Metta is the best

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Metta is the best

Researched by- Myoma Myint Kywe ???? ?? ??????????
Writer and historian and Karate Chief Instructor (Shotokan style)
 
Metta meditation is recommended of the Buddha since BC 588 in the 2,602-year-old Pali canon. Buddhism teaches people how to end their suffering by eliminating greed, hatred and ignorance. When people do bad things, they will get bad consequences. Similarly, when people do good things, they will get good consequences. Good and bad things do not cancel out. This cause-and-effect chain is manifested in the endless cycles of life, death and rebirth. 

 

 
Buddha was born 623 BC in Nepal. Buddha had attained Full Enlightenment under the BODHI TREE at Buddha Gaya (also known as BODH GAYA) in 588 BC. Buddha Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the MAHA-BODHI Temple Complex in Gaya district, Bihar, in India.
 
The law of cause and effect is known as karma. Nothing ever happens to us unless we deserves it. We receive exactly what we earn, whether it is good or bad. We are the way we are now due to the things we have done in the past. Our thoughts and actions determine the kind of life we can have. If we do good things, in the future good things will happen to us. If we do bad things, in the future bad things will happen to us. Every moment we create new karma by what we say, do, and think. If we understand this, we do not need to fear karma. It becomes our friend. It teaches us to create a bright future.

The Buddha said:
"The kind of seed sown
  will produce that kind of fruit.
  Those who do good will reap good results.
  Those who do evil will reap evil results.
  If you carefully plant a good seed,
  You will joyfully gather good fruit.
"

That's from Dhammapada
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Metta is a Pali word for loving-kindness (Sanskrit = Maitri). Metta is essential for everyone. Put simply, loving-kindness means wishing all beings be well and happy, and that harm and suffering be away from them. It is a wish, a prayer, and a state of mind. For a Buddhist practising loving-kindness, it is supposed to be universal --> you cannot be wishing your loved ones well and on the other hand wishing your competitors/enemies to go to hell! Some Buddhists practise meditation on loving-kindness.

According to the Buddha, a person who practises meditation on loving-kindness regularly could see some results, e.g. sleeps peacefully, disturbing dreams do not occur, pleasing to others, etc.
We can start practising loving-kindness too. Some Buddhists recite (verbally or mentally) the following:

May I be free from enmity, disease and grief and may I guard myself happily; As I am, so also may my teachers, parents, intimate, indifferent, and inimical beings be free from enmity, disease and grief, and may they guard themselves happily;

May all beings be void of enmity, disease and grief, and may they take care of themselves happily; May I be free from envy, may I be free from jealousy. May I be free from malice; may my beloved parents be well and happy; may my loving brothers and sisters be well and happy; may my kind teachers be well and happy; may my dear friends and relatives be well and happy; may my dutiful servants be well and happy; may all the non-friendly be well and happy.
 


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