what does "Phra" really mean in Pali language?

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Lucky09
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what does "Phra" really mean in Pali language?

Postby Lucky09 » Mon May 11, 2009 4:24 pm

It is an interesting concept for me to hear "phra" in calling monks, kings, and national heros in the country. What does it really mean in Pali language? who is this Phra? why we call name these people as phra?
Please help me in these questions.
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Re: what does "Phra" really mean in Pali language?

Postby piotr » Mon May 11, 2009 5:07 pm

Hi,

Lucky09 wrote:It is an interesting concept for me to hear "phra" in calling monks, kings, and national heros in the country. What does it really mean in Pali language? who is this Phra? why we call name these people as phra?


Take a look here: viewtopic.php?f=24&t=1304
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Re: what does "Phra" really mean in Pali language?

Postby Dhammanando » Tue May 12, 2009 11:03 pm

Lucky09 wrote:It is an interesting concept for me to hear "phra" in calling monks, kings, and national heros in the country.


Also the names of a great many inanimate objects will be prefaced with 'phra' if they have any kind of connection with religion or royalty. Mary Haas' Thai dictionary has three pages of examples, and that's only a small selection.
    Yathā bubbuḷakaṃ passe, yathā passe marīcikaṃ,
    Evaṃ lokaṃ avekkhantaṃ, maccurājā na passati.

    One should see it as a bubble;
    One should see it as a mirage.
    Who regards the world thus
    The King of Death sees him not.
    (Dhammapada 170)


    ผู้ที่มองเห็นโลก ว่าไม่จีรังและหาสาระอะไรมิได้
    เช่นเดียวกับคนมองฟองน้ำและพยับแดด
    คนเช่นนี้พญามารย่อมตามหาไม่พบ ฯ
    (ธรรมบท ๑๗๐)


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