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Art Of Ancient Buddhist Chant (Paritta)

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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