Once we do Pratikraman, we might think of it as pure magic as it has the tendency of erasing and resolving all the conflicts, leaving us with a clean slate. ‘Pratikraman’ means ‘to return from a sin or a mistake’, ‘to turn back from the opposite direction’, ‘to take a U-Turn from the sinful path’ and in other words ‘repentance’……. Gnani Purush Dadashri has explained Pratikraman with a simple example that, “if for example, you wish to visit Adalaj Tri-Mandir (one of Dadashri’s many Temples) and by mistake you went ahead then the exact spot, say you travelled 10 miles ahead and then on enquiring you realized that you’ve travelled ahead than the actual place, then what would yo do? Would you climb down your vehicle to beat the guy pointing your mistake or start crying in grief that what a fool I am or would you not simply take a U-Turn and come back to the destination?” This simple, yet effective example, solves our understanding on Pratikraman.
Pratikraman is a pure science for getting free from past done sins or mistakes committed in ignorance. It is an effective tool to wash away all the stains on the cloth.
By another example Dadashri clarifies why Pratikraman is to be done ‘on the spot’, i.e. ‘Shoot on Sight’. Dadashri says that, “when we are drinking tea and accidentally the cup slips off our hands and the tea spills on our clothes then what would we do ? We would immediately get up and rush to the washroom to cleanse the tea stains from our clothes, so as to reduce the tea stains to bare minimum.” Thus, Dadashri further explains that, the stains put on each others’ hearts with our mind-body-speech, intellect & ego need to be washed off at that very moment with the help of instant ‘Shoot on Sight’ Pratikraman. Thus, the moment a negative thought occurs, we should use ‘Shoot on Sight’ Pratikraman.
Dadashri has explained three words, ‘Kraman’, ‘Ati-kraman’ and ‘Prati-kraman’.
‘Kraman’ means normal dealing with others, like ‘hello, how are you, what’s up!!’ and all.
‘Ati-kraman’ means abnormal dealing where we tend to hurt others by our mind-body-speech, intellect & go, due to our inner enemies like anger, lust, greed, pride, deceit and attachment.
‘Pratikraman’ means back to normality, which went to abnormal situation due to some ‘Ati-kraman’ towards the other person.
Think of a situation where you inflicted any ‘Ati-kraman’ on someone, meaning that you had the slightest aggression or negative feeling towards any living being (i.e. told lies, insulted by words, hurt physically, committed violence, had negative thoughts or feelings etc). Ready? Let’s Shoot-on-Sight it away with a 3-step Pratikraman process!
‘Think of the Pure Soul within the person who has been hurt by you’ and start below steps:
Step # 1 – Alochana: (Confession)
Meaning heart-felt inner confession of our mistakes…. Recall the mistakes you committed with the person and confess it before any God you believe in (say Krishna, Mahavira, Ram, Allah, Jesus etc.) or Dada Bhagwan (i.e. the pure soul) within the person who is hurt by you. it is completely an internal process and you may not approach the person directly.
Step # 2 – Pratikraman: (Repentance)
Process of asking for forgiveness from the pure soul residing with the individual coupled with remorse for the wrongdoing…….
Step # 3 – Pratyakhyan: (Strong Resolution)
Sincere pledge to never repeat the mistakes….. In this Step, we firmly resolve never to repeat these mistakes and ask our Dada Bhagwan (inner pure soul within us) to grant the absolute energy not to repeat it.
These vibrations will automatically reach the person, and so we do not wish to then need not apologize in person. All the above three Steps put together comprise of ‘Divine Apology’ and there we are, free from the burden of these repetitive mistakes in life and up goes our Spiritual Progress !!
Now, following Pratikraman, a few days later, we might catch our self making the same mistake over and over again. Although we made Pratyakhyan, resolve to never repeat it, don’t be alarmed if it happens again. Imagine the layers of an onion. When we peel one layer, the next one is right after it. Just like this, the 3-step process of Divine Apology is peeling off the layers of karma behind the mistake. Thus, although we did Shoot-on-Sight to wipe out that instance, it may take more of it to see the overall effect of never committing the mistake again. Have faith and have trust though, because repentance never goes to waste. Whether you see the results now or later, they will come.
Thus, along with Shoot-on-Sight Pratikraman, it’s important to take some time out to recall any prior Ati-kraman done in the past. For example, Niruma used to do 800 to 1000 Pratikramans per day! Can you imagine the purity that was emanating from her? Mahatmas (Spiritual Seekers) daily take time out before going to sleep, recalling Ati-kramans occurred during the day, and do Pratikraman for them. This not only causes them to see the Pure Soul and faultlessness behind all the living beings they hurt, but it peels off many layers of karma that they would have had to suffer without this method. Once you have done Pratikraman however, do not worry if it has reached the other person or not. Leave it up to nature and evidences to manage that part. You have done your part, and the results will follow.