Wednesday, April 24, 2013

All-Embracing is Infinite Friendliness J _/\_ !
The Blessed Buddha once said:
I am a friend and helper to all,
I am sympathetic to all living beings.
I develop a mind full of love and am
one who always delight in harmlessness!
I gladden my mind, fill it with joy,
and make it immovable and unshakable.
I develop these divine states of mind
not cultivated by simple men.
Theragatha 648-9

I am a friend of the footless,
I am a friend of the bipeds;
I am a friend of those with four feet,
I am a friend of the many-footed.
May not the footless harm me,
may not the bipeds harm me,
may not those with four feet harm me, &
may not those with many feet harm me.
AN II 72

A friend, who always lends a hand,
a friend both in sorrow and joy,
a friend who offers good counsel,
a friend who sympathizes too. 
These are the four kinds of true friends:
One who is wise, who have understood much,
will always cherish and serve such friends,
just as a mother tends her only child. 
DN III, 188
Among tigers, lions, leopards and bears I lived in the jungle. 
No one was frightened of me, nor did I fear anyone.
Uplifted by such universal friendliness, I enjoyed the forest.
Finding great solace in such sweetly silenced solitude…
Suvanna-sama Jataka 540

And how does a Bhikkhu abide with his mind imbued with friendliness
extending overall? Just as he would feel friendliness on seeing a dearly 
favourite person, exactly so does he extend this same loving-kindness to 
all beings in all eight directions, one by one, and as above so below.
Abhidhamma Pitaka: Appamañña-vibhanga 

Bhikkhus, whatever kinds of worldly merit there are, all are not worth
one sixteenth part of the release of mind by universal friendliness;
in shining, glowing and beaming radiance, in invisible yet shielding protection,
such release of mind by universal friendliness far excels & surpasses them all... 
Itivuttaka 27
All-Embracing is Infinite Friendliness J _/\_ !
Have a nice & noble day!
Friendship is the Greatest! Bhikkhu Samāhita _/\_ ]

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