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Volition/Intention

Pali:
Cetana
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Sanskrit:
Cetana
Synonyms:
directionality, preference, deliberation
Definition :

Volition can be defined as a mental factor that moves or urges the mind in a particular direction, toward a specific object or goal.

Intention is also called volition. This is the element that coordinates and directs the activity of each of the other elements within the main mind in respect to the object. Once feeling is present, intention moves our mind in a certain direction. Intention is the factor that actualizes what feeling has initiated. If the feeling generated upon contact with an object is attraction, intention moves the mind forward toward the object. For example, I smell a ripe mango in a shop I am passing, and the feeling of attraction arises. Intention is the shift in the mental process toward buying it.

It is one of the Universal Mental Factors.

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