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DISCOURSE OF THE JEWELS

Ratana Sutta

Recital of avert Evil Forces

 The Buddha uttered the following powerful and effective Sutta (discourse) on His visit to the epidemic-stricken township of Vesali to bless victims to protect them from famine, sickness, evil spirits and other kinds of misfortune.

 During the Buddha's time, many people were benefited and misfortunes were averted following the recital of the Ratana Sutta. This Sutta also explains the highest qualities of the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha by giving details of the Triple Gem in its various facets. At the end of every stanza the Buddha blessed everyone saying “By this truth may all beings be happy and blissful. “

 Sakka, the King requested the other sangha, who had assembled to hear this discourse, to radiate their loving-kindness towards human beings, and to protect those who remember them and fulfill their religious obligations.

 After hearing this Sutta, even Sakka the King, became delighted and paid homage to the Triple Gem by uttering the last three verses.

 All devotees are strongly urged to recite this Sutta daily, as well as during illness or at other times when they are disturbed. Occasionally, monks should be invited to their homes to chant this and other important Suttas.

Ratana  Sutta

 

Pali

English Translation

1

Yanidha bhutani sama-gatani

Bhumma-niva yaniva anta-likkhe

Sabbeva bhuta sumana bhavantu

Athopi sakkacca sunantu bhasitam

Whatsoever beings are here assembled Those of the earth or those of the air, may all of them be happy! Let them all listen attentively to my words!

2

Tasmahi bhuta nisametha sabbe

Mettam karotha manusiya pajaya

Divaca rattoca haranti ye balim

Tasmahi ne rakkhatha appa-matta.

Listen here, all beings! Show your love to those humans who, day and night, bring offerings to you. Therefore, guard them diligently.

3

Yankinci vittam ldhava huram va

Saggesu vayam ratanam panitam

Nano-samam atthi tathagatena

ldampi Buddhe ratanam panitam

Etena saccena suvatthi hotu

Whatever treasure there be,

either here or in the world beyond,

or whatever precious jewel there be in the heavens; yet there is none comparable to the Accomplished One. In the Buddha is this precious jewel found. On account of this truth

May there be happiness!

4

Khayam viragam amatam panitam

Yadajjhaga sakya muni samahito

Natena dhammena samatthi kinci

Idampi dhamme ratanam panitam

Etena saccena suvatthi hotu

The tranquil Sage of the Sakyas realized cessation, freedom from passion, immortality, excellence. There is nothing comparable to this Dhamma (universal law or order). In the Dhamma is this precious jewel found. On account of this truth May there be happiness!

5

Yambuddha settho parivannayi sucim Samadhi-manantari-kanna-mahu Samadhina tena samo na vijjati  ldampi dhamme ratanam panitam  Etena saccena suvatthi hotu

That pure path the Supreme Buddha praised is described as 'concentration without interruption’. There is nothing like that concentration. In the Dhamma is this precious jewel found. On account of this truth. May there be happiness!

6

Ye puggala attha satam pasattha

Cattari etani yugani honti

Te dakkhineyya sugatassa savaka

Etesu dinnani mahapphalani

ldampi sanghe ratanam panitam

Etena saccena suvatthi hotu 

Those Eight Individuals, praised by the virtuous, they constitute four pairs. They, worthy of offerings, are the disciples of the Enlightened One, Gifts given to these yield abundant fruit. In the Sangha is this precious jewel found. On account of this truth. May there be happiness!

7

Ye suppa-yutta manasa dalhena

Nikkamino gotama sasanamhi

Te patti patta amatam vigayha

Laddha mudha nibbutim bhunjamana

ldampi sanghe ratanam panitam

Etena saccena suvatthi hotu

With steadfast mind, applying themselves thoroughly in the Dispensation of Gotarna, free "of passion, they have attained to that which should be attained. And plunging into immortality they enjoy the Peace (Nibbana) in absolute freedom. In the Sangha is this precious jewel found. On account of this truth May there be happiness!

8

Yathinda khilo pathavim sito siga

Catubbhi vatebhi asampa kampigo

Tathupamam sappurisam vadami

Yo ariga saccani avecca passati

ldampi sanghe ratanam panitam

Etena saccena suvatthi hotu

Just as a firm post sunk in the earth cannot be shaken by the four winds; I say that a good person who thoroughly perceives the Noble Truths is similar to that. In the Sangha is this precious jewel found. On account of this truth

May there be happiness!           

9

Ye ariga saccani vibhava-yanti

Gambhira-pannena sudesitani

Kincapi te honti bhusappa matta

Na te bhavam atthamam adiyanti

ldampi sanghe ratanam panitam

Etena saccena suvatthi hotu

Those who clearly understand the Noble Truths, well taught by Him who has absolute knowledge, do not undergo an eighth birth, no matter how exceedingly heedless they may be. In the Sangha is this precious jewel found. On account of this truth May there be happiness!

10

Saha vassa dassana sampadaya

Tayassu dhamma jahita bhavanti

Sakkaya ditthi vici-kicchi-tanca         

Silabbatam vapi yadatthi kinci

Catu hapayehica vippa mutto

Cha cabhi thanani abhabbo katum

ldampi sanghe ratanam panitam

Etena saccena suvatti hotu        

Together with his attainment of Insight, three qualities have been abandoned, namely:-

Belief in self, doubt and dependence on (wrong) rites and ceremonies. He is absolutely freed from the four states of misery, and is incapable of committing the six deadly crimes.

In the Sangha is this precious jewel found. On account of this truth May there be happiness!

11

Kincapi so kammam karoti papakam

.Kayena vaca uda cetasa va

Abhabbo so tassa paticcha-daga

Abhabbata dittha padassa vutta

ldampi sanghe ratanam panitam

Etena saccena suvatthi hotu

He is incapable of hiding whatever evil he does, whether by deed, word or thought; for it has been said that such an act is impossible for one who has seen the Path. On account of this truth

May there be happiness!

12

Vanappa gumbe yatha phussitagge

Gimhana mase pathamasmin.gimhe

Tathu-pamam dhamma varam adesayi

Nibbana gamin paramam hitaga

ldampi Buddhe ratanam panitam

Etena saccena suvatthi hotu

Just like a forest is flowered at the top, in the first month of the summer season, so has the Sublime Doctrine that leads to Nibbana been taught for the Highest Good. In the Buddha is this precious jewel found. On account of this truth May there be happiness!

 

13

Varo varannu varado varaharo

Anuttaro dhamma varam adesayi

Idampi Buddhe ratanam panitam

Etena saccena suvatthi hotu

The unrivalled Excellent One, the Knower, the Giver, the Bringer of the Excellent has expounded the excellent Doctrine. In the Buddha is this precious jewel found. On account of this truth May there be happiness!

14

Khinam puranam

navam natthi sambhavam

Viratta citta ayatike bhavasmin

Te khina-bija avirul-hicchanda

Nibbanti dhira yatha-yam padipo

Idampi sanghe ratanam panitam

Etena saccena suvatthi hotu

Their past is extinct, a fresh becoming there is not, their minds are not attached to a future birth, their desires grow not; those wise ones go out even as this lamp. In the Sangha is this precious jewel found. On account of this truth May there be happiness!

15

Yanidha bhutani sama-gatani

Bhumma-niva yaniva: anta-likkhe

Tathagatam deva-manussa-pajitam

Buddham namassama suvatthi hotu

Sakka's exultation:

We beings here assembled,

of the earth and of the air, salute the Accomplished Buddha, honoured by gods and humans. May there be happiness!

16

Yanidha bhutani sama-gatani

Bhumma-niva yaniva anta-likkhe

Tathagatam deva-manussa-pujitam

Dhammam namassama suvatthi hotu

We beings here assembled, of the earth and of the air, salute the Accomplished Dhamma, honoured by goods souls and humans. May there be happiness!

 

17

Yanidha bhutani sama-gatani

Bhumma-niva yaniva anta-likkhe

Tathagatam deva-manussa-pajitam

Sangham namassama suvatthi hotu

We beings here assembled, of the earth and of the air, salute the Accomplished Sangha, honoured by good souls and humans. May there be happiness!

18

Etena Sacea Vajjena

Dukkha Vupa Samentu Me

Etena Sacca Vajjena

Bhaya Vupa Samentu Me

Etena Sacca Vajjena

Roga Vupa Samentu Me

By the firm determination of this truth, May I be free from suffering. By the firm determination of this truth, May I be free from fear. By the firm determination of this truth, May I be free from illness

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