Jivitindriya, 2 Definition(s)
AKA: Mental Life
"life faculty"; Jivitam means "life", and indriya means "controlling faculty".;
1. This cetasika sustains the life of the citta and cetasikas it accompanies.
According to the Atthasalini the characteristic of jivitindriya is "ceaseless watching", its function is to maintain the life of the accompanying dhammas, its manifestation the establishment of them, and the proximate cause are the dhamas which have to be sustained.
2. The function of jivitindriya is to maintain the life of citta and its accompanying cetasikas. It keeps them going until they fall away.
Jivitindriya is One of the Seven Universals.
Atthasalini (part IV, Chapter I, 123, 124) (See also Dhammasangani19.)
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