Visuddhimagga IV-126

Tasmā ciraṭṭhitikāmena paribandhakadhamme visodhetvā jhānaṃ samāpajjitabbaṃ.


Ñ(IV,126): So if he wants to remain long in the jhāna, he must enter upon it after [first] purifying his mind from obstructive states.


Cittabhāvanāvepullatthañca yathāladdhaṃ paṭibhāganimittaṃ vaḍḍhetabbaṃ.


Ñ: In order to perfect the development of consciousness he should besides extend the counterpart sign according as acquired.

Tassa dve vaḍḍhanābhūmiyo upacāraṃ vā appanaṃ vā.

似相的增大有二地 ── 近行地及安止地。

Ñ: Now there are two planes for extension, namely, access and absorption;

Upacāraṃ patvāpi hi taṃ vaḍḍhetuṃ vaṭṭati appanaṃ patvāpi.


Ñ: for it is possible to extend it on reaching access and on reaching absorption.

Ekasmiṃ pana ṭhāne avassaṃ vaḍḍhetabbaṃ.


Ñ: But the extending should be done consistently in one [or the other],

Tena vuttaṃ ‘‘yathāladdhaṃ paṭibhāganimittaṃ vaḍḍhetabba’’nti.


Ñ: which is why it was said 'he should besides extend the counterpart sign according as acquired'.

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