Prayer and practices: The sacred Jain
prayer, called the Namokar Mantra, reveres the
five types of great souls: Arihant (enlightened
souls), Siddha (liberated souls), Acharya (heads
of congregation), Upadhyaya (ascetic teachers),
Sadhu (ascetics). Many Jains symbolically or ritually
worship the Tirthankars. Such reverence is
never geared for worldly favors or grace, but is
rather a personal inspiration to actually follow
the very same path shown by those spiritual
Daily spiritual practices also include
Samayik (meditation), Pratikrarnan(confessing
past sins, bad thoughts and deeds; and seeking
forgiveness), Svadhyaya (reading of Jain scriptures),
and Pratyakhyan (taking vows renouncing
certain activities to discipline oneself). Other
practices include fasting, holding religious discourses,
reciting sacred texts, alms giving, and
singing prayer songs.
Scriptures: Lord Mahavir's teachings were
orally compiled and passed on through the generations.
Later, these teachings called Agam
Sutras were recorded on leafs. Additional scriptures
followed by Jains are: Shatkhand-Agam,
Kasaya-Pahud, and Anuyogas.
Jainism worldwide: Jains are a distinguished
minority in India. Jains also live in many
countries around the world, with larger communities
in North America, eastern Africa and UK.
Over 100,000 followers of Jainism live in the
USA and Canada. As of 2010, North America
has been home to 67 Jain temples and centers.
More Information: Details on Jainism
and its principles can be obtained from the Federation
of Jain Associations in North America
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