Visuddhimagga IX-93

263. Lakkhaṇādito panettha hitākārappavattilakkhaṇā mettā,


[Characteristic, Etc.]

Ñ(IX,93): As to the characteristic, etc., lovingkindness is characterized here as promoting the aspect of welfare.



Ñ: Its function is to prefer welfare.



Ñ: It is manifested as the removal of annoyance.

sattānaṃ manāpabhāvadassanapadaṭṭhānā.


Ñ: Its proximate cause is seeing lovableness in beings.

Byāpādūpasamo etissā sampatti, sinehasambhavo vipatti.


Ñ: It succeeds when it makes ill will subside, and it fails when it produces (selfish) affection.

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