Abidhamma : Varieties of Mind - Bhawanga Chiththa (Lesson 9)

Abidhamma : Varieties of Mind - Bhawanga Chiththa (Lesson 9)
There are lots of varieties of mind. One of those is Bhawanga Chitta. The first mind of a new life born on a retribution of a karma of the past life. This karma is the karma which remember on near death mind. That mind is connect the previous life and the new life. Therefore it is called the mind of conception.

The life of mind is very short, therefore destroys instantly. Minds are like a stack. If you take the bottom one out the next upper one comes to the action. This is called mind chain.

The mind chain starts on birth and continuous till the death and after death according to the mind of conception new mind chain will begin. Therefore to continue of life ("Nama and Rupa") mind of conception is lead and that's why it is called Bhawanga Chitta (the mind helps to Bhawa - life cycle).

According to the fineness of the Bhawanga Chitta, the cleverness of a creature appears. If the Bhawanga Chitta is fine and clear the person can understand something well and clever. Those are brainy, good in educating and good in thinking.  If the Bhawanga Chitta is not fine and clear, such minds could not catch the hard Dhamma. If they heard someone says, they could not understand. If they read from books it is same. Those are called fools and fails to learn and think.

Because of the past karmas caused to the bawanga chitta, one creature in one life could generate same types of bawanga chittas. If someone could not be able to catch hard Dhamma due to his bawanga chitta, he will never be able to catch those in same life. The asininity came from birth is never recovering.

Kamma is also attached to the mind and it is also various. From those kammas, the sin kammas are dirty due to greed, malice, delusion. Because of the dirtyness of the sin kammas, bhawanga chitta derives from those sin kammas are also dark and unable to take fine ends. Animals have bhawanga chittas generated from sin kammas. Therefore they could not understand the things that human can understand.

Refer from Rev. Rerukane Chandawimala Thero
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