The Pali word metta is a multi-significant term meaning loving-kindness, friendliness, goodwill, benevolence, fellowship, amity, concord, inoffensiveness and non-violence. Metta is defined as the strong wish for the welfare and happiness of others.*
Can you imagine if everyone in this world could feel this for others around them? The world would become a beautiful place for all with no wars or conflict.
Essentially metta is an altruistic attitude of love and friendliness as distinguished from mere amiability based on self-interest. Through metta one refuses to be offensive and renounces bitterness, resentment and animosity of every kind, developing instead a mind of friendliness, accommodativeness and benevolence which seeks the well-being and happiness of others. *
However hard we try this is not one of the easiest ways to live. There will unfortunately always be humans who awaken a feeling of aversion in us. The difference is to try and change those negative feelings and see them for who they are and where they come from. I can’t believe that anyone is born to be hateful. Many things can happen in a person’s live to make them act that way. All they need is someone to understand.
True metta is devoid of self-interest. It evokes within a warm-hearted feeling of fellowship, sympathy and love, which grows boundless with practice and overcomes all social, religious, racial, political and economic barriers. Metta is indeed a universal, unselfish and all-embracing love. *
As it says above, it grows with practice and will eventually overcome all barriers. We have to make a conscious decision to become this and make it part of our everyday lives.
*(Taken from The Philosophy and Practise of Universal Love)
My wish for you today...
May you be free from hostility, free from affliction, free from distress, may you live happily.
Blessed Be and Namaste!!!