The Path Of Meditation– Right Intention
Once you have seen the destructiveness of greed and hatred, this clear, incisive understanding generates confidence in the superiority of your view and your ability to succeed in walking this path. It gives you the freedom to change your destiny. This is not a superiority over others but a superiority over ignorance and seeing wrongly. From this confidence arises right intention, which is the firm resolution to exercise your new ability to make the right decisions now you have discovered how to avoid unnecessary mistakes and act skilfully to get the right results.
As wrong views give rise to the wrong intention to act out of desire, hatred or cruelty, so the right view gives rise to the right intention to act out of renunciation, loving-kindness and compassion.
Renunciation is letting go of the harmfulness of desire, aggression and the wish to gratify your cruel master, the ego. You turn your back on them and become like a block of wood. Renunciation cannot be accomplished by wishful thinking or suppression. Only when you see through desire and realize that suffering is the inevitable, characteristic result of desire, does renunciation follow easily. Instead of arranging your life around desire and punishing or blaming others when your desires are frustrated, you see correctly that desire and frustration are the bad results of previous wrong actions and that your situation can be improved by working with greater understanding of how experiences actually arise from the flow of causality. Pleasure and happiness can only arise from good causes and not by desire and grasping as these are negative.
Loving-kindness is emphasized as it is not the cold charity of dutiful-kindness but the kindness of a mother towards her child. Loving-kindness opposes hatred and is the wish for others to be happy and successful. Compassion is not feeling sorry but the disturbing realization that you are powerless to help others become free of their suffering and so you make the sincere intention to develop the necessary skills to help them.
Strengthened by this superior view and intention to act skilfully, the rest of the journey unfolds with greater ease. Once you know how to do things the right way you naturally want to do this as it brings such good results of contentment, happiness and proficiency. Without a trace of regret, you put down the burden of thinking, speaking and acting wrongly and avoid the fruitless fatigue of unnecessary mistakes.