Forward & Reverse Causality of the
Process of Being:
So have I heard:
After 7 days of non-stop sitting meditation in the bliss of Awakening, The
in the last watch of the night directed his unified attention to
in both forward & reverse order in this very way:
A => B, and non-A => non-B
When this is present, then that
also comes into being...
When this emerges, that arises too...
When this is absent, then that does neither come into being...
When this ceases, that vanishes too...
When ignorance arises, mental construction also appears..
When mental construction arises, consciousness also comes to be..
When consciousness arises, name-&-form
also comes in to being..
When name-&-form arises, then the six senses emerge
When the six senses arise, then contact is the consequence..
When contact arises, then feeling is assigned too..
When feeling arises, then urge and craving surely follows..
When craving arises, then clinging too becomes
When clinging arises, then the process of becoming is initiated..
When becoming arises, then rebirth inevitably also
When rebirth arises, then aging & death, sorrow,
distress, pain, grief and
despair also arises. This verily is the origin, the causing,
and the arising
of this entire mass of Suffering..
Consequently, when this very same ignorance is utterly uprooted
then mental construction is tranquilized, all stilled, and it ceases
When mental construction ceases, then consciousness itself also fades away..
When consciousness ceases, name-&-form
When name-&-form ceases, then the six senses come to an
When the six senses cease, then contact closes down as well..
When contact ceases, then feeling fades out too..
When feeling ceases, then craving also evaporates..
When craving ceases, then clinging is relinquished too..
When clinging ceases, then becoming essentially stops...!
When becoming ceases, then this process of endless rebirth is exhausted too..
When birth ceases,
then ageing, death, sorrow, distress, pain, & depression also
This verily is the cessation, the irreversible End of this whole
giant mass of
Dispersing all Darkness...
Then, he, the Blessed One, on recognizing the profundity of that
When the appearance of phenomena becomes clearly manifest to this very Noble
through rapt meditation, then he is constantly scattering Mara’s - the Evil
One's - army,
exactly as the sun continuously disperses all darkness, when lighting up
together are all Events... Nothing is thus separable, individual or
Contemporary Quantum-mechanics calls this amazing wholeness for
a Cause! Conditioned
Origination & Cessation:
The Udana: Inspired utterances by the Buddha: I – 3
are Chained Events!