Compassionate Pity cures all bitter Cruelty:
How does a Bhikkhu dwell pervading one
direction with his mind endued with compassion?
Just as he would feel compassion on seeing an unlucky, unfortunate person, so
does he pervade
all beings with boundless compassion! Therefore on seeing a wretched man, deplorable,
in every way a fit object for compassion, horrid, reduced to utter misery, with hands and feet
cut off, sitting in the shelter for the weak & helpless with an empty dirty pot placed before him,
with maggots in all his wounds, moaning, compassionate pity should be felt for him in this way:
"This being has been reduced to utter misery: If only he could be freed from this suffering!"
Similarly too should a Bhikkhu whose meditation subject is compassion also arouse compassion for
any evil-and-wrong-doing person, even if he is happy now: "Though this poor wretch is happy now,
cheerful, and enjoying his wealth, but still, since he has neglected to do even one single good deed,
he can come
to experience untold suffering anytime after a sudden downfall to the states of
Such infinitely compassionate pity he feels towards all beings and especially both towards himself,
the dear friend also, the neutral being out there,
and any hostile person, thereby breaking down
the barrier normally separating these
objects with widely opposed attitudes. Vbh 273, Vism I 315
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What is the proximate cause of
such Noble Compassionate Pity?
The proximate cause of Compassionate Pity
(Karunā), which induces this fine mental state,
is seeing, knowing, and understanding the
of most beings, since they do the evil
that causes their misery
influenced by ignorance, which blind and obstruct their understanding
right & wrong, and influenced by greed, lust and desire,
which bind & drag them despite their
and influenced by hate, aversion and opposition, which push and burn them
Thus out of self-control, they are bound to commit wrong repeatedly, and thus later experience
painful, and treacherously delayed downfall..
(Karunā), which cures all cruelty,
is a divine state!