Reply To: Kammic Outcomes of Ambiguous Behavior


Yeos said: “comes to my mind…:

“The eye is burning, forms are burning, eye-consciousness is burning, eye-contact is burning,..”

The sutta is Adittapariyaya Sutta (SN 35.28):

The sutta is not about a real fire. Most English translations do not provide the real message embedded in the sutta. It is about the “fires in the mind” due to hate, greed, and ignorance.

This “burning up” is called “tāpa” in Pali, and is due to greed, hate, and ignorance. “Ātāpi” means the opposite, “cooling down via getting rid of those defilements”. This is what is meant by “ātāpi sampajānō” in the Satipattana sutta; see, “Mahā Satipatthāna Sutta“.