Du Sa Ni Ma
During your forays into the esoteric arts, you might have come across certain amulet-specific incantations which contain the verses “Du Sa Ni Ma, Sa Ni Ma Du, Ni Ma Du Sa, Ma Du Sa Ni”
The Cultural Significance and Origins of the Spell
“Du Sa Ni Ma”
These 4 Noble Truths were first disseminated via the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta
According to the Sutta, this event took place in a park at Isipatana
The day after Asalha Puja, a period of intense meditation and scriptural studies begins for the monks. They undertake a 3-month-long period of spiritual asceticism known as the Buddhist Lent (also referred to as the Rains Retreat, Vassa
One of the passages recited during the Kathina ceremony concerns the immensity of the merit that results from performing Kathina; “Even a rock, a diamond, or the earth itself may tremble or shatter, but the merit made by offering a Kathina robe may not be shaken by anything or anyone, and it will endure until Nibbana
The Spell Du, Sa, Ni, Ma
The 4 Noble Truths as expounded by the Buddha are:
- Life brings inevitable suffering.
- There is a cause to our suffering.
- There is an end to suffering.
- The end of suffering is through the pursuit of the Noble Eightfold Path.
The recitation of this spell, therefore, channels power from 1) the enlightenment of the Buddha, 2) the expounding of truth from the Dhamma, and 3) the virtues of the formation and existence of the past, present and future Ariya Sangha
This spell may be written 4 ways;
- Du Sa Ni Ma
- Sa Ni Ma Du
- Ni Ma Du Sa
- Ma Du Sa Ni
This spell is used to sanctify amulets centred around protection, by being inscribed onto them. It helps to promote balance, happiness, peace, and strength in life. It also helps people to overcome their enemies, as well as themselves.
Figure: Example of amulets feating Katha Huajai Ariyasatsee
The spell is sometimes confused with Katha Huajai Pathamang
Katha Huajai Pathamang imbues outstanding levels of invulnerability, as they invoke the 16 characters of Du Sa Ma Ni, Sa Ma Ni Du, Ma Ni Du Sa, and Ni Du Sa Ma. It is believed that if consecrating weapons and armor with this spell, renders a user impervious to all harm.
The defining characteristic of the Katha Huajai Pathamang, is that it always begins with “Du Sa Ma Ni”. If the spell follows the following order: Du Sa Ni Ma, Sa Ni Ma Du, Ni Ma Du Sa, or Ma Du Sa Ni