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Although meditative concentration, paranormal ability, and so forth arise during these, they are ofbrief duration and unstable. One is also unable to avoid the intense sufferings of existence and must helplessly take a body [in the next life] by the force of karma. " Second is the transcendent path. According to the paths, it consists of the three paths of seeing, meditation, and no more learning. According to the factors conducive to enlightenment, it consists of the twenty-five factors of the seven branches of enlightenment during the six levels of the vase initiation, the five powers during the four levels of the secret initiation, the five forces during the two levels of primordial awareness dependent on an embodiment of wisdom, and the eight branches of the noble path during the halflevel of the fourth initiation.

During the two levels of the initiation of primordial awareness dependent on an embodiment of wisdom, the dependently arisen connections of reality in regard to the essential constituent nectars and the mind are constantly aligned, so the meditative concentration of the unity of bliss and emptiness occurs spontaneously and control of the vast domains of the dharmakaya is achieved. During the halflevel of the fourth initiation, the ultimate dependently arisen connections of the vital [action] winds and the vital wind of primordial awareness are constantly aligned, so the meditative concentration of sublime blissful emptiness occurs effortlessly and control of the vast domains of the svabhavikakaya is achieved.

Since that path brings all experiential appearances into meditative concentration, the obstacles of the maras begin, and so the path presented as the four tests is presented for protection from them. 1hen one arrives at the middle gathering of the essential constituents, and the experience of emptiness rises up as the enemy. [142] To engage the applications of mindfulness as the antidotes for that, the path presenting the applications of mindfulness as the cause is explained. Dependent on that, the precipitous pathway of great dullness occurs during the final gathering.

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