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This is the work of those who are skilled and peaceful, who seek the good:

May they be able and upright, straightforward, of gentle speech and not proud.
May they be content and easily supported, unburdened, with their senses calmed.
May they be wise, not arrogant and without desire for the possessions of others.
May they do nothing mean or that the wise would reprove.

May all beings be happy.
May they live in safety and joy.

All living beings, whether weak or strong, tall, stout, average or short, seen or unseen, near or distant, born or to be born, may they all be happy.

Let no one deceive another or deceive any being in any state, let none by anger or hatred wish harm to another.

As a mother watches over her child, willing to risk her own life to protect her only child, so with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings, suffusing the whole world with unobstructed loving kindness.

Standing or walking, sitting or lying down, during all one’s waking hours, may one remain mindful of this heart and this way of living that is the best in the world.

Unattached to speculations, views and sense desires, with clear vision, such a person will never be reborn in the cycles of suffering.

— Siddharta Gautama (The Buddha) – Teachings of the Buddha (Jack Kornfield – translation by Gil Fronsdal)

Metta Sutta

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  1. This part of the quote you posted today:

    “…Let no one deceive another or deceive any being in any state, let none by anger or hatred wish harm to another.

    As a mother watches over her child, willing to risk her own life to protect her only child, so with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings, suffusing the whole world with unobstructed loving kindness…”

    I saw this for the first time yesterday painted on worn out wall, at the top of it, partially obstructed by a tree, in the middle of a run down and litter strewn neighborhood on my walk to work from the train.

    The next day, today, I pass the wall again and stop this time to read it out loud. I see this black, or brown, or worn out white man, an old man, or old-looking at least, walking towards me along the sidewalk next to the wall with the quote. I decide to keep reading out loud, not too loud, just a firm, but normal talking voice, noticeably looking up at the quote on the wall. The man stops. Looks at me. Looks at the quote. Turns around and walks the other way. I continue on to work. Here I am. I open up firefox, I type some words from the quote in google to see if I can find it. This blog post shows up at the top of the screen. It says you posted this quote today, June 21, 2012. I like that.

    • Thanks a lot for your comment! As I personally don’t believe in coincidences, I believe that your comment is a great gift and I am really happy you shared that experience with me. I think you are lucky to come across such wonderful quotes on your way to work and the story about that old man sounds really amazing to me.
      Thanks again for taking time to share this experience here! 🙂
      JC

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