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Which are the Kammically Neutral States?



Cut Short:

Mental states, which are
neither Advantageous (kusala), nor Disadvantageous (akusala),
are Neutral
(avyākata), ethically indeterminable, and morally undefined as being neither
good nor bad, neither right nor wrong, and thus neither wholesome
nor unwholesome ...


In Detail: Which states are neither
Advantageous, nor Disadvantageous?

1: States that are RESULTING EFFECTS
(vipāka) of prior actions (kamma)  are themselves neutral:
There are states, which are the resulting effects of prior advantageous and disadvantageous states...
These states are either a feeling, a perception, a mental construction, or a moment of consciousness.
These
resulting effects are neither advantageous, nor disadvantageous, but inherently neutral..

2: UNINTENTIONAL ACTIONS (kiriya kamma) = inert and ineffective actions are neutral states:
There are mental states, which neither are advantageous, nor disadvantageous, nor are resultants.
These are unintentional inert actions, which does not cause any effects, or kammic accumulation.
These states are neither advantageous, nor disadvantageous, nor causes, nor effects, but neutral.
All actions of the Ara
hat are kiriya kamma = neutral states not causing any kammic accumulation.
Stepping on and killing an ant, while not having seen it, nor wished to harm it, is a neutral action.

3: All forms of PHYSICAL MATTER, MATERIALITY, also called FORM (rūpa)  are neutral states:
Mountains, trees, food, water, air, knives, weapons, and even atomic bombs are all neutral states.
It is the intention  behind utilizing these dead and passive things, which can be either good or bad...

4: The state of NIBBĀNA  is an undecided, indeterminate, undeterminable, and all neutral state:
This Unconditioned Element of Nibbāna  is a neutral state, which causes nothing, and as such
is neither advantageous, nor disadvantageous,
neither a cause, nor an effect of anything else...

These are the neutral states, which are neither advantageous, nor disadvantageous.

About the cause and effect of intentional states:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Resultants.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Seed_of_Good.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Creating_Future.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_is_Clever_Action.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/g_m/kusala.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/What_is_Advantageous.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/What_is_Disadvantageous.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Accumulation_of_Advantage.htm

Source:
The Classification of States. Dhammasanganī. The 1st of the 7 Abhidhamma Books.
https://store.pariyatti.org/Buddhist-Psychological-Ethics_p_1447.html

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