Namokâr Mantra (णमोकार मंत्र)
“Namo Arihantânam (I bow to the Arihantâs (Prophets)).
Namo Siddhânam (I bow to the Siddhâs (Liberated Souls)).
Namo Âyariyânam (I bow to the Âchâryas (Preceptors or Spiritual Leaders)).
Namo Uvajjhâyanam (I bow to the Upadhyâya (Teachers)).
Namo Loe Savva Sahûnam (I bow to all the Sadhûs (Saints)).
Eso Panch Namokkaro, Savva Pâvappanâsano
Mangalanam Cha Savvesim, Padhamam Havai Mangalam (This fivefold bow (mantra) destroys all sins and obstaclesand of all auspicious mantras, is the first and foremost one)”.
(This mantra, Namokâr Mantra, also called the Navakâr Mantra or the Namaskâr Mantra, is the most important mantra used in Jainism and can be recited at any time of the day)
In this mantra, Jains salute the virtues of the Pancha Parmeshtin, or five spiritual masters: the Arihantas, Siddhas, Âchâryas, Upadhyâyas, and normal monks.
They do not pray to a specific Tirthankara or monk by name.
By saluting them, Jains believe they receive the inspiration from them for the right path of true happiness and total freedom from the karma of their soul.
Jains do not ask for any favors or material benefits from the Tirthankaras or from sâdhus and sâdhvis.
This mantra simply serves as a gesture of deep respect towards beings they believe are more spiritually advanced and to remind followers of the Jain religion of their ultimate goal of nirvana or moksha.
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