The next three verses discuss making the transition from taking other beings as equal, to exploring the possibility of viewing every being in the same way that we do our closest family and loved ones. This, and the practice of exchanging myself with others, it is said, will help us alleviate the self clinging and habitual attachment we have to those we identify with as our own people, and free us to be more wise and compassionate to others.
The example given is that of our own body, which is an aggregate of many parts; limbs, organs, inner and outer aspects, together we call these an “I” that we identify with and protect when they are suffering. If we can apply this way of seeing and try exchanging suffering with those who are beyond our immediate circle, and no matter how they act or what they look like no-one is excluded from the whole, then we will find ourselves moving beyond those self imposed egocentric limitations that recreate samsara.
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