The Metta Sutta

Today, my own words fail me.

Here are some from the Buddah.

This is what should be done
By one who is skilled in goodness,
And who knows the path of peace:
Let them be able and upright,
Straightforward and gentle in speech.
Humble and not conceited,
Contented and easily satisfied.
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful,
Not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing
That the wise would later reprove.
Wishing: In gladness and in saftey,
May all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be;
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
The seen and the unseen,
Those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be-born,
May all beings be at ease!
Let none deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
Wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings:
Radiating kindness over the entire world
Spreading upwards to the skies,
And downwards to the depths;
Outwards and unbounded,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down
Free from drowsiness,
One should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding.
By not holding to fixed views,
The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,
Being freed from all sense desires,
Is not born again into this world.

reposted from Aug, 2008

No Feng Shui in Paris?

Neptune - Lourve

Neptune @ The Lourve

Just as Neptune entered my ninth house,  I received a delightful invitation to join my daughter and her family in Paris!  It was so unexpected…an incredible gift,…how could I say no? On my own visiting Paris was very unlikely. Over the next few months the itinerary for the trip came together and before I knew it I was buckled into my economy class seat and racing down the runway to head EAST.  ( a rare occurance for me since I live at the edge of the east coast to begin with.

In preparation for this unexpected journey happening at a significant time, astrologically speaking,  I immediately consulted my astrocartography map.  Lo and behold, I had absolutely no lines of any sort going thru Paris, any which way.  Zero.  Hrmphf.   What could this mean?  Well, obviously there’s no karma for me there, which is kindof nice actually.  It gives me a freedom explore a new place without any karmic/dharmic residue confusing my experience.

Not so for the other members of my trip, and that’s the way it goes.

Neptune is an incredibly non-verbal energy that requires some study and experience to rightly interpret it for oneself, as it is the king of denial and illusion, and most likely for others.  However, if you are actively practicing a spiritual program with a disciplined, consistent approach, you will indeed gleam much information from Neptune.    Visit this post for keywords on Neptune.     more later.

…..also blogging at

http://www.ifcullen.com

Yup.  It’s true.  I’ve moved this whole blog to a different web address.  I hope you follow me there, too.  Not sure if everything is working exactly as it should and for that reason I’ll be posting here too for a bit.

It’s still a bit daunting all the time it takes to be ‘online’….   not convinced it really matters at all in the larger scheme of things.  But, Uranus is stationing on some sensitive places in my 10th house, so what else can I do to make the best use of that energy?

Oh well.  Go check out today’s post…..I had a great weekend.

Om shanti.