Abhidhamma Series no. 12. Feelings (Part 2).
- Dear friends,
no. 12. Feelings (Part 2).
Domanassa, unhappy feeling, arises only with cittas of the jaati
which is akusala; it always arises with dosa-muula-citta, citta
rooted in aversion, it does not arise with lobha-muula-citta, citta
rooted in attachment, nor with moha-muula-citta, citta rooted in
When we see someone else suffer, we have compassion and want to
help him. However, kusala cittas and akusala cittas arise closely one
after the other. We may be sad because of someone else�s suffering
and then akusala citta rooted in dosa, aversion, arises. At such a
moment there is no compassion, but we may not notice this.
Upekkhaa, indifferent feeling, is different from somanassa and from
domanassa; it is neither happy nor unhappy. Upekkhaa can arise with
cittas of all four jaatis, but it does not arise with every citta.
Indifferent feeling can accompany lobha-muula-citta.When we walk or
when we get hold of different things we use in our daily life, such
as a pen or a book, there is bound to be clinging even when we do not
feel particularly glad. We cling to life and we want to go on living
and receiving sense-impressions.
Seeing, hearing, smelling and tasting which are vipaakacittas
experiencing a pleasant or unpleasant object, are always accompanied
by indifferent feeling. Often it is not known whether the object
experienced by these cittas was pleasant or unpleasant, they fall
away immediately. When a pleasant or unpleasant tangible ob- ject is
experienced through the bodysense, the body-consciousness, which is
vipaakacitta, is not accompanied by indifferent feeling but by
pleasant bodily feeling or by painful bodily feeling. The impact of
tangible object on the bodysense is more intense than the impact of
the other sense objects on the corresponding senses.
Pleasant bodily feeling and painful bodily feeling are naama. We can
call them 'bodily feeling' because they are conditioned by impact on
the bodysense. When, for example, temperature which is just the right
amount of heat or cold impinges on the bodysernse the body-
consciousness which experiences it is accompanied by pleasant bodiIy
feeling. Body-consciousness is vipaakacitta and in this case kusala
vipaakacitta. When it experiences a pleasant object, it is the result
of kusala kamma, a wholesome deed, and when it experiences an
unpleasant object, it is the result of akusala kamma, an unwholesome
We attach great importance to feeling, we let ourselves be carried away
by the feelings which arise on account of pleasant or unpleasant ob
experience through the senses. The Buddha classified feeling as a
separate khandha because people cling very much to feeling. We are
enslaved to our feelings, but they are only realities which arise
because of the appropriate conditions and do not last.
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