Visuddhimagga XI-61

323. Kilomakesu paṭicchannakilomakaṃ hadayañca vakkañca parivāretvā ṭhitaṃ.


Ñ(XI,61): As to the midriff, the concealed midriff is to be found surrounding the heart and kidney,

Appaṭicchannakilomakaṃ sakalasarīre cammassa heṭṭhato maṃsaṃ pariyonandhitvā ṭhitaṃ.


Ñ: while the unconcealed midriff is to be found covering the flesh under the skin in the whole body.

Tattha yathā pilotikapaliveṭhite maṃse na maṃsaṃ jānāti ahaṃ pilotikāya paliveṭhitanti.


Ñ: Herein, just as, when meat is wrapped in a rag, the meat does not know 'I am wrapped in a rag',

Napi pilotikā jānāti mayā maṃsaṃ paliveṭhitanti,


Ñ: nor does the rag know 'Meat is wrapped in me',

evameva na vakkahadayāni sakalasarīre ca maṃsaṃ jānāti ahaṃ kilomakena paṭicchannanti.


Ñ: so too, the heart and kidney, and the flesh in the whole body, do not know 'I am concealed by midriff,

Napi kilomakaṃ jānāti mayā vakkahadayāni sakalasarīre ca maṃsaṃ paṭicchannanti.


Ñ: nor does the midriff know 'Heart and kidney, and flesh in a whole body, are concealed by me'.

Aññamaññaṃ ābhogapaccavekkhaṇarahitā ete dhammā.


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

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


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

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