Functions of Citta in the Sense-Door Process and in the Mind-Door Process - Mano-dvārāvajjana-citta
The pañca-dvārāvajjana-citta is the 'forerunner' because it arises before pañca-viññānas (seeing, hearing, etc.). When it adverts to an object which has contacted the eye-sense, it adverts through the eye-door and it is eye-door-adverting-consciousness (cakkhudvārāvajjana-citta). When it adverts to an object which has contacted the ear-sense it is ear-door- adverting-consciousness (sota-dvārāvajjana-citta). The pañca- dvārāvajjana is named after the sense-door through which it adverts to the object. The pañca-dvārāvajjana arises countless times a day, but we do not notice it. Whenever there is seeing, the eye-door-adverting-consciousness (cakkhu-dvārāvajjana-citta) has adverted already to the visible object which has impinged on the eye-sense, and it has fallen away already. Whenever there is hearing or any one of the other pañca-viññānas, the pañca- dvārāvajjana-citta has adverted to the object already and it has fallen away already.

 

The pañca-dvārāvajjana-citta is succeeded by the other cittas of the sense-

door process which experience that same object. When that process is over,

the object is experienced through the mind-door. First there are bhavanga-

cittas and then the mano-dvārāvajjana-citta (mind-door-adverting-

consciousness) performs the function of āvajjana (adverting) through the

mind-door.

  Thus there are two kinds of citta which perform the function of adverting (āvajjana-kicca): the pañca-dvārāvajjana-citta adverts to the object through one of the five sense-doors and the mano-dvārāvajjana-citta adverts to the object through the mind-door. The mano-dvārāvajjana-citta is an ahetuka kiriyācitta; it is not accompanied by unwholesome roots (akusala hetus) or by beautiful roots (sobhana hetus). After it has adverted to the object it is followed by kusala cittas or by akusala cittas.

Topic ID  186
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