- “rolling back,” with ref. to the development of the world (or the aeons kappa) used to denote a devolving cycle (“devolution”) whereas vaṭṭa alone or saṃvaṭṭa denote the involving cycle (both either with or without kappa). Thus as “periods” of the world they practically mean the same thing & may both be interpreted in the sense of a; new beginning. As redupl
■ inter. compounds they express only the idea of constant change. We sometimes find vivaṭṭa in the sense of “renewal” & saṃvaṭṭa in the sense of “destruction,” where we should expect the opposite meaning for each. See also vaṭṭa & saṃvaṭta; Dogmatically vivaṭṭa is used as “absence of vaṭṭa, i.e. nibbāna or salvation from saṃsāra (see vaṭṭa cp. citta-vivaṭṭa, ceto˚, ñāṇa˚, vimokkha˚ at Ps; i.108 & ii.70)
■ Fig. in kamma˚; “the rolling back of k., i.e. devolution or course of kamma at SN.i.85
■ Abs & combd with saṃvaṭṭa (i.e. devolution combined with evolution) e.g. at DN.i.14, DN.i.16 sq.; DN.iii.109; AN.ii.142 (where read vivaṭṭe for vivaṭṭo); Pp.60; Vism.419 (here as m. vivaṭṭo, compared with saṃvaṭṭo), Vism.420 (˚ṭṭhāyin) In cpd. -kappa (i.e. descending aeon) at DN.iii.51; Pp.60; Iti.15.
- (nt.) part of a bhikkhu’s dress (rolling up of the binding?), combined with anu- vivaṭṭa at Vin.i.287.
vi + vaṭṭa1