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As soon, however, as subconsciousness is broken off, the functional mind element, grasping the object and breaking through the subconscious stream, performs the function of ‘adverting’ (āvajjana) the mind towards the object. “Immediately thereupon, there arises at the eye-door, and based upon the sensitive eye-organ, the eye-consciousness, while performing the function of ‘seeing’ (dassana)… “Immediately thereafter, there arises the mind-element, performing the function of ‘receiving’ (sampaṭicchana) the object of that consciousness… “Immediately thereafter, there arises…the mind-consciousness element, while ‘investigating’ (santīraṇa) the object received by the mind-element… “Immediately thereafter, there arises the functional, rootless mind-consciousness-element, accompanied by indifference, while performing the function of ‘determining’ (votthapana) the object… “Now, if the object is large, then immediately afterwards there flash forth six or seven ‘impulsive moments’ (javana-citta), constituted by one of the eight wholesome (kusala) or twelve unwholesome (akusala) or nine functional (kiriya or kriyā) classes of consciousness.
Its function is to be a “forerunner” (pubbangama) of the mental factors in that it presides over them and is always accompanied by them. Its manifestation — the way it appears to the meditator’s experience — is a continuity of process (sandhāna). Its proximate cause is mind-and-matter (nāmarūpa), because consciousness (citta) cannot arise alone, in the complete absence of mental factors (cetasika) and material phenomena (rūpa). While citta has a single characteristic that remains the same in all its diverse manifestations, the Abhidhamma distinguishes citta into a variety of types.
With joy, holding the view that there is no evil in stealing, a boy spontaneously steals an apple from a fruit stall. 2. With joy, holding the same view, he steals an apple through the prompting of a friend. 3—4. The same view as 1 and 2 except that the boy does not hold any wrong view. 1. Compendium of Consciousness 33 5—8. These four are parallel to 1—4 except that the stealing is done with neutral feeling. The two types rooted in hatred may be illustrated thus: 9. 10. With hatred, one man murders another in a spontaneous fit of rage.
A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma by Bhikkhu Bodhi