The Daily Prayer
One of the most important Jain prayers is the Namaskara Sutra which praises
the five great beings of Jainism:
I bow down to those who have reached omniscience in the flesh and teach the
road to everlasting life in the liberated state.
I bow down to those who have attained perfect knowledge and liberated their
souls of all karma.
I bow down to those who have experienced self-realisation of their souls
through self-control and self-sacrifice.
I bow down to those who understand the true nature of soul and teach the
importance of the spiritual over the material.
I bow down to those who strictly follow the five great vows of conduct and
inspire us to live a virtuous life.
To these five types of great souls I offer my praise.
Such praise will help diminish my sins.
Giving this praise is most auspicious.
So auspicious as to bring happiness and bliss.
The prayer of forgiveness
The prayer of forgiveness begins by forgiving all beings for anything.
I grant forgiveness to all living beings
May all the living beings please forgive me.
I have friendship with all the living beings.
I have no hostility towards anyone.
A modern Jain prayer expresses the same idea:
If shot by a gun or pistol, or beaten by a stick,
if bound and thrown into a prison,
May I lose my body,
but not my noble forgiveness.
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