Infinite & Divine Classic!
Development of Infinite All-Embracing Kindness!
The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus and Friends: There are these four infinite mental states:
The Bhikkhu pervades all beings with all-embracing friendliness...
The Bhikkhu encompass all beings with universal & endless pity...
The Bhikkhu permeates all beings with infinite & mutual joy...
The Bhikkhu suffuses all beings with unlimited equanimity...
First in one direction, then in the 2nd, then the 3rd, & finally the 4th ,
above, below, all around, in every location, unifying himself with all beings,
he pervades this entire universe with a kind & all-embracing friendliness,
with an all-encircling compassion & pity, with an all-enveloping mutual &
altruistic joy, with an all-embracing imperturbable equanimity, using a
refined mind which is great, vast, profound, infinite, immeasurable,
released from all hate, anger, irritation, opposition & stubbornness...
Source: DN 33
Because of hate, overwhelmed and obsessed by hate, one lives by
doing evil deeds, speaking evil words, and thinking evil thoughts...
Thus one neither really understands one's own welfare, nor the
welfare of others, nor the welfare of both... If, however, this hate
is overcome and subdued, then one lives while doing good deeds,
speaking kind words, and thinking advantageous thoughts...
Therefore one really knows, what is one's own welfare, for the
welfare of others, and to the welfare of both self and others...
Source: AN 3:55
More on these 4 Infinite and Divine States (Appamañña Brahma-Vihāra):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Blazing_ <http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Blazing_&_Bright.htm> &_Bright.htm
All-Embracing Infinite Friendliness!
Friendship is the Greatest :-)
Bhikkhu Samahita * Sri Lanka *
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