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How is Mental Release by Friendliness Achieved?

The Blessed Buddha once said:
How, Bhikkhus, is the mental release by universal friendliness achieved?
What does this liberation have as its destination, what is its culmination,
what is its sweet fruit, what is the final goal of such mental release by
universal, infinite, and all-embracing friendliness?
Here, Bhikkhus, a Bhikkhu dwells pervading the frontal quadrant,
with a mind imbued with infinite friendliness, so the second quarter,
the third quarter, and the fourth quarter. Thus above, below, across,
and everywhere, and to all beings as to himself, he dwells pervading
the entire cosmos with a mind saturated with unlimited friendliness,
immense, exalted, vast, measureless, without hostility, without any enmity,
without any trace of  ill will.. Thus prepared and expanded he then develops:
1: The Awareness Link to Awakening joined with limitless friendliness.
2: The Investigation Link to Awakening fused with such friendliness.
3: The Energy Link to Awakening together with infinite friendliness.
4: The Joy Link to Awakening accompanied with absolute friendliness.
5: The Tranquillity Link to Awakening linked with open friendliness.
6: The Concentration Link to Awakening associated with friendliness.
7: The Equanimity Link to Awakening joined with endless friendliness.
While based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.

If he then wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in anything attractive and tempting,
then he can dwell experiencing only repulsiveness therein. If he wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in anything disgusting and displeasing,
then he dwells experiencing delight and beauty in whatever is disgusting!
If he wishes: May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in what is both
unrepulsive and repulsive, he dwells experiencing revolting disgust in it.
If he wishes: May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in what is both
unrepulsive and repulsive, then he experiences only appealing beauty by it!
If he wishes: Avoiding both the repulsive and the unrepulsive, may I dwell
in equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending, then he dwells in this
equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending. Or else he enters and dwells
in the mental deliverance of the beautiful aspect...
I tell you Bhikkhus for a wise Bhikkhu here, who has not penetrated to an even
more superior mental release, this release of mind by pure infinite friendliness
has the beautiful deliverance as its culmination!

More on these 7 links to Awakening

Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya.
Book [V: 115-21] 46: The Links. 54: Joined by Friendliness...

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