Title- Meaning, Establishment and Disappearance & The Benefits of “Saranagamana” With Related Stories


Meaning of “Saranagamana”

The Pali word ‘Saranagamana’ means the solemn recognition of the Three Refuges as the holiest objects of worship because they can ward off danger,bring good benefits,eliminate suffering and deliver happiness.

Establishment and Disappearance of “Saranagamana”

One can establish ‘Saranagamana’ by reciting “Buddham saranam gacchami Dhammam saranam gacchami Sangham saranam gacchami” in front of a monk,a Buddha image or a pagoda recognizing solemnly the Three Refuges as the holiest objects of worship.So long as one is alive or one is not converted to another system of belief,the ‘Saranagamana’ will remain in oneself and it will ward off danger,bring good benefits,eliminate suffering and deliver hapiness.When one dies or when one is converted to another system of belief,the ‘Saranagamana’ completely disappears in one.

The Benefits of “Saranagamana”

(1) Those who can maintain ‘Saranagamana’ till death,will not be reborn in lower abodes when they die.

(2) They will be reborn as human beings or celestial beings.

(3) They will get advantages over others on the following ten points:

1.In enjoying visible objects:

2.In enjoying pleasant sounds:

3.In enjoying sweet odours:

4.In enjoying good taste:

5.In enjoying pleasant contact:

6.In enjoying long life:

7.In enjoying good appearance:

8.In enjoying happiness:

9.In enjoying power and

10.In having a large numbers of companions.

In the world the Three Gems or Refuges are the most superior.If one takes refuge in Three Gems,he will gain such advantages as long life,good appearance,etc.If one misconceives the Three Gems,he cannot attain Nibanna and he will most likely to be reborn in Niraya (Hell).

The Story Which Shows Benefits 0f “Saranagamana” (1)

The Story of a Wood-cutter and His Son

It was the time under the reign of King Bimbisarain Rajagaha. At that time there lived two boys, who were friends. One of them was the son of a holder of the right view while the other was the son of a holder of the wrong view.

They used to play a game of balls. The first boy always won the game, and the latter learnt that the former recited “Namobuddhassa” (I pay homage to the Buddha) whenever he threw the ball . So the second boy also recited “Namobuddhassa” most of the time.

One day, the second boy accompanied his father who went into the wood to cut some firewood. On their return home in the evening, they stopped near a cemetery to have their meal.They also took off the yoke from the two oxen to enable them to graze nearby. But the two oxen went away without being noticed. As soon as they knew that the two oxen were missing, the wood-cutter went to look for them. Leaving his son with the cart of fire-wood. The father entered the town, looking for his two oxen.

When he returned with the two oxen, it was too late for the city-gate was already closed. Therefore,the young boy had to spend the night alone under the cart. That night two ogres came by the cart as they looked for food. Of the two ogres, one was a right viewer while the other was a wrong viewer. The wrong-viewed ogre wanted to eat the boy as soon as he saw the boy. The right-viewed orge stopped him, but the latter went ahead pulling the leg of the boy. The boy was awakened and he suddenly cried out “Namobuddhassa” as he was used to saying it very often. The ogres got frightend and stepped back. The right-viewed ogre said that as they had done something wrong to the boy, they must look after the boy to undo their actions. As he looked after the boy, his friend went to the palace of Bimbisara and brought some food with the royal bowl.The two ogres then fed the boy as if they were his parents. Then they left a written message on the royal bowl, and they went away at dawn. In the morning the king’s men noticed that the royal bowl was missing and they went around looking for it When they found it on the cart of the wood-cutter ,they brought the bowl together with the boy to the king. The king saw the message on the bowl and realized that a strange event had happened. When the boy’s parents arrived at the palace, the King took them to the Buddha. He presented the facts as he knew to the Buddha and asked the Exalted One what had happened. The Buddha told the King the whole story. The King realized that the boy’s mindfulness of the Buddha had saved the boy from being eaten by the ogres. The Buddha explained the benefits of mindfulness on the virtues of the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Samgha to them. At the end of the explanation the boy and his parents became Steamwinners.

The Story Which Shows Benefits of “Saranagamana” (2)

The Story of Saranagamana Thera

In the time of Amonadhassi Buddha ,there lived a man who looked after his blind parents in the town of Candavati.He comten-plated that all beings were being burned by the three fires of lust,anger and delusion and that a man who wished to perform meritorious deeds, should be able to liberate himself form these fires. As he had to look after his blind parents,he could not become a monk. So, he undertook three refuges from Revered Nisabha who was the chief disciple of Anomadassi Buddha. He maintained the three refuges till the end of his life-span which lasted for 100 thousand years at that time.

He was then reborn in the Tavatimsa celestial abode.He was born as the King of devas for 80 times as the universal monarch for 75 times, as ordinary human-king and ordinary deva-king for innumerable times.He was never reborn in the four lower abodes. In every existence he was honored wherever he went;he had great intellingence and great retinue:he enjoyed great wealth: he possessed fair complexion and good appearance: he was loved by others: he had steady and good friends: his reputation spread in all directions. Finally, he was reborn as a rich-mas’s son in Savatthi. At the age of seven, he was playing with his companions when they happened to be in a monastery and met an arahat . That arahat admonished them kindly and let them undertake the three refuges. As soon as the rich man’s son heard the word “Tisarana” , he recalled the saranagamana which he had maintained in the time of Anomadassi Buddha. At that moment, he attained arahatship.

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The Story of a Wood-cutter and His Son

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The Story of Saranagamana Thera

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