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Investigation is a Link to Awakening!

The Investigation of states Link to Awakening (dhammavicaya-sambojjhanga)
is basically the same mental property (pañña-cetasika), that comes to understand
everything, and which also is inherently included in the:

The Investigating feet of force (vimamsiddhipāda)
The Ability of Understanding (paññindriya)
The Power of Understanding (paññabala)
The Right View Path Factor (sammā-ditthi-magganga)

It can be trained, developed and refined to a degree that fully enlightens!
If one single quality should be pointed out as thee cause of Awakening,
then it is this Investigation of states Link to Awakening that Enlightens!

The Buddha once said: What mental fermentations (āsava) should be
overcome by development? If a Bhikkhu by careful and rational attention
develops the investigation of states link to awakening based on seclusion,
disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in relinquishment, then neither can any
fermentation, nor any fever, nor any discontent ever arise in him. MN2 [i 11]

Remaining thus aware, then he examines, analyzes, and comes to understand
that quality with penetrating insight. While thus aware, exploring closer into,
examining, analyzing, and coming to full intuitive comprehension, then this
investigation of states link to awakening
becomes aroused. He develops
it, and for him it goes to the culmination of its development. MN118 [iii 85]

The ability of investigation of states is to examine, scrutinize and analyze
any chosen object, and when this ability is unshakable and unfailing, it then
becomes the power of investigation of phenomena! By thorough and eager
investigation one understands that all things are caused and conditioned,
and as such only are compounded constructions, states passing through the
inconceivably rapid moments (~10-43 sec.) of arising, presence, and ceasing!
Remaining neither the 'same', nor 'stable' for two consecutive moments...
Comprehending this universal flux gradually disables craving and clinging...
Therefore do not trust anything (especially not 'your-self'!) blindly...,
but keep on examining, and question what is doubtful, and not quite clear.
Don't jump into any premature conclusion, before having examined it again!
The Investigation of states Link to awakening is the sword, that cuts right
through the jungle of views to genuine understanding, and true knowledge..

Investigation is found in the last five (III-VII) of these 7 Purifications:
I: Purification of morality (sīla-visuddhii)
II: Purification of mind (citta-visuddhi)
III: Purification of view (ditthi-visuddhi)
IV: Purification by overcoming doubt (kankhā-vitarana-visuddhi)
V: Purification by knowledge and vision of what is path, and not-path.
VI: Purification by knowledge and vision of progress on this path.
VII: Purification of knowledge and vision (ñānadassana-visuddhi).

Investigation is inherent in these 3 Comprehending and Crucial Contemplations:
Contemplation of Impermanence (aniccānupassanā)
Contemplation of Suffering (dukkhānupassanā)
Contemplation of Impersonality (anattānupassanā)

Investigation leads to these 9 kinds of genuine Insight-Knowledge:
1. Knowledge of Arising and Ceasing (udayabbayānupassanā-ñāna)
2. Knowledge of Instant Dissolution (bhangānupassanā-ñāna)
3. Knowledge of Appearance as Terror (bhayatūpatthānā-ñāna)
4. Knowledge of Danger (ādīnavānupassanā-ñāna)
5. Knowledge of Disgust (nibbidānupassanā-ñāna)
6. Knowledge of the Desire for mental Release (muccitu-kamyatā-ñāna)
7. Knowledge of Reflecting Contemplation (patisankhānupassanā-ñāna)
8. Knowledge of Equanimity regarding all constructions (sankhārupekkhā-ñāna)
9. Knowledge of Adaptation confirming to the absolute Truth (saccānulomika-ñāna).

Further inspirations on this probing quality of Investigation of states:

Curiosity Feeds Understanding!

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