The Buddha's Speech on Friendliness:
What should the clever one
To attain this State called Peace, is
He should be intelligent, straight, honest,
Humble, gentle and never proud,
Contented, and easy to support,
Not busy, careful, and silenced…
In abilities & senses, cautious,
Neither flattering families, nor be demanding.
He should not do even a minor trifle at all,
That other wise men might criticize!
Then he should think:
May all beings be joyous and safe!
Let every creature's mind rejoice.
Whatever breathing beings there are,
No matter whether feeble or firm,
With none excepted, whether long;
Tall, big, medium, short or small;
Whether seen or unseen, visible or not;
Whether living far away or near, here or there;
Whether existing or just about to come
Let every living being's mind be exultantly jubilant!
one ever kill or another one undo,
Nor ever harm anyone anywhere at all...
Let no one wish
for another any even minor evil,
neither from provocation, nor from revenge.
Thus, as a mother with her own life
Might guard her son, her only
baby child, thus
Should he maintain an
for every living being, in gentle sympathy
this entire universe, unlimited, endless and vast!
Above, below, and all around, unimpeded,
without any hatred, purged of all enmity!
Whether standing, walking, seated or lying down
while slumbering, he should always maintain such
of gentle and benevolent kindness...
This is the
here, they say!
He that do not traffic with various views,
Perfected in seeing what is right
Purged of lust for sense-pleasures, he will
surely not come back here to any womb...
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