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Angulimala Paritta

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Aṅgulimāla Paritta is a mantra for expectant mothers....

Aṅgulimāla Paritta is a mantra for expectant mothers.
Chanted by Venerable Kumâra Bhikkhu
Verses:
Yatohaṁ,bhagini, ariyāya
jātiyājāto,
nābhijānāmi sañcicca pāṇaṁ
jīvitā voropetā;
tena saccena sotthi te hotu,
sotthi gabbhassa.
Source: Aṅgulimāla Sutta (Majjhima Nikāya 86)

Story:
One day, Angulimala Thera on his daily rounds for morning alms in the village, he saw a woman giving birth to a deformed child (an account in the Theragatha said only that it was a difficult birth). Reporting this incident to the Buddha, he was instructed to return to the woman and say:
"Sister, since I was born, I can not recall that I have ever intentionally deprived a living being of life. By this truth, may you be well and may your infant be well!"
Angulimala pointed out that for him to repeat this blessing of the Buddha's would be to tell a deliberate lie, and so the Buddha instructed him to amend the blessing:
"Sister, since I was born with the noble birth, I do not recall that I have intentionally deprived a living being of life. By this truth, may you be well, and may your infant be well!"
Upon receiving this blessing, the mother and child were both healed. To this day, this verse is chanted by monks as a blessing for pregnant women close to their time of delivery.
Some time after the incident with the pregnant woman, Angulimala attained enlightenment, and became an arahant.
Source: Internet.

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