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Namokar – Mahavir Jayanti

णमो अरिहंताणं । णमो सिध्दाणं । णमो आयरियाणं ।
णमो उवज्झयाणं । णमो लोए सव्वसाहुणं ।
एसो पंच णम्मुकारो, सव्व पावप्पणासणो ।
मंगलाणं च सव्वेसिं, पढमं हवइ मंगलं ॥

English translation:

I bow to the Arihantas (the perfect human beings), I bow to the Siddhhas (liberated souls), I bow to the Acharyas (masters and the heads of congregations), I bow to the Upadhyayas (spiritual teachers), I bow to all the Sadhus (spiritual practitioners) in the world. Worshiping all these five, destroys all sins and obstacles, among all that is auspicious, this mantra is the foremost.

नवकार (णमोकार) मंत्र का अर्थ)

अरिहंतो को नमस्कार
सिद्धो को नमस्कार
आचार्यों को नमस्कार
उपाध्यायों को नमस्कार
सर्व साधुओं को नमस्कार

ये पाँच परमेष्ठी हैं । इन पवित्र आत्माओं को शुद्ध भावपूर्वक किया गया यह पंच नमस्कार सब पापों का नाश करने वाला है।
संसार में सबसे उतम मंत्र है ।

Mahavir Jayanti is one of the most prominent festivals in Jainism. Celebrating the birth of Mahaveer, the twenty-fourth and last Tirthankara.

Ṇamōkāra mantra is the most significant mantra in Jainism. This is the first prayer recited by the Jains while meditating. The mantra is also variously referred to as the Pancha Namaskāra Mantra, Navakāra Mantra or Namaskāra Mantra. While reciting this mantra, the devotee bows with respect to the Panch Parameshti (the Supreme Five):

There is no mention of any particular names of the gods or any specific person. The prayer is done towards the guṇa (the good qualities) of the gods, teachers and the saints. Jains do not ask for any favors or material benefits from the tirthankaras or monastics. This mantra simply serves as a gesture of deep respect towards beings whom they believe are spiritually evolved, as well as to remind the people of their ultimate goal i.e. moksha (liberation).[4] Navkar Mantra consists of 35 letters.

Arihant— Those who have destroyed the four inimical karmas
Siddha — The liberated souls
Acharyas — The spiritual leaders or Preceptors
Upadhyaya — Preceptor of less advanced ascetics
Sādhu — The monks or sages in the world

There is no mention of any particular names of the gods or any specific person. Instead, the Namokar mantra focuses on the guṇa (the good qualities) of the gods, teachers and the saints. It can be noted that this mantra does not ask for any favors or material benefits from the Tirthankaras or monastics.

Namokar mantra simply serves as a gesture of deep respect towards beings whom they believe are spiritually evolved, as well as to remind the people of their ultimate goal i.e. moksha (liberation).

Gayatri Mantra – Why, How and The Importance

ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः। तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि। धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात्॥

Transliteration:

oṃ bhūrbhuvaḥ svaḥ। tatsaviturvareṇyaṃ bhargo devasya dhīmahi। dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt॥
Hindi Translation:

ॐ हम उस दिव्य सूरज का ध्यान करतें हैं, जो सभी को प्रकाशित करता है, जिनसे सभी आगे बढ़ते हैं। हे प्रभु, क्रिपा करके हमारी बुद्धि को उजाला प्रदान कीजिये और हमें धर्म का सही रास्ता दिखाईये।

English translation:

We meditate on the glory of that being (Savitur, the sun) who has produced this universe, who is the essence of our life existence; May we imbibe his divinity and brilliance within us.


The purpose of Gayatri Mantra!

The purpose of Gayatri mantra is to offer prayers to the sun god, Savitur. The god which has given us everything, which has made life possible on this planet, which grants us light and energy. The sun which always gives and never asks for anything in return, the Gayatri mantra is a way of giving back in the form of prayer and respect to that ever-giving entity. This mantra invokes a sense of inclusiveness; imagine you offering respects to the sun on behalf of all the beings in this world, wouldn’t that make you think much larger than just yourself? The correct mindset that we all need when we begin our day.

Why Gayatri Mantra is so popular?

Gayatri Mantra is from one of the oldest texts ‘Rig Veda’, composed by Sage Vishwamitra. It is a popular belief that Vishwamitra after long practice and penance discovered Gayatri mantra which according to him was not just a boon for himself but for the entire mankind. Upon chanting this mantra, the chanter and the listener both are most benefited with the vibrational positive energy of the mantra. And the fact that many practitioners have found Gayatri mantra so enriching, it has become popular over the centuries.

 

The Analysis (Dissection) of the Gayatri Mantra:

 (OM): The primeval sound
भूः (Bhur): Earth = Mooladhara; the physical body/physical realm
भुवः (Bhuvah): Akash; the life force/the mental realm
स्वः (Swah): Heaven= Swadhishthana; the soul/spiritual realm
महः (Maha): Heart region.
जनः (Jana): To say ‘no’ for life and death.
तपः (Tapa): Ascetic practices in vishuddhi & Agnya.
सत्यम् (Satyam): Up to the Third Eye ( Brahma-Randhra ).
तत् (Tat): That – situated as it is; That (God)
सवितुर् (Savitur/Savita): Sa + Va + Ta = Sun, Ganges, Fire, Earth etc. including those endowed with knowledge and yoga.
र्वरेण्यं (Vareñyam): Va + Re + N + Ya + M : God Varuna; adore
भर्गो (Bhargo): Bha + Ra + Ga; effulgence (divine light)
देवस्य (Devasya): Da + Va + S + Ya; Supreme Lord
धीमहि (Dhīmahi): Dha + Ma + Ha; meditate
धियो (Dhiyo/Dhiya): Dha + Ya; the intellect
यो नः (Yo Nah): Ya + Na; May this light, Nah: Our
प्रचोदयात् (Prachodayāt): Pa + Ra + Cha + Da + Ya + T; illumine/inspire

When to chant the Gayatri Mantra?

It is advised to repeat Shanti (peace) thrice at the end of the chanting of the Mantra, which will give peace to three entities – body, mind, and soul. During the three positions of sun namely lower sky in the east (morning), mid sky (noon) and lower sky in the evening (dusk), are the best times to chant Gayatri Mantra.Therefore,

The day is divided into three parts:

4 am to 8 am and 4 pm to 8 pm have the Sātvic quality
8 am to 4 pm are Rājasic
8 pm and 4 am are Tāmasic

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Gayatri Mantra | Rig Veda 3.62.10

विद्या ददाति विनयं

विद्या ददाति विनयं विनयाद् याति पात्रताम्।

पात्रत्वाद् धनमाप्नोति धनाद्धर्मं ततः सुखम्॥

Knowledge makes one humble, humility begets worthiness, worthiness creates enrichment, which leads to right conduct, right conduct brings contentment

सर्वम शिवमयं

May all your wishes come true and the blessings of the God remain with you always.

Happy Maha Shivratri

कर्पूरगौरं करुणावतारं
संसारसारं भुजगेन्द्रहारम्।

सदा बसन्तं हृदयारबिन्दे
भबं भवानीसहितं नमामि।।

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