Visuddhimagga XI-100

Yathā ca yakkhinīsaṅkhātāni mahābhūtāni manāpehi vaṇṇasaṇṭhānavikkhepehi attano bhayānakabhāvaṃ paṭicchādetvā satte vañcenti,


Ñ(XI,100): And just as the great creatures known as female spirits (yakkhinī) conceal their own fearfulness with a pleasing colour; shape and gesture to deceive beings,

evameva etānipi itthipurisasarīrādīsu manāpena chavivaṇṇena manāpena attano aṅgapaccaṅgasaṇṭhānena manāpena ca hatthapādaṅgulibhamukavikkhepena attano kakkhaḷattādibhedaṃ sarasalakkhaṇaṃ paṭicchādetvā bālajanaṃ vañcenti,


Ñ: so too, these elements conceal each their own characteristic and function classed as hardness, etc., by means of a pleasing skin colour of women's and men's bodies, etc., and pleasing shapes of limbs and pleasing gestures of fingers, toes and eyebrows, and they deceive simple people by concealing their own functions and characteristics beginning with hardness

attano sabhāvaṃ daṭṭhuṃ na dentīti vañcakattena yakkhinīmahābhūtasāmaññatopi mahābhūtāni.


Ñ: and do not allow their individual essences to be seen. Thus they are great primaries (mahābhūta) in being equal to the great creatures (mahābhūta), the female spirits, since they are deceivers.

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