11: Mettānisaṁsasuttaṁ CBhp: Mettāsuttaṁ.01
The Discourse on the Advantages of Friendliness Meditation

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Introductory Verse

Aggikkhandhopamaṁ sutvā jātasaṁvegabhikkhunaṁ
To the monks who felt a sense of urgency after hearing the simile on the mass of fire

assādatthāya desesi yaṁ parittaṁ Mahāmuni.
the Great Sage preached this safeguard, for their welfare and satisfaction.

Sabbalokahitatthāya parittaṁ tam bhaṇāmahe.
For the whole world's welfare and benefit we will recite that safeguard.

The Safeguard

Evaṁ me sutaṁ:
Thus I have heard:

ekaṁ samayaṁ Bhagavā Sāvatthiyaṁ viharati
at one time the Gracious One was dwelling near Sāvatthī

Jetavane Anāthapiṇḍikassa ārāme.
at Anāthapiṇḍika's grounds in Jeta's Wood.

Tatra kho Bhagavā bhikkhū āmantesi:
There it was that the Gracious One addressed the monks, saying:

“Bhikkhavo!” ti, “Bhadante!” ti te bhikkhū Bhagavato paccassosuṁ,
“Monks!”, “Reverend Sir!” those monks replied to the Gracious One,

Bhagavā etad-avoca:
and the Gracious One said this:

“Mettāya bhikkhave cetovimuttiyā,
“Monks, from the freedom of mind by friendliness meditation,

āsevitāya, bhāvitāya, bahulīkatāya, yānīkatāya, CBhp: yānikatāya.02
when practised, developed, made much of, carried on,

vatthukatāya, anuṭṭhitāya, paricitāya, susamāraddhāya,
established, maintained, augmented, and properly instigated,

ekādasānisaṁsā pāṭikaṅkhā.
eleven advantages are to be expected.

Katame ekādasa?
What are the eleven?

Sukhaṁ supati, [01]
He sleeps happily,

sukhaṁ paṭibujjhati, [02]
he wakes up happily,

na pāpakaṁ supinaṁ passati, [03]
he does not see bad dreams,

manussānaṁ piyo hoti, [04]
he is dear to human beings,

amanussānaṁ piyo hoti [05],
he is dear to non-human beings,

devatā rakkhanti, [06]
the gods protect him,

nāssa aggi vā visaṁ vā satthaṁ vā kamati, [07]
neither fire, poison, or sword can affect him,

tuvataṁ PPV2: tuvaṭaṁ.03 cittaṁ samādhiyati, [08]
he can concentrate his mind quickly,

mukhavaṇṇo vippasīdati, [09]
his complexion becomes clear,

asammūḷho kālaṁ karoti, [10]
he dies unbewildered,

uttariṁ appaṭivijjhanto Brahmalokūpago hoti. [11]
and if he penetrates no further, he will (at least) go to the Brahma world.

Mettāya bhikkhave cetovimuttiyā,
Monks, from the freedom of mind by friendliness meditation,

āsevitāya, bhāvitāya, CBhp: omit bhāvitāya (presumably by mistake).04 bahulīkatāya, yānīkatāya, CBhp: yānikatāya.05
when practised, developed, made much of, carried on,

vatthukatāya, anuṭṭhitāya, paricitāya, susamāraddhāya,
established, maintained, augmented, and properly instigated,

ime ekādasānisaṁsā pāṭikaṅkhā” ti.
there are these eleven advantages to be expected.”

Idam-avoca Bhagavā,
The Gracious One said this,

attamanā te bhikkhū Bhagavato bhāsitaṁ abhinandun-ti.
and those monks were uplifted and greatly rejoiced in the Gracious One's words.