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Homage to the Buddha – Prayer in Thailand (Translation)!

Thai Buddhism Prayer

#26.11.2010–You can hear the Homage on special occasions or even daily in Buddhism temples, but as a foreigner you are unlikely to understand the meanings of the words. They are not only not in English, but they are not in Thai, either.

They are in Sanskrit, in a literal manner of speaking, of the liturgical language of Hinduism and Buddhism. It went back until 1500 B.C.E, yet used daily in Hinduism and Buddhism monasteries around the world by their prayers, guided by the monks themselves.

As a spoken language, Sanskrit is still in use in a few traditional institutions in India and is actually a member of the Indo-Iranian sub-family of the Indo-European family. In past times, Sanskrit was taught in India mainly to the higher casts to differentiate them.

Nowadays, the Sanskrit prayers are used in the Thai culture with wordings which differ according the purpose. Even if a Thai do not understand the exact meaning of the prayers (since they are all spoken in Sanskrit), they are very familiar with it and are following the monks who talks them in advance in small paragraphs or even explain them shortly beforehand.

To better understand one of the prayers, I wrote down a few paragraphs translated from English:

Homage to the Buddha“.

The Tathagata is the Pure One, the Perfect Enlightened One
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding.
The Accomplished One.
The Knower of the Words.

He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained.
He is Teacher of Gods and humans.
He is Awake and Holy.

In this world with its Gods, demons, and kind spirits,
its seekers and sages, celestials and human beings –
He has deep insight revealing the Truth.

He has pointed out the Dharma:
beautiful in the beginning,
beautiful in the middle,
beautiful in the end.

He has explained the Spiritual Life
of complete purity in its essence and conventions.
I chant my praise to the Blessed One.
I bow my head to the blessed One.
(end)

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The Circle of Life – Completed!

It was the day I forgot everything

#23.11.2010–I forgot my powerful King, God and Master, the Pharaoh. I forgot my ever lovely wife with her black hairs and I forgot my 10 kids. I forgot my important work. I forgot our small boat floating calmly on the Nile. I forgot the smell of the air on its shores or above the red sand dunes just before night.

Because….

….I just died.

Yet, I felt that I wasn’t really dead yet. I felt my soul more than ever, my own thoughts and I felt life. My ones. I wasn’t tired, angry, sad, happy. It was one of the strangest moments in my existence. But I did not remember anything except colorful reflections entering my mind. No fear took over my being.

I forgot even these feelings and I forgot whatever has been, will be and whatever I sensed for the future. I felt that I left something. A touch of sadness. But I also felt that new things were awaiting for me.

My body, you would call it now a useless shell, a dead body without soul. But words do not have any meanings anymore for me. The only thing I’m aware was a complete darkness.

A long time.

But I sensed something ordinary was going on. For me.

The trip was long but I didn’t mind. There was no time I felt in any way. It was comfortable were I was. I was never hungry and had not any desire.

But after a long, long time I realized somehow that the place were I was encapsulated was getting smaller. I felt I wanted to leave. I moved a few centimeter but again, words and time did not had no real meaning for me. But I felt some sensations. My eyes were closed.

Suddenly, someone took me out into the shinning light. I forgot whatever were left on thoughts.

I cried. The shock was nearly unbearable.

I was born again.

The “Circle of Life” – Restarted!

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The Mosque calls – Are you Ready?

I’m living not so far away from a nearby new Muslim mosque (masjid) with their slender and tall four Minarets. I can hear every day the broadcast calls to the faithful prayers (adhan); to join the worship and the reminder it is time to go to the mosques prayer’s hall.

#14.11.2010–These broad-casted calls where not too loud and after years I got very used too it. Actually the audio level were in line with existing laws and to avoid conflicts with the non- Muslim neighborhood.

Daily at home, I can see the mosque where the calls were done five times a day and every time by a different muezzin. There is however always a permanent prayer leader there called imam, a free and honest man and seen to be a religious authoritative.

Historically, the first mosque had no minarets. The first time ever they were added to a mosque was in 665 in Basra. All mosques have cleanliness rules and of course you have to remove your shoes before entering them. Modesty in the choice of clothes is required and part of it is to show respectfulness to those already praying.


Islamic Call Adzan to Prayers. God is Greatest. Inshalla Allah

If you want to enter a mosques as a foreigner and particular as a non- Muslim, better ask for permit. Looking around, certainly someone can guide you or knows the answer. But do ask outside the mosque, not when you are already inside. Most will allow it, but better to ask them then to get into trouble.

Note that women are often separated by men in the mosque. They are in attending rooms or behind the men in an area designated for them. On certain religious days, some mosques do not even allow them entry at all.

I have a balcony in direction to a local mosque, I can even see it. After I got a medical problem, I was resting every day on the balcony for hours and especially there I appreciated the calls, even waited for them.

The call’s duration was about 3 minutes each times. Closing the eyes lead you to another place and time – you could easily imagine to see sand dunes under your feet and would feel the hot blowing air around your face – even if that was of course never the case.

With some fantasy, you could believe you are in the 7th century or earlier. Sand duns are always looking the same. The few cars I heard could be easily ignored; instead I preferred to see camels. I enjoyed the tranquility within the few minutes. I’m not a Muslim, but what I heard touched even me.

The wordings used by theĀ  muezzin for attending the prayers (salad) in the mosque is spoken in Arabic, meaning it could have been created even before the year 640. I felt always a kind of sadness in it as the composer may have intended; a sadness from the past and transferred into our times.

Perhaps that is a wrong interpretation, you need to hear a call without distraction. Yet, the muezzin’s ‘melody’ causes the described feeling for me. It was performed 2-3 times within each of the five daily calling periods.

If you where too near to a Mosque, I could felt sorry for the peoples living there because then it could get rather noisy. Yet, mosque are often the center of a Muslim community and those members probably did not care.

Yet, on the other hand, the call from a Christian bell tower of a small church next to my friends house, was equally, if not much more noisy.

It is interesting to know why minarets were build…they were emulated after the early Christian church bell towers to allow other voices come through.

Nevertheless, when the prayers call came, I closed often my eyes to let me transfer to unknown places back in time. I felt a pleasure in it but when the call went quiet, I was always a little bit disappointed since I was suddenly drawn back into our busy time again.

As it is with my personality, I always prefer small ancient churches, almost forgotten ones.

I like tranquility as these are places where an undisturbed mind can lead the way to God, or at least to yourself. In any cases, crowded places are never for me. I need and like to become ones with the nature and that is difficult if too many distractions are around.

For now, I hear the calls from a minaret of my mosque and I’m in no way offended.

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