Ahetuka Cittas which are Unknown in Daily Life - Mano-dvaravajjana-citta II

The cittas arising in a sense-door process which experience a sense object

such as colour or sound, arise and fall away, succeeding one another. When

the sense-door process of cittas is finished, the sense object experienced by

those cittas has also fallen away. Cittas arise and fall away extremely rapidly

and very shortly after the sense-door process is finished, a mind-door process

of cittas starts, which experience the sense object which has just fallen away.

Although it has fallen away, it can be object of cittas arising in a mind-door

process. The mano-dvārāvajjana-citta is the first citta of the mind-door

process, it adverts through the mind-door to the object which has just fallen

away. In the sense-door process the pañca-dvārāvajjana-citta adverts to the

object which has not fallen away yet. For example, it adverts to visible object

or sound which is still impinging on the appropriate sense-door. The mano-

dvārāvajjana-citta which arises in the mind-door process, however, can

experience an object which has fallen away already. It adverts, for example,

to visible object which has been experienced through the eye-door or to

sound which has been experienced through the ear-door. After the mano-

dvārāvajjana-citta has adverted to the object it is succeeded by either kusala

cittas or akusala cittas (in the case of non-arahats), which experience that

same object. The mano-dvārāvajjana-citta is neither akusala citta nor kusala

citta; it is kiriyācitta. It depends on one's accumulations by which types of

cittas the mano-dvārāvajjana-citta is succeeded: by akusala cittas or by

kusala cittas. All cittas arise because of their own conditions; they are anattā,

not a person, not self.

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