Visuddhimagga XI-60

322. Yakanaṃ antosarīre dvinnaṃ thanānamabbhantare dakkhiṇapassaṃ nissāya ṭhitaṃ.


Ñ(XI,60): Liver is to be found inside the body, near the right side between the two breasts.

Tattha yathā ukkhalikapālapassamhi lagge yamakamaṃsapiṇḍe na ukkhalikapālapassaṃ jānāti mayi yamakamaṃsapiṇḍo laggoti.


Ñ: Herein, just as, when a twin lump of meat is stuck on the side of a cooking pot, the side of the cooking pot does not know 'A twin lump of meat is stuck on me',

Napi yamakamaṃsapiṇḍo jānāti ahaṃ ukkhalikapālapasse laggoti,

一双肉团亦不知「我粘在油炸镬内」;[PTS 357]

Ñ: nor does the twin lump of meat know [357] 'I am stuck on the side of a cooking pot',

evameva na thanānamabbhantare dakkhiṇapassaṃ jānāti maṃ nissāya yakanaṃ ṭhitanti.


Ñ: so too, the right side between the breasts does not know 'Liver is near me',

Napi yakanaṃ jānāti ahaṃ thanānamabbhantare dakkhiṇapassaṃ nissāya ṭhitanti.


Ñ: nor does the liver know 'I am near a right side between two breasts'.

Aññamaññaṃ ābhogapaccavekkhaṇarahitā ete dhammā.


Ñ: These things are devoid of mutual concern and reviewing.

Iti yakanaṃ nāma imasmiṃ sarīre pāṭiyekko koṭṭhāso acetano abyākato suñño nissatto thaddho pathavīdhātūti.


Ñ: So what is called liver is a particular component of this body, without thought, indeterminate, void, not a living being, rigid earth element.

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