So while defiled consciousness can contact the factors of the Noble Path, it cannot be purified by them, nor can it defile the path factors?Twofold Classification of Factors: Impure (Sasrava) and Pure (Anasrava)
The conditioned factors, with the exception of the (noble) path, are
impure; they are impure because the fluxes adhere to or grow concordantly
in them [samanuserate].
If space is not "turned away" by an object does that mean that space continues to exist independent of the fact of the presence (or absence) of an object?Space ( akasa);60 F 8
5d. Space is that which does not hinder [matter or material form;,and
that which is not hindered by matter or material form].
Space is in its intrinsic nature [non-obstruction, in that it] (1) does not
hinder matter or material form (rupa), which, in fact, takes place freely in
space; and also (2) is not hindered by matter or material form, for space is
not turned away by matter or material form.
Interesting. Does that mean that one has to eradicate each defilement seperately (which, according to different classification systems number from 3 to 108), that it is not enough to just strike at the ignorance underlying all of them?Cessation due to deliberation (pratisarμkhyanirodha); 63 F 8-9
6ab. Cessation due to deliberation is disconnection [from the impure
factors], each disconnection taken separately...
...If it were otherwise, if the cessation due to deliberation were single, a person who
has obtained, i.e., realized, the cessation of the defilements [klesanirodha]
which are abandoned by insight into the truth of unsatisfactoriness would have
obtained or actualized at the same time the cessation of the defilements which are
abandoned by insight [darsana] into the other truths and by cultivation [bhavana],
[i.e., the cessation of all the defilements (sarvaklesa)]. It would be futile [vaiyarthya]
then for the practitioners to cultivate the part of the (noble) path which counteracts
these [remaining] defilements.
Now an example of this is the non-arising of visual consciousness due to the absence of visual stimuli.Cessation not due to deliberation (apratisaf!Zkhyiinirodha);
...This cessation) is called thus because it is obtained, not
by the deliberation of the truths, but by the deficiency of the [necessary]
causes and conditions of arising.
But would this mean that being in a comatose state, for example, is akin to cessation?