Chapter 49: Productivity of Merit Making

Chapter 49: Productivity of Merit Making

Merit is good energy earned when we have wholesome thought, speech and action from any of the Ten Meritorious Deeds namely (1) giving (2) morality (3) meditation (4) humbleness (5) dedication of merit (6) appreciation of merit (7) learning Dharma (8) teaching Dharma (9) helpfulness and (10) correcting one’s view.  Once, the good merit energy is accumulated more and more, it is crystallised into perfection which can enable one’s enlightenment and passing to the Nirvana where one can become permanently blissful and has no more suffering and reincarnation.

However, it is important that one must do the best not to contaminate one’s energy from merit making with sinful thought, speech and action which may co-exist during merit making.  As such, in Dhammonomics, we express this in the form of a graph showing ‘productivity of merit making’ where one can maximise merit earning and minimise co-existing sin. 

To do so, we derive a graph with two parabolas whereas the upper one reflects the merit from wholesome mind, speech and action.  The more value on the axis, the more intensity of good mind (+x), good speech (-y) and good action (+y).  With the parabola, there are the area of ‘merit 1’ and ‘merit 2’ representing the merit energy consequently earned from virtuous thought, speech and action.

Next, there is another parabola at the bottom of the axis which reflects the minimised sinful mind (-x), speech (-y) and action (+y).  With this parabola, we come up with the area ‘merit 3’ and ‘merit 4’ which are merits earned additionally from eliminating immoral thought, speech and action during a merit making or daily life.

It is important to note that ‘virtuous or moral mind’ and ‘eliminated immoral mind’ are different variables.  To exemplify, when we visit an orphanage to treat free meals to orphans, the generosity in our minds is a virtuous mind which is regarded as one positive factor.  If we happen to get displeased and irritated by the delayed meal delivery service, the displeasure and irritation are regarded as negative factors.  Then, to eliminate the feeling of displeasure and irritation, one’s mind becomes additionally meritorious as one can rid of such polluted feelings.

So, if the meritorious mind, speech and action can be maximised while the defiled mind, speech and action can be minimised, the merit earned from a merit-making will be more as shown on the graph that Total Merit earned = Maximised Merit + Minimised Sin = Merit 1 + Merit 2 + Merit 3 + Merit 4.


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31 December 2022