Meditation: Taking and Giving

When you see the sentient beings troubled by suffering you can make the following wish enthusiastically from the depths of your heart and with great force of will.

 “ The person is suffering very badly and despite wanting the gain happiness and alleviate suffering, does not know how to give up non virtues and adopt virtues. May his or her suffering as well as its causes , ripen within me”

This is called as the practice of taking the suffering  of others within yourself using the instrument of compassion.

From the depths of your heart, you can also imagine the following:“ I will give to these sentiment beings without the slightest hesitation or regret whatever virtues I have accumulated in the form of good karma which will be auspicious for them”

This is called the practice of giving away your own happiness using the instrument of love.

Although such mental imaging may not actually bring the desired results, it does increase determination and will power while creating a peaceful atmosphere. These practices are performed in conjunction with the inhalation and exhalation of the breath—inhaling others pain and exhaling your own happiness into their lives.

Similarly when you are ill or suffer an unfortunate event imagine the following:“ May this illness or misfortune serve as a substitute for the suffering of all sentiment beings”

This will keep your suffering from getting worse by fretting about it, and it will enhance your courage. It is also helpful to thing:

May the suffering that I am undergoing now function as the ripening manifestation, and conclusion of many bad karmas that I have accumulated

According to Tibetan Buddhist texts , when you are happy, do not get too excited  about it, but dedicate to the welfare of all sentient beings and when you suffer, take on yourself all the pain of other sentient beings. We usually have ups and downs , but in this way you can maintain inner courage not allowing  either fortunate or misfortune to disturb your peace of mind— neither too happy nor too sad, but stable.

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swamiaatma

A 48 Year old enjoying life and its realizations. Away from Futile pursuit of happiness as per social norms and creating inner peace and happiness

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