Visuddhimagga IX-86

Sacepissa so soṇḍasahāyo vā piyapuggalo vā atīte sukhito ahosi, sampati pana duggato durūpeto, atītameva cassa sukhitabhāvaṃ anussaritvā ‘‘esa atīte evaṃ mahābhogo mahāparivāro niccappamudito ahosī’’ti tamevassa muditākāraṃ gahetvā muditā uppādetabbā ‘‘anāgate vā pana puna taṃ sampattiṃ labhitvā hatthikkhandhaassapiṭṭhisuvaṇṇasivikādīhi vicarissatī’’ti anāgatampissa muditākāraṃ gahetvā muditā uppādetabbā.


Ñ(IX,86): But if his boon companion or the dear person was happy in the past but is now unlucky and unfortunate, then gladness can still be aroused by remembering his past happiness and apprehending the glad aspect in this way: 'In the past he had great wealth, a great following and he was always glad'. Or gladness can be aroused by apprehending the future glad aspect in him in this way: 'In the future he will again enjoy similar success and will go about in gold palanquins, on the backs of elephants or on horseback, and so on'.

Evaṃ piyapuggale muditaṃ uppādetvā atha majjhatte tato verimhīti anukkamena muditā pavattetabbā.

Ñ: Having thus aroused gladness with respect to a dear person, he can then direct it successively towards a neutral one, and after that towards a hostile one.

Notes: the Chinese translation is above '既对此可爱者生起喜之后,当以同样的方法对(其它)中立者、怨敌而顺次的生起喜(悦)'.

Appanā vaḍḍhetabbā.

Notes: the Chinese and English translation did not translate this here '增长安止定' and 'increase absorption'.

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