Re: Visakha's profound dana wisdom
- "Once Visakha gave a learned explanation of the benefits she expected
from her munificence when the Buddha questioned her as to what she saw
as the advantages of her great generosity (Vin.i,293-94). She said
that when she hears that a particular monk or nun has attained any of
the fruits of recluseship, and if that monk or nun has visited
Savatthi, she would be certain that he or she has partaken of the
offerings she constantly makes. When she reflects that she has
contributed in some measure to his or her spiritual distinction,
great delight (pamujja) arises in her.
Joy (piti) arises in the mind that is delighted.
When the mind is joyful the body relaxes (kayo passambhissati).
When the body relaxes a sense of ease (sukha) is experienced
which helps the mind to be concentrated (cittam samadhiyissati).
That will help the development of the spiritual faculties
spiritual powers (balabhavana), and factors of enlightenment
These are the advantages she hopes for by her munificence.
The Buddha was so pleased with her erudite reply that he exclaimed,
"Sadhu sadhu sadhu" in approbation.
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