On the auspicious day of Paryushan Parva, we say Michchami Dukkadam after performing the Pratikraman – some of you might be knowing the meaning of it and some of you might just be saying it as formality.  Please read if you do not know the meaning:

Michcha = become fruitless (miththya)

Mi = mine (by me)

Dukkadam = bad deed

So covering up the meaning of these words, it sums as ‘may the bad deed (dushkrutya) done by me become fruitless’. This bad deed may be in any way by man (thought), vachan (words) or kaya (action). So please forgive me of all the bad deeds, actions, thoughts, or words that may have directly, indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally hurt your feelings.


Samvatsari is a day to ask for forgiveness and forgive others for the bad deeds. And that is why we say,


“Khamemi Savve Jiva, Savve Jiva Khamantu Me,
Mitti Me Savva Bhuteshu, Veram Majjam Ne Kenvi”


(We forgive all the living beings, We seek pardon from all the living beings, We are friendly towards all the living beings, And seek enmity with none)


About dhavalrajgeera

Physician who is providing free service to the needy since 1971. Rajendra M. Trivedi, M.D. who is Yoga East Medical Advisor www.yogaeast.net/index.htm http://www.yogaeast.net/index.htm Graduated in 1968 from B. J. Medical College, Amadavad, India. Post Graduate training in Neurological Surgery from Charles University in Czechoslovakia. 1969 - 71. and received Czechoslovakian Government Scholarship. Completed training at the Cambridge Hospital and Harvard University in Psychiatry. Rajendra M. trivedi is an Attending Psychiatrist at Baldpate Hospital. He is the Medical Director of CCA and Pain Center in Stoneham, MA where he has been serving the community since 1971 as a Physician. OTHER AFFILIATIONS: Lifer of APA - American Psychiatrist Association Senior Physician and Volunteer with Massachusetts Medical Society and a Deligate of the Middlesex District. www.massmed.org Patron member of AAPI - American Association of PHYSICIANS OF INDIA. LIFE MEMBER OF IMANE - Indian Medical Association of New England. Member of the Board of Advisors "SAHELI, Boston,MA. www.saheliboston.org/About1/A_Board Dr. Trivedi is working closely with the Perkin's School for the Blind. www.perkins.org. Dr. Trivedi is a Life member and Honorary Volunteer for the Fund Raising Contact for North America of BPA - Blind People Association of Amadavad, India. www.bpaindia.org Dr.Trivedi is the Medical Advisor for Yoga East since 1993. He is a Physician who started Health Screening and Consultation At Shri Dwarkami Clinic in Billerica, MA. https://www.dwarkamai.com/health-and-wellness

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  1. Pragnaben said,

    પોતાનાથી કોઈ ભૂલ થઈ હોય તો સામેની વ્યક્તિની સાચા મનથી માફી માગી લે. ક્ષમા.. એ વીરોનું આભૂષણ છે. તેમાં કાયરોનું કંઈ કામ નથી.
    પ્રતિક્રમણની ક્ષમાપના એ આખા વર્ષ દરમિયાન થયેલી ભૂલોની ક્ષમાપના છે. આખા વર્ષ દરમિયાન જેની પણ સાથે લડવાના, ઝઘડવાના કલેશ-કંકાસના પ્રસંગો બન્યા હોય, કોઈની લાગણી દુભાઈ હોય, કોઈને દુઃખ પહોંચાડયું હોય તો તેની ક્ષમા માગવાની છે. વર્ષ દરમિયાન જેની પણ સાથે અબોલા થયા હોય તેની સાથે બધા વેરઝેર, રાગ-દ્વેષને ભૂલીને સાચા હૃદયથી ખમાવવાના છે.

    ખાસ તો જે વ્યક્તિ આપણી સામે ના બોલતા હોય તેને બોલાવાના છે. પ્રતિક્રમણ કરીને દુશ્મનને પણ ખમાવી લેવાના છે.
    દરેક ધર્મમાં માનવધર્મને શ્રેષ્ઠ કહેવામાં આવ્યો છે.
    ધર્મની વાત કરીને વાહવાહી મેળવવાનો આ કોઈ ઉપાય નથી.
    સાચો ધર્મ તો પોતાની આત્માની ખુશીમાં છે, મનની શાંતિમાં રહેલો છે.
    હા,એ ખૂબ જરુરી છે કે પાછી એ ભૂલો ન કરતો…………………………

  2. Jai Jinendra,

    I grant forgiveness to all living beings

    all living beings grant me forgiveness

    My friendship is with all living beings

    My enmity is totally nonexistent


    By this universal prayer of forgiveness,

    We forgive all the living beings, We seek forgiveness from all the living beings,

    We are friendly towards all the living beings.

  3. To Day is September 1st, 2012….

    Dear all
    Pranam & Jay Jinendra
    To day is Samvatsari, A day of FORGIVENESS.



    We forgive all the living beings,


    We seek pardon from all the living beings,


    We are friendly towards all the living beings,


    And we seek enmity with none,


    And we ask for forgiveness from all


  4. This is Dr.Dineshbhai says on his facebook.

    Dear Friends and Colleagues,

    When I got a “Michhchhami Dukkadam” message from a Jain cilleague, it triggered many thoughts in my mind and I thought let me share with all of you.

    First of all let me say that I respect all religions and I have very high respect for Mahavir Swami who did not get angry when someone pushed nails in his ears! So it reflects ultimate tolerance of physical, mental and spiritual tolerance of Mahavir Swami!! However, the tradition of once a year to tell everyone “Michchami Dukaddam” is a coin which has two sides as follows.

    First Side: A desirable side or good side, namely, it gives an opportunity to every one to say “I am sorry which they did not say for the whole year due to ego or any other reason”. If a richman says to his poor servant, then it puts both of them at the same human level. It is a therapy to get rid of guild that one might have felt for the whole year. Thus, Michhami Dukkdam transcends all barriers, wealth, education, age, sex, social status, profession etc.

    Other Side: It has become routine. We repeat the same mistakes again and again. We know that on the next Micchami dukkadam, I will tell this magic phrase to all the humans that I interacted with and it will wash away the guilt and I will start with the same clean slate. We do not make any effort to improve ourselves. We forget the following saying,

    “Moti bhangyu vindhataa, man bhangyu kaven
    Ghodo bhangyo thekataa, nahi sandho ke ren”

    “You break a pearl whiel piercing, you break someone’s heart by a bad sentence or insult
    If a horse breaks his leg while jumping, there is no glue, or solder to make it the same as before”

    Michachami dukadam will not heal such injuries which are irreversible to repair. Therefore, one should admit the instances that you are aware of where you hurt someone and tell to the person that such things I will not do again. Then and then it is a meaningful Michhami dukkadam. Otherwise, it becomes an yearly ritual or license to make the same mistakes again and again.

    It is my observation that in India, and probably all over the world, religion has become rituals and spirituality is lost from all religions. I used to joke with some young kids of a jain friend, that are you the white silk wearer, and Aapasara going jain or a true jain like Mahavir Swami? Let us make a list of the mistakes we are aware of and make a resolve that we will not do such mistakes again in the future. Then it is a great self-improvement milestone and therapy!

    If my writing has hurt some one, I apologise and say from my heart ” Michchami dukkadam” ! With best wishes and warmest regards,

    Dinesh O. Shah

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