The Stages of Vipassana - 3rd stage of vipassana nana - 2

Some people believe, when they consider nama and rupa and know that this nama is conditioned by that rupa and this rupa is conditioned by that nama, that the second stage of insight has already arisen, namely the direct understanding of conditionality (paccaya-pariggaha-nana). However, when the first stage of insight (nama-rupapariccheda-nana) has not arisen yet, the following stages of insight cannot arise either. When the first stage of insight has arisen, one will not erroneously believe that there is vipassana nana when there is no vipassana nana. When vipassana nana has arisen, one understands its nature of anatta. One realises that it has arisen because of the right conditions; one knows that the factors of the Eightfold Path were developed to such degree that that stage of insight could arise. Vipassana nana can only arise when the right conditions have been cultivated, that is, satipatthana which studies, investigates and notices the characteristics of nama and rupa as they naturally appear in daily life over and over again, so that panna can become keener.

Someone who does not even know the difference between the characteristics of nama and rupa may mistakenly believe that he has reached the third stage of insight, the stage of comprehension by groups (sammasana nana). He may think that he can experience the arising and falling away of namas, one after the other, and that that is the third stage of insight. However, if someone has not developed satipatthana and has not been aware of the characteristics of different kinds of nama that appear, he does not realise nama as the element which experiences. He may believe that he experiences the arising and falling away of nama, but he does not clearly know what nama is. He confuses nama and rupa, he does not know that nama is entirely different from rupa.

A person who is impatient wishes to have vipassana nana arise soon. He will try to do something other than being aware of the characteristics of nama and rupa that naturally appear and have arisen because of appropriate conditions. It is impossible to hasten the development of panna. Panna can only grow gradually and there is no other condition for its growth but the development of satipatthana in our ordinary daily lives. If someone tries to do something else he will go the wrong way and the wrong cause cannot bring the right result. If someone hopes for a quick result of his practice, it is the wrong path; he does not understand what the right Path is. Lobha-mula- citta accompanied by wrong view motivates the development of the wrong path and this will lead to the wrong release, not the right release that is freedom from defilements.

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