Chapter Twenty: Analysis of the Assembly

 

 

If effects are produced by an assembly
Of causes and conditions
And are present in those assemblies
How could they be produced by those assemblies?  [20.1]
 
If effects are produced but the very assembly
Of causes and conditions,
And are not present in those assemblies,
How could they be produced by those assemblies.  [20.2]
 
If effects are present in the assemblies
Of their cause and conditions,
They should be perceptible in those assemblies,
And yet they are not perceptible in those assemblies  [20.3]
 
If the effects are not present in the assemblies
Of their causes and conditions,
Then the causes and conditions
Equal what are not causes and conditions  [20.4]
 
If the cause ceases to be,
Having been supplied to its effect,
It follows that the cause has two identities,
One supplied and another that ceases.  [20.5]
 
If a cause ceases to be,
Without having been supplied to its effect,
The effect that arise when it has ceased
Do not have any cause.  [20.6]
 
If the effects arise together
With their assemblies,
The produce and prodouced
Will then be simultaneous  [20.7]
 
If the effects arise
Before their assemblies,
The absence of causes and conditions
Implies the effects are uncaused.  [20.8]
 
If a cause ceases,
Yet is transferred to its effect,
It follows that a cause already arisen
Would arise once more.  [20.9]
 
How could that which has ceased and disappeared
Be the producer of an arisen effect?
An enduring cause that is connected to its effect,
How could that produce it?  [20.10]
 
If cause and effect are not connected,
What effect would then be produce?
Whether seen or unseen by the cause,
No effect is produced.  [20.11]
 
A past effect is never in contact
With a cause that has passed,
Nor with one that has not arisen,
Or one that has already arisen  [20.12]
 
An effect that has arisen
Is never in contact
With a cause that has not arisen ,
Or one that has already arisen.  [20.13]
 
An effect that has not arisen
Is never in contact
With a cause that has arisen
Has not arisen, or that has passed.  [20.14]
 
If there is no contact,
How could a cause produce its effect?
Even if there is contact,
How could a cause produce its effect?  [20.15]
 
If empty of an effect,
How can a cause produce its effect?
If not empty of an effect,
How can a cause produce its effect?  [20.16]
 
An effect that is not empty does not arise.
An effect that is not empty does not cease.
It follows that what is not empty
Has not ceased and has not arisen.  [20.17]
 
How can the empty arise?
How can the empty cease?
It follows that the empty
Has not ceased and not arisen.  [20.18]
 
Cause and effect being identical
Will never make sense.
Cause and effect being different
Will never make sense.  [20.19]
 
If cause and effect were identical,
Produce and produce would be the same.
If cause and effect were different,
Cause and noncause would be equal.  [20.20]
 
If an effect is existent by nature,
Then what could its cause produce?
If an effect is nonexistent by nature,
Then what could its cause produce?  [20.21]
 
If it does not produce any effect,
The cause does not make any sense.
If the cause does not make sense,
Of what, then, is the effect.  [20.22]
 
If the assembly of causes and conditions
Does not itself
Produce its own identity,
How could it produce an effect?  [20.23]
 
Therefore, nothing is produced by an assembly,
And yet there is no effect made by anything else.
When no effect exists,
How can there be an assembly of conditions? [20.24]   
 
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