Visuddhimagga IV-167

Tatra chaḷaṅgupekkhā ca brahmavihārupekkhā ca bojjhaṅgupekkhā ca tatramajjhattupekkhā ca jhānupekkhā ca pārisuddhupekkhā ca atthato ekā, tatramajjhattupekkhāva hoti.


Ñ(IV,167): Herein, six-factored equanimity, equanimity as a divine abiding, equanimity as an enlightenment factor, equanimity as specific neutrality, equanimity of jhāna and purifying equanimity are one in meaning, that is, equanimity as specific neutrality.

Sayādaw U Sīlānanda: The words 'one in meaning' means 'one in reality' or 'one in essence'.

Tena tena avatthābhedena panassā ayaṃ bhedo.


Ñ: Their difference, however, is one of position (avatthā),

Ekassāpi sato sattassa kumārayuvatherasenāpatirājādivasena bhedo viya.


Ñ: like the difference in a single being as a boy, a youth, an adult, a general, a king, and so on.

Tasmā tāsu yattha chaḷaṅgupekkhā, na tattha bojjhaṅgupekkhādayo.


Ñ: Therefore of these it should be understood that equanimity as an enlightenment factor, etc., are not found where there is six-factored equanimity;

Yattha vā pana bojjhaṅgupekkhā, na tattha chaḷaṅgupekkhādayo hontīti veditabbā.


Ñ: or that six-factored equanimity, etc., are not found where there is equanimity as an enlightenment factor.

Yathā cetāsamatthato ekībhāvo, evaṃ saṅkhārupekkhā vipassanupekkhānampi.


Ñ: And just as these have one meaning, so also equanimity about formations and equanimity about insight have one meaning too;

Paññā eva hi sā kiccavasena dvidhā bhinnā.


Ñ: for they are simply understanding classed in these two ways according to function.

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