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If this earth-element, monks, this water-element, this heat-element, this air-element were entirely pleasant, beset with pleasure, immersed in pleasure, not immersed in pain, beings would not be repelled by them. ” We are bound to be attached to the elements when we buy beautiful clothes or enjoy delicious food. We are bound to be repelled by the elements when we get hurt or when we are sick. But no matter whether the objects we experience are pleasant or unpleasant, we should realize them as elements that arise because of their own conditions and that do not belong to us.

If this earth-element, monks, this water-element, this heat-element, this air-element were entirely pleasant, beset with pleasure, immersed in pleasure, not immersed in pain, beings would not be repelled by them. ” We are bound to be attached to the elements when we buy beautiful clothes or enjoy delicious food. We are bound to be repelled by the elements when we get hurt or when we are sick. But no matter whether the objects we experience are pleasant or unpleasant, we should realize them as elements that arise because of their own conditions and that do not belong to us.

Apart from the sense-bases there is another base: the heart-base. This is the place of origin for all cittas other than the sense-cognitions. isandhi-citta) which arises is produced by kamma. If this citta arises ¯ in a plane of existence where there are n¯ama and rupa it must have a physical base: this is the heart-base, which is produced by ¯ kamma. Kamma produces this rupa from the first moment of life and throughout life. h¯ana), the Seventh Book of the Abhidhamma. In the section on “Dependance Condition” (Part II, Analytical Exposition of Conditions) it is said that dependant on the five sense-bases the five sense-cognitions arise and that dependant on “this matter” mind-element and mind-consciousness¯ element arise.

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