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Four Immeasurables

Translated from Digha Nikaya III #33: Sangiti Suttanta
by
Michael Olds

Ol'Begga Ols with e's Ol'Begga's Bowl

Here friends,
a beggar lives suffusing the first quarter
with thoughts of friendliness;
and so also the second, third, and fourth quarters.
Thus he lives suffusing the world all-over,
all-through,
encompassing all,
above, below and across with thoughts of friendliness.
 
Thus he lives a suffusing
that is bountiful,
widespread,
immeasurable,
friendly,
without injury.

Ol'Begga Ols with e's Ol'Begga's Bowl

He lives suffusing the first quarter
with thoughts of sympathy;
and so also the second, third, and fourth quarters.
Thus he lives suffusing the world all-over,
all-through,
encompassing all,
above, below and across with thoughts of sympathy.
 
Thus he lives a suffusing
that is bountiful,
widespread,
immeasurable,
friendly,
without injury.

Ol'Begga Ols with e's Ol'Begga's Bowl

He lives suffusing the first quarter
with thoughts of empathy;
and so also the second, third, and fourth quarters.
Thus he lives suffusing the world all-over,
all-through,
encompassing all,
above, below and across with thoughts of empathy.
 
Thus he lives a suffusing
that is bountiful,
widespread,
immeasurable,
friendly,
without injury.

Ol'Begga Ols with e's Ol'Begga's Bowl

He lives suffusing the first quarter
with objectively detached thought;
and so also the second, third, and fourth quarters.
Thus he lives suffusing the world all-over,
all-through,
encompassing all,
above, below and across with objectively detached thought.
 
Thus he lives a suffusing
that is bountiful,
widespread,
immeasurable,
friendly,
without injury.

Ol'Begga Ols with e's Ol'Begga's Bowl


 

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