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Divine abiding - jeffR - 11-27-2017

Bhante,
As taught in meditation centers and in many books, the Brahmaviharas are things we wish on others; e.g. in Metta meditation we offer metta to our selves, friends & relatives, associates and all beings.  We are encouraged to be compassionate (karuna) towards others.

In reading the suttas, the Brahmaviharas are expressed more as a state of mind, an abode where the mind rests.  This is different from an emotion or expression we offer to others, but a divine state of mind.

Is there a conflict here?  or does the 'practice' of expressing metta and karuna towards others actually assist in developing a state of being (mind) that is divine?

Thank you,
Jeff


RE: Divine abiding - Bhikkhu Pesala - 11-27-2017

The result of practising the Brahmavihāra is rebirth in the Brahma realms. These are far above the sensual realms so I don't think emotions have much to do with them.

The near enemy of compassion is grief, and the near enemy of loving-kindness is lust.


Quote:“For this is the escape from ill will (byāpādassa), friends, that is to say, the mind-deliverance of loving-kindness … For this is the escape from cruelty (vihesāya), friends, that is to say, the mind-deliverance of compassion … For this is the escape from disinterest (aratiyā), friends, that is to say, the mind-deliverance of gladness … For this is the escape from lust (rāga), friends, that is to say, the mind-deliverance of equanimity” (D.iii.248).



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