Functions of Tadarammana and Cuti - The last javana-cittas of a lifespan I



If one is not an arahat yet, there will be a patisandhi-citta succeeding the cuti-citta. Before the cuti-citta arises, there are only five javana-citta instead of seven and these are the last javana-cittas of that lifespan. If kusala kamma will produce the patisandhi-citta of the next life these last javana-cittas are kusala cittas and if akusala kamma will produce the patisandhi-citta of the next life they are akusala cittas. These javana-cittas can experience a pleasant or unpleasant object through one of the sense-doors or through the mind-door and this object is conditioned by the kamma which will produce the patisandhi-citta. One may remember previous kamma, or one may experience a sign or symbol of it, or else one may experience a sign or symbol of the place of one's rebirth. These javana-cittas may or may not be followed by t adārammana-cittas. The cuti-citta has only the function of being the dying- moment of that life. The cuti-citta is vipākacitta produced by the kamma which produced the patisandhi-citta and the bhavanga-cittas of the life which is just ending; it is of the same type as these cittas and it experiences the same object.

When the cuti-citta has fallen away the patisandhi-citta of the following life arises, which citta may be of a different type, depending on the kamma which produces it. This patisandhi-citta experiences the same object as the last javana-cittas arising before the cuti-citta of the previous life. The patisandhi- citta, all bhavanga-cittas and the cuti-citta of the next life experience that object.

The same types of citta which can perform the functions of patisandhi and bhavanga, can perform the function of cuti. Since there are nineteen types of citta which can perform the function of patisandhi and the function of bhavanga, there are nineteen types of citta which can perform the function of cuti.


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