Paramita

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Paramita (devanāgarī: पारमिता, pāramitā) is a Sanskrit word that means "perfection" or "completeness". The common Pali term is pāramī. The paramitas are a series of virtues found in Buddhist scriptures, normally listed as six or ten.

H. P. Blavatsky, in her book The Voice of the Silence lists seven of them, as follows:

1. Dāna, the key of charity and love immortal.

2. Śīla, the key of Harmony in word and act, the key that counterbalances the cause and the effect, and leaves no further room for Karmic action.

3. Kṣānti, patience sweet, that nought can ruffle.

4. Virāga, indifference to pleasure and to pain, illusion conquered, truth alone perceived.

5. Vīrya, the dauntless energy that fights its way to the supernal TRUTH, out of the mire of lies terrestrial.

6. Dhyāna, whose golden gate once opened leads the Naljor [A saint, an adept] toward the realm of Sat eternal and its ceaseless contemplation.

7. Prajñā, the key to which makes of a man a god, creating him a Bodhisattva, son of the Dhyânis.[1]

Notes

  1. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, The Voice of the Silence (Adyar, Madras: Theosophical Publishing House, 1992).