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      Tobias G
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      Difference Between Giving Up Valuables and Losing Interest in Worthless

      Please see #9: “…We have enemies because we have had conflicts with them before. And someone has to break that vicious cycle. This is why the Dhammapada verse, “na hi verena verani….” says: “Hatred never ceases through hatred, but through love alone they cease”. This is an eternal law.”

      Dhammapada (Dph 1-20):
      Na hi verena verāni,
      sammantīdha kudācanaṃ;
      averena ca sammanti,
      esa dhammo sanantano.

      averena is non-hatred, thus it has a broad range: compassion, love, kindness, quiet mind, … all this will bring peace and remove hatred.

      I think “love” is a strong word that should not be used in this context. We should use “non-hatred”.

    • #31228
      Lal
      Keymaster

      Vera is actually a bit specific than dosa.

      It is more personal. When a person deliberately does something specifically to INSULT, that is when one forms vera SPECIFICALLY for that person.
      – When there is vera, the tendency is to retaliate at every opportunity, even with deliberate planning.

      The best way to get rid of vera is to cultivate metta (or loving kindness) for that person.
      – Since it is in a short verse (poem), “love” is not bad usage.

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