The Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw says;
"According to the Commentary, bhava tanha is the craving that is
accompanied by sassata ditthi, the wrong view of eternalism. Here,
bhava means becoming or being. Hence bhava tanha is craving based
on the belief in the permanence and stability of existence."
[ The Great Discourse on the Turning of the Wheel of Dhamma, page 161 ]
Why does he need to resort to the commentary, is nothing said in the Sutta
What, in the quotation above, is from the commentary, and what is his own
Is he saying that bhava tanha is "the craving that is accompanied by
sassata ditthi", or that it is "based on" sassata ditthi?
Since clinging and craving are involved in all such dogmatic views, would
it not be better to say that bhava tanha is the craving for the idea of
eternalism. Craving which results in clinging to the idea, which is what
is meant by a wrong view.
If you think that a craving for existence ( or being, or becoming) could
result in any REAL existence, then you are mistaken. However, it could
result in the illusion of existence.
Craving for, and clinging to, the idea of an eternal self, creates the
illusion of a self which will continue to exist for ever.
To be continued, regards, Vincent.