In the Pali it is seventeen verses in length, and in the Sanskrit version nineteen. In Theravada Buddhism, according to post-canonical Pali commentaries , the background story for the Ratana Sutta is that the town of Vesali or Visala was being plagued by disease, non-human beings and famine; in despair, the townspeople called upon the Buddha for aid; he had the Ven. Ananda go through town reciting this discourse leading to the dispersal of the town's woes. The Ratana Sutta upholds the Three Jewels as follows:. In Theravada countries and institutions, this discourse is often recited as part of religious, public and private ceremonies for the purpose of blessing new endeavors and dispelling inauspicious forces.
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The Ratana Sutta is chanted daily throughout Theravada Buddhist countries. It explains the exact qualities of the Buddha, the Dhamma—his teachings, and the Sangha—his enlightened disciples.
It was originally taught to the Venerable Ananda as a protective recitation when there were several disasters happening in the city of Rajagaha.
Download this text in a sample of the Paritta Chanting Book. See all of the ways to get this Paritta Chanting book. Whatever beings are assembled here, whether on the earth or in the sky, may all these beings have happy minds.
Listen closely to my words. Pay attention all you beings. Show kindness to those humans who, by day and by night, offer much merit to you. Therefore, guard them diligently. Whatever treasure in this world or in other worlds; or whatever precious jewel is in the heavens, none is equal to the Buddha. In the Buddha is this precious jewel. By this truth may there be well-being! In the Dhamma is this precious jewel.
That purity praised by the Buddha called concentration with immediate result; that concentration has no equal. Gifts given to them yield abundant fruit. As a stone post firmly grounded in the earth, cannot be shaken by the four winds, so is the superior person, I say, who clearly sees the Noble Truths.
Those who comprehend the Noble Truths, well taught by the Buddha of deep wisdom, no matter how negligent, would not take an eighth existence. For one who has attained to right view, three fetters are at once abandoned: self-centred view, doubt and clinging to wrong practices.
Freed from the four planes of misery, he is incapable of committing the six major wrong-doings that lead to hell. Though he might do some evil deed by body, speech or mind, he cannot hide it; such is impossible for one who has seen the Dhamma.
Their old seeds destroyed with no more growing. The Arahants fade out just as this lamp has done. Whatever beings are assembled here, whether on the earth or in the sky, we respectfully worship the Buddha, honored by gods and humans.
May there be well-being! Whatever beings are assembled here, whether on the earth or in the sky, we respectfully worship the Dhamma, honored by gods and humans. Etena saccena suvatthi hotu! By this truth, may there be well-being!
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