Jai Satchitanand Friends!
We all make mistakes, one way or another that bind us
unknowingly. So, what should we do when we realize our faults and
how should we get rid of them?
Dadashri says one should use the weapon that the Tirthankars and
the Gnanis have given this world; the only weapon to combat such
suffering is the weapon of spiritual science of Alochana
(Confession), Pratikraman (Apology)and Pratyakhyan (Resolve not to
repeat the mistake).
Have you heard about Kraman, Atikraman, Alochana, Pratikraman
and Pratyakhyan? Let's see what they all are:
It is a simple activity that doesn't hurt anyone. Our day-to-day
activities like going to school, brushing teeth, running, eating
breakfast and playing with friends come under kraman.
Atikraman (Hurting others by our mind, speech or
While playing with friends if one gets into an argument, becomes
angry and starts using harsh language because the friends don't
want to play the game one has suggested. Now, this is called
atikraman(hurting others by speech). Hurting others by mind, body
or speech binds demerit karmas.To reverse the effects of
atikraman,one can use the 3-step process of alochana,pratikraman
Step 1: Alochana (Confession)
Your alochana should be that having recognized your fault, you
confess the mistake as it is. 'Alochana'is the first step to
pratikraman which simply means confessing your mistake before any
God you believe in, say Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Lord Mahavira or
Shree Simandhar Swami or even the Soul (Dada Bhagwan) residing
within the person you have hurt.
Step 2: Pratikraman (Apology)
Pratikraman implies to ask for forgiveness with correct
understanding and heartily repent the mistake you have committed.
One should do pratikramanby seeing the pure soul in the person you
have hurt and apologize with strong repentance. While doing
pratikraman,heartfelt repentance for all the mistakes committed
makes pratikraman meaningful.
Step 3: Pratyakhyan (Resolve not to repeat the
Pratyakhyan means to resolve never to repeat the mistake again.
One can do pratyakhan by stating, "I have realized my mistake and
have decided never to commit it again. What I have done is wrong
and I take an oath never to repeat it again."
One can wash out and get rid of all the mistakes by doing the
3-step process of alochana,pratikraman and pratyakhyan. You
heartily say in your mind, "Oh Inner Pure Soul, I ask for
forgiveness from the Lord within all those whom I hurt knowingly or
unknowingly with my mind, body or speech in the course of this day.
I wholeheartedly repent. Please grant me the strength not to repeat
these mistakes again."
Don't worry if the same mistake occurs again and again despite
having done pratikraman.It is because there are many layers to a
mistake, just like the layers of an onion. By repeating the
three-step process of repentance every time a mistake happens, your
mistakes will be washed out completely.
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