9. Bojjhaṅgaparittaṁ
The Safeguard about the Factors of Awakening

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Introductory Verses

Saṁsāre saṁsarantānaṁ sabbadukkhavināsane
While rolling on through the rounds of birth and death all suffering is destroyed

Sattadhamme ca Bojjhaṅge Mārasenapamaddane.
(by) the seven Factors of Awakening, which crush Māra’s army.

 

Bujjhitvā ye cime sattā tibhavā muttakuttamā,
Having Awakened to these seven they are supremely released from the three worlds,

Ajātim-ajarābyādhim amataṁ nibbhayaṁ gatā.
and have gone to (that state where there is) no birth, no ageing, no sickness, no death and which is free from fear.

 

Evam-ādiguṇūpetaṁ anekaguṇasaṅgahaṁ
Being endowed with this quality and a collection of countless other qualities

Osadhañ-ca imaṁ mantaṁ: Bojjhaṅgañ-ca bhaṇāmahe.
it is a medicinal mantra: we will recite those factors of Awakening.

 

The Safeguard

Bojjhaṅgo satisaṅkhāto dhammānaṁ vicayo tathā,
The Factors of Awakening are agreed upon as mindfulness, and then investigation of the (nature of) things,

Vīriyaṁ pītipassaddhi Bojjhaṅgā ca tathāpare,
And after that the Factors of Awakening of energy, joyful-interest and calm,

 

Samādhupekkhabojjhaṅgā: satte te Sabbadassinā
(Then) the Factors of Awakening of concentration and equanimity: these seven

Muninā sammad-akkhātā, bhāvitā bahulīkatā
were well-proclaimed by the All-Seeing Sage, when developed and practiced

 

Saṁvattanti abhiññāya Nibbānāya ca Bodhiyā:
They lead to deep knowledge, Emancipation and Awakening:

Etena saccavajjena sotthi te hotu sabbadā!
By this declaration of the truth may you be safe at all times!

 

Ekasmiṁ samaye Nātho Moggallānañ-ca Kassapaṁ
At one time The Lord, having seen that Moggallāna and Kassapa

Gilāne dukkhite disvā, Bojjhaṅge satta desayi,
Were sick and suffering, taught these seven Factors of Awakening,

 

Te ca taṁ abhinanditvā rogā mucciṁsu taṅkhane:
And having rejoiced in them, they were freed from illness in an instant:

Etena saccavajjena sotthi te hotu sabbadā!
By this declaration of the truth may you be safe at all times!

 

Ekadā Dhammarājā pi gelaññenābhipīḷito,
One day the Dhamma-King was oppressed by sickness,

Cundattherena taṁ yeva bhaṇāpetvāna sādaraṁ,
And after the Elder Cunda had recited them with respect,

 

Sammoditvāna ābādhā tamhā vuṭṭhāsi ṭhānaso:
Having rejoiced he rose from that affliction on the spot:

Etena saccavajjena sotthi te hotu sabbadā!
By this declaration of the truth may you be safe at all times!

 

Pahinā te ca ābādhā tiṇṇannam-pi Mahesinaṁ
These afflictions were abandoned by these three Great Seers,

Maggahatākilesā va pattānupattidhammataṁ:
Just as the defilements are destroyed by the path, attained in accordance with nature:

Etena saccavajjena sotthi te hotu sabbadā!
By this declaration of the truth may you be safe at all times!