THE FACULTIES AND TRUTHS
[A. DESCRIPTION OF THE FACULTIES]
1.  The “faculties” listed next to the elements (XIV.32) are the twenty-two
faculties, namely, eye faculty, ear faculty, nose faculty, tongue faculty, body faculty,
mind faculty, femininity faculty, masculinity faculty, life faculty, [bodily] pleasure
faculty, [bodily] pain faculty, [mental] joy faculty, [mental] grief faculty, equanimity
faculty, faith faculty, energy faculty, mindfulness faculty, concentration faculty,
understanding faculty, “I-shall-come-to-know-the-unknown” faculty, final-
knowledge faculty, final-knower faculty.
(l) As to meaning, (2) character and so on,
(3) Order, (4) divided and undivided,
(5) Likewise function, and (6) also plane—
The exposition should be known.
3. 1. Herein, firstly, the meaning of eye, etc., is explained in the way beginning:
“It relishes (cakkhati), thus it is an eye (cakkhu)” (XV.3). But as regards the last
three, the first is called the “I-shall-come-to-know-the-unknown” faculty because
it arises in the initial stage [of the stream-entry path moment] in one who has
entered on the way thus “I shall come to know the deathless state, or the Dhamma
of the Four (Noble) Truths, not known,”1 and because it carries the meaning of
faculty (rulership). The second of them is called the final-knowledge faculty
because of knowing finally, and because it carries the meaning of faculty. The
third is called the final-knower faculty because it arises in one who has destroyed
cankers, who possesses final knowledge, and whose task of getting to know the
four truths is finished, and because it carries the meaning of faculty.
4. But what is this meaning of faculty (rulership—indriyattha) that they have?
(a) The meaning of being the mark of a ruler (inda) is the meaning of faculty
(rulership). (b) The meaning of being taught by a ruler is the meaning of faculty,
(c) The meaning of being seen by a ruler is the meaning of faculty, (d) The
meaning of having been prepared by a ruler is the meaning of faculty, (e) The
“In the noble path moment’s initial stage” (Vism-mhṭ 519).