The Abhidhamma seems to talk only in terms of eradications. According to the Abhidhamma the following defilements are eradicated (different list than the fetters):
- by Sotāpanna: wrong view, avarice, envy, doubt;
- by Sakadāgāmi: nothing; He 'just' eliminates grosser forms of lust, hatered and delusion;
- by Anāgāmi: sensual greed; hatred and worry;
- by Arahant: delusion, shamelessness, fearlessness of wrong, restlessness, greed (other), conceit, sloth and torpor.
With other words: once eradicated those emotions will never ever show up in ones mind. So far, so good.
I'm interested now in the following:
What doe the sutta's say about the characteristics of the Noble Ones? The Abhidhamma, for instance, tells me that a Sotāpanna can't break the 5 precepts anymore. This is one characteristic one could look for then.
Are there more? What are noticeable characteristics of the other stages?
So, what does this all mean practically? Okay, a Sotāpanna doesn't break the precepts. What about a Sakadāgāmi? Does this elimination of grosser forms mean (s)he never has sex? Does an Arahant not yawn, because (s)he has eradicated sleepiness?
So, I'm not really interested in the list of the fetters. But more in the characteristics by which Noble Ones could be recognised. Like the not breaking of the 5 precepts by the Sotāpanna.
This answer, for instance, is not what I'm looking for.
Edit: In case I wasn't clear, I'm looking for characteristics noticeable by others. So, not internal ones only noticeable for the person in question. Thanks. :)