Visuddhimagga III-100

Parivesakā panassa ye honti abhirūpā pāsādikā sunhātā suvilittā dhūpavāsakusumagandhasurabhino nānāvirāgasucimanuññavatthābharaṇapaṭimaṇḍitā sakkaccakārino, tādisā sappāyā.


Ñ(III,100): Suitable people to serve him are handsome, pleasing, well bathed, well anointed, scented with the perfume of incense and the smell of flowers, adorned with apparel made of variously-dyed clean pretty cloth, who do their work carefully.

Yāgubhattakhajjakampi vaṇṇagandharasasampannaṃ ojavantaṃ manoramaṃ sabbākārapaṇītaṃ yāvadatthaṃ vaṭṭati.


Ñ: The right kind of gruel, rice, and hard food has colour, smell and taste, possesses nutritive essence, and is inviting, superior in every way, and enough for his wants.

Iriyāpathopissa seyyā vā nisajjā vā vaṭṭati,


Ñ: The right kind of posture for him is lying down or sitting.

ārammaṇaṃ nīlādīsu vaṇṇakasiṇesu yaṃkiñci suparisuddhavaṇṇanti idaṃ dosacaritassa sappāyaṃ.


Ñ: The object of his contemplation should be any one of the colour kasiṇas, beginning with the blue, whose colour is quite pure. This is what suits one of hating temperament.

Chew: How to differentiate 'colour is not pure' and 'colour is quite pure' base on the colour kasiṇas?

Han: I do not know exactly. But what I think is “not pure” blue means blue is slightly tinted with other colours as well.

Quite pure means the colour is almost completely blue.

Just my guess!

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