In SuttaCentral we find the Buddha in the following dialogue:
Do you regard the eye like this: ‘This is not mine, I am not this, this is not my self’?”
cakkhuṃ ‘netaṃ mama, nesohamasmi, na meso attā’ti samanupassasī”ti?
“Good, mendicant! And regarding the eye, you will truly see clearly with right wisdom that: ‘This is not mine, I am not this, this is not my self.’
ettha ca te, bhikkhu, cakkhu ‘netaṃ mama, nesohamasmi na meso attā’ti evametaṃ yathābhūtaṃ sammappaññāya sudiṭṭhaṃ bhavissati.
My question pertains to the meaning/implications of the phrase “do you regard”:
- what is the pali word for regard
- does regard here imply a reasoning, a knowledge based on thinking and prior to meditative experience
- does regard then lead to meditative experience as a “truly seeing clearly”?