Development of Infinite All-Embracing Kindness:
The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus and Friends: There are these 4 infinite mental states:
The Bhikkhu pervades all beings with all-embracing friendliness...
The Bhikkhu encompass all creatures with universal
and endless pity...
The Bhikkhu permeates all individuals with infinite and mutual joy...
The Bhikkhu suffuses all living mortals with unlimited equanimity...
First in one direction, then in the
2nd, then the 3rd, and finally the
as above so below, all around, in every location, unifying himself with all beings,
he pervades the entire universe with a kind and all-embracing friendliness,
with an all-encircling compassion and pity, with an all-enveloping mutual and
altruistic joy, and with an all-encompassing imperturbable equanimity, fully
utilizing a refined mind, made great, vast, profound, infinite, immeasurable,
and released from all hate, anger, irritation, opposition and stubbornness...
Source: DN 33
Because of hate, overwhelmed and obsessed by hate, one lives while doing
evil deeds, speaking wrong words, and thinking bad
and destructive thoughts...
Thus one neither understands one's own welfare, nor the welfare of others,
nor the welfare of both oneself and others
If, however, this hate is overcome and subdued, then one lives while doing
good deeds, speaking kind words, and thinking
kind advantageous thoughts...
Therefore one really knows, what is one's own welfare, for the welfare of
others too, and for the welfare of both oneself and others... Yeah
so be it!
Source: AN 3:55
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