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BenSt
May 15th, 2007, 01:39 AM
THE BASIC PASSAGE
ON THE FOUR SUBLIME STATES
from the discourses of the Buddha

I.
Here, monks, a disciple dwells pervading one direction
with his heart filled with loving-kindness, likewise the
second, the third, and the fourth directions; so above, below
and around; he dwells pervading the entire world
everywhere and equally with his heart filled with lovingkindness,
abundant, grown great, measureless, free from
enmity, and free from distress.

II.
Here, monks, a disciple dwells pervading one direction
with his heart filled with compassion, likewise the second,
the third, and the fourth directions; so above, below and
around; he dwells pervading the entire world everywhere
and equally with his heart filled with compassion, abundant,
grown great, measureless, free from enmity, and
free from distress.

III.
Here, monks, a disciple dwells pervading one direction
with his heart filled with sympathetic joy, likewise the second,
the third, and the fourth directions; so above, below
and around; he dwells pervading the entire world everywhere
and equally with his heart filled with sympathetic
joy, abundant, grown great, measureless, free from enmity
and free from distress.

IV.
Here, monks, a disciple dwells pervading one direction
with his heart filled with equanimity, likewise the second,
the third, and the fourth directions; so above, below and
around; he dwells pervading the entire world everywhere
and equally with his heart filled with equanimity, abundant,
grown great, measureless, free from enmity and free
from distress.

~ DīGHA NIKĀYA 13 ~