A traditional teaching says that in all of our past lives, we all have had mothers. In this current life, all of these mothers appear to us as all other living beings. All living beings are my mother. You may or may not believe this teaching is literally true, but the wisdom contained within it is quite profound and valuable.
Various wisdom tradition teachers have passed along the sage advice, “Just as a mother would protect her only child at the risk of her own life, even so, let him cultivate a boundless heart towards all beings”. This comparison is used to illustrate the essential practice of lovingkindness. It is from verse 7 of Buddhism’s “Metta Sutra”
My former teacher once said, something to the effect, that in our personal history we had mothers who bore us in wombs for nine months, gave birth to us, cleansed us of impurities…
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