I was reading through this sutta( AN 7.49Dana Sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html) because out of curiosity I was exploring the ways which post death abodes are described and what leads to them. It describes differing attitudes behind generosity and the corresponding type of dwelling which they lead to.
Im interested how you read the last attitude of generosity which is characterized by the thought "This is an ornament for the mind, a support for the mind". How do you think it is distinctly different from generosity characterized by the thought "When this gift of mine is given, it makes the mind serene. Gratification & joy arise"? Apparently when one gives with the former attitude it results in a non returner but not with the latter.
What are your thoughts on this?
"Having given this, not seeking his own profit, not with a mind attached [to the reward], not seeking to store up for himself, nor [with the thought], 'I'll enjoy this after death,'
" — nor with the thought, 'Giving is good,'
" — nor with the thought, 'This was given in the past, done in the past, by my father & grandfather. It would not be right for me to let this old family custom be discontinued,'
" — nor with the thought, 'I am well-off. These are not well-off. It would not be right for me, being well-off, not to give a gift to those who are not well-off,' nor with the thought, 'Just as there were the great sacrifices of the sages of the past — Atthaka, Vamaka, Vamadeva, Vessamitta, Yamataggi, Angirasa, Bharadvaja, Vasettha, Kassapa, & Bhagu — in the same way this will be my distribution of gifts,'
" — nor with the thought, 'When this gift of mine is given, it makes the mind serene. Gratification & joy arise,'
" — but with the thought, 'This is an ornament for the mind, a support for the mind' — on the break-up of the body, after death, he reappears in the company of Brahma's Retinue. Then, having exhausted that action, that power, that status, that sovereignty, he is a non-returner. He does not come back to this world.