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Body and mind, especially mental qualities, dependent on any instant of consciousness will assume qualities harmonious with that consciousness. Whenever mental activities, or volitional impulses, are wholesome, the consciousness resultant on them will be subsequently cheerful and clear, and bodily gestures will be buoyant. When volitional impulses are unwholesome they lead to the cognition of sensations from a harsh and harmful perspective. The mental state will be negative, and bodilygestures and behaviour will be influenced accordingly.
Craving develops into specific attitudes and values. With unpleasant feeling, clinging manifests as an obsessive aversion to the object of that feeling and an obsessive desire to seek escape from it. In this way, there is clinging to objects of the senses, to the life situations which can provide them, to identities, opinions, theories, and methods and to the concept or image of a . OTHER INTERPRETATIONS self to enjoy or suffer from those situations. 9- 10. Clinging becoming: Clinging naturally affects life situations in one way or another, and its effects occur on two levels.
Thus, when speaking of craving and clinging, ignorance is automatically implied. In this light, ignorance as a past cause, and craving and clinging as present causes, mean much the same thing. But ignorance is THE STANDARD MODEL classed as a past determinant, while craving and clinging are classed as present determinants, to show each of those factors in its prominent relationship with the other factors in the Wheel of Becoming. 2) Volitional impulses and becoming Volitional impulses (sanmra) appear in the past life segment while becoming (bhava) occurs in the present life segment, but each plays a decisive role in the realm, or bhava, life is to appear in, and so they have similar meanings, differing only in their emphasis.
Dependent Origination: The Buddhist Law of Conditionality by P.A. Payutto