Enumeration of Phenomena
Uncompounded Element is classed as the fourth and last species of the morally Indeterminate (avyakatam) — in other words, of that conduct or state of mind which is not productive of good or bad karma. But it alone, of those four, does not receive separate and systematic discussion, as is the case with the other three — Result, Kiriya , and Form.
The following predicates are elicited incidentally in the course of Book III., which discusses what may be called Applied Ethics. Again, whereas the word Nirvana (nibbanam) is always substituted for asankhata dhatu in that Atthakatha which is appended as a supplement to the original text, the term 'uncompounded element' is not identified, in the Dhamma Sangani, with the 'topmost fruit' of the Paths, the arahattaphalam, which is one aspect of the state called Nirvana (cf. S. iv. 251, 252). The subject therefore seems to demand further inquiry.
It is to facilitate this that the following results are appended, parallel more or less to the table on Form, pp. 168-171. Cf. note, p. 166.
Uncompounded element is
|neither result nor productive of result|||
|neither the issue of grasping nor favourable to it|||
|neither corrupt nor baneful|||
|'void of the working of conception and of thought discursive'|||
|to be put away neither by insight nor by culture|||
|something the causes of which are to be put away neither by insight nor by culture|||
|that which makes neither for the piling up nor for the undoing of rebirth|||
|neither appertaining nor not appertaining to studentship|||
|that which does not entail fixed consequences|||
|invisible and non-impingeing|||
|not a cause|||
|without causes as concomitants|||
|not associated with a cause|||
|without material form|||
|not an Intoxicant|||
|disconnected with the Intoxicants|||
|not a Fetter|||
|unfavourable to the Fetters|||
|disconnected with the Fetters|||
|not a Tie|||
|not that which tends to become tied|||
|disconnected with the Ties|||
|not a Hindrance|||
|disconnected with and unfavourable to the Hindrances|||
|not a Contagion|||
|disconnected with the Contagion and uninfected|||
|without concomitant object of thought|||
|not of the intellect|||
|not involved in the life of sense|||
|disconnected with thought|||
|detached from thought|||
|not sprung from thought|||
|not something coming into being together with thought|||
|not consecutive to thought|||
|without the attribute of Grasping|||
|disconnected with Grasping, and not favouring it|||
|without the attribute of corruption|||
|disconnected with the Corruptions, and harmless|||
|unaccompanied by joy|||
|unaccompanied by ease|||
|unaccompanied by disinterestedness|||
|that by which there is no going away|||
|something having no Beyond|||
|not concomitant with war|||
In the Cy. on the Dhatu Katha nibbanam (Nirvana) is always substituted for asankhato khandho.
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