GHHF Bala Samskar Keandras – Student learned about the sloka chanted while doing Pradakshina around the Temple – Yani Kanicha Papani

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“The greatest treasure of Indias wisdom, however, lies in the knowledge of what the human being truly is: he is not a separate person, the Vedas claim. He is one with Brahman. His essence is pure, infinite consciousness. And it is possible to realize this truth by living a dharmic life and doing sadhana. When the mind is stilled by dropping thoughts, the divine dimension of ones being is accessed. True inspiration and intuition come from this level, and true happiness as well.” Maria Wirth
Yani kani cha papani                      
Janmanthara krithani cha         
Thani thani vinashyanthi         
Pradakshinam pade pade  
This Sloka says that Pradakshina will distroy all sins. Pradakshinam is nothing but a way to bow down to the Aathma (purusha) residing inside your physical body. By doing so all your sins are cleansed. It also helps you to be aware of the presence of divine energy with in you.
Pradakshina or Parikrama is a Hindu tradition wherein the devotees go around the idol of God in a clockwise direction seeking blessings. This mantra can be chanted everytime when we do a Pradakshina. With every step we take, we are asking God to forgive all the sins committed in our life including the ones from the previous births. Meaning we are surrendering to God and seeking his shelter to protect us.
Pradakshina, meaning circumambulation, consists of walking around in a clockwise „circle‟ around the deity, as a form of worship in Hindu ceremonies. We see people doing this at our temples where they go around in circles either chanting some shlokas or just walking with pure devotion. In that context, this shloka can be sung where in, one asks the lord for forgiveness from the sins that he/she has committed with every step taken during the Pradakshina.
Pradakshinam is a ritual done by every Hindu on a daily basis , while visiting a temple or doing a pooja. Pradakshinam has to be done at temple in such a way that the deity or god is always on the right side (Dakshina) of your body. Hence the name “Pra-Dakshina”.
While doing pooja at home you can do “Aathma  Pradikshanam “ , if you don’t have space.This is done by rotating clockwise 3 times while chanting the above mentioned Pradakshina Manthra.
Why Pradakshina?
. The Lord is the centre, source and essence of our lives. We acknowledge this by performing Pradakshina recognizing him as the focal point in our lives  and go about doing our daily chores. This is the significance of Pradakshina.
Also, every point on the circumference of a circle is equidistant from the centre. This means that wherever we may be or whoever we may be, we are equally close to the lord. His grace flows towards us without partiality.
According to Adi Shankaracharya, real pradakshina is the meditation that 10008 universes are revolving around the great Lord, the unmoving centre of all forms.
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