Preparing to Meditate in the Jainism Tradition
- As long as I am seated in this meditation,
I shall patiently suffer all calamities that
might befall me, be they caused by an animal,
a human being or a god.
I renounce, for the duration [of this meditation],
my body, all food, and all passions. Attachment,
aversion, fear, sorrow, joy, anxiety, self-pity...
all these I abandon with body, mind, and speech.
I further renounce all delight and all repulsion
of a sexual nature.
Whether it is life or death, whether gain or loss,
whether defeat or victory, whether meeting or
separation, whether friend or enemy, whether
pleasure or pain, I have equanimity towards all.
In [attaining] knowledge, insight, and proper
conduct, [the cause] is invariably nothing but my own
soul. Similarly, my soul [is cause] for both
the influx of karmas and the stopping of that influx.
One and eternal is my soul, characterized by intuition
and knowledge; all other states that I undergo
are external to me, for they are formed by
associations. Because of these associations my
soul has suffered the chains of misery; therefore
I renounce with body, mind, and speech, all
relationships based on such associations.
Thus have I attained to equanimity and to my own
self-nature. May this state of equanimity be with
until I attain salvation.