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What are the 8 Advantageous Kinds of Consciousness?

1: Unprompted consciousness joined both with joy and understanding.
Example: Knowing good merit one spontaneously gives a gift with joy!

2: Prompted consciousness joined both with joy and understanding.
Ex: Understanding merit one, now urged by others, gives a gift with joy.

3: Unprompted consciousness joined with joy, but not understanding.
Ex: Unaware of the good of merit one spontaneously gives a gift with joy.

4: Prompted consciousness joined with joy, but not understanding.
Ex: Not understanding merit one, incited by others, gives a gift with joy.

5: Unprompted consciousness joined with equanimity and understanding.
Ex: Knowing well good merit one spontaneously gives, yet in indifference.

6: Prompted consciousness joined with equanimity and understanding.
Ex: Understanding merit one, now urged by others, gives in indifference.

7: Unprompted consciousness joined with equanimity, but not understanding.
Example: Unaware of any merit one spontaneously gives in indifference.

8: Prompted consciousness joined with equanimity, but not understanding.
Example: Unaware of merit, urged on by others, one gives in indifference.

These are the 8 kinds of Advantageous Consciousness of the Sensuous Worlds (kāma-loka).
1 is the best, 8 the lowest. The kammic return in form of happy pleasure is largest for the spontaneous
and unprompted actions, that is done by own choice & initiative, and not after request by others. This is so,
since then they are part of the cause and thus also will the partake of the advantageous delayed effect.

The delayed future effect of all these mental states is happiness, joy and pleasure!
There are in total 89 kinds of Consciousness! All of them are mapped here:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/table1.htm

More on the Advantageous (Kusala):
What is Clever Action?, What_is_Advantageous?

Source:  The Path of Purification XIV 81ff:
The Visuddhimagga by Ariya
Buddhaghosa from the 5th century AC.
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/pdfs/PathofPurification2011.pdf

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