Visuddhimagga IX-107

269. Kasmā ca catassovātiādi pañhassa pana idaṃ vissajjanaṃ.


Ñ(IX,107): Here are the answers to the questions beginning with 'Why are they only four?':

Visuddhimaggādivasā catasso,

Hitādiākāravasā panāsaṃ;

Kamo pavattanti ca appamāṇe,

Tā gocare yena tadappamaññā.





Ñ: Their number four is due to paths to purity

And other sets of four; their order to their aim

As welfare and the rest. Their scope is found to be

Immeasurable, so 'measureless states' their name.

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