This remarkable discourse should be learnt by heart and studied by all Buddhists. It shows how pragmatic the Buddha’s teaching is. There is no room for superstition and rituals. Understanding and practice are vital, blind devotion and lip-service are futile. One who diligently practises the Dhamma shows how much they revere the Buddha.
What blessings could one possibly get by allowing the mind to wander elsewhere while supposedly listening to the Maṅgala Sutta, or by or reciting it by rote if one neither understands the meaning, nor practises its teachings? At best, one will make the wholesome kamma of reverence while listening or chanting. At worst, it is just like bathing in the Ganges to wash away one’s sins. However, if one recites or listens to it reverentially, while reflecting on the meaning, one will make powerful wholesome kamma.
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:preaching to deaf ears is a waste of time and effort.
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