Majjhima Nikaya 21 The Middle Length Discourses
Kakacupama Sutta: The Simile of the Saw
“Monks, bandits were to carve you up savagely, limb by limb, with a two-handled saw, he among you who let his heart get angered even at that would not be doing my bidding. Even then you should train yourselves: ‘Our minds will be unaffected and we will say no evil words. We will remain sympathetic, with a mind of good
will, and with no inner hate. We will keep pervading these people with an awareness imbued with good will and, beginning with them, we will keep pervading the all-encompassing world with an awareness imbued with good will — abundant, expansive, immeasurable, free from hostility, free from ill will.’ That’s how you should train yourselves.“
May I live mindfully with love and compassion for all sentient beings.
It is easy to love and care for a person who is loving and nice to us, not easy to love and care for a person who is not.
Let me train myself to love and care for all sentient beings, for their welfare and benefit, whether they are loving or nice to us or not.
It is easy to love and care for a person who is agreeable and cooperative, not easy to love and care for a person who is not.
Let me train myself to love and care for all sentient beings, those who are agreeable and cooperative and those who are not.
It is easy to love and care for those who are MY family, MY love ones, MY friends, not easy to love and care for those who are not.
Let me train myself to love and care for all sentient beings, for when we truly stop identifying with this or that as mine, me or myself, there is no longer the clinging onto of conventional MY or Not MY. Then indeed can we love and care for all sentient beings equanimously.
The multitude of forms, words, actions, personalities and phenomena are dependent arising, are transient, temporal. This differentiation between them all is such, dependent arising, transient, temporal.
Let me train myself in mindfulness, proper contemplation and attention, so that I may see the true nature of all phenomena, that they are all transient , temporal facade and realise that even as I try to cling unto it, there is truly nothing that I can hold onto except perhaps our own memories and attachments. Seeing thus, may craving and clinging cease.
Being dependent arising, they are no inherent, permanent, persisting, substantial nor independently existing. They are empty of any intrinsic qualities.
Let me train myself in mindfulness, proper contemplation and attention so that I may see the true nature of all phenomena, that they are all such. Seeing the emptiness of all phenomena, one is free from identification, delight, want or greed. Being freed from that, there is no fear, jealousy, anger, hatred or ill-will that arise due to it.
One thus severe the root of delusion, and the twin branches of greed and hatred has no means to arise.
With wisdom, seeing how sentient beings are still mired in suffering, Great Love and Compassion arises.
With wisdom, seeing how sentient beings pursue that happiness that grows from gain and suffer from the loss of it, Great Love and Compassion arises.
May all sentient beings not tread the Path of Hate.
May all sentient beings walk the Path of Wisdom and Compassion.
- MN21 The Simile of the Saw