Visuddhimagga X-29

Anantaṃ viññāṇanti taṃyeva ananto ākāsoti evaṃ pharitvā pavattaviññāṇaṃ ‘‘anantaṃ viññāṇa’’nti evaṃ manasikarontoti vuttaṃ hoti.


Ñ(X,29): Unbounded consciousness: What is meant is that he gives his attention thus 'unbounded consciousness' to that same consciousness that occurred in pervading [as its object the space] as 'unbounded space'.

Manasikāravasena vā anantaṃ.


Ñ: Or 'unbounded' refers to the attention.

So hi tamākāsārammaṇaṃ viññāṇaṃ anavasesato manasikaronto ‘‘ananta’’nti manasi karoti.


Ñ: For when he gives attention without reserve to the consciousness that had the space as its object, then the attention he gives to it is 'unbounded'.

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