Subjects for frequent reflection

Five Subjects for Frequent Recollection


Handa mayaṃ abhiṇha-paccavekkhaṇa-pāthaṃ bhaṇāma se:
Let us now recite the passage for frequent recollection:


Jarā-dhammomhi jaraṃ anatīto.
I am subject to aging. Aging is unavoidable.

Byādhi-dhammomhi byādhiṃ anatiito.
I am subject to illness. Illness is unavoidable.

Maraṇa-dhammomhi maraṇaṃ anatiito.
I am subject to death. Death is unavoidable.

Sabbehi me piyehi manāpehi nānā-bhāvo vinā-bhāvo.
I will grow different, separate from all that is dear & appealing to me.

Kammassakomhi kamma-dāyādo kamma-yoni kamma-bandhu kamma-pa.tisaraṇo.
I am the owner of my actions, heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and live dependent on my actions.

Yaṃ kammaṃ karissāmi kalyāṇaṃ vā pāpakaṃ vā tassa dāyādo bhavissāmi.
Whatever I do, for good or for evil, to that will I fall heir.

Evaṃ amhehi abhiṇhaṃ paccavekkhitabbaṃ.
We should often reflect on this.

* from here with some diacritical clean-up.

This is the latest of my memorization projects. It is also available, with Pali and English, in Bhante Gunaratana’s Vandana book, available in full in pdf. Still working on the 8-fold path… Ahh, the joys of Pali…

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