Brahmavihara Dhamma

Part VII by Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw

(99) Kammic cause of few or more attendants

(4) “Envy repels attendants and helpers; goodwill brings forth retinue in large numbers.”

If one becomes envious of the welfare and prosperity of others, he is likely to go down to Apaya – Hell. If he were to be reborn in a human existence, he will have less attendants and companions. If a person rejoices in other people’s happiness or welfare with mudita, he will probably land in the world of Devas (Sugati). In the event of his rebirth in a human existence, he will have a large number of attendants. We shall now continue to teach and deliver the answer relating to the fifth question.