Visuddhimagga XI-62

324. Pihakaṃ hadayassa vāmapasse udarapaṭalassa matthakapassaṃ nissāya ṭhitaṃ.


Ñ(XI,62): Spleen is to be found near the upper side of the belly lining on the left side of the heart.

Tattha yathā koṭṭhamatthakapassaṃ nissāya ṭhitāya gomayapiṇḍiyā na koṭṭhamatthakapassaṃ jānāti gomayapiṇḍi maṃ nissāya ṭhitāti.


Ñ: Herein, just as, when a lump of cowdung is near the upper side of a barn, the upper side of the barn does not know 'A lump of cowdung is near me',

Napi gomayapiṇḍi jānāti ahaṃ koṭṭhamatthakapassaṃ nissāya ṭhitāti,


Ñ: nor does the lump of cowdung know 'I am near the upper side of a barn,'

evameva na udarapaṭalassa matthakapassaṃ jānāti pihakaṃ maṃ nissāya ṭhitanti.


Ñ: so too, the upper side of the belly lining does not know 'Spleen is near me',

Napi pihakaṃ jānāti ahaṃ udarapaṭalassa matthakapassaṃ nissāya ṭhitanti.


Ñ: nor does the spleen know 'I am near the upper side of a belly lining'.

Aññamaññaṃ ābhogapaccavekkhaṇarahitā ete dhammā.


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

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


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

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