Visuddhimagga XIV-23

Dhammotipi saṅkhepato paccayassetaṃ adhivacanaṃ.
Ñ(XIV,23): Law (dhamma) is briefly a term for a condition (paccaya).

Paccayo hi yasmā taṃ taṃ dahati pavatteti vā sampāpuṇituṃ vā deti, tasmā dhammoti vuccati.
Ñ: For since a condition necessitates (dahati) whatever it may be, makes it occur or allows it to happen, it is therefore called 'law' (dhamma).

Pabhedato pana yo koci phalanibbattako hetu, ariyamaggo, bhāsitaṃ, kusalaṃ, akusalanti ime pañca dhammā dhammoti veditabbā.
Ñ: But in particular the five things, namely, (i) any cause that produces fruit, (ii) the noble path, (iii) what is spoken, (iv) what is profitable, and (v) what is unprofitable, should be understood as law.

Taṃ dhammaṃ paccavekkhantassa tasmiṃ dhamme pabhedagataṃ ñāṇaṃ dhammapaṭisambhidā.
Ñ: When anyone reviews that law, any knowledge of his, falling within the category concerned with law, is the discrimination of law.

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