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What are the 5 Primary Categories of Being?

I: There is the Cluster of Clinging to Material Form (Rūpa):
Form or materiality is composed of these 4 Primary Elements:
1: Solidity based microscopically on the force of extension.
2: Fluidity based microscopically on the force of cohesion.
3: Heat based microscopically on the property of vibration.
4: Motion based microscopically on the property of energy.
From these 4 can be derived all other formed phenomena...
For
m (Rūpa)  in Buddhism is a quality, but not a substance...

Whatever there are of formed things, whether past, present
or future, internal or external, fine or gross, high or low,
far or near, all these belong to this form group. The mental,
but physically effective, desire, lust, craving for, & clinging
to that
Form (Rūpa) , is the cluster of clinging to form!

II: There is the Cluster of Clinging to Mental Feeling (Vedanā):
There are these five kinds of Feeling:
1: Bodily pleasant feeling and 2: Bodily painful feeling.
3: Mentally glad feeling and 4: Mentally sad feeling. And finally:
5:
Indifferent feeling = Neither painful, pleasant, sad, nor glad.
Feeling is born as result of eye contact, or ear contact, or nose
contact, or tongue contact, or body contact, or mental contact...
Whatever there is of feeling, whether past, present or future,
internal or external, fine or gross, high or low, far or near, all
that belongs to this feeling group. Desire, lust, craving for, and
clinging to these reactions, is the cluster of clinging to feeling!

III: There is the Cluster of Clinging to Mental Perception (Saññā):
There are these six kinds of Perception = experience:
1: Visual perception of form and color. 2: Auditory perception of sound.
3: Olfactory perception of smell. 4: Gustatory perception of taste.
5: Tactile perception of touch. 6: Mental perception of ideas & thoughts.
Whatever there is of perception, whether past, present or future,
internal or external, fine or gross, high or low, far or near, all that
belongs to this perception group. Desire, lust, craving for and clinging to
these perceived experiences, is the cluster of clinging to perception!

IV: There is the Cluster of Clinging to Mental Construction (Sankhāra):
There are six kinds of mental construction dealing with visual objects,
or hearable objects, or smellable, or tastable, or touchable
objects, or
thinkable objects. Whatever there is of mental construction, whether past,
present or future, internal or external, fine or gross, high or low, far or
near, all that belongs to this mental construction group. Desire, craving for
and clinging to these objectives, is the cluster of clinging to construction!
Wanting a special event is the mental construction of intention = Kamma...

V: There is the
Cluster of Clinging to Consciousness (Viññāna):
There are six kinds of consciousness:
1: The Visual Consciousness of seeing. 2: The Auditory Consciousness of hearing.
3: Olfactory Consciousness of smelling. 4: Gustatory Consciousness of tasting.
5: Tactile Consciousness of touching. 6: The Mental Consciousness of thinking.
Whatever there is of consciousness, whether past, present or future, internal
or external, fine or gross, high or low, far or near, all that belongs to this very
consciousness group. Desire, craving for and clinging to this aware recognition,
is the cluster of clinging to consciousness itself!


Craving => Clinging => Fear of Loss => Panic => Mental Pain => Suffering!

The Blessed Buddha said:
Recluses and monks, who knows the cause of, the stilling of, and the way leading
to the ceasing of these five clusters of clinging, who are training for disgust
towards these, for their fading away and dissolution, they are practicing well!
They are later released and well liberated through this very non-clinging...
Those, who are well liberated, are consummate ones, completed ones...
There is no way of describing such utterly perfected ones...

Immensity, Profundity and Significance:
There is nothing within this universe apart or beyond these 5 C
lusters of Clinging...
The 5 Clusters of Clinging are thus an all-inclusive and vast classification-scheme!
Good therefore is this praxis: When faced with whatever phenomenon, then ask:
To which category of these 5 clusters of clinging, does this state belong?   

More on these 5 Clusters of Clinging (Khandha):
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Any_Kind.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Not_Yours.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Leash.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Like_Foam.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/House_on_Fire.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fingernail_of_Soil.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Acquisition_of_Fuel.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Clustered_Truths.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Burning_Five.htm

https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Burden_and_Prison.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Breaking_the_Bonds.htm

https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Stilling_of_Clinging.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/g_m/khandha.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_5_Clusters_of_Clinging.htm


If Clinging: How can one ever be Free?
If Not Free: How can one ever be Happy?

Good Dhamma talk by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu on Clinging:
http://dhammatalks.org/Archive/061023%20Feeding%20Frenzy!%20Dependent%20Co-arising.mp3

Source: The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya XXII (56); [III 59-61]
http://store.pariyatti.org/Connected-Discourses-of-the-Buddha_p_1379.html A Vast Ocean of True Dhamma Teaching!
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sutta/samyutta/index.html#Khandha On these Clusters!

The 5 Clusters of Clinging!
 


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