) than any other meaning, like, I don't know - falling into waterThanissaro said it's related to the verb jayati (spelling?) Which means to burn steadily, and used to be used to describe the steady flame of an oil lamp. This doesn't seem so much like bright visual lights when described that way.
At this point there is no aversion to these sensation but in order to have proper samadhi you must not crave for this subtler state.
At this point you can sit for longer periods without craving and aversion and you make progress on the path.
You can also continuously reach this state but have craving to this state you can also sit for long periods of time but you are increasing your craving and not progressing on the path.
With proper samadhi there is awareness with balance and calm, with this one can move into subtler states 2-3-4thjhanas but same rules apply if there is craving you are not burning up your defilements.