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Jain Prayer

Teacher: Today we are going to talk about a Jain Prayer. You are familiar with the various prayers for various occasions. Among all of them the "Namok�r Mantra" is the most popular prayer.

"NAMOK�R MANTRA" is the prayer that shows our respect for those souls who are liberated as well as to those who are on the path to be liberated.

Can any of you recite the Namok�r Mantra?

Sejal: Yes, I can say the Namok�r Mantra. My mother taught me.

Namo Arihant�nam

Namo Siddh�nam

Namo �yariy�nam

Namo Uvajjh�y�nam

Namo Loe Savva S�hunam

Eso Panch Namokk�ro

Savva-Pavppan�sano

Mangl�nancha Savvesim

Padhamam Havai Mangalam.

Teacher: Sejal, this is very good. You said it without any mistake. Do you know the meaning of it?

Sejal: No sir.

Kanu: Can we recite Namok�r mantra together.

Teacher: O.K., let's do that. Then I will tell you the meaning of it.

Namo Arihant�nam

Namo Siddh�nam

Namo �yariy�nam

Namo Uvajjh�y�nam

Namo Loe Savva S�hunam

Eso Panch Namokk�ro

Savva-P�vappan�sano

Mangl�nancha Savvesim

Padhamam Havai Mangalam.

Teacher: Now, I am going to tell you the meaning of the Namok�r Mantra.

Namo Arihant�nam I bow down to Arihant Bhagw�n.

Namo Siddh�nam I bow down to Siddha Bhagw�n.

Namo �yariy�nam I bow down to �charya.

Namo Uvajjh�y�nam I bow down to Up�dhy�y.

Namo Loe Savva S�hunam I bow down to all the monks and nuns.

Eso Panch Namokk�ro These five salutations

Savva-P�vappan�sano Are the destroyers of all sins.

Mangl�nancha Savvesim Among all auspicious prayers,

Padhamam Havai Mangalam This one (Namok�r Mantra) is the best.

Teacher: Arihantas, Siddhas, �chary�s, Up�dhy�yas and sadhus and sadhvis are the models in Jainism. We should try to be like them. Everyday in the morning and before we go to bed, we should pray to them by paying respect to their achievements. We will also say this prayer before each class.

Questions:

1) What is the most popular Jain prayer?

2) Can you recite that prayer?

3) Can you give the meaning of the prayer?

4) Who are the five role models in Jainism?