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Aŋguttaranikāyo
Catukkanipāto
XIII: Bhaya Vagga

Sutta 126

Metta Sutta

Good Will (2)

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
For free distribution only.

 


 

[1][pts][nymo] "Monks, there are these four types of individuals to be found existing in the world.

Which four?

"There is the case where an individual keeps pervading the first direction[1]
— as well as the second direction,
the third, and the fourth —
with an awareness imbued with good will.

Thus he keeps pervading above,
below, and all around,
everywhere and in every respect
the all-encompassing cosmos
with an awareness imbued with good will:
abundant,
expansive,
immeasurable,
free from hostility,
free from ill will.

He regards whatever phenomena there
that are connected with form,
feeling,
perception,
fabrications,
and consciousness,
as inconstant,
stressful,
a disease,
a cancer,
an arrow,
painful,
an affliction,
alien,
a disintegration,
an emptiness,
not-self.

At the break-up of the body,
after death,
he reappears in conjunction with the devas of the Pure Abodes.

This rebirth is not in common with run-of-the-mill people.

"Again, there is the case
where an individual keeps pervading the first direction
— as well as the second direction,
the third, and the fourth —
with an awareness imbued with compassion...

appreciation...

equanimity.

Thus he keeps pervading above,
below, and all around,
everywhere and in every respect
the all-encompassing cosmos
with an awareness imbued with equanimity:
abundant,
expansive,
immeasurable,
free from hostility,
free from ill will.

He regards whatever phenomena there that are connected with form,
feeling,
perception,
fabrications,
and consciousness,
as inconstant,
stressful,
a disease,
a cancer,
an arrow,
painful,
an affliction,
alien,
a disintegration,
an emptiness,
not-self.

At the break-up of the body, after death,
he reappears in conjunction with the devas of the Pure Abodes.

This rebirth is not in common with run-of-the-mill people.

"These are four types of individuals to be found existing in the world."

 


[1] The east.

 


 

References:

See also: AN 4.125

 


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