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 he pervades all beings with boundless compassion!
Therefore first of all, on eyeing a wretched man, deplorable, unfortunate,
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 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-&-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 downfall to the states of loss!"
Such infinitely compassionate pity he feels towards all beings and especially
both towards himself, the dear friend, the neutral one, and any hostile person,thereby breaking down the wrong attitude barrier separating these objects.
Vbh 273, Vism I 315
Compassionate Pity (Karunā), which cures all cruelty, is a divine state!Karuna_is_Pity, Endless Pity, Space_Compassion, What_is_Wrong
What is the proximate cause of Pity?The proximate cause of Compassionate Pity (Karunā), which induces this
fine mental state, is seeing, knowing and understanding the HELPLESSNESS
of most beings, since they do the wrong that causes their misery influenced
by ignorance, which blind and obstruct their understanding of right & wrong,
and influenced by greed, lust and desire, which bind and drag them despite
their struggles, and influenced by hate, aversion and opposition, which push
and burn them from inside. Thus out of self-control, they are bound to commit
wrong repeatedly, and thus later experience the resulting painful downfall...!
Compassionate Cures Cruelty..
Have a nice & noble day!
Friendship is the Greatest! Bhikkhu Samāhita _/\_ ]