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What is the meaning of Arihant ?

Questioner: Please explain in detail what 'Namo Arihantanam' means?


Dadashri: 'Namo Arihantanam'. 'Ari' means enemies and 'hantanam' means to conquer. So in this obeisance we are bowing down to the Arihant Bhagwan, the one who has conquered all the inner enemies of anger, pride, deceit, greed, attachment and abhorrence. From the moment of total destruction of the inner enemies, to the state called keval gnan, until final liberation, one is an Arihant. Such a one is the absolute manifested living God. He may have become so from any religious order - Hindu, Jain or any other race and he may be found anywhere in the universe. This obeisance says, 'I bow down to the Arihant Lord wherever He may be.

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