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Acharya Buddharakkhita on lovingkindness

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  • shar_63
    Metta has been identified as that specific factor which ripens the accumulated merit (punna) acquired by the ten ways for the acquisition of merit
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      Metta has been identified as that specific factor which "ripens' the
      accumulated merit (punna) acquired by the ten ways for the
      acquisition of merit (dasapunna-kiriyavatthu), such as the practice
      of generosity, virtue, etc. Again, it is metta which brings to
      maturity the ten exalted spiritual qualities known as "perfections"
      (paramita).

      The practice of metta thus can be likened to bringing into being a
      great tree, from the time the seed is sown to the time the tree is
      heavily laden with luscious fruits and sends forth its sweet odor far
      and wide, attracting myriads of creatures to it to enjoy its tasty
      and nutritious bounty. The sprouting of the seed and the growth of
      the plant are, as it were, brought about by the first part of the
      sutta. In the second part the tree, robust and developed, is fully
      covered with fragrant and beautiful flowers, riveting all eyes upon
      it.

      As a pattern of behavior, the first aspect of metta makes one's life
      grow like a tree, useful, generous and noble. Metta, as meditation,
      effects that spiritual efflorescence whereby one's entire life
      becomes a source of joy for all. The third part envisages in this
      imagery the fruition of that process of spiritual development whereby
      one brings about an all-embracing application of spiritual love which
      can powerfully condition society as a whole and lead one to the
      heights of transcendental realization.

      The human mind is like a mine holding an inexhaustible storehouse of
      spiritual power and insight. This immense inner potential of merit
      can be fully exploited only by the practice of metta, as is clear
      from the description of metta as that "maturing force" which ripens
      the dormant merits. In the Mangala Sutta it is said that only after
      one has effected an elevating interpersonal relationship (by
      resorting to good company, etc.) does one choose the right
      environment for the merits of the past to find fruition. This finding
      of fruition is exactly what metta does. Mere avoidance of wrong
      company and living in a cultured environment is not enough; the mind
      must be cultivated by metta. Hence the allusion to the fruition of
      past merit.

      ~ Acharya Buddharakkhita, "Metta: The Philosophy and Practice of
      Universal Love"
      (BPS)

      May this be of benefit.
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