Here's why the Jains believe that it’s always good to say ‘Sorry’

Here's why the Jains believe that it’s always good to say ‘Sorry’

The phrase Michchāmi Dukkaḍaṃ found in the Airyapathiki Sutra is quite often used by the Jain community on the last day (Samvatsari) of Paryushana. The community, over the last few days, has been celebrating Paryushana, along with celebrating Samvatsari.

There is a prayer used for the same, which talks about forgiveness for everyone, on all terms.

khāmemi savva jīve, savve jīvā khamaṃtu me, mittī me savva-bhūesu, veraṃ majjha na keṇa:I, micchāmi dukkaḍaṃ

(I forgive all living beings, May all souls forgive me, I am on friendly terms with all, I have no animosity, toward any soul. May all my faults be dissolved)

We all use the word sorry, on an everyday basis. It has been taught from the early days – be it from home or in school. Jainism promotes the teaching of Lord Mahavir, who believed and preached in 'Live and Let Live.' It is believed that the lord also preached forgiving ourselves first, as he believed forgiveness leads to spiritual purification.

“Live and allow others to live; hurt no one; life is dear to all living beings. Anger begets more anger, and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love,” said Lord Mahavir

Samvatsari marks a special day in Jainism, where every member of community approaches others from all religions and strata and seeks forgiveness for mistakes, which could have happened knowingly or unknowingly. This is believed to give a fresh start life and a peaceful co-existence with others.

Forgiveness is also sought from all the living forms from plants and microorganisms - ekindriyas (single sensed beings) – to Panchendriyas (from living forms with 5 senses), for they may have been harmed by routine activities. This activity is also done during their daily prayers as they recite ‘Iryavahi sutra’ seeking forgiveness from everyone.

On this special occasion, Mumbai Live also seeks the same. May there be peace, always.

Michchāmi Dukkaḍaṃ