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#1 haris

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Posted 31 May 2006 - 10:04 AM


Is any one can expalain how sanna help to understand the enemies and friends ?

#2 RobertK

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Posted 31 May 2006 - 02:19 PM

Welcome to the forum Haris,
See if this link is useful
http://www.vipassana...etasikas35.html
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Compassion has as its near enemy "grief, based on the homelife". This is dosa, conditioned by attachment which is connected with "worldly life", that is, attachment to people and pleasant things. Compassion has as its far enemy cruelty (Vis. IX, 99). one cannot practise compassion while one is cruel.

As regards the near enemy, grief or aversion, we may take for compassion what is actually aversion, dosa. When we see someone else who is in miserable circumstances, there tend to be different types of cittas, not only kusala cittas with compassion but also akusala cittas. There are moments of compassion when we wish to help someone in order to allay his suffering and there can also be moments of aversion about his suffering. Compassion and aversion can arise closely one after the other and it is difficult to know their different characteristics. Through right understanding one can come to know their difference.

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Posted 31 May 2006 - 09:52 PM

QUOTE(RobertK @ May 31 2006, 02:19 PM) View Post

Welcome to the forum Haris,
See if this link is useful
http://www.vipassana...etasikas35.html

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Thanks RobertK your link is useful. But I am having trouble about enemy PEOPLE we meet day to day life
I also thinking about the way react to these people.

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 07:54 AM

Hi Haris,
Very good question. I like reading the Jatakas which have so many examples of how the Bodhisatta dealt with problems.

Once he was a monkey who saved a mans life. The man then tried to kill him! But the monkey did not seek revenge...
On the other hand once he caught another man with his wife. If I remember rightly the commentary says he gave them a light beating and then warned them not to do it again...

Hundreds of stories like this.
Robert



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Posted 10 March 2007 - 11:49 PM

Dear Friends,

This is taken from The Roots of Good and Evil, by Ven. Nyanaponika, Wheel
251/253:

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10. Three Inner Foes

There are three inner taints, three inner foes, three inner enemies, three inner murderers, three inner antagonists. What are these three? Greed is an inner taint...Hatred is an inner taint...Delusion is an inner taint, an inner foe, an inner enemy, an inner murderer, an inner antagonist.

Greed is a cause of harm,
Unrest of mind it brings
This danger that has grown within,
Blind folk are unaware of it.

A greedy person cannot see the facts,
Nor can he understand the Dhamma.
When greed has overpowered him,
In complete darkness he is plunged.

But he who does not crave and can forsake
This greed and what incites to greed,
From him quickly greed glides off
Like water from a lotus leaf.

Hate is a cause of harm,
Unrest of mind it brings.
This danger that has grown within,
Blink folk are unaware of it.

A hater cannot see the facts,
Nor can he understand the Dhamma.
When hate has overpowered him,
In complete darkness he is plunged.

But he who does not hate and can forsake
This hatred and what incites to hate,
From him quickly hatred falls off
As from a palm tree falls the ripened fruits.

Delusion is a cause of harm,
Unrest of mind it brings.
This danger that has grown within,
Blind folk are unaware of it.

He who is deluded cannot see the facts,
Nor can he understand the Dhamma.
If a man is in delusion's grip,
In complete darkness he is plunged.

But he who has shed delusion's veil
Is undeluded where confusion reigns;
He fully scatters all delusion,
Just as the sun dispels the night.


~ ITIVUTTAKA 88

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