Pratikramana is a form of Jainism in which people focus on introspection. It is a process that someone will go through, repenting of sins. They do this on a continual basis, reminding themselves of what they have done so they do not make the same mistakes. The amount of repentance that is done will vary, but it typically occurs twice a day. There are many aspects to practicing this form of self reflection. This includes Samayika, the practice of maintaining your composure and temper in a perpetual state of calm this. They will also pray to what are called the Five Supremes, and a series of other deity like figures who work together.
What Is The Purpose Of Pratikramana?
There are several objectives with this form of Jainism. The first of which has already been mentioned. You are trying to reflect upon your present and past actions. Your goal is to learn from your mistakes in real time, making sure that you don’t make the same once again, but it also focuses on detachment from the body. It is thought that our attachment to our body, and the way we are influenced by our environment, will contribute to the mistakes that we make. It also requires people to make resolutions, decisions not to make mistakes in this life, and if you do return, not to make them in the next life either.
Why Is This So Different From Other Forms Of Jainism?
The reason that this is so different is that the main focus is not on the physical body. It’s on the decisions that you make. It is believed that our ability to correct our choices, and learn from them, is the key to breaking out of the Wheel of Samsara. The basic theme behind Jainism is a type of self perfection, with a primary goal of remaining on the other side. It is that goal which precludes all forms of Jainism to some degree, and through the recapitulation process that people go through with Pratikramana, they have a very strong chance of, at the very least, becoming better people.
Pratikramana is a way of improving the self, one that many people follow. It is less taxing than many of the other forms of Jainism designed to achieve the same goal. The theory behind this way of living is to always be mindful of every decision that you make understanding that every choice has the potential for helping you achieve freedom.
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