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Why Kusala is more powerful than Akusala?

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Why Kusala is more powerful than Akusala?

Postby SarathW » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:43 am

Among the Balas some are good; almost all of them
are good. Ahirika-bala and Anottappa-bala are Akusala. It is
said in the books that Akusala cannot eradicate Kusala, but
Kusala can eradicate Akusala. Magga is Kusala. Magga can
eradicate Akusala. But no Akusala can eradicate Kusala. We
are fortunate. Otherwise we would not get Kusala.

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Re: Wh Kusala is more powerful than Akusala?

Postby chethinie » Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:22 pm

We are fortunate indeed :smile:
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Re: Wh Kusala is more powerful than Akusala?

Postby phil » Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:53 pm

Thanks Sarath

Maybe this solves something I have pondered on occasionally. If we appreciate Abhidhamma, we understand that since kusala must arise accompanied by alobha and many other factors, kusala must be relatively rare, and akusala cittas much more prevalent than we would like to think especially those that might appear to be kusala but are rooted in attachment. So that being the case how is liberation possible, perhaps it has something to do with the fact that kusala, while relatively rare, is also more powerful at its best, so to speak. That might be a topic for a different forum, though. The point about wholesome cittas needing to be rooted in detachment is relevant to an Abhidhamma forum, though, and points at the relative rarity of truly kusala cittas as opposed to pleasant lobha-rooted imposters/near enemies.

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Re: Wh Kusala is more powerful than Akusala?

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:55 pm

The Question is also answered in the Debate of King Milinda.

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Re: Wh Kusala is more powerful than Akusala?

Postby Sati1 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:14 pm

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:The Question is also answered in the Debate of King Milinda.

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Re: Wh Kusala is more powerful than Akusala?

Postby phil » Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:21 am

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:The Question is also answered in the Debate of King Milinda.

The Power of Evil



Thank you Bhante.

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Re: Wh Kusala is more powerful than Akusala?

Postby SarathW » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:06 pm

Thank you Bhante.
I found the following as well.
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“Which is the greater, merit or demerit?”
“Merit, O king. One who does wrong feels remorse
and realises his mistake, thereby demerit does not increase.
However, one who does merit feels no remorse; and gladness
and joy arise, and so rejoicing he will be at ease, being
relaxed he will feel contented, being content his mind will
be easily concentrated, being concentrated he will see
things as they really are. In that way merit increases. So
merit is much greater. Demerit is relatively insignificant.”

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