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The five khandhå, or aggregates, which constitute a living being together with his entire experience of the world, are in a condition of perpetual change. They are continually arising and passing away, and though the body may appear to alter slowly, the changes of the mind can be seen to follow each other in rapid succession; and so long as råga, dosa and moha, or lust, hate and delusion, have not been destroyed, the five aggregates continue to arise life after life. Rågaµ appahåya dosaµ appahåya mohaµ appahåya na parimuccati jåtiyå… (Aπguttara, II,i,6) Without putting aside lust, hate, and delusion, one is not free from birth… An Arahat is one who succeeds in destroying, once for all, his lust, hate, and delusion: this destruction, as we have seen, is known as saupådiseså nibbånadhåtu, or the Extinction Element with Remainder. The remaining basis—due to former lust, hate, and delusion—comprises the Arahat’s five faculties—eye, ear, nose, tongue, and body—and permits his experiences of pleasant and painful sensations while he yet lives. He does not, however, delight in, nor is he affected by, these various feelings, since he has destroyed lust, hate, and delusion; and when he dies his feelings cease. That is to say: his five faculties break up at death, and, being rid of lust, hate, and delusion, he is free from birth; the faculties, therefore, will not again come into existence, and there can consequently be no fresh sensations dependent upon them—in other words, his feelings ‘will become cold’: Seyyathåpi bhikkhave telañca pa†icca va††iñca telappad⁄po jhåyeyya, tasseva telassa ca va††iyå ca pariyådånå anåhåro nibbåyeyya. Evam eva kho bhikkhave bhikkhu kåyapariyantikaµ vedanaµ vediyamåno Kåyapariyantikaµ vedanaµ vediyåm⁄ti pajånåti J⁄vitapariyantikaµ vedanaµ vediyamåno J⁄vitapariyantikaµ vedanaµ vediyåm⁄ti pajånåti, kåyassa bhedå uddhaµ j⁄vitapariyådånå Idheva sabbavedayitåni anabhinanditåni s⁄tibhavissant⁄ti pajånåt⁄ti. (Vedanå Saµyutta, 7,12) Just as, monks, an oil lamp burns dependent upon oil and wick, and simply through the coming to an end of its oil and wick, being without sustenance, it is extinguished; so indeed, monks, when a monk feels

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Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...

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