N is for NamokÃ¤r Mantra
The NamokÃ¤r Mantra is the Most Important Prayer in Jainism
The sacred Jain prayer is the NamokÃ¤r, NamaskÃ¤r or NavakÃ¤r Mantra in which homage is paid to the five worshipful personalities: Arihantas, Siddhas, Ã¤chÃ¤ryas, UpÃ¤dhyÃ¤ys, and all SÃ¤dhus and SÃ¤dhvis.
I bow to the Arihantas (Tirthankars) who have reached enlightenment by overcoming their inner weaknesses, who have attained infinite knowledge, vision, bliss, and power and have shown the path which brings an end to the cycle of life, death and suffering.
I bow to the Siddhas or liberated souls who have attained the state of perfection and immortality by liberating themselves from all karmas.
I bow to the Ã¤chÃ¤ryas, who are the head of Jain congregations, and who preach the principles of religion and show the path of liberation, which is the unity of Right Faith, Right Knowledge, and Right Conduct.
I bow to the UpÃ¤dhyÃ¤ys who are the ascetic teachers. They explain Jain scriptures and show us the importance of the spiritual life over the material life.
Namo Loe Savva SÃ¤hunam
I bow to all the ascetics who strictly follow the five great vows of conduct and inspire us to live a simple life.
Eso Pancha NamukkÃ¤ro
To these five types of great souls I offer my praise.
Savva PÃ¤va PpanÃ¤sano
Such praise will help diminish my negative vibrations and sins.
MangalÃ¤nam cha Savvesim
Padhamam Havai Mangalam
Offering this praise is the most auspicious of all benedictions. We should always recite the NamokÃ¤r Mantra to pay respect to these great souls. This leads us to pure thoughts, which in turn leads to pure activities. We should recite it when we awake in the morning, going to bed at night or when we get free time.
Note : N is also for Non-attachment