THE LYRICS

KARANIYA METTA SUTTA - GOOD WILL

Sukhino va khemino hontu
Sabbe satta,

Bhavantu sukhi tata

May all beings be happy and safe

May their hearts be happy.

Sukhino = happy
     va (= va) emphatic
     khemino = secure
     hontu = be
 sabbe = all
     satta = beings
     bhavantu =may (they) be
     sukhitatta (= sukhita+atta) happy in heart.    Source : www.ancient-buddhist-texts.net
 

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • This sutta (thread/aphorism) I first heard when I was on meditation retreat with Burgs.

  • I was struck by the power of the words and the simplicity of the chant.

  • I had been practising Metta- or Loving Kindness for many years, yet had not heard the Pali version.

  • The refrain I have offered, is only a very small section of the whole Karaniya Metta Sutta, as it is known.

  • I chose to limit myself to this part, because in general we can wish "may all beings be happy", which is encapsulated in the verse.