Conditional Relations, trans: U Narada Mula Patthana
- Deals with 22 Triplets and 100 couplets of the Dhammasangani to
show how causes and effects are related...
- condition - paccaya - that which must precede the object
as a cause.
- "when each of the seven section are taken as reference, by
turns, there is a set of 7 x 7 = 49 questions for root condition alone.
For the 24 conditions taken singly, therefore, there are 49 x 24 =
1,176 questions. From this it can be judged that the number of quesitons
for the whole fo the Patthana must be of a very high order. According
to the Commentary, the figure is 404,948,533,248 and the Subcommentary,
388,778,713,344. In the Pali text, however, all the questions are
not included, but only thouse that are necessary for illustrating
the types of questions. These are given at the beginning of the "dependent"
chapter. If all these were put in print, it would need 3 crores of
books of 400 pages each." (xv)
- Certain states are implied but not covered since their state cannot
arise. These are paradoxes. A state "cannot" be faultless
and faulty, or faultless, faulty and indeterminate; they can only
be Faultless, faulty, indeterminate, faultess and interdeminate, or
faultless and determinate.
- The reduction continues to prove that for the set of 49 questions
referred to above, only nine answers are produced.
- [The proceedure seems to be first to establish
a structure, then to whittle away from this structure logical, structural,
impossibilities within that structure. The abhidhamma is thus one
massive database table purged of its paradoxical elements. Thus we
are left with a reduction of a logical table to its practical resultants.
The originary elements of this table therefore produce by causal
necessity all the resultants of its tabulation. The fulcrum of
refutation therefore should be placed either 1) on the structuring
of the table or 2) on its primary (the primacy of its) elements.]
- keeps using the word conascent to mean what?
- [I surrender. The introduction offers only a schematic
equally as unreadable as the text. I made it through Finnigan's Wake,
but this is like reading faith-based algebraeic proofs]
Enneumeration of the 24 conditions
- Root Condition
- Object Condition
- Hetu Paccayo
- Arammana Paccayo
Eneumeration of the conditions:
Analytical Exposition of the conditions:
- By ones (by root, by object, by predominance [singly])
- Root, etc.: faultless
- faultless and indeterminate
- faulty and indeter.
- faultless and faulty
- faultless, faulty, and indeterminate
- By twos (by root and object, by root and predominance, etc [all cond.
taken as pairs])
- By threes (by root, object and predominance, root object and proximity,
- and so for up to one "By twentyfour", or "all conditions"
2. conditions: negative (not-root, etc.)
3: conditions: positive
4: conditions: positive-negative
5: conditions: negative-positive
Answers: [begins on page 22!]
I. Faultless Triplet
- Investigation* pgs 141-306 (A-F = 119 pgs; G = 165 pgs)
II. Feeling Triplet
- Investigation* pgs 331-361 (A-F = 15; G = 30)
III. Resultant Triplet
- Investigation* pgs. 399-428 (A-F = 38; G = 30)
IV. Clinging Triplet
- Investigation* pgs 455-502 (A-F = 27; G = 57)
- Investigation* pgs 505-526 (A-F = 3; G =20)
- moving on..."Learners or Common worldlings enjoy and take delight
in the faultless state. Taking it as object, arises lust,
arises wrong view, arises doubt, arises restlessness, arises grief.
When the faulty state has ceased, the resultant arises as registering."
- "By the strong-dependence condition of wisdom , one tortures
oneself , tortures oneself fully, experiences the suffering caused by
- At 332 we repeat the formula of 142, but with the addition of
"with the mind associated with pleasant feeling" The
duality of painful/pleasant feeling is the formula instead of faultless/faulty
states. also neither painful nor pleasant.
- "By the natural-strong dependence of hate, one with mind associated
with pleasant feeling offers the offering... develops the attainment,
with the mind associated with pleasant feeling takes the property of
others which has not been given... plunders town markets... delusion...
By the strong dependence of body consciousness accompanied by pain...
etc. by pleasure... etc."
- by 347, back to undeveloped lists.
- [This had to be the most mind-numbing translation job ever...]
Here ends volume one. Nothing much
is said in 526 pages of much value IMHO