Metta Chant: The Dissemination and the New Semination

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Beautiful Buddhist chanting on metta – loving kindness with English subtitles, but without disturbing English speech.  One of the most beautiful “prayers” among all religions.

The Metta Chant Text

Aham avero homi
May I be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjho homi
May I be free from mental suffering

anigha homi
May I be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharami
May I take care of myself happily

Mama matapitu
May my parents

acariya ca natimitta ca
teacher relatives and friends

sabrahma – carino ca
fellow Dhamma farers

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
may they take care of themselves happily

Imasmim arame sabbe yogino
May all meditators in this compound

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
May they take care of themselves happily

Imasmim arame sabbe bhikkhu
May all monks in this compound

samanera ca
novice monks

upasaka – upasikaya ca
laymen and laywomen disciples

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
May they take care of themselves happily

Amhakam catupaccaya – dayaka
May our donors of the four supports: clothing, food, medicine and lodging

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
May they take care of themselves happily

Amhakam arakkha devata
May our guardian devas

Ismasmim vihare
in this monastery

Ismasmim avase
in this dwelling

Ismasmim arame
in this compound

arakkha devata
May the guardian devas

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
may they take care of themselves happily

Sabbe satta
May all beings

sabbe pana
all breathing things

sabbe bhutta
all creatures

sabbe puggala
all individuals (all beings)

sabbe attabhava – pariyapanna
all personalities (all beings with mind and body)

sabbe itthoyo
may all females

sabbe purisa
all males

sabbe ariya
all noble ones (saints)

sabbe anariya
all worldlings (those yet to attain sainthood)

sabbe deva
all devas (deities)

sabbe manussa
all humans

sabbe vinipatika
all those in the four woeful planes

avera hontu
be free from enmity and dangers

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering
sukhi – attanam pariharantu
may they take care of themselves happily

Dukkha muccantu
May all being be free from suffering

Yattha-laddha-sampattito mavigacchantu
May whatever they have gained not be lost

Kammassaka
All beings are owners of their own Kamma

Purathimaya disaya
in the eastern direction

pacchimaya disaya
in the western direction

uttara disaya
in the northern direction

dakkhinaya disaya
in the southern direction

purathimaya anudisaya
in the southeast direction

pacchimaya anudisaya
in the northwest direction

uttara anudisaya
in the northeast direction

dakkhinaya anudisaya
in the southwest direction

hetthimaya disaya
in the direction below

uparimaya disaya
in the direction above

Sabbe satta
May all beings

sabbe pana
all breathing things

sabbe bhutta
all creatures

sabbe puggala
all individuals (all beings)

sabbe attabhava – pariyapanna
all personalities (all beings with mind and body)

sabbe itthoyo
may all females

sabbe purisa
all males

sabbe ariya
all noble ones (saints)

sabbe anariya
(those yet to attain sainthood)

sabbe deva
all devas (deities)

sabbe manussa
all humans

sabbe vinipatika
all those in the 4 woeful planes

avera hontu
be free from enmity and dangers

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
may they take care of themselves happily

Dukkha muccantu
May all beings be free from suffering

Yattha-laddha-sampattito mavigacchantu
May whatever they have gained not be lost

Kammassaka
All beings are owners of their own kamma

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
As far as the highest plane of existence

adho yava aviccito
to as far down as the lowest plane

samanta cakkavalesu
in the entire universe

ye satta pathavicara
whatever beings that move on earth

abyapajjha nivera ca
may they are free of mental suffering and enmity

nidukkha ca nupaddava
and from physical suffering and danger

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
As far as the highest plane of existence

adho yava aviccito
to as far down as the lowest plane

samanta cakkavalesu
in the entire universe

ye satta udakecara
whatever beings that move on water

abyapajjha nivera ca
may they are free of mental suffering and enmity

nidukkha ca nupaddava
and from physical suffering and danger

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
As far as the highest plane of existence

adho yava aviccito
to as far down as the lowest plane

samanta cakkavalesu
in the entire universe

ye satta akasecara
whatever beings that move in air

abyapajjha nivera ca
may they are free of mental suffering and enmity

nidukkha ca nupaddava
and from physical suffering and danger.

However, this is only half a Mantra.  This mantra describes what it doesn’t want instead of what it does want.  This is a giant spiritual shit, a defecation, a bath.  For all the beauty of the music, this is a mantra of universal waste management.  This is necessary particularly when you are angry.

There should be a second part, a filling of words should be what we want for the world.  The writer of this mantra is afraid of what he wants. Mental health, Love, Safety, Physical Comfort, Caring for Others.  And so I offer part two, The Semination of Metta.  The spiritual feast.  This is necessary when you are emotionally empty or exhausted.  It’s also fun when you are happy.

May I be filled with love and safety

May I be filled with mental health

May I be filled with physical pleasure

May I take care of others happily

May my parents

teacher relatives and friends

fellow Dhamma farers

Be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

may they take care of others happily

May all meditators in this compound

be filled with love and safety

be filled wth mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May all monks in this compound

novice monks

laymen and laywomen disciples

be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May our donors of the four supports: clothing, food, medicine and lodging

be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May our guardian devas

in this monastery

in this dwelling

in this compound

May the guardian devas

be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May all beings

all breathing things

all creatures

all individuals (all beings)

all personalities (all beings with mind and body)

may all females

all males

all noble ones (saints)

all worldlings (those yet to attain sainthood)

all devas (deities)

all humans

all those in the four woeful planes

be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May all being be filled with comfort

May whatever they have lost be gained

All beings are owners of their own Kamma

in the eastern direction

in the western direction

in the northern direction

in the southern direction

in the southeast direction

in the northwest direction

in the northeast direction

in the southwest direction

in the direction below

in the direction above

May all beings

all breathing things

all creatures

all individuals (all beings)

all personalities (all beings with mind and body)

may all females

all males

all noble ones (saints)

(those yet to attain sainthood)

all devas (deities)

all humans

all those in the 4 woeful planes

be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May all beings be filled with comfort

May whatever they have lost be gained

All beings are owners of their own kamma

As far as the highest plane of existence

to as far down as the lowest plane

in the entire universe

whatever beings that move on earth

may they be filled with mental health and love

and filled with physical pleasure and safety

As far as the highest plane of existence

to as far down as the lowest plane

in the entire universe

whatever beings that move on water

may they be filled with mental health and love

and filled with physical pleasure and safety

As far as the highest plane of existence

to as far down as the lowest plane

in the entire universe

whatever beings that move in air

may they be filled with mental health and love

and filled with physical pleasure and safety

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Religion: The Promise and the Petition

The following passage is from the Old Testament.  It is referred to as “God’s Promise to Abram”.  I call this “The Promise”.

handpoint
Leave your country,
your people
and your father’s household
and go to the land I will show you
I will make you into a great nation
And I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and
You will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
And whoever curses you I will curse;
And all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.

This second passage is from the New Testament.  It is referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer”.  I call this “The Petition”.

duerer_praying_hands

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

I found them interesting.  The promise and the petition have eight parts.

The promise makes the man hallowed and the temple on earth.

The petition makes a god hallowed and the temple in heaven.

The promise gives a kingdom to a people.

The petition offers a kingdom to a god.

The promise offers a nation under a man.

The petition offers a nation under a god.

The promise offers greatness to a man’s name.

The petition offers greatness to a god’s name.

The promise offers to bless a man.

The petition offers to bless a god.

The promise offers to make the man a blessing.

The petition asks to make the god a blessing.

The promise offers to bless friends and curse enemies of the man.

The petition asks forgiveness of the god and offers forgiveness of the enemies of man.

The promise offers to make the man a blessing to all.

The petition asks to make the god a blessing to all.

It is obvious that the Old Testament and the New Testament are two wholly different, yet complementary religions.

The creation of a hallowed nation and the nation’s hallowing of its god.

In the next post I will look at these two eight fold paths from a different perspective.