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Anguttara Nikaya
X. Dasaka-Nipata
III. Maha Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
X. The Book of the Tens
III: The Great Chapter

Sutta 25

Kasina Suttam

The Devices

Translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, M.A.

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[46] [31]

[1][olds][bodh] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

'Yes, lord,' they replied, and the Exalted One said:

'Monks, there are these ten ranges of the devices.[1]

What ten?

One person perceives the earth-device as above, below, across, undivided, immeasurable.

Another person perceives the water-device as above, below, across, undivided, immeasurable.

Another person perceives the heat-device as above, below, across, undivided, immeasurable.

Another person perceives the air-device as above, below, across, undivided, immeasurable.

Another person perceives the blue-green as above, below, across, undivided, immeasurable.

Another person perceives the yellow as above, below, across, undivided, immeasurable.

Another person perceives the red as above, below, across, undivided, immeasurable.

Another person perceives the white as above, below, across, undivided, immeasurable.

Another person perceives the space-device as above, below, across, undivided, immeasurable.

Another person perceives the intellection-device as above, below, across, as undivided, as immeasurable.

These are the ten ranges of the devices.'

 


anantam vinnanan ti arammanam katva esa vinnanan cayatana-samapattim bhavento vinnana-kasinam bhaveti ti vuccati
Using the thought 'unending is consciousness' as a basis and attaining the sphere of consciousness is the development of the consciousness device, it is said.
Which doesn't help much. 'Feats in 4-dimensional matter' may refer to the phenomena of being outside time, where one is able to focus consciousness at any point past, future, or present their being no past, future or present (other than consciousness itself) in that state.

p.p. explains it all - p.p.

[1] Kasinayatanani, ranges, spheres or applications of the physical appliances or objects of concentration to induce self-hypnotism, during which the higher senses are called into action. See A. i, 41 = G.S. i, 37; D. iii, 268, 290; Path of Purity, ii, 138 ff.; Manual of a Mystic, passim. It would appear that the different methods were suited to different psychic temperaments. See the next sutta. The last two differ in some passages; cf. V.M. trans. p. 202. The space-device appears to refer to feats in four-dimensional matter. V.M. and our Comy. (as noted at AA. i, 77) do not discuss vinnana-kasina, but probably it refers to a mental image (anantam vinnanan ti arammanam katva esa vinnanan cayatana-samapattim bhavento vinnana-kasinam bhaveti ti vuccati). See Expositor i, 248.


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