While the Buddha was staying at Savatthi, a band of monks, having received subjects of meditation from the master, proceeded to a forest to spend the rainy season (vassana). The tree deities inhabiting this forest were worried by their arrival, as they had to descend from tree abodes and dwell on the ground. They hoped, however, the monks would leave soon; but finding that the monks would stay the vassana period of three months, harassed them in diverse ways, during the night with the intention of scaring them away.

Living under such conditions being impossible, the monks went to the Master and informed him of their difficulties. Thereon the Buddha instructed them in the Metta sutta and advised their return equipped with this sutta for their protection.

The monks went back to the forest, and practicing the instruction conveyed, permeated the whole atmosphere with their radiant thoughts of metta or loving-kindness. The deities so affected by this power of love, henceforth allowed them to meditate in peace.”

Karaniya metta sutta (Karaniya- doable, which should be done * metta- loving and kindness) is the recitation by the Enlightened One found its well deserving niche in Sutta Nipata 1.8 and Khp 9. It is always recited on the Day III, in all the Dhamma Centers in 10 days course, thereby permeating the atmosphere with wonderful positive vibrations. Lets enjoy the words of metta to be uttered by Rev. S.N Goenka at 5:30 AM at http://www.dhammavani.orgImage