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Compassion...Path To Freedom

Poem By Kolitha Lelwala

This is what should be done
By one who is skilled in goodness,
And who knows the path of peace:
Let them be able and upright,
Straightforward and gentle in speech.
Humble and not conceited,
Contented and easily satisfied.
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful,
Not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing
That the wise would later reprove.
Wishing: In gladness and in saftey,
May all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be;
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
The seen and the unseen,
Those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be-born,
May all beings be at ease!

Let none deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
Wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings:
Radiating kindness over the entire world
Spreading upwards to the skies,
And downwards to the depths;
Outwards and unbounded,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down
Free from drowsiness,
One should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding.
By not holding to fixed views,
The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,
Being freed from all sense desires,
Is not born again into this world.

(Metta Sutta - Philosophy of Buddhism)

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lovely..lovely...lovely..what an attitude
you rephrased the words of lord buddha quite nicely... I admire this one a lot.
Very good verses showing the Buddhist tradition of uncovering the heart’s natural qualities of Wisdom and Compassion through meditation. The poem deals with mindfulness and loving kindness practice that allow us to access the freedom we seek from within.We can indeed learn to develop a greater sense of care for ourselves and for our world through the spiritual practices.This poem reflects true spiritual practice engaged with life that goes against the norms of our confused society and is therefore an act of rebellion.Suffering originates in the mind and our tendency is to grasp at pleasure and push away all the pain. You have high-lighted a very needy practice of sympathy for the suffering of others including a desire to help in very transcendent poetic lines.......10/10
blessed be the lotus petalled 'Being freed from all sense desires, is not born again into this world' A+++anjali


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