People wonder why in Theravada Buddhist like to recite Na Mo Put Ta Ya? What does this mean? Is it the same as Na Ma Pa Ta?
In Theravada we understand that Buddha does not want his disciple to write down what he preach in fact he wants his disciple to practise what he has being taught and convent into his own meaning. Why? Because in Pali language words can be the same pronounce but different in meaning. Take for example Na Mo Put Ta Ya and Na Ma Pa Ta the firsst letter “Na” are different meaning Na Mo Put Ta Ya are one of the Buddha’s name Na May Ta whereas Na Ma Pa Ta the “Na” represent the four element Earth. Both written are the same but both different in meaning.
Na Mo Put Ta Ya are represent the five holy Buddha ( Previous, present and future Buddha). Na Ma Ta, Mo Ka Lu Na, Put Pa Ni, Ta Yi Tee and Ya In Doo using the first letter of their name to form Na Mo Put Ta Ya. Hence recite Na Mo Put Ta Ya are like recite the names of the five Buddha. Recite the name of five Buddha are good in protection. They can be used to create amulet or enhance the power of the amulet by recite Na Mo Put Ta Ya. Often when creating amulet by pressing the pims. The master or layman will recite Na Mo Put Ta Ya or Na Ma Pa Ta by pressing the pims.
The correct Katha for protection in case caught in the midst of arming can recite U Thang A Toe Na Mo Put Ta Ya. The meaning is from Heaven to Earth protected by the five holy Buddha.
There is a story that there is a master tells one of his disciple to build a big candle to stand on top and recite Na Mo Pu Ta Ya. He told his disciple if he is able to do that he is able to fly. (This of course not true, out of jealously he just want to get his disciple to get killed). The disciple did what the master said with strong faith he recite Na Mo Put Ta Ya numerous time and he flew away. The master see it quickly climb on top of the candle and recite Na Ma Put Ta Ya. Due to the hot weather the candle wick lights up and he is burn to death. Of course recite Na Mo Put Ta Ya does not make you fly away. However, the moral of the story tells you that in order for miracle to happen one must have the strong faith in it.
Na Mo Put Ta Ya has become the most holy Katha in Theravada Buddhism.