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AN.IV.171 Cetanaa Sutta Where there is intentional bodily action [kaayasa~ncetanaa] there arises the pleasure or pain of that bodily action [kaayasa"nkhaara] Where there is intentional verbal action [vaciisa~ncetana]. There arises the pleasure and pain of that verbal action [vaciisa"nkhara]. Where there is intentional mental action [manosa~ncetanaa], there arises the pleasure or pain of that mental action. The ignorance [avijjaa] which is a necessary component of such action may cause the arising in another world (rebirth) for one of the four reasons:
1. conditioned by the performance of the act;
2. conditioned by the action of others;
3. conditioned both by one's actions and the actions of others, and;
4. conditioned neither by one's own or others' actions. Saariputta expanded further on the meaning of these four reasons as follows:
1. being conditioned only by one's own actions is illustrated by the decease of a angel from a heaven realm because of mindless indulgence in sense pleasure [khiddaa-padosika];
2. being conditioned only by the actions of others is illustrated by the decease of an angel from a heaven realm by the intentions of another deva belonging to the retinue of the Four Great Kings;
3. being conditioned both by the actions of oneself and others is illustrated by those dying by murder or suicides, and;
4. being conditioned by neither oneself nor others is illustrated by those who abide in the sphere of neither perception nor non-perception.
35/405 Catukanipaata Catuttha Pa.n.naasaka A"nguttara A.ii.


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