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The Manual of Insight

Consciousness Is Divided Into Six Classes

  • Consciousness of sight
  • Consciousness of sound
  • Consciousness of smell
  • Consciousness of taste
  • Consciousness of touch
  • Consciousness of mind.
  • The Consciousness arising at the eye-basis is called the consciousness of sight, and has the function of seeing.
  • The Consciousness arising at the ear-basis is called the consciousness of sound, and has the function of hearing.
  • The Consciousness arising at the nose-basis is called the consciousness of smell, and has the function of smelling.
  • The Consciousness arising at the tongue-basis is called the consciousness of taste, and has the function of tasting.
  • The Consciousness arising at the body-basis is called the consciousness of touch, and has the function of touching.
  • The Consciousness arising at the heart-basis is called consciousness of mind. In the Arupa-loka, however, mind-consciousness arises without any basis.

The mind-consciousness is again subdivided into four kinds.

  1. Kama-consciousness
  2. Rupa-consciousness
  3. Arupa-consciousness
  4. Lokuttara-consciousness

a) Of these, Kama-consciousness is that which lies within the jurisdiction of desire prevailing in Kama-loka (Kama-tanha) and is fourfold, thus: Moral (kusala), Immoral (akusala), Resultant (vipaka), and Ineffective (kriya).

b) Rupa-consciousness is the jhanic or ecstatic mind which has become free from Kama-desire but still remains within the jurisdiction of the desire prevailing in Rupa loka (Rupa-tanha) and it is threefold, thus:

  1. Moral,
  2. Resultant,
  3. Ineffective.

c) Arupa consciousness is also the jhanic or ecstatic mind, which has become free from Rupa-desire, but still remains within the jurisdiction of the desire prevailing in the Arupa-loka (Arupa-tanha), and it also is threefold, thus:

  1. Moral,
  2. Resultant,
  3. Ineffective.

d) Lokuttara, or transcendental consciousness is the noble mind (Ariya-citta) which has become free from the threefold desire, and has transcended the three planes, Kama, Rupa and Arupa. It is of two kinds, thus: Noble consciousness in the Path, and Noble consciousness in the fruition.

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