Jain Meditation

As long as I am seated in this meditation, I shall patiently suffer all calamities that might befall me, be they caused by an animal, a human being or a god.

I renounce, for the duration [of this meditation], my body, all food, and all passions.  Attachment, aversion, fear, sorrow, joy, anxiety, self-pity... all these I abandon with body, mind, and speech.  I further renounce all delight and all repulsion of a sexual nature.

Whether it is life or death, whether gain or loss, whether defeat or victory, whether meeting or separation, whether friend or enemy, whether pleasure or pain, I have equanimity towards all.

In [attaining] knowledge, insight, and proper conduct, [the cause] is invariably nothing but my own soul.  Similarly, my soul [is cause] for both the influx of karmas and the stopping of that influx.

One and eternal is my soul, characterized by intuition and knowledge; all other states that I undergo are external to me, for they are formed by associations.  Because of these associations my soul has suffered the chains of misery; therefore I renounce with body, mind, and speech, all relationships based on such associations.

Thus have I attained to equanimity and to my own self-nature. May this state of equanimity be with me until I attain salvation.

Samayika Patha
Note: Samayika Patha: This is one of many recitations, samayika patha, inwardly repeated during the layperson's meditation, the samayika.  Usually performed at dusk, when the day's activities have come to an end, the layperson sits in a yoga posture, asks forgiveness of all beings, puts his mind in a state of calm, and begins his meditation.  This Jain practice allows laypeople a taste of the ascetic life.

from World Scripture: A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts, Ed. Andrew Wilson




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