Questioner: What should we do if we have hurt someone so badly that he is depressed?
Dadashri: Do pratikraman. And if you happen to meet that person again, then must tell him that the mistake was all yours and that you were insensitive. Tell him that you are sincerely sorry and that you are asking for his forgiveness. His wounds will heal when you say this.
Questioner: What should we do in order not to suffer the effects of behaving contemptuously towards others in the past?
Dadashri: For acts of contempt there is no other solution but to do repeated pratikramans. You have to keep on doing pratikraman until that person comes around. And if you happen to meet him face to face, then you should speak to him nicely and ask for forgiveness. Say to him, "I have made a very big mistake. I am a complete fool. I have no sense." When you discredit yourself, the other person feels better and his hurt will lessen.
I can see the effect of contempt from previous lives; therefore I am telling you not to have contempt towards anyone. Do not mistreat people. If you treat manual workers with contempt, they will take revenge in their next life. They may even become a snake and bite you out of vengeance. Contempt will never free you from its grip. Only pratikraman can save you.
1) If you give the slightest pain to any living being, then in the form of pain, the pain-giving-karma will give you its 'fruit'. So think before you hurt any living being.
2) If we create an environment where someone is hurt, then it will create Conflict (affliction) within us.
Book Name: Pratikraman - The key that resolves all conflicts (Page #39 and Page #40)
A. A youngster has turned into a thief and he steals at every opportunity. He even steals from guests who come to his house. Now what lesson should we teach...Read More
A. Questioner: What must we do to be free from the relations of previous lives that are now in front of us? Dadashri: If you are forced to live with someone...Read More
A. Questioner: What can we do to stop feelings of jealousy after this Gnan? Dadashri: There are two ways to deal with that. One is to repent when you...Read More
A. Questioner: If someone makes us very angry and we lash out, and then we continue to feel internal turmoil, should we do pratikramans more than...Read More
A. Questioner :At my work, in order to accomplish certain deadlines, I have insulted and mistreated many people. Dadashri: You must do pratikraman for all...Read More
A. Questioner: So then what is pratikraman? Dadashri: If a person insults you, you should understand who the real culprit is behind the insult. Is it the one...Read More
A. Questioner: Let us say that a relationship based on deep abhorrence and vengeance has occurred. If we do not do any pratikraman, will we not have to meet...Read More
A. I used to make fun of all sorts of people, from the ordinary to very prominent and successful ones. Normally, who would make all kinds of fun? Extremely...Read More
A. Questioner: If someone does something wrong to us and he comes to ask for forgiveness, we forgive him. We have forgiven him internally even when he does...Read More
A. Michhami Dukkadam is a word of the Ardhamaagdhi language (language spoken during the time of Lord Mahavir). By Michhami Dukkadam one is trying to say,...Read More