Wai Khru

The following prayer (or puja) is performed in a group setting by the Thai people before Thai massage trainings, and it's personally performed by the practitioner before and after each session. The intention of this prayer is to bring a higher, spiritual awareness to the sessions and to honor the spirit of the founders. Eighty percent of the prayer is written in Sanskrit and twenty percent in Pali. This prayer is chanted or sung to Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha or “Dr. Shivago”, a doctor from Northern India, who was a private physician to the Buddha. Thai massage therapists and instructors show their devotion and respect for Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha by reciting the Wai Khru. Khru means “teacher”, and Wai Khru means “honoring the teacher”. His first name is mainly used in references and recitations, and the Thai people pronounce Jivaka as Shivago.

Wai Khru

Said three times:

Om namo Shivago silasa ahang karuniko
Sapasatanang osatha tipa-mantang papaso
Suriya-jantang gomalapato paka-sesi wantami
Bantito sumethasso alokha Sumani Homi

Said once:

Piyo-tewa manussanang piyo-poma namuttamo
Piyo-nakha supananang pinisiang nama-mihang
Namo-puttaya navon-navien nasatit-nasatien
Ehi-mama navien-nawe napai-tang-vien
Navien-mahaku ehi-mama piyong-mama
Namo-puttaya

Said three times:

Na-a-na-wa lokha payati vina-santi

English Translation

We invite the spirit of our founder, the father doctor Shivago, who comes to us through his saintly life. Please bring to us the knowledge of all nature, which this prayer will show as the true medicine of the universe. In the name of this mantra, we respect your help and pray that through our bodies, you will bring wholeness and health to the body of our client. The Goddess of Healing dwells in the heavens high, while humankind dwells in the world below. In the name of the founder may the heavens be reflected in the world below so this healing medicine may encircle the world. We pray for the ones we touch, that they will be happy and illness will be released from them.