Saturday, December 24, 2011

Meaning of Namokar Mantra

  • Namo Arihantanam: - I bow to the arithantas - the ever-perfect spiritual victors
  • Namo Siddhanam: - I bow to the siddhas - the liberated souls
  • Namo Ayariyanam: - I bow to acharyas - the leaders of the jain order
  • Namo Uvajjayanam: - I bow to upadhyayas - the learned preceptors
  • Namo Loe Savva Sahunam: - I bow to all saints and sages everywhere in the world
  • Eso Panch Namukkaro: - These five obeisances
  • Savva PavapPanasano: - Erase all Sins
  • Mangalancha Savvesin : - Amongst all that is auspicious
  • Padhamam Havai Mangalam: - This is the foremost
In the above prayer, Jains do not ask for any favors or material benefits from their Gods, the Tirthankaras or from monks and nuns. They do not pray to a specific Tirthankara or monk by name. By saluting them, Jains receive the inspiration from the five benevolent for the right path of true happiness and total freedom from the misery of life.

Prayer of Jain religion
Every day Jains bow their heads and say their universal prayer, the Navkar-mantra. All good work and events start with this prayer of salutation and worship. 

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