Let us chant Ratana Sutta Paritta to drive and stamp out of Pandemic Covid-19 from our world

By Maha Saddhamma Jotika Dhaja, Sithu
Dr. Khin Maung Nyunt

There are eleven Paritta Sutta Protective Verses Lord Buddha had left for us. All these LA-Jo:4_3 Verses protect us from all disasters, conflicts starvation, armed conflicts and wars and diseases.
Ratana Sutta Paritta is especially for driving and stamping out all discern epistemic or pandemic. The background of Ratana Sutta is as follows.
In the Kingdom of Vesali in the lifetime of Lord Buddha there broke out all kinds of disasters, scarcity of rain, harvest failure, starvation. Many people died.
No one to bury dead bodies ogres came to eat dead bodies. People blamed the King for these disasters. The King requested Lord Buddha for eliminating that pandemic diseases. Lord Buddha gave Ratana Sutta Paritta to expel and stamp out that pandemic disease. With metta [loving kindness] to all beings the King and all his people chanted Ratana Sutta Paritta driving out all evils and finally saved the kingdom from all diseases — epidemic as well as pandemic.
Reproduced here is English translation of all verses of Ratana Sutta from the booklet published by the Late Rector Sayadaw Venerable Ashin U Silanandabhivamsa. Ratana Sutta is the second in the list of Eleven Paritta Sutta. Currently Venerable Sitagu Sayadaw and his associates are chanting Ratana Sutta. Let’s chant together Ratana Sutta Protective Verses Corona Virus will surely be stamped out.

Senior Buddhist monks, led by Bamaw Sayadaw Dr Bhaddanta Kumara Bhivanmsa, performing the mid-air recitation of Parittas on a special aircraft on 1 April. Photo: MNA
Senior Buddhist monks, led by Bamaw Sayadaw Dr Bhaddanta Kumara Bhivanmsa, performing the mid-air recitation of Parittas on a special aircraft on 1 April. Photo: MNA

Ratana Sutta
(Jewel Discourse)

* Having mind infused with compassion like the Venerable Ananda, who did protective chanting all through the three watches of the night, walking along the path between the three walls that surrounded the city of Vesali. Reflecting upon all these attributes of the Buddha. From the time the Buddha-to-be made the aspiration for Buddhahood, His practice of the thirty paramis comprising the ten paramis (perfections), the ten upa-paramis (the middle grade perfections) and the ten paramatthaparamis (the highest grade perfections), the five great givings, the three great practices comprising practice for the world, practice for His relatives and practice for Buddhahood, and in His last birth, taking conception in His mother’s womb, His birth, renunciation, the practice of asceticism, victory over Mara when He was seated on the throne under the Bodhi tree, gaining of Omniscience, turning of the Wheel of Dhamma (delivering of the First Sermon), and the nine Supramundane Dhammas.
* Let us recite, oh good people, that Paritta whose authority is accepted by the deities in the thousand billion universes and which quickly causes to disappear the three dangers resulting from disease, non-human beings and famine in the city of Vesali.
* Whatsoever beings are here assembled, whether terrestrial or celestial, may these beings be happy: moreover may they attentively listen to my words.
* Therefore, oh deities, let all listen Have love for human beings. Day and night they bring offerings to you. Therefore, guard them diligently.
* Whatever treasure there be either here or in the world beyond, or whatever precious jewel is in the world of the deities, there is none equal to the Accomplished One. In the Buddha is this precious jewel. By this truth, may there be happiness.
* The serene Sage of the Sakyas realized the Dhamma (Nibbana) which is the cessation of defilements, which is free from passion and which is deathless and supreme. There is nothing equal to this Dhamma. Also in the Dhamma is this precious jewel. By this utterance of truth, may there be happiness.
* The supreme Buddha praised the pure concentration(that accompanies Path consciousness) and the Buddhas described it as giving result immediately. There is nothing equal to that concentration. Also in the Dhamma is this precious jewel. By this utterance of truth, may there be happiness.
* The eight individuals praised by the virtuous constitute four pairs: they are the disciples of the Buddha and are worthy of offerings: gifts made to them yield abundant fruit. Also in the Samgha is this precious jewel. By this utterance of truth, may there be happiness.
* With a steadfast mind, applying themselves thoroughly in the Dispensation of Gotama, they got out of passions: they have attained that which should be attained. Plunging into the Deathless, they enjoy the peace that is won without expense. Also in the Samgha is this precious jewel. By this utterance of truth, may there be happiness.
* Just as a firm post sunk in the earth cannot he shaken by the four winds (winds from four directions), so, I declare, is a righteous person who thoroughly perceives the Noble Truths. Also in the Samgha is this precious jewel. By this utterance of truth, may there be happiness.
* However exceedingly heedless they may be, those who have comprehended the Noble Truths well taught by Him of deep wisdom. do not take an eight rebirth. Also in the Samgha is this precious jewel. By this utterance of truth. may there be happiness.
* With the attainment of the First Path, the three states namely, sell-illusion, doubt and belief in wrong habits and practices (as a way to purification), are abandoned in him. Also he abandons some other defilements.
* He is totally free from (rebirth in) the four woeful states and is incapable of committing the six major wrong doings. Also in the Samgha is this precious jewel. By this utterance of truth, may there be happiness.
* Although he may do an evil deed, whether by body, or by word or by thought, he is incapable of hiding it. The Buddha has declared this fact that such a person who has seen Nibbana with Path Consciousness is not capable of hiding his wrong-doings. Also in the Samgha is this precious jewel. By this utterance of truth, may there be happiness.
* Graceful as the woodland grove with blossoming treetops in the first month of summer is the sublime doctrine that leads to Nibbana. Such a Dhamma the Buddha taught for the highest good of beings. Also in the Buddha is this precious jewel. By this utterance of truth may there be happiness.
* The Unsurpassed Excellent One (i.e. the Buddha), the knower of the excellent. the bestower of the excellent, the bringer of the excellent, has taught the excellent doctrine. Also in the Buddha is this precious jewel. By this utterance of truth. may there be happiness.
* Their past kamma is exhausted; there is no arising of fresh kamma; their minds are not attached to a future birth; they have extinguished the seed of becoming; their desire for becoming does not grow. These wise ones go out even as this lamp burns out. Also in the Samgha is this precious jewel. By this utterance of truth, may there be happiness.
* Whatsoever beings are here assembled, whether terrestrial or celestial, all of us pay homage to the accomplished Buddha honored by gods and humans. May there be happiness.
* Whatsoever beings are here assembled, whether terrestrial or celestial, all of us pay homage to the accomplished Dhamma honored by gods and humans. May there be happiness.
* What so ever beings are here assembled. whether terrestrial or celestial, all of us pay homage to the accomplished Samgha honored by gods and humans. May there be happiness.
End of Ratana Sutt.

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