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True pratikraman begins after Self-Realization!

Questioner: How can one do true pratikraman? When is the pratikraman considered pure?

Dadashri: True pratikraman begins after Self-Realization. Once you attain the enlightened vision and replace your illusion with the correct vision, only then will you be able to do real pratikraman. Until then, one can still decrease his faults with pratikraman. If one does not attain this enlightened vision, but still does pratikraman after having done something wrong, one binds less karma. Do you understand that? Karma is shed with pratikraman. Why do we quickly attempt to remove spilt coffee from our clothing?

Questioner: To remove the stain.

Dadashri: Likewise, you must wash away internal stains. These people here immediately wash away their internal stains (arising reactions of anger, greed, false pride, and illusionarybehavior), so everything remains spotless and meticulous. When it is done only once a year, are you able to clean all your clothes?

My pratikraman is the 'shoot-on-sight' pratikraman. What you consider pratikraman is not pratikiraman at all, because the stains are not removed, while mine are spotless. Pratikraman is when all the stains (atikraman) are removed and the clothes are immaculate.


Clothes must be laundered every single day. Each individual clothing needs washing. What do the Jains do? They accumulate a year's worth of dirty laundry and then attempt to wash it all at once. The Lord certainly does not allow it. Each clothing needs to be washed separately with great care. When you manage to wash at least five hundred a day, you will be making progress.

However many of your faults you are able to see, that many faults will decrease. This lady here is able to see five hundred of her faults a day, so what prevents others from seeing their own? Something is still lacking. Surely it is not because they have become completely faultless that they cannot see their faults?

The Lord has emphasized the need to do pratikraman daily, but people only do it once a year during Paryushan (Jain religious event of eight days). The Lord said that a true merchant is the one who keeps an account in his record book for the entire day, tallying his ledger in the evening. If he were to log everything just once a year, how would he manage to remember all his accounts and set his books straight? The Lord has stressed the importance of keeping a logbook for the entire day, as a true merchant would. If an entry is made incorrectly, that is if a misdeed occurs, it must be erased through pratikraman.

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