527. Kiccāti kiṃ indriyānaṃ kiccanti ce.
Ñ(XVI,10): 5. As to function: what is the faculties' function?
Cakkhundriyassa tāva ‘‘cakkhāyatanaṃ cakkhuviññāṇadhātuyā taṃsampayuttakānañca dhammānaṃ indriyapaccayena paccayo’’ti vacanato yaṃ taṃ indriyapaccayabhāvena sādhetabbaṃ attano tikkhamandādibhāvena cakkhuviññāṇādidhammānaṃ tikkhamandādisaṅkhātaṃ attākārānuvattāpanaṃ, idaṃ kiccaṃ.
Ñ: Firstly, because of the words 'The eye base is a condition, as faculty condition, for the eye-consciousness element and for the states associated therewith' (Pṭn.1,5) the eye faculty's function is to cause by its own keenness, slowness, etc., the occurrence of eye-consciousness and associated states, etc., in a mode parallel to its own, which is called their keenness, slowness, etc., this function being accomplishable through the state of faculty condition.
Ñ: So too in the case of the ear, nose, tongue, and body.
Manindriyassa pana sahajātadhammānaṃ attano vasavattāpanaṃ.
Ñ: But the function of the mind faculty is to make conascent states subject to its own mastery.
Ñ: That of the life faculty is to maintain conascent states.
Ñ: That of the femininity faculty and the masculinity faculty is to allot the modes of the mark, sign, work and ways of women and men.
Sukhadukkhasomanassadomanassindriyānaṃ sahajātadhamme abhibhavitvā yathāsakaṃ oḷārikākārānupāpanaṃ.
Ñ: That of the faculties of pleasure, pain, joy, and grief is to govern conascent states and impart their own particular mode of grossness to those states.
Ñ: That of the equanimity faculty is to impart to them the mode of quiet, superiority and neutrality.
Saddhādīnaṃ paṭipakkhābhibhavanaṃ sampayuttadhammānañca pasannākārādibhāvasampāpanaṃ.
Ñ: That of the faculties of faith, etc., is to overcome opposition and to impart to associated states the mode of confidence and so on.
Anaññātaññassāmītindriyassa saṃyojanattayappahānañceva sampayuttānañca tappahānābhimukhabhāvakaraṇaṃ.
Ñ: That of the 'I-shall-come-to-know-the-unknown' faculty is both to abandon three fetters and to confront associated states with the abandonment of them.
Aññindriyassa kāmarāgabyāpādāditanukaraṇappahānañceva sahajātānañca attano vasānuvattāpanaṃ.
Ñ: That of the final-knowledge faculty is both to attenuate and abandon respectively lust, ill will, etc., and to subject conascent states to its own mastery.
Aññātāvindriyassa sabbakiccesu ussukkappahānañceva amatābhimukhabhāvapaccayatā ca sampayuttānanti evamettha kiccato vinicchayaṃ vijāniyā.
Ñ: That of the final-knower faculty is both to abandon endeavour in all functions and to condition associated states by confronting them with the Deathless. This is how the exposition should be known here as to function.