My daughter is learning Sri Lankan dance from the up-country (Kandyan dance).
They start the dance with a gāthāva :
mērun virājita saman - viya buddha rājan
śrī danta sāgara saman - viya dhamma rājan
satkula pabbata saman - viya saṃgha rājan
śrī buddha dhamma guṇa saṃgha varaṃ namāmī
I have no knowledge of Pali, a little of Sinhalese... I can find the different words in the on-line dictionaries but I have trouble understanding the whole exact meaning.
When I asked the dance teacher about the meaning, she said it is a religious text. This I figured out!
Does anyone know if an English translation can be found somewhere ?