Invocations for Harmony

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Invocations for Harmony

Post by Will » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:29 am

Events in the USA (and the planet) at this time show anger and hatred that both big & social media magnifies by constant recycling coverage.

At any rate, this ancient invocation for harmony is from the Hindu Bhagavatam. I have rendered it based on several differing translations:
May the Universe be happy and holy,
May the wicked become mild,
May all beings work for each others welfare,
May all hearts radiate selfless love for one and all.
Similar intent to Metta Sutta.

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Re: Invocation for Harmony

Post by retrofuturist » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:48 am

Greetings Will,

Excellent. Thank you.

I truly appreciate the universality of such expressions, as only universality can transcend partiality.

:anjali:

Metta,
Paul. :)
"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"It is natural that one who knows and sees things as they really are is disenchanted and dispassionate." (AN 10.2)

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Re: Invocation for Harmony

Post by binocular » Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:37 am

retrofuturist wrote:as only universality can transcend partiality.
No, there is also indifference and minding one's own business. Which actually seem to do better at transcending partiality than any assumed universality.
There's also a third option, tyranny, which seems to be able to bring the best results in terms of harmony.
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Re: Invocations for Harmony

Post by befriend » Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:04 pm

I would like Buddhists to set up a world wide sitting where we all chant the metta sutta. Instead of a walking protest where there would be danger. we can video tape ourselves chanting with other people and put it on Facebook. There is a very real threat that there will be more violence in USA people are focusing so much on their enemy dehumanizing one another.
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Re: Invocations for Harmony

Post by ToVincent » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:04 pm

Will wrote:...
You are right.

We should not forget the "'diplomatical' benevolence", that underlies the meaning of metta.
The "contract of friendship" between all beings.
https://justpaste.it/1a3ol (extracts in the suttas with parallels, concerning metta).

If only this world could be shared wisely by all "beings"*.
(see extracts SN 20.3 and SN 20.5).

Metta is really something that some beings should put genuinely in practice.
In the meantime, I'll try to protect others, and protect myself as well.
I 'm sure I can find some unrepulsive in the repulsive.
This last line would be my "Invocation for Harmony".

Is all this too "irrational"?

Karuna, karuna for this lost generation - Again.


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“Having realized by his own direct knowledge this world with its Devas, maras, and Brahmas, this generation with its ascetics and brahmins, its devas and humans**, he makes it known to others”.
SN 55.7

“…there are in the world ascetics and brahmins of right conduct and right practice who, having realized this world and the other world by themselves, by direct knowledge, make them known to others.”
AN 10.176

**I suppose that the Buddha did include, in the lot, the "privately initiated".
"Privately initiated", what an idea.!?! - Why not relying on the Buddha Himself; and just discover by oneself?
Some working for the Mara's world; some for the Brahma's world; some for the Unborn.
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In this world with its ..., māras, ... - In this population with its ascetics.... (AN 5.30).
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Re: Invocations for Harmony

Post by Will » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:47 pm

May peace harmonious bless this realm;
May it be ever free from maladies and war;
May there be harvest rich and increased yield of grain;
May everyone delight in righteousness;
May no perverted thought find entry to our minds;
May all thoughts ever pious be and lead us to religious success.
Milarepa
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Re: Invocations for Harmony

Post by Will » Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:20 pm

May beings all live happily and safe,
and may their hearts rejoice within themselves. ₁₄₅

Whatever there may be with breath of life,
whether they be frail or very strong,
without exception, be they long or short,
or middle-sized, or be big or small, ₁₄₆

or dense, or visible or invisible,
or whether they dwell far or they dwell near,
those that are here, those seeking to exist—
may beings all rejoice with themselves. ₁₄₇

Let no one bring about another’s ruin
and not despise in any way or place;
let them not wish each other any ill
from provocation or from enmity. ₁₄₈

Just as a mother at the risk of life
loves and protects her child, her only child,
so one should cultivate this boundless love
to all that live in the whole universe— ₁₄₉

extending from a consciousness sublime
upwards and downwards and across the world,
untroubled, free from hate and enmity. ₁₅₀

And while one stands and while one sits
or when one lies down still free from drowsiness,
one should be intent on this mindfulness—
this is divine abiding here they say.
Metta Sutta - Laurence Mills trans.
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Re: Invocations for Harmony

Post by chownah » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:53 am

People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along? Can we stop making it, making it horrible for the older people and the kids?
Rodney King




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Re: Invocations for Harmony

Post by Will » Thu May 09, 2019 1:22 pm

Noble son, bodhisattvas endowed with ten qualities have knowledge of the
world. What are those ten? They are humility toward the haughty, no pride
when facing the proud, honesty toward the deceitful, truthfulness toward liars,
gentle words toward unskilled speakers, loving words toward the vicious,
patience toward the aggressive, love toward the brutal, compassion toward the
suffering, and sharing when meeting the stingy. Noble son, bodhisattvas who
possess these ten such qualities have knowledge of the world.
Ratnamegha Sutra, 573
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- AN 10.1

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