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59 The Conditioned Nature of Metta In the first part of the metta sutta we come across conditions important for one who wishes to develop metta. If we study them we can see into their relevance and the way it works as it concerns our practice of it in our daily lives. 1. He should be capable Capability in his own materiality and spiritual welfare will determine how much of a service he can give to others. Surely an immoral man cannot urge another or practise morality effectively. He himself has to know how.

If we study them we can see into their relevance and the way it works as it concerns our practice of it in our daily lives. 1. He should be capable Capability in his own materiality and spiritual welfare will determine how much of a service he can give to others. Surely an immoral man cannot urge another or practise morality effectively. He himself has to know how. Similarly you cannot help another materially if you do not have anything yourself. Capability involves human potential and resource.

Taking chases people away, giving brings people in. If we must borrow, then we must return, better if we return more than we borrowed. Gratefulness begets appreciation. 9. Have few duties To develop any form of meditation it is best that we spend all our time and effort in it. In that way we can get deep concentration and fast. This also goes for metta – even in daily life. If we are to develop greater and deeper metta for others, such as our family and friends, we will have to spend a greater amount of time with 62 them.

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