The ‘Ṇamōkāra mantra/Navkar 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.
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). The Navkar Mantra consists of 68 letters.
Namokar Mantra Meaning And Benefits
Dr. A. Sathya Narayanan | Jan 16, 2018, 15:54 ISTNamokar mantra also called as Navkar mantra is considered the mother of all mantras. It addresses all the divine beings without mentioning the name of any particular holy man. The Namokar mantra is highly significant in transforming an individual and blesses him with the ultimate benefits of chanting the most powerful mantra ever chanted by the humans. Here are the meaning and benefits of chanting Namokar mantra.Namokar mantra also called as Navkar mantra is considered the mother of all mantras. It addresses all the divine beings without mentioning the name of any particular holy man. The Namokar mantra is highly significant in transforming an individual and blesses him with the ultimate benefits of chanting the most powerful mantra ever chanted by the humans. Here are the meaning and benefits of chanting Namokar mantra.
Ṇamō Arihantāṇaṁ Ṇamō SiddhāṇaṁṆamō Ayariyāṇaṁ Ṇamō UvajjhāyāṇaṁṆamō Lōē Savva Sāhūṇaṁ Ēsōpan̄caṇamōkkārō, savvapāvappaṇāsaṇōMaṅgalā ṇaṁ ca savvēsiṁ, paḍamama havaī maṅgalaṁ
Meaning of Namokar mantra:
I bow down to all Arihants or the conquerors of senses. I bow down to the Siddhas or those who attained special powers. I bow down to the divine teachers who preach the mankind of lofty truths. I bow down to all the sages of the world. The namokar mantra is the five-fold salutation that can destroy all the sins of the chanters. The last line of the mantra says among the auspicious mantras, Namokar mantra is the most auspicious one.
The five Padhas of the Namokar Mantra
• Namo Arihantanam• Namo Siddhanam• Namo Aayariyanam• Namo Uvajhayanam• Namo Loye savv Sahunam
The uniqueness of the Namokar Mantra
Jainism lays a great emphasis on the virtue of Ahimsa or non-violence. This religion does not give importance to individuals, but only to their attainments, nature, character and attitude. The Namokar mantra addresses all spiritual beings in the universe and prays them to bless the individual. Hence its powers and benefits are incomparable.
Who can Namokar mantra
Namokar mantra is a universal chant. It does not address any particular class of masters or spiritual Gurus. It generally thanks and venerates all the spiritual beings who descended on this earth, ennobled their lives and guided the humanity towards spiritual life. Therefore, Namokar mantra can be chanted by all people of all religions, castes and creeds without any restrictions whatsoever. The best time to chant Namokar mantra is while beginning any new work and auspicious activities. The Namokar mantra can remove the obstacles to progress and bless the individuals with success and fulfilment.
The benefits of Chanting Namokar Mantra
• Namokar mantra is a profound and very powerful mantra. It can bless the individual with anything and everything he desires and seeks. • Those who are committed to chanting this Namokar mantra with devotion, dedication and sincerity will be able to cultivate their happiness, joy, affection, love and harmony both within and outside.• Namokar mantra has the most powerful cleansing effect on the body, mind and soul of the individual. It can wash all sins and lead the individual towards spiritual growth and fulfilment. • The person chanting the Namokar mantra grows fearless and confident. The vagaries of the society do not tempt him or enslave him. He is slowly awakened into self-realization. • The Namokar mantra acts like a divine shield protecting the individual from all harms and dangers. It can dispel the fear of death, destruction and despair at all times and keep the individual feel blessed and divinely protected.