Title- Whether or Not Saranagamana Is Established?


It should be considered whether or not “Saranagamana” is established whenever one pays respect and homage to the Triple Gem and whether or not “Saranagamana” is destroyed whenever one pays respect and homage to a person outside of the Teaching (Sasana).

Paying homage to one’s elder relative, paying homage out of fear, paying homage to one’s teacher, and paying respect to elders do not amount to taking refuge in the Triple Gem; they represent paying homage according to social duties.

Now paying homage to kings and rulers out of fear, paying homage and offering to spirits to ward off the dangers caused by them, and giving respect to a teacher who professes a different religious faith, also do not mean taking refuge in them. The establishment of “Saranagamana” in oneself is not destroyed by paying homage to the spirits.

With regard to the establishment or destruction of “Saranagamana” on account of paying respect and homage, one should conclusively say that “Saranagamana” is established only when one pays respect and homage to the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Samgha as the highest objects of veneration, but “Saranagamana” is not established if one cannot regard them as the highest objects of veneration.

Therefore, in worshipping devas and others, the “Saragamana” will be destroyed only if one regards them to be worthier of veneration than the Triple Gem.

Thus, the establishment or destruction of “Saranagamana” depends mainly on one’s regard and recognition of the Triple Gem as the highest objects of veneration.

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