Thursday 25 October 2007

Discourse on Good Will

-From the Metta Sutta,part of the Sutta Nipata,a collection of dialogues with The Buddha; is said to be among the oldest parts of the Pali-Buddhist Canon.
(Translation by Stephen Rupenthal)

May all beings be filled with joy and peace.
May all beings everywhere,
The strong and the weak,
The great and the small,
The mean and the powerful,
The short and the long,
The subtle and the gross:

May all beings everywhere,
Seen and unseen,
Dwelling far off or nearby,
Being or waiting to become:
May all be filled with everlasting joy.

Let no one deceive another,
Let no one anywhere despise another.
Let no one out of anger or resentment
Wish suffering on anyone at all.

Just as a mother with her own life
Protects her child, her only child, from harm,
So within yourself let grow
A boundless love for all creatures.

Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.

Then, as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring Heaven to earth.

This piece of writing that appears so simple and lucid took my entire attention the first time I read it. I feel that if it had to be one sincere prayer we offered for all humanity it would be exactly as above.

1 comment:

Dipti said...

how true... a sincere prayer for the happiness and well being for the entire humankind ...