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Absorption into the Singular Kasina Entirety!


The Blessed Buddha once said:
There are ten kasina spheres, Bhikkhus. And which are these?
Someone perceives solid earth as his kasina, above, below, round about,
undivided, as entirety, infinite, without boundaries, ends or limits.
Again, someone perceives fluid water as his kasina ... or fire ... or wind ...
or blue ... or yellow ... or red ... or white ... or space ... or consciousness,
above, below, round about, undivided, as entirety, infinite, without
boundaries, ends or limits. These are the subtle ten kasina spheres...
Consciousness above, below, all around about, undivided, as entirety,
infinite, without boundaries, ends or limits is considered as the very
highest of these kasina spheres. There are beings dwelling in such
subtle perceptions, however even these high aloof beings experience
impermanence and change! Understanding this, any wise and Noble
disciple turns away from it. By turning all away from it, he thereby 
detaches from the highest, how much more so from all lower states!



Comments on these Elements perceived as 'Entirety' or 'Wholeness':
Kasina meditation is a mental absorption gained into a unity aspect:
'Earth' here does not mean a substance, but solidity and extension.
'Water' here neither means a substance, but fluidity and cohesion.
'Fire' here neither means a substance, but heat and vibration.
'Wind' or 'air' here means motion and kinetic energy.
The unity aspect is thus not 'material', but a quality or property,
that nevertheless is not assigned to an object, but rather is itself
the sole object...!



More on this way of inducing Mental Absorption (Jhāna):
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/g_m/kasina.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Kasina_Absorption.htm

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