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4👑☸4 noble truths, Lucid24.org home page UPED📚User-friendly Pāli English Dictionary subverbalmental activity underlying thoughts of unspoken words     V&V💭vitakka & vicāra: directed-thought & evaluation   S&S🐘💭sati & sampajāno = remembering & lucid-discerning    (⤴) Jump to top of page, table of contents


subverbal: (not in Eng. dictionary)

EBT compliant definition of 'subverbal': mental co-activities (citta Saṅ-khārā) that underlie thoughts you think V&V💭 before you say them out loud (vāca). The most frequent subverbal activity terms used by the Buddha, is perceptions (sañña) and attention (manasi karoti) to perceptions.
✅samādhi nimittas, Dhamma, sati and Dhamma-vicaya span the whole range from verbal to vitakka and subverbal activity. Example: After V&V💭 ceases in first jhana, S&S🐘💭 continues as subverbal mental processing from 2nd jhana on up. Even in Abhidhamma, 31asb🧟‍ and Vimt. use verbal recitation of body parts as the entry into that meditation, and mental recitation V&V💭 continues into first jhana, then becomes S&S🐘💭 in 2nd jhana on up.
AN 9.41: See the perceptions and attention that underlie vitakka (thinking) referenced in 2nd and first jhana.
MN 18, AN 4.41: hierarchy of vinnana, vedana, sanna, vitakka.
MN 20 this is a 2nd and first jhana context - vitakka Saṅ-khārā underlie and precede vitakka (directed thoughts)
AN 3.60 meditator with mind reading superpower can "hear" mental talk V&V💭 of first jhana meditators, and can directly perceive the mind of the subverbal mano-saṅkhārā of meditators in 2nd jhana and above.

⛔ vitakka in first jhana does not mean subverbal, as late Abhidhamma redefines it. It always means directed thoughts, including those of verbal nature, words of a language, thoughts you think before you say them out loud. Vism. apologists and corrupt monks who try to redefine jhana and vitakka claim that vitakka is subverbal, because the Buddha did not have existing words to describe subverbal activity. As you can see from above, there's already a rich selection of existing terms to describe subverbal activity, being used in jhana and samadhi context.

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