Ahetuka Cittas - A twofold feeling

The arahat, when he experiences an unpleasant object or a pleasant object through the bodysense, has painful bodily feeling or pleasant bodily feeling arising with the ahetuka vipākacitta which is body-consciousness, but he has no akusala cittas or kusala cittas after the vipākacitta; instead he has kiriyācittas (''inoperative cittas''). We read in the Kindred Sayings (IV, Salāyatana-vagga,, Kindred Sayings about Feeling, Book I, par.6) that the Buddha said to the monks:


'The untaught manyfolk, monks,

feels feeling that is pleasant,

feeling that is painful

and feeling that is neutral.

The well-taught Ariyan disciple, monks,

feels the same three feelings. ' 


Now herein, monks,

what is the distinction,

what is the specific feature,

what is the difference between the well-taught Ariyan disciple

and the untaught manyfolk?'


'For us, lord, things are rooted in the Exalted One....' 


'The untaught manyfolk, monks,

being touched by feeling that is painful, 

  weeps and wails, cries aloud,

knocks the breast, falls into utter bewilderment.

For he feels a twofold feeling, bodily and mental   

…Touched by that painful feeling he feels repugnance for it.

Feeling that repugnance for the painful feeling,

the lurking tendency to repugnance fastens on him.

Touched by the painful feeling,

he delights in pleasant feeling.

Why so?The untaught manyfolk, monks,

knows of no refuge from painful feeling save sensual pleasure. 


Delighting in that sensual pleasure,

the lurking tendency to sensual pleasure fastens on him....'

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