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The two types rooted in hatred may be illustrated thus: 9. 10. With hatred, one man murders another in a spontaneous fit of rage. With hatred, one man murders another after premeditation. The two types rooted in delusion may be illustrated as follows: 11. 12. A person, due to delusion, doubts the enlightenment of the Buddha or the efficacy of the Dhamma as a way to deliverance. A person is so distracted in mind that he cannot focus his mind on any object. Rootless Consciousness (ahetukacittāni) — 18 §8.
This feeling “accompanies” (sahagata) this type of consciousness in that it is inextricably blended with it, just as when the waters of two rivers meet, they blend together and cannot be distinguished. The Abhidhamma describes four cittas rooted in greed (lobha) and accompanied by a joyful mental feeling (somanassa). The other four cittas in this class are accompanied by equanimity (upekkhāsahagata). The word upekkhā is often used in the Pāḷi texts to signify the lofty spiritual quality of equanimity, or impartiality, the state of mind that cannot be swayed by biases and preferences.
Sense-sphere consciousness (kāmāvacaracitta): The word kāma means both subjective sensuality, that is, craving for sense pleasures, and objective sensuality, that is, the five external sense-objects — visible forms, sounds, smells, tastes, and tangible 1. Compendium of Consciousness 25 objects. The kāmabhūmi is the sensory plane of existence, which comprises eleven realms — the four woeful states, the human realm, and the six sensory heavens (celestial realms). Sense-sphere consciousness includes all those cittas that have their proper domain in the sensory plane of existence, though they may arise in other planes as well.