THE BENEFITS IN DEVELOPING UNDERSTANDING
(vi) WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS IN DEVELOPING UNDERSTANDING? (See XIV.1) 
To that question, which was asked above, we reply that this development of
understanding has many hundred benefits. But it would be impossible to explain
its benefits in detail, however long a time were taken over it. Briefly, though, its
benefits should be understood as these: (A) removal of the various defilements,
(B) experience of the taste of the noble fruit, (C) ability to attain the attainment of
cessation, and (D) achievement of worthiness to receive gifts and so on.
[A. Removal of the Defilements]
Herein, it should be understood that one of the benefits of the mundane
development of understanding is the removal of the various defilements
beginning with [mistaken] view of individuality. This starts with the delimitation
of mentality-materiality. Then one of the benefits of the supramundane
development of understanding is the removal, at the path moment, of the various
defilements beginning with the fetters.
With dreadful thump the thunderbolt
Annihilates the rock.
The fire whipped by the driving wind
Annihilates the wood.
The radiant orb of solar flame
Annihilates the dark.
Developed understanding, too,
Defilements’ netted overgrowth,
The source of every woe.
This blessing in this very life
A man himself may know.
[B. The Taste of the Noble Fruit]
3. Not only the removal of the various defilements but also the experience of
the taste of the noble fruit is a benefit of the development of understanding. 
For it is the fruitions of stream-entry, etc.—the fruits of asceticism—that are called