By Ven. Narada Maha Thera (Translator)
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A stage is ultimately reached when he is able to visualise the object even with closed eyes. On this visualised image (Uggaha nimitta) he concentrates continuously until it develops into a conceptualised image (Pañibhàga nimitta). As an illustration let us take the Pathavi Kasiõa. A circle of about one span and four inches in diameter is made and the surface is covered with dawn-coloured clay and smoothed well. If there be not enough clay of the dawn colour, he may put in some other kind of clay beneath.
Then the Bhavaïga consciousness vibrates for one thought-moment and passes away. Thereupon the sense-door consciousness (Pa¤cadvàràvajjana) arises and ceases. At this stage the natural flow is checked and is turned towards the object. Immediately after there arises and ceases the eye-consciousness18 (Cakkhu Vi¤¤àõa), but yet knows no more about it. This sense operation is followed by a moment of reception of the object so seen (Sampañicchana). Next comes the investigating faculty (Santãraõa) 19 or a momentary examination of the object so received.
It is the same in the case of a person who weeps over the death of a dear one, because it is an unwelcome event. ) Great was the lamentation of venerable ânanda, who was a Sotàpanna Saint, on the passing away of the Buddha; but Arahants and Anàgàmãs like venerable Kassapa and Anuruddha, practised perfect equanimity without shedding a tear. 20. Ignorance 11. A person doubts the existence of the Buddha, or the efficacy of the Dhamma, owing to his stupidity. 12. A person is distracted in mind, unable to concentrate on an object.