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Which Mental States are Advantageous?

Cut Short:
Mental states not mixed with any diluted form of Hate are Advantageous!
Mental states not mixed with any diluted form of Greed are Advantageous!
Mental states not mixed with any diluted form of Ignorance are Advantageous!

In Detail:
At whatever moment any advantageous thinking pertaining to this sense sphere is joined
with gladness and associated with knowledge, directed to any sense object, such as a visible
form, a sound, a smell, a taste, a touch, or a mental object, and there arises momentarily a form
of contact, feeling, perception, intention, directed thought, sustained thinking, joy, happiness,
one-pointedness of the mind, the ability of faith, energy, awareness, momentary concentration,
understanding, the ability of mind & gladness, the ability of vitality, right view, right motivation,
right effort, right awareness, and right concentration! There arise the powers of conviction,
enthusiasm, acute awareness, focused concentration, and understanding. There arise the powers
of shame, of fear of consequences of wrong action! There arises non-greed, non-hatred, and
non-confusion, and non-possessiveness! There arises no ill will, but right view, shame and fear
of wrongdoing! There is then bodily calmness and serene tranquillity of mind. Then emerges
then mental and bodily readiness, facile mental and bodily adaptability, and rational rectitude
of mind! There is then present: Awareness, clear comprehension, mental tranquillity, insight,
energy, and non-distraction! These and whatever formless mental states these causally produce:
These are the -Advantageous- mental states...

Diluted forms of Greed are: Desire, lust, yearning, longing, craving, hoping, and wanting...
Diluted forms of Hate are: Anger, rage, irritation, resentment, opposition & stubbornness...
Diluted forms of Ignorance are: Confusion, uncertainty, doubt, perplexity, and hesitation...

More on Advantageous States (Kusala Dhammā):

The Classification of States:  The Dhammasanganī.  The 1st of the 7 Abhidhamma Books.
Translated by  C.A.F. Rhys Davids as "Buddhist Psychological Ethics":

 What is Advantageous?

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