Sunday, December 7, 2014

Buddha on the Benefits of Goodwill

Monks, for one whose awareness-release through goodwill is cultivated, developed, pursued, handed the reins and taken as a basis, given a grounding, steadied, consolidated, and well-undertaken, eleven benefits can be expected. Which eleven?

One sleeps easily, wakes easily, dreams no evil dreams. One is dear to human beings, dear to non-human beings. The devas protect one. Neither fire, poison, nor weapons can touch one. One's mind gains concentration quickly. One's complexion is bright. One dies unconfused and — if penetrating no higher — is headed for the Brahma worlds.

These are the eleven benefits that can be expected for one whose awareness-release through goodwill is cultivated, developed, pursued, handed the reins and taken as a basis, given a grounding, steadied, consolidated, and well-undertaken.

(Metta Sutta, Anguttara Nikaya 11:16, Pali Canon. Notes: This sutta is a companion to the Karaniya Metta Sutta found here, also sometimes known as the Metta Sutta; devas are celestial beings & the brahma worlds are celestial abodes, both of which are sometimes interpreted as psychological states as much as objective realities.)

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