Visuddhimagga XIII-109

415. Dibbasotadhātuñāṇaṃ parittapaccuppannaajjhattabahiddhārammaṇavasena catūsu ārammaṇesu pavattati.
Ñ(XIII,109): (2) Knowledge of the divine ear element occurs with respect to four kinds of object, that is to say, as having a limited, and a present, and an internal or external object.

Ñ: How?

Tañhi yasmā saddaṃ ārammaṇaṃ karoti, saddo ca paritto, tasmā parittārammaṇaṃ hoti.
Ñ: Since it makes sound its object and since sound is limited (see Vbh. 74), it therefore has a limited object.

Vijjamānaṃyeva pana saddaṃ ārammaṇaṃ katvā pavattanato paccuppannārammaṇaṃ hoti.
Ñ: But since it occurs only by making existing sound its object, it has a present object.

Taṃ attano kucchisaddasavanakāle ajjhattārammaṇaṃ.
Ñ: At the time of hearing sounds in one's own belly it has an internal object.

Paresaṃ saddasavanakāle bahiddhārammaṇanti
4)闻他人之声的时候为「外所缘」。[PTS 431]
Ñ: At the time of hearing the sounds of others it has an external object. [431]

evaṃ dibbasotadhātuñāṇassa catūsu ārammaṇesu pavatti veditabbā.
Ñ: This is how the knowledge of the divine ear element should be understood to occur with respect to the four kinds of object.

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