Bhante Sujiva had compiled a list of the eleven disadvantages of a heart lacking metta to complement the well-known Mettanisamsa sutta.
Maybe it’s just a faulty perception or silly belief but in these past days I have felt more vulnerable to harm than when I am consciously living with a heart full of loving-kindness and compassion and the Venerable’s commentary seems to lend my idea some credence. At the very least, I think they’re a useful way to think about the issue and hope you might as well:
Alternatively, just as in the eleven blessings of metta, one may also systematically recollect the adverse effects of anger:
- He sleeps unhappily (and with difficulty)
- He wakes up unhappily
- He dreams bad dreams
- Humans dislike him
- Non-humans dislike him
- Devas do not protect him and demons haunt him!
- He is likely to meet with violence and dangers
- His complexion is ugly and he suffers ill health
- He dies confused
- His mind is agitated and is difficult to calm down
- When he dies, he falls into the woeful states.