Visuddhimagga XI-70

332. Semhaṃ ekapatthapūrappamāṇaṃ udarapaṭale ṭhitaṃ.


Ñ(XI,70): Phlegm is to be found on the surface of the stomach and measures a bowlful.

Tattha yathā upari sañjātapheṇapaṭalāya candanikāya na candanikā jānāti mayi pheṇapaṭalaṃ ṭhitanti.

譬如污水池的面上生起了水泡膜,[PTS 360] 污水池不知「水泡膜生于我上」,

Ñ: Herein, just as, when a cesspool has a surface of froth, the cesspool does not know 'A surface of froth is on me',

Napi pheṇapaṭalaṃ jānāti ahaṃ candanikāya ṭhitanti,


Ñ: nor does the surface of froth [360] know 'I am on a cesspool',

evameva na udarapaṭalaṃ jānāti mayi semhaṃ ṭhitanti.


Ñ: so too, the surface of the stomach does not know 'Phlegm is on me'

Napi semhaṃ jānāti ahaṃ udarapaṭale ṭhitanti.


Ñ: nor does the phlegm know 'I am on the surface of a stomach'.

Aññamaññaṃ ābhogapaccavekkhaṇarahitā ete dhammā.


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

Iti semhaṃ nāma imasmiṃ sarīre pāṭiyekko koṭṭhāso acetano abyākato suñño nissatto yūsabhūto ābandhanākāro āpodhātūti.


Ñ: So what is called phlegm is a particular component of this body, without thought, indeterminate, void, not a living being, liquid water element in the mode of cohesion.

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