These verses are recited to pay homage to the
Triple Gem Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha.
These words explain some of the great
qualities and virtues pertaining to the Triple Gem. By
reciting these words, one can understand the admirable
qualities of the Triple Gem and so develop one�s
confidence in their intrinsic worth.
The Buddha himself explained these qualities in many of his
Suttas. He also advised the devotees to recite these words
to be mindful of the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha in times of
fear or disturbances, whether arising from external sources
or through evil influences so that such disturbances can be
vanquished. This is because of Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha are
free from all kinds of defilments and hindrances such as
greed, anger and ignorance.
Furthermore, according to the Buddha, there are some people
who pray to Gods or Devas in time of danger for their own
protection not ealising that these some gods are themselves
not free from greed, anger, ignorance and impermanence. It
has also to be remembered that even the gods themselves are
subject to fear. Therefore, for our protection, it is more
advisable to remember the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha.