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The Pāḷi Canon
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We are now in the position to consider the relationship that exists between kamma and the enlightened being who has reached Nihhat;ta; or, more precisely: what are the results of the actions of that person during the period between Nibbat;ta and Pari-nihhat;ta. The answers are: as regards (I) the immediate result of an act, the enlightened one remains calm and indifferent to such.2 As regards (2) the result upon the character: it is nil; for his character is already perfected, wholesome, beyond time, detached. He has no personal desires, not a want nor a hope that is tinged with atta, and therefore he does not will, does not crave, nor become attached. 'When thought is purified of desire, action lacks result' (Sn vs. 952). It was willing, wanting, desire, that had kept him going as a process; but that now has ceased.