Friday, January 11, 2019

Karaniya Metta Sutta: Loving-Kindness (sutra)

Ven. √Ďanamoli Thera (Sn 1.8); Dhr. Seven, Crystal Q., Ellie (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
What if life were suddenly one big chocolate, Willy Wonka? - Mmm, that'd be nice!
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What should be done by one skillful in good
So as to gain the State of Peace [nirvana] is this:

Let one be able, upright and straight,
Easy to speak to, gentle, and not proud,
Contented, too, easily supported,
With few tasks, and living very lightly;
One's faculties serene, prudent, and modest,
Unswayed by the emotions of family clans;
And let one never do the slightest thing
That other wise persons might hold blameworthy.
 
(And let one think:) "In safety and in bliss
May creatures all be of a blissful heart.
Whatever breathing beings there may be,
No matter whether they are frail or firm,
With none excepted, be they long or big
Or middle-sized, or be they short or small
Or thick, as well as those seen or unseen,
Or whether they are dwelling far or near,
Existing or yet seeking to exist.
May creatures all be of a blissful heart.
Let no one work another one's undoing
Or even slight one at all anywhere:
And never let them wish each other ill
Through provocation or resentful thought."
 
Mom, do you love me more than anyone in the whole world? - I love you more than...
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And just as might a mother with her life
Protect the son that was her only child,
So let one then for every living thing
Maintain unbounded consciousness in being;
 
And let one, too, with love for all the world
Maintain unbounded consciousness in being
Above, below, and all round in between,
Untroubled, with no enemy or foe.
And while one stands or walks or while one sits
Or while one lies down, free from drowsiness,
Let one resolve upon this mindfulness:
This is Divine Abiding here, they say.
 
But when one has no trafficking with views,
And purges greed for sensual desires,
One surely comes no more to any womb.

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