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Loving Kindness

August 17, 2013

“Why are you lonely? The bars that keep others out also keep you in. The fortifications that keep others from hurting you also keep them from loving you.” — The Arahant

“Just as a mother would protect her only child with her life even so let one cultivate a boundless love towards all beings. Let him radiate boundless love towards the entire world — above, below, and across — unhindered, without ill will, without enmity. Standing, walking, sitting or reclining, as long as he is awake, let him develop this mindfulness. This, they say, is ‘Noble Living’ here.” — Karaniya Metta Sutta (SN 1.8)

From → Q&A

  1. 🙂 This is what I want to develop in my life. I have a lot of self-hate and it comes from codependent relationships with family and society. At one point they started to hate me and I accepted this attitude toward myself. When I manage to bring myself into states of self-acceptance and love for myself, I can sit down and be in that state for hours and only then I see the possibility of truly loving other beings.

    Thank you very much for this post.

    • The forest monks chant the Karaniya Metta Sutta every day as protection against hateful people. Hate is simply anger that becomes a permanent attitude. Its payback is that that one is never hurt, but its price is that one is never loved, either. Mettā practice means broadcasting love for no reason—unconditionally. It creates kamma whereby one is also loved for no reason. Try it. — The Editor

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