|Verse 1 =
||This is to
be done by one skilled in aims
Who wants to break through to the state of peace
Be capable, upright, & straightforward,
Easy to instruct, gentle, & not conceited,
|Verse 2 = Sn 144
||Content & easy to
support, with few duties, living lightly,
With peaceful faculties, masterful, modest, & no greed for supporters.
|Verse 3 = Sn 145
||Do not do the slightest
thing that the wise would later censure.
Think: Happy & secure, may all beings be happy at heart.
|Verse 4 = Sn
||Whatever beings there
may be, weak or strong, without exception,
Long, large, middling, short, subtle, blatant,
|Verse 5 = Sn 147
||Seen & unseen, near & far,
Born & seeking birth: May all being be happy at heart.
|Verse 6 = Sn 148
||Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
Or through anger or irritation wish for another to suffer.
|Verse 7 = Sn 149
||As a mother would risk
her life to protect her child, her only child,
Even so should one cultivate a limitless heart with regard to all beings
|Verse 8 = Sn 150
||With good will for the
entire cosmos, cultivate a limitless heart:
Above, below, & all around, unobstructed, without emnity or hate.
|Verse 9 = Sn 151
||Whether standing, walking,
sitting, or lying down, as long as one is alert,
One should be resolved on this mindfulness.
This is called a sublime abiding here & now.
|Verse 10 = Sn 152
||Not taken with views, ß but
virtuous & consummate in vision,
Having subdued desire for sensual pleasures,
One never again will lie in the womb.
Translation by Thanissaro Bhikkhu