Category Archives: prayers

Climate-Focused English Pratikraman

With inspiration from our traditional ritual and stories, (the elephant Meruprabhu showing compassion in the midst of a forest fire above) and the undeniable science of the climate crisis, drJina wrote a non traditional climate focused pratikraman for adults. Below is a link to the pdf for the text of the pratikraman. drJina read from this version on Clubhouse on Sept 11, 2021. Here is the audio recording of the Clubhouse event.

Please read the Jain Declaration on the Climate Crisis, and endose and enter your pledge(s) there.

Reflections on our actions

Here is a thoughtful prayer that Monali had written for Paryushan, but which can be appropriate for every day, too:

In the fast pace of our lives, may we all take time out today
to recognize how our actions and lifestyles
directly or indirectly cause harm.

From the relative peace we experience and the wealth we possess
From the clothes we wear
to the cars we drive
to the foods we eat
the daily sustenance of our lives undoubtedly causes suffering to other lives around us-whether it be human, non-human animal, plant or other.

As much as is in our power, may we be conscious of this suffering,
and may our actions relflect our desire to prevent or minimize it.
And as for the suffering that occurs of which we are not aware
or that we cannot prevent,may we, at least, recognize it and be humbled.
Micchami Dukkadam.