Visuddhimagga X-23

280. Ananto ākāsoti ettha nāssa uppādanto vā vayanto vā paññāyatīti ananto.


Ñ(X,23): Unbounded space: here it is called 'unbounded' (ananta, lit. endless) because neither its end as its arising nor its end as its fall are made known.

Ākāsoti kasiṇugghāṭimākāso vuccati.


Ñ: It is the space left by the removal of the kasina that is called 'space'.

Manasikāravasenāpi cettha anantatā veditabbā.


Ñ: And here unboundedness (endlessness) should be understood as [referring to] the attention also,

Teneva vibhaṅge vuttaṃ ‘‘tasmiṃ ākāse cittaṃ ṭhapeti, saṇṭhapeti, anantaṃ pharati, tena vuccati ananto ākāso’’ti (vibha. 605).


Ñ: which is why it is said in the Vibhaṅga: 'He places, settles, his consciousness in that space, he pervades unboundedly (anantaṃ), hence "unbounded (ananto) space" is said (Vbh. 262).

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