Reply To: Posts Related to “Distorted Saññā”


These are issues with words. It is not easy to convey meanings with words.

1. The main point is the following:

  • saññā vipallāsa” is NOT the same as “distorted saññā.” 
  •  “distorted saññā” is the “made-up saññā” presented to the mind by the physical body.
  • When a puthujjana‘s mind believes in that “made-up saññā” that is “saññā vipallāsa.”  
  • An Arahant (unless in a jhana or samapatti) and a puthujjana BOTH RECEIVE “distorted saññā.”
  • But “saññā vipallāsa” DOES NOT arise in an Arahant.

2. In the new post, the following appears at the beginning:

1. Kamma accumulation happens in two distinctive stages. 

  1. In the first stage, the mind of a puthujjana attaches automatically to sensory input ( ārammaṇa) based on the “distorted saññā” we discussed in recent posts. That attachment is “saññā vipallāsa” or “fooled by the distorted saññā”; see  “Fooled by Distorted Saññā (Sañjānāti) – Origin of Attachment (Taṇhā).” 

Would it be better to say: That attachment is DUE TO “saññā vipallāsa”…?

  • Or is it still unclear?

3. It is good to discuss these subtle points. I may be able to rewrite a sentence to convey the idea better. 

P.S. Vipallāsa” implies “being fooled.” As we discussed, viññāna is a magician presenting a magic show utilizing “distorted saññā.”

  • While a puthujjana‘s mind falls for that “trick,” Arahant‘s mind would not.