What is Upekkha

According to the principles of Pali grammar, upekkha, means Upapattito yutthito as maybe appropriate, ikkhatiti for being able to see and observe things, upekkha it is known as upekkha i.e., to note and observe things keeping at heart, with equanimity, and an equally balanced mind taking a neutral attitude without discrimination. However, in the matter of the Brahmavihara, the term upekkha conveys the sense denoting the feeling of indifference without being worried by rejecting or discarding...

Lord Buddhas answer

Kammassaka manava satta kammadayada kammayoni kammabandhu kammappatissarana kammam satte vibhajati yadidam hinappani tataya. Manava O, Subha, the lad, satta in regard to beings (the question asked by Subha referred to people but Buddha gave his answer with reference to all beings who deserved to be known), kammassaka only kamma is what they really own and possess. As regards beings, it has been stated that kamma which they themselves have done, are the property which they really own. Any kind...

The Story of Samavati

During the lifetime of Lord Buddha, King Utena was the ruling monarch of the State of Kosambi (rather, a City). He had three Queens one of them called Vasuladatta. She was the daughter of King Candapajjota, the Ruler of Ujjeni State. The other queen's name was Samavati. She originally belonged to Baddavati town and was the daughter of a millionaire named Baddavati. Sometime, after the death of her parents, having been adopted by Ghosaka, the rich, she was generally recognised as the daughter of...

After analysing them

It is stated that if anger cannot be subdued as yet by employing the methods cited above, it should be reflected after examining the elements analytically. The manner of reflection to be made is O, Yogi, you, who are developing metta through meditation what are you angry with in the other person Are you getting angry with his hair on the head, or against his urine Putting it in another way, since the hair is made up of four constituents viz. the elements of earth, water, fire and air, are you...

Being consumed by fire

'Aditto lokasannivaso ragaggina dosaggina mohaggina jatiya jaraya maranena sokehi paridevehi dukkhehi domanassehi upayasehi, tssa natthanno koci nibbapeta annatara mayati passantanam buddhanam bhagavantanam sattesu mahakaruna okkamati. Lokasannivaso In regard to all beings, ragaggina the fires of raga passions , aditto are burning them with a fury producing red flames. Dosaggina the fiery anger, mohaggina delusion, the mistaken view, jatiya the fires of fresh rebirth, jaraya the fires of...

Continuation of the Second Metta Sutta

So A person who contemplates metta-jhana as anicca, etc., or rather, a person who has become an Anagami by contemplating metta-jhana, etc., as anicca and so on, kayassa bheda from the time of the destruction of the material body, marana from the time of death, param subsequently, suddhavasanam devanam became one of the inhabitants of the Abode of Suddhavasa Celestial Brahma, sahabyatam having the same status or life existence of a Brahma, upapajjati and accordingly will have his rebirth. The...

Bhagavantanam sattesu mahakaruna okkamati

The gist of this Pali phrase is that beings are not fully furnished or provided with everything. There is no contentment or satisfaction with what they possess. This is also perfectly true and correct. One may try to possess things which they are originally lacking, imagining at first that he will remain contented with what is available sufficient enough or his present needs to live on. However, when things are obtained as envisaged, they may still crave for more. One who is earning a kyat will...

Annatara maya Except me the Buddha sallanam uddhata

capable of extracting the sharp-pointed arrows, anno kici any other single person, natthiti is not in existence. Passantanam Seeing, nay, having seen or observed as such, buddhanam bhagavantanam in the hearts of Buddhas, sattesu towards the beings, mahakaruna great compassion, okkamati has arisen. It has been stated as such in the Patisambhidamagga Pali. The Buddha's compassion towards all beings is equally balanced without distinction irrespective of whether a person is intimate or...