Obligation (Reason) Development of Virtue
Arihant Spiritual Guidance Right Belief
Siddha Eternity Liberation (contentment)
Ächärya Conduct Straightforwardness
Upädhyäya Knowledge Humility
Sädhu Assistance Forgiveness
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M A S S A M T
is the most auspicious Mantra of Jainism. It is
recited in the morning, evening and
for that matter at any time of the
day. While reciting Navakär Mantra,
we pay our utmost respect to all supreme spiritual people - all Arihantas, Siddhas, Ächäryas, Upädhyäyas
and Sädhus & Sädhvies - who
have liberated themselves, are pursuing the path of the liberation and, to those
who will liberate themselves in the future, any where in the universe, and
whether they are Jain or non-Jain. At the time of recital, we are supposed to
remember their virtues and remind ourselves to be like them. This Mantra
is also called Namaskär
Mantra or Namokkär Mantra.
In a way, the Navakär Mantra contains the essence of the entire
Jainism. It points out that if we
want to be truly liberated, and for that we would have to give up the worldly
will be using five bright colors in this meditation - white, red, yellow, green
white color is for elimination of passions, equanimity, universal friendship,
highest level of purity and holiness.
red color is for awakening of inner energy and developing the will power.
yellow color is for developing wisdom, pursuing spiritual goals and practicing
green color is for eradicating karmas, achieving emotional stability and
blue color is for truth, calmness, religious aspiration and Devotion.
Select a sitting posture (äsana),
select a hand position (Mudrä),
closed lips, teeth in normal place, eyes are closed softly, spinal cord and neck
in a straight line without stiffness, mind calm, no thoughts, all muscles loose.
concentrate at the top of the head, called Center of Knowledge, Jnana
ARIHANTANAM: Our utmost respect to all Arihantas
is the perfect human being, who has destroyed all inner enemies like
anger, ego, deceit and greed; and shows the path of liberation to others
Now, visualize the
bright white color like full moon or snow at the center of knowledge
to visualize an image of Arihanta (Tirthankar) in bright white color
recite - Namo Arihantanam 5 times in your mind.
shift the concentration between the eye-brows, called the Center of
Intution- Darshana Kendra. NAMO SIDDHANAM: Our utmost respect to Siddhas.
Siddhas are bodyless liberated souls and have attained the moksha.
Have perfect knowledge, perception and conduct. Have
unobstructed bliss and unlimited energy.
Now, visualize the bright red color like the color of rising Sun
at the Center of Intution, between the eye-brows...... Visualize - an
image of Siddha in bright red color..............Now recite Namo
Siddhanam 5 times in your mind.
shift the concentration at the throat, called the Center of Purity,
Vishuddhi Kendra. NAMO AYARIYANAM: Our utmost respect to all Acharyas.
Acharya is our spiritual leader in the absence of a Tirthankar,
represents organizational powers, control and discipline. Now
visualize the bright yellow color like sun flower or gold at the Center
of Purity...... Visualize an image of Acharya in the bright yellow
color..............Now recite Namo Ayariyanam 5 times in your mind.
shift the concentration at the center of the chest,
called Center of Bliss, Anand Kendra. NAMO UVAJJHAYANAM: Our
utmost respect to all Upadhyayas. Upadhyaya has complete knowledge of
what our Tirthankars have preached and teaches the same to aspirants,
monks and nuns. Now
visualize bright green color at the Center of Bliss...... Now visualize
an image of Upadhyaya in
bright green color.............. Now recite Namo Uvajjhayanam 5 times in
at lower abdomen, two inches (four fingers) below the navel, called the
Center of Health, Svasthaya
Kendra. NAMO LOE SAVVA SAHUNAM: Our utmost respect to all sadhus and
sadhvies. Sadhu is a spiritual practitioner.
He/She has given up all worldly attachments and has no
aversion.... Now visualize the bright blue color like the neck of a
peacock, at the Center of Health........
Now visualize an image of sadhu or sadhvi in the bright blue
color............. Now recite Namo
Loe savva sahunam - 5 times in