Sun Deity's Prayer for Protection
(Suriya Paritta) (1)
have I heard:
On one occasion
the Blessed One was living near Savatthi at Jetavana at Anathapindika's
Monastery. At that time Suriya, the sun deity, was seized by
Rahu, Lord of Asuras. Thereupon calling to mind the Blessed
One, Suriya, the Sun deity, recited this stanza:
i. 'O Buddha,
the Hero, thou art wholly free from all evil. My adoration to
thee. I have fallen into distress, be thou my refuge.'
the Blessed One addressed a stanza to Rahu, Lord of Asuras,
on behalf of Suriya thus:
ii. 'O Rahu,
Suriya has gone for refuge to the Tathagata, the Consummate
One. Release Suriya. The Buddhas radiate compassion on the world
Rahu, swallow not the dispeller of darkness, the shining one,
the radiant and effulgent traveller through the sky. Rahu, release
Suriya, my son.'
Rahu, Lord of Asuras, released Suriya, and immediately came
to the presence of Vepacitta, Lord of Asuras, and stood beside
him trembling with fear and with hair standing on end. Then
Vepacitta addressed Rahu in this stanza:
why did you suddenly release Suriya? Why have you come trembling,
and why are you standing here terrified?'
been spoken to by the Buddha in a stanza (requesting me release
Suriya). If I had not released Suriya my head would have split
into seven pieces. While yet I live, I should have had no happiness.
(Therefore I released Suriya).
(1) S., i.51.