Visuddhimagga IX-105

268. Ettha siyā, kasmā panetā mettākaruṇāmuditāupekkhā brahmavihārāti vuccanti?


[Four Questions]

Ñ(IX,105): And here it may be asked: But why are lovingkindness, compassion, gladness, and equanimity, called divine abidings?

Kasmā ca catassova?


Ñ: And why are they only four?

Ko ca etāsaṃ kamo,


Ñ: And what is their order?

abhidhamme ca kasmā appamaññāti vuttāti?


Ñ: And why are they called measureless states in the Abhidhamma?

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