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8

Translations of the Metta Sutta

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Thanissaro Basham Nanamoli (2) Khantipalo
Saddhatissa Woodward Rahula Aronson
Norman Nanamoli (1) Gunaratana Narada

 

What should be done by one who’s skilled in wholesomeness
to gain the State of Peacefulness is this:
One must be able, upright, straight and not proud,
easy to speak to, mild


and well-content,easily satisfied
and not caught up in too much bustle,
and frugal in one’s ways,
with senses calmed, intelligent, not bold,
unswayed by the emotions of the crowd,.

 

abstaining from the ways that wise men blame;
(and this the thought that one should always hold;)
May beings all live happily and safe
and may their hearts rejoice within themselves.


Whatever there may be with breath of life,
whether they be frail or very strong,
without exception, be they long or short,
or middle-sized, or be they big or small, or thick


or visible or invisible
or whether they dwell far or they dwell near,
those that are here, those seeking to exist;
may beings all rejoice within themselves.


Let no one bring about another’s ruin,
or him despise in any way or place;
let them not wish each other any ill
from provocation or from enmity.


 

Just as a mother at the risk of life
loves and protects her son, her only son,
so let him cultivate this boundless love
to all that live in the whole universe;


extending from a consciousness sublime
upwards and downwards
and across the world,
untroubled, free of hate and enmity.


 

And while he stands and while he walks and sits
or he lies down still free from drowsiness,
let him be intent on this mindfulness:
this is Divine Abiding here they say,


 

But when he lives quite free from any view,
is virtuous, with perfect insight won,
and greed for sensual desires expelled -
he surely comes no more to any womb.

   
Thanissaro Basham Nanamoli (2) Khantipalo
Saddhatissa Woodward Rahula Aronson
Norman Nanamoli (1) Gunaratana Narada