Monday, May 11, 2009

The Sixty Aspects of Melodious Speech

“Gentle, soft, appealing, and attractive,
Pure, flawless, distinct, and captivating,
Worthy, indomitable, pleasant, melodious, and clear,
Not rough, not coarse, and extremely pleasing to hear,
Satisfying for body, for mind, and delightful,
Creating happiness, without sorrow, and instigating insight,
Comprehensible, elucidating, and generating joy,
Utterly enjoyable, bringing comprehension and full understanding,
Reasonable, relevant, free from the fault of repetition,
Melodious like the sound of the lion, the elephant, and the dragon,
Like the naga king, the gandharvas, and the kalapinga bird,
Like the melodious voice of Brahma and the shangshang bird,
Majestic like the voice and the drum of Indra,
Not boastful and pervading all sounds without utterance,
Without corruption of words, without incompleteness,
Not feeble, not weak, extremely magnificent,
Pervasive, free from rigidity,
Connecting interruption and perfecting all sounds,
Satisfying the senses, not inferior, and unchanging,
Not blurting and fully resounding to the assembly,
Endowed with the supreme of all aspects,
He teaches in the manner of the profound and vast teachings.”

— From Sutra on the Inconceivable Secret

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