Thursday, 10 May 2007

A Hindu view, from the Rig Veda

Strong one, make me strong
May all beings look on me with the eye of a friend
May I look on all beings with the eye of a friend
May every creature abound in well-being and in peace…
May every living being, seen and unseen
Those dwelling far-off, those nearby
Those already born, those waiting to be born
May all attain inward peace….
Let no one deceive another, let no one despise another….

Just as a mother with her own life
Protects her child, her only child, from hurt
So within your own self foster
A limitless concern for every living creature.

transl. Thomas Berry, Buddhism (1971) pp.40-1

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