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METTÂNISAMSA-SUTTA, OR ADVANTAGES OF GENTLENESS.

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  • Yawares Sastri
    Dear Antony/Sharon I found this beautiful Sutta to share with both of you [:)] METTA-SUTTA, OR DISCOURSE ON GENTLENESS. Thus I heard: Buddha resided in the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 2, 2013

      Dear Antony/Sharon

      I found this beautiful Sutta to share with both of you:)


      METTA-SUTTA, OR DISCOURSE ON GENTLENESS.

         Thus I heard: Buddha resided in the garden of Anâthapi.n.dika in Jetavana, near Sâvatthi. He then convoked his priests and said to them: There are eleven advantages, Priests, resulting from cultivating, meditating on, becoming accustomed to, led by, established in, following after, and acting according to a spirit of mildness and freedom from passion. These eleven are, that he who acts thus sleeps sound, awakes refreshed, has no evil dreams, is beloved of men, is beloved of demons, is preserved by the gods, neither fire, poison, nor sword can injure him, he has constant tranquillity, is of a pleasant aspect, will die in full possession of his intellectual powers, and hereafter will obtain an existence in the worlds of Brahma. These are the eleven advantages which result from cultivating, meditating on, being accustomed to, led by, established in, following after, and acting according to a spirit of mildness and freedom from passion.

         When Buddha had thus spoken, the priests were much edified.

       METTÂNISAMSA-SUTTA, OR ADVANTAGES OF GENTLENESS.

         1. He who never violates friendly feelings1, whenever he journeys from his own residence shall obtain abundance of food, and become the means of supporting many others.

         2. He who never violates friendly feelings, whether he visits town, country, or province, he shall be everywhere treated with respect.

         3. He who never violates friendly feelings shall be unassailed  p. 230 by robbers, shall receive no dishonour from princes, and shall escape from every enemy.

         4. He who never violates friendly feelings shall return in tranquillity to his home, rejoice in the assemblies of the people, and be a chief among his kindred.

         5. He who never violates friendly feelings, exercising hospitality to others, shall be hospitably treated, honouring others he shall be honoured himself, and his praises and good name shall be spread abroad.

         6. He who never violates friendly feelings, presenting offerings to others, he himself shall receive offerings, saluting others he shall receive salutations, and shall attain to honour and renown.

         7. He who never violates friendly feelings shall shine as the fire, be resplendent as the gods, and never be deserted by prosperity.

         8. He who never violates friendly feelings shall have fruitful cattle, abundant crops, and his children shall have prosperity.

         9. The man who never violates friendly feelings, should he fall from a precipice, from a mountain, or from a tree, when he falls he shall be sustained (so as to receive no injury).

         10. The man who never violates friendly feelings shall never be overthrown by enemies, even as the nigrodha-tree, firmly fixed by its spreading roots, stands unmoved by the winds.

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      yawares

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