At the end of chanting of each discourse, the chanters, mainly
the monks, perform an act of truthfulness. That is to say that the
chanters use their spiritual powers to invoke blessings by saying,
'by the power of the Holy Triple Gem may all blessings be always
upon you (the audience), may you enjoy good health and may you live
long." According to the modern psychologists, human language
and mind can bring either evils or blessings to another human being.
If the language is wrongly used, this act could hurt the listeners
where as if the language is compassionately and rightly used, this
act will definitely bring blessings and healings to the listeners.
This is a scientifically experimented fact. Knowing the power of
wholesome language, Sakyamuni Buddha admonished the monks to do
the chanting with a compassionate mind and with pure awareness.
Following Sakyamuni Buddha's advice, even today the Buddhist monks
perform the cheating out of great love and compassion with an undivided
attention. It is the teaching of Sakyamuni Buddha that a human mind,
replete of love, compassion, altruistic joy and equilibrium (four
divine virtues of Buddhist doctrine), can absolutely bring healings
to others. And also, a mind, replete of greed, anger, hatred, jealousy,
pride and self-centredness, would certainly bring miseries to oneself
and others alike.
Now, one may wonder as to why do Buddhists still listen to the
discourses that have been taught about two thousand five hundred
years ago by the Buddha. How could such words bring healings to
others? Sakyamuni Buddha, as a Fully Enlightened One, would never
speak words empty of meanings and benefits. The Enlightened One
is always concerned about sufferings of other beings and happiness
of all living beings. This is because of his infinitely great compassion
and wisdom which have been cultivated by eradicating all evils and
cultivating spiritual virtues.
Sakyamuni Buddha, attaining the ultimate evolution of human consciousness,
became an embodiment of universal love and compassion. He spoke
with absolute purity of mind and hence, he brings inner-transformation
in the audience who is paying utter attention to the words. It's
the inner-transformation that generates the spiritual healing in
the listeners. It is the belief that spiritual teachers invariably
use powerful and spiritually profitable words which became an art
of healing technique.
In order to reap the healing from the ancient Buddhist therapeutic
chant, the audience have to observe few steps. One must take a comfortable
sitting posture having the back straight so as to have a balance
between the mind and physicality. In order to avoid all unnecessary
distractions, the disconnection of mind from the external world
is recommended. It is imperative that the listeners maintain the
mind in the present moment to have an undivided attention. Take
a deep breath consciously so as to let the entire body relax. Conscious
inhalation and exhalation are indispensable to become natural within
by following the breath all the way in and out. All unwholesome
thoughts and energies must be released along witl\exhalation and
all wholesome thoughts and energies must be developed along with
inhalation. Finally, Pay absolute attention to the melodious chant
and keep on inhaling and exhaling mindfully by feeling wholesome
vibrations of the chanting.
The following are benefits the audience may reap. Stress-tension-Problem-free
life, life of confidence free from fear, all embracing Protection
assurance, protection from unforeseen harm and danger to one's own
self, good health, longevity, physical and mental relaxati< and
calm, inner peace, serenity, healing physical & psychological
ai well-being are the immediate results that the audience experience.
INTRODUCING THE WRITER
Bhikkhu Saranapala, born in Chittagon
Bangaladesh and brought up as a samane monk at the Vajiraramaya
in Kandy, Sri Lanka is a resident at the Westend Buddhist Centre
Toronto, Canada. He has a Pundit degree fro Sri Lanka, M. A. from
McMaster Universi Hamilton and PhD from University of Toronl Canada.
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