Verses of Protection

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rahula80
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Verses of Protection

Post by rahula80 » Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:28 am

Hi,

Bhavatu sabba mangalam
rakkhantu sabba devatā
sabba Buddhānubhāvena
sadā sotthī bhavantu me

In the first line, "bhavatu" seems to be third person singular imperative. In the fourth line, "bhavantu" seems to be third person plural, but ends with "me".

Is the verse correct?

Thanks a lot,
Rahula

Richard
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Re: Verses of Protection

Post by Richard » Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:15 pm

Yes, I believe it is. The verb "bhavantu" goes with "sotthī" which here is plural, while "me" is indirect object in dative case. So in the first line it says "may every blessing be," but in the last line, "always may blessings be for me." Hope this is helpful.

rahula80
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Re: Verses of Protection

Post by rahula80 » Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:10 am

Thanks. Appreciate it.

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