by Ashin Janakabhivamsa | 66,666 words
English translation of "Abhidhamma in Daily Life" by Professor Ko Lay. Revised by Sayadaw U Silananda, International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University, Yangon, 1999...
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Patisandhi* is the formation of cittas, cetasikas and rupa in a new existence, in accordance with one’s kamma. It is, in common usage, conception in the mother’s womb. The literal meaning of patisandhi in Pali is 'formation in connection' at the termination of old existence.
Patisandhi - lit. 'Reunion, Relinking' i.e., Rebirth is one of the 14
functions of consciousness (vinnana-kicca). It is a kamma-resultant type of consciousness and arises at the moment of conception. Immediately afterwards it sinks into the subconscious stream of existence (bhávanágasota) and conditioned there by ever and ever again, corresponding states of sub consciousness arise. Thus it is really Rebirth Consciousness that determines the latent character of a person (Buddhist Dictionary Nyantiloka).