There's no better way to change one's destiny than through one's own efforts in thinking good thoughts, speaking good words and carrying out good deeds. Whatever we think about, we bring about. Life events are neither positive nor negative, but it's our perception that creates the illusion of good vs bad, real vs fake, beautiful vs ugly...etc. Katha helps us to create good thoughts, speaking katha will bring about positive resonances and energy into our psyche and when we feel good vibration, think good thoughts and speak good words, the positive messages in our psyche will prone us to make more positive choices that lead to positive actions, thus creating better karma. We are all born into this world for learning and to cultivate wisdom, compassion and to achieve liberation by realizing the ultimate understanding that life is constantly in a state of impermanence. This learning is a continuous process through many incarnations. All have a different path to walk. All are at different level of understanding. All have their own freedom of choice on how they should go about their journey. But it's always a good thing to let positivity be multiplied in whatever ways possible. Katha comes from the Pali word “Ghata” (or Ghaataa), meaning “speak”. If you think about the English word “spell” (as in magic spell), you will see that to spell a word is also to speak it out, be it on paper or using voice. This is where the word “spell” came from! A Magic Spell is ancient English for “a magic speaking” – Ghata also means “speech” but is generally used to refer to sacred chants and magic spells, as well as sutras given to us by the Lord Bhuddha. Nevertheless, there are other uses for the word Katha; Dierajchana Ghaataa (Dierachan kata/เดียรฉานคาถา, in Thai) Dierajchana means “animal” and Ghaataa means speech – any speech which is not dhamma, or at least auspicious (speech which is useless or just cause confusion), is called “Dierajchana Ghaataa”. Also, the word Dierajchaana is used with the word “Wichaa” ; Wichaa means knowledge (also used for referring to subjects, arts and sciences one may study, such as “electronics”, “occult matters”, “politics”, “wood carving” etc). Any “Wichaa” which is not leading to Dhamma, liberation from suffering and endless rebirths, and Enlightenment, is called “Awichaa” (Avicca, in Pali) (false knowledge). Any Wichaa which uses black-magic or non-beneficial uses, is known as “Awichaa” (Avicca – false knowledge, and Dierajchana Wichaa – ignorant science). Superstition is also Awichaa, and Buddha warned vehemently against it. “Do not believe in what you have heard; do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations; do not believe anything because it is rumored and spoken of by many; do not believe merely because the written statement of some old sage is produced; do not believe in conjectures; do not believe merely in the authority of your teachers and elders. After observation and analysis, when it agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it”. (The Buddha) I will be sharing some useful katha from today onwards. Some are from Tibet, India, while others are from Thailand and other Buddhist cultures around the world. Regardless of the origins of these katha, they are but different leaves of the same tree of Dhamma that seeks to bring about positive energy and outcomes and lessen sufferings for all sentiment beings. This thread is also opened to all who wish to contribute any katha to benefit others too. May all be blessed!