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Jinapanjara Gatha

Postby ananda » Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:55 pm

I once came across Jinapañjara Gāthā called in English 'The Victors Cage'
My question is what does this Gatha do for it's reciter ?

The Buddhas, noble men who drank the nectar of the four noble truths, having come to the victory seat, having defeated Māra together with his mount:


These Buddhas — 28 leaders, sovereign sages beginning with Taṇhaṅkara — are all established on the crown of my head.


The Buddha is established in my head, the Dhamma in my two eyes, the Saṅgha — the mine of all virtues — is established in my chest.

Anuruddha is in my heart, and Sārīputta on my right. Koṇḍañña is behind me, and Moggallāna on my left.


Ānanda & Rāhula are in my right ear, Kassapa & Mahānāma are both in my left ear.

Sobhita, the noble sage, sits in consummate glory, shining like the sun all over the hair at the back of my head.

Elder Kumārakassapa — great sage, brilliant speaker, a mine of virtue — is constantly in my mouth.


These five elders — Puṇṇa, Aṅgulimāla, Upālī, Nanda, & Sīvalī — have arisen as auspicious marks at the middle of my forehead.


The rest of the 80 great elders — victorious, disciples of the Victor, sons of the Victor, shining with the majesty of moral virtue — are established in the various parts of my body.

The Ratana Sutta is in front, the Metta Sutta to the right. The Dhajagga Sutta is behind, the Aṅgulimāla Paritta to the left. The Khandha & Mora Parittas and the Āṭānāṭiya Sutta are a roof in space. The remaining suttas are established as a rampart.

Bound by the Victor's authority & strength, seven ramparts arrayed against them, may all misfortunes within & without — caused by such things as wind or bile — be destroyed without trace through the unending Victor's majesty.


As I dwell, in all my affairs, always in the cage of the Self-awakened One, living on earth in the middle of the cage of the Victors, I am always guarded by all of those great noble men.

Thus am I utterly well-sheltered, well-protected.
Through the power of the Victor, misfortunes are vanquished.
Through the power of the Dhamma, the enemy horde is vanquished.
Through the power of the Saṅgha, dangers are vanquished.
Guarded by the power of the True Dhamma,
I go about in the Victor's Cage
"Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy. Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life, and continue chanting Namu-myoho-renge-kyo. no matter what happens. How could this be anything other than the boundless joy of the Law? Strengthen your power of faith more than ever." - Nichiren Daishonin
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Re: Jinapanjara Gatha

Postby kirtu » Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:14 pm

It's for mental and physical protection. This is from the Pali isn't it? This would be a Theravadin protection gatha. Where did you find it?

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Re: Jinapanjara Gatha

Postby ananda » Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:22 pm

I was looking for some paritta to listen to on youtube and I just came across it..
Thank you for your response ! :smile:

Im looking for a more specific explanation of the metaphysical stuff that happens to the reciter
The text is here: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... nting.html
"Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy. Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life, and continue chanting Namu-myoho-renge-kyo. no matter what happens. How could this be anything other than the boundless joy of the Law? Strengthen your power of faith more than ever." - Nichiren Daishonin
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