Thursday, August 20, 2009



First we seek the permission to perform Dev Vandan by uttering as under

    Ichchhämi Khamäsamano Vandiun Jävanijjäe Nisihiäe Matthaen Vandämi

Forgiving Lord, being desirous of bowing, I give up worldly involvement to the utmost possible extent and kneel at your feet with my head down.

‘Lord, with your permission, may I perform Dev Vandan?’

Since the permission is to be assumed, we would say ‘So be it’. Then we recite the following prayer.

    Sakal Kushal Valli, Pushkäravarta Megho; Duritatimir Bhänu, Kalpavrikshopamänah, Bhavajalanidhipotah, Sarva Sampatti Hetu; Sa Bhavatu Satatam Vah,

    Shreyase Shäntinäthah, Shreyase Pärshwanäthah.

Let Lord Shantinath or Parshwanath, who is the abode of all well-being, who is like rain in Pushkarävarta, who is like the sun that dispels the darkness of evils, who is like the desire yielding tree, who is like a ship for crossing over the worldly sea, and who is the source of all prosperity, forever be for our well being.

Now we recite one of the Dev Vandan Stotra

    Parmeshwar Paramätmä Jagpävak Paramishta,

    Jay Jay Guru Devädhidev Mere Nayanmen Sthit (1)

Supreme Lord, Superb soul, the world purifier, supremely desirable,

victory be to the Guide, Lord of Lords, you are fixed in my eyes.

    Achal Akal Avikär Sär Karunäras Sindhu,

    Jagati Jan Ädhär Ek Nishkäran Bandhu (2)

You are steady, unembodied, unpolluted, the gist and the sea of compassion,

you are the only refuge and innate companion of the worldly beings.

    Gun Anant Prabhu Tährä Keme Kahyä Na Jây,

    Paramprabhu Jin Dhyänathi Chidänand Sukh Thäy (3)

Lord , your innumerable attributes can in no way be described;

the blissful pleasure would prevail by contemplating about the supreme Lord omniscient

(Now we recite the Namutthunam Sutra, which ranks very high in importance. It is believed that Indra, the king of heaven, adores Lord Tirthankars by reciting this Sutra. In view of its importance we are going to recite it in original and its English version.)

    Namutthunam Arihantänam Bhagavantänam,

Obeisance to the Graceful Omniscient Lords.

    Äigaränam, Titthayaränam, Sayamsambuddhänam;

You are the pioneers, organizers of religious order and self enlightened;

    Purisuttamänam, Purisasinhänam, Purisavarpundariyänam, Purisvargandhahatthinam;

You are the supreme entities, lion-like supermen, unattached like superb white lotus and the topmost like the fragrance spreading elephants;

    Loguttamänam, Lognähänam, Loghiänam, Logpaivänam, Logpajjoagaränam;

You are the uppermost in the universe, Lords of the universe, universal benefactors, shining lamps of the universe and illuminators of the universe;

    Abhaydayänam, Chakkhudayänam, Maggadayänam, Sarandayänam, Bohidayänam;

You confer fearlessness, bestow eyesight, indicate the right path, endow refuge and provide the right perception;

    Dhammadayänam, Dhammadesayänam, Dhammanäyagänam, Dhammasärahinam, Dhammavarchäurant-Chakkavattinam;

You are the providers of religion, instructors of religion, religious leaders, charioteers of religion and bearers of the supreme religious wheel that leads to the termination of four states of the worldly existence.

    Appadihayavarnän-dansandharänam, Viyatta-chhaumänam;

You are the holders of infallible supreme knowledge and conviction; and have overcome imperfection;

    Jinänam-Jävayänam, Tinnänam-Tärayänam, Buddhänam-Bohiyänam, Muttänam-Moagänam;

You are the conquerors and lead to the conquest, salvaged and saviors, enlightened and enlightening, liberated and liberators;

    Savvannoonam, Savvadarisinam, Sivamayalamaruamanantamakkhayamavväbäham-apunaräviti-Siddhigai-NämadheyamThänam Sampattänam, Namo Jinänam, Jiabhayänam:

Obeisance to the Lords, who have overcome the fright, who are omniscient, omni-percipient and who have reached the abode of blissful, stable, painless, endless, indestructible, unobstructed and non-reversible state of liberation,

    Je A Aiyä Siddhä, Je A Bhavissanti Nägae Käle, Sampai A Vattamänä Savve Tivihen Vandämi.

I bow mentally, vocally and physically to all those, who have been liberated in the past, are extant liberators and will be liberated in future.

Now we are reciting Namorhat Sutra, which is a Sanskrit version of Namokkärmantra.


(Now is the time for a Stavan which means a devotional song in adoration of the Lord. Uvasaggaharam Stotra is a Stavan and is a very significant Mantra of Jain tradition. Its importance as a charm is next only to Namokkärmantra. This Sutra is addressed to Lord Pärshwanäth. We are therefore reciting that Stavan.)

    Uvasaggaharam Päsam, Päsam Vandämi Kamma-ghan-mukkam;

    Visahar-vis-ninnäsam, Mangal Kallän Äväsam (1)

I bow to Lord Parshwanath, who is attended by the distress removing Parshwa deity, who is free from all types of Karma, who is the destroyer of poisonous defilement and who is the abode of bliss and well being.

    Visahar-fuling Mantam, Kanthe Dharei Jo Sayä Manuo;

    Tassa Gah Rog Märi, Duttha-Jarä Janti Uvasämam. (2)

If one always recites the charm of Visaharfulling, his evil planetary effects, disease, epidemics and acute fever are calmed down.

(There is a Visaharfulling Mantra associated with the name of Pärshwanäth, which is considered effective against all types of pain and affliction. That Mantra is: Namiuna Päsa Visahara Vasaha Jin Fullinga

    Chitthau Dure Manto, Tujza Panamo Vi Bahu-falo Hoi;

    Naratiriesu Vi Jivä, Pävanti Na Dukkha-Dogachcham (3)

Let aside that charm, obeisance to you also would be highly fruitful; (thereby) humans and animals too would not get misery or evil state.

    Tuha Sammatte Laddhe, Chintämani Kappapäyavabbhahiye

    Pävanti Avigdhenam, Jivä Ayarämaram Thänam (4)

By gaining the right perception stipulated by you, which is superior to a desire yielding jewel or desire-yielding tree, souls can attain the ageless, immortal stage without any difficulty.

    Ea Santhuo Mahäyas, Bhattibhar Nibbharen Hiaen

    Tä Dev Dijja Bohim, Bhave Bhave Päs Jinachanda (5)

Lord Parshwanath, the source of all greatness, I have thus adored you with devotionally overflowing heart; as such please endow me with the right perception in every life.

(Now we recite the Jay Viyaräy Sutra. This Sutra is also known as Pranidhän Sutra. Pranidhän denotes a state of ecstasy. In other words, it relates to an act in which the physical, mental and spiritual faculties get involved. The first half of Sutra constitutes the sincere prayer in the form of a solemn pledge addressed to Lords. As such we recite that part with folded hands touching the middle of the eyebrow. That spot is called Äjnä Chakra (decision making circle) and the posture is called Muktäsukti Mudrä (pearl producing shell).

Jay Viyaräy Jagaguru! Hou Mamam Tuh Pabhävao Bhayavam!

Bhavanivveo Maggänusäria Itthafalsiddhi (1)

Victory to the detached Lord, the preceptor of the world! Lord, let me have, by your grace, the disaffection for the cycle of birth and death, treading on the right path and achievement of the desirable fruit.

Logviruddhachchäo Gurujanpooä Paratthkaranam Cha

Suhagurujogo Tavvayansevanä Äbhavamakhandä (2

Let me abandon the activities that go against the interests of people, let me worship the elders, have benevolence, come in contact with the right preceptor and adopt his precepts. Let these aspects stay continuously with me till the end of life.

(Now we can bring down the hands up to the tip of nose.)

Värijjai Jaivi Niyänbandhanam Viyaräy Tuh Samaye

Tah Vi Mam Hujja Sevä Bhave Bhave Tumha Chalanänam (3)

Detached Lord, although staking the wholesome Karma for the sake of the worldly rewards has been forbidden in your precepts, yet let me have the servitude at your feet during every birth.

Dukkhakhao Kammakhao Samähimaranam Cha Bohiläbho A

Samapajjau Mah Eam Tuh Näh! Panäm Karanenam (4)

Lord, by virtue of offering obeisance to you, let me get rid of unhappiness as well as Karma, maintain equanimity at the time of death and retain the right perception.

Sarva Mangal Mängalyam Sarva Kalyän Käranam

Pradhänam Sarva Dharmänäm Jainam Jayati Shäsanam (5)

Victorious is the Jain order, which is the bliss of all blessed aspects, which is the cause of all well being and which is the foremost among all the religious orders.

We terminate this ritual by undertaking a Käusagga. For that purpose we recite as under.

In front of the omniscient Lords, I undertake Käusagga for the sake of obeisance, worship, reverence, veneration, right perception and removal of affliction; I remain steady in Kausagga with an ever accelerating level of faith, intellect, patience, contemplation and concentration.

Subject to the exceptions of inhaling, exhaling, coughing, sneezing, yawning, belching, passing gas, dizziness, fainting, minute movement of limbs, minute movement of saliva, cough, etc. within the body and minute movement of the eyes and such other exceptions, let my Käusagga remain unimpaired and unobstructed, till I terminate it with obeisance to the omniscient graceful Lords. Accordingly, I withdraw myself from all physical aspects, by remaining motionless and by observing silence and concentration.

During the Käusagga, we recite one Namokkärmantra and then terminate it by uttering Namo Arihantänam and recite the following prayer.

    Kallänkandam Padhamam Jinindam, Santim Tao Nemijinam Munindam;

    Päsam Payäsam Sugunnikka-thänam, Bhattie Vande Sirivaddhamänam..

I devotedly bow to the first Lord, who is the source of well being, to Lord Shäntinäth, to the supreme monk Lord Neminäth, to the illuminating Lord Pàrshwanäth, who is the abode of all virtues and to Lord Vardhamänswämi.

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