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The Brahmaviharas

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  • Sharon
    The four Brahma Viharas work together. Ajahn Buddhadasa talked in terms of upekkha overseeing the other three. In skilful and beautiful situations mudita is
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 14, 2003
      "The four Brahma Viharas work together. Ajahn Buddhadasa talked in
      terms of upekkha overseeing the other three. In skilful and beautiful
      situations mudita is the mature motivation of the heart. If it is
      possible to alleviate a situation where there is pain or distress
      compassion maybe invoked. An unpleasant or ugly situation invokes
      metta. Acceptance, an aspect of metta, finds its echo in the
      acceptance of limitation implied in upekkha, which is why metta is
      such an important beginning.

      "For most of us and even in animals it is metta, as found in the
      acceptance of the mother of the child, that is the first emotion that
      allows us, and others, to grow and begin to mature. If there is no
      metta expressed to an offspring, particularly a human child, it will
      either die quickly or grow to be a very warped and immature
      individual. It is the primary motivation that allows the very young
      to mature. The young express it in the way they reach out and learn
      about the place in which they find themselves. Young children can
      pick up things without discrimination and, to the horror of the
      adults, place them in the mouth. There is in this action of the child
      a very crude level of acceptance and lack of discrimination operating
      as the child begins to reach out beyond itself.

      "Compassion allows us to recognise the changes and developments that
      are a part of the natural changes from baby, to child, to young
      person, to adult, to old person - and the pain of separation from the
      known, which is part of this process - and bear the changes
      sensitively.

      "Mudita allows us to enjoy life. The beauty and the wonder of this
      strange experience of being a sensitive separate life somehow
      mysteriously connected with it all. And when all the fear of the
      unknown has been allowed to fall away, the wonder of the unknowable
      can be appreciated and enjoyed.

      "What moves us through life, through the uncertainties and changes is
      what can bring some freedom for people. Our intentions move us
      through life, our intentions are the area of our greatest freedom. To
      use and train this freedom wisely is the challenge."

      ~ Venerable Ajahn Vajiro - "Mature Emotions " from the Forest Sangha
      Newsletter

      www.forestsangha.org/vajiro2.htm


      May this be of benefit.
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