All of us constantly make mistakes against our will. These can take the form of hurtful actions, verbal conflicts or unwholesome intentions. Often, these mistakes have grave spiritual consequences and inhibit one’s ‘inner happiness’. After all, how can you be happy when your body, mind, speech and most importantly your heart vibrates with negativity and hurtfulness towards others?
But spiritually enlightened masters like the Tirthankars and Dada Bhagwan have revealed a way in which we can purify these mistakes. It is through a process of alochana (confession), pratikraman (repentance) and pratyakhyan (firm resolve ‘not to repeat the mistake’). When one does this process of ‘divine apology’, one finds that even the most severe conflicts, mental negativity and friction with others starts to dissolve. This process has been validated by the personal experience of thousands.
Now confession is sometimes difficult, embarrassing or might make matters worse, instead of better. So what is the proper way one should apologize? Even for this, the spiritual masters had an elegant solution that was still effective. They instructed that you can by-pass the face-to-face confrontation, and reach out straight to the Soul of the person you have hurt, through your inner intention (bhaav). The science of vibrations and divine connection is so powerful that this begins a deep healing process that frees you from your mistakes.
Literally any act of anger, pride, deceit, greed, lust or hatred through which we hurt others is ‘Atikraman’ (moving in the opposite direction) – it is an act of (inner) aggression, which may not be overt, a form of spiritual violence. To repent and therefore retreat from such acts of aggression and violence is called ‘Pratikraman’ (Divine Apology). So, the foundation of the practice of ‘Pratikraman’ is to retreat from the act of aggression and violence, through mind-body-speech, intellect or ego, which hurt others and thus purify our Self.
How to ‘confess’?
This confession box is a tool to allow that sort of introspection - so you can take proper aim before you can shoot down your mistakes. So follow below steps:
1) Accept your mistakes that overtly or otherwise hurt others by your mind-body-speech, intellect & ego;
2) Confess these mistakes in front of a Spiritual Master (Dadashri);
3) Identify the beliefs working secretly (behind the curtain) and cleanse it by asking for strength from Dada Bhagwan;
4) Ask for forgiveness from the Pure Soul of the person hurt by us;
5) Resolve to Dada Bhagwan (inner Pure Soul) not to repeat these mistakes again. And thereby purify your personal battlefield. Good luck with target practice!