How is Release by Infinite Pity Achieved?
The Blessed Buddha once said:
And how, Bhikkhus, is the mental release by universal pity
What does this liberation have as its destination, what is its culmination,
what is its sweet fruit, and what is the goal of release by universal pity?
Here, Bhikkhus, a Bhikkhu dwells pervading the frontal quadrant with a
mind imbued with infinite pity, so the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter. As above,
so below, across, and everywhere! To all beings and to himself, he dwells
pervading the entire universe with a mind saturated with unlimited pity,
immense, exalted, vast, measureless, without hostility, without enmity,
without any trace of ill will! Thus prepared & expanded, he then develops:
Link to Awakening joined with this limitless pity.
Investigation Link to Awakening fused with such vast pity.
Link to Awakening together with this infinite pity.
The Joy Link
to Awakening accompanied with this absolute pity.
The Tranquillity Link to Awakening linked with
this spacious pity.
The Concentration Link to Awakening associated with
this great pity.
Equanimity Link to Awakening fuelled by this boundless pity.
upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.
If he then wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in the
attractive and tempting,
then he can dwell experiencing only repulsiveness therein. If he wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in the disgusting &
then he dwells experiencing delight and beauty in whatever is disgusting!
If he wishes: May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in what is both
unrepulsive & repulsive, he dwells experiencing
revolting disgust in it.
If he wishes: May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in what is both
& repulsive, then he experiences only appealing beauty in it!
If he wishes: Avoiding both the repulsive and the unrepulsive, may I
equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending, then he
just aware and clearly comprehending.
by completely transcending of all experience of form, fully stilling any
perception of any sense-reaction, not attending to any experience of
diversity, only aware of that space is infinite, he enters and dwells in this
exceedingly subtle mental state associated with the infinitude of space...
I tell you Bhikkhus, for a wise Bhikkhu here, who has not yet penetrated
to an even more superior mental release, this release of mind by infinite
pity has the sublime sphere of the infinitude of space as its culmination!
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