Visuddhimagga III-56

Iddhīti pothujjanikā iddhi.

10.「神变」── 是指凡夫的神变。

Ñ(III,56): 10. Supernormal powers are the supernormal powers of the ordinary man.

Sā hi uttānaseyyakadārako viya taruṇasassaṃ viya ca dupparihārā hoti. Appamattakeneva bhijjati.


Ñ: They are hard to maintain, like a prone infant or like young corn, and the slightest thing breaks them.

Sayādaw U Sīlānanda: The word 'prone' means lying down facing up. The words 'young corn' also means tender crop.

Han: prone = stretched out flat on a surface with the face and the front of the body "downwards".

supine = lying on the back looking "upwards".

uttāna : [adj.] lying on one's back; supine.

Sā pana vipassanāya palibodho hoti, na samādhissa, samādhiṃ patvā pattabbato.


Ñ: But they are an impediment for insight, not for concentration, since they are obtainable through concentration.

Tasmā vipassanatthikena iddhipalibodho upacchinditabbo, itarena avasesāti ayaṃ tāva palibodhakathāya vitthāro.


Ñ: So the supernormal powers are an impediment that should be severed by one who seeks insight; the others are impediments to be severed by one who seeks concentration. This in the first place is the detailed explanation of the impediments.

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