In Vis.M. VI, it is the cemetery contemplations (sīvathika,
q.v.) that are called 'meditation-subjects of impurity' (asubha-kammatthāna;
In the Girimananda Sutta (A. X., 50), however, the
perception of impurity (asubha-saññā) refers to the contemplation of the
32 parts of the body (s. kāya-gatā-sati).
The contemplation of the body's
impurity is an antidote against the hindrance of sense-desire (s. nīvarana)
and the mental perversion (vipallāsa, q.v.) which sees what is truly
impure as pure and beautiful.
- See S. XLVI, 51; A. V. 36, Dhp. 7, 8; Sn. 193ff. -
- The Five Mental Hindrances (WHEEL 26), pp. 5ff.