Visuddhimagga XI-77

339. Kheḷo tathārūpe kheḷuppattipaccaye sati ubhohi kapolapassehi orohitvā jivhātale tiṭṭhati.


Ñ(XI,77): Spittle is to be found on the surface of the tongue after it has descended from the cheeks on both sides, when there is a condition for the arising of spittle.

Tattha yathā abbocchinnaudakanissande nadītīrakūpake na kūpatalaṃ jānāti mayi udakaṃ santiṭṭhatīti.


Ñ: Herein, just as, when a hollow in a river bank is constantly oozing with water, the surface of the hollow does not know 'Water lies on me',

Napi udakaṃ jānāti ahaṃ kūpatale santiṭṭhāmīti,


Ñ: nor does the water know 'I lie on the surface of a hollow',

evameva na jivhātalaṃ jānāti mayi ubhohi kapolapassehi orohitvā kheḷo ṭhitoti.


Ñ: so too, the surface of the tongue does not know 'Spittle that has descended from cheeks on both sides is on me',

Napi kheḷo jānāti ahaṃ ubhohi kapolapassehi orohitvā jivhātale ṭhitoti.


Ñ: nor does the spittle know 'I have descended from cheeks on both sides and am on the surface of a tongue'.

Aññamaññaṃ ābhogapaccavekkhaṇarahitā ete dhammā.


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

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


Ñ: So what is called spittle 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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