Definition - What does Atmabhavadi-Parityagah mean?
Atmabhavadi-parityagah is a Sanskrit term that refers to the declaration of altruism and self-denial that is the final spiritual exercise of anuttara puja, also known as “supreme worship” or “seven-fold worship.” Atmabhavadi means “self surrender” and parityagah means “renunciation.” This step is sometimes referred to in English as “transference of merit and self-surrender.”
Anuttara puja is a method of devotion developed by the seventh-century Indian master, Shantideva. It consists of seven spiritual exercises and is typically practiced in the Buddhist tradition.
Yogapedia explains Atmabhavadi-Parityagah
In atmabhavadi-parityagah, all of the merit that has accumulated through the spiritual exercises of anuttara puja should be shared with others (transference of merit) for the benefit of all; therefore, the devotee declares his/her spiritual journey is not just for his/her own enlightenment. This renunciation of egoism paves the way for the goal of the spiritual journey – bodhicitta, a mind dedicated to others and to attaining enlightenment. It is similar to the ultimate goal of yoga – enlightenment and unification with the yogi's highest nature.
The spiritual exercises of anuttara puja, in order, include:
- Vandana (obeisance, bowing down) and puja (worship) – paying homage to the Buddha.
- Sarana-gamana (going for refuge) – committing to the path to enlightenment by seeking “refuge” in the Buddha, dharma or spiritual community.
- Papadesana (confession of sins) – appraisal of one's shortcomings and a resolve to overcome them.
- Punyanumodana (rejoicing in merit) – honoring one's own and others' positive qualities.
- Adhyesana (prayer, entreaty) and yacana (supplication) – requesting the assistance of those who are more enlightened.
- Atmabhavadi-parityagah (surrender) – the declaration of altruism and self-denial.
While some sources separate adhyesana and yacana, others separate vandana and puja as distinct steps, in each case creating a seven-fold path of worship.
During These Times of Stress and Uncertainty Your Doshas May Be Unbalanced.
To help you bring attention to your doshas and to identify what your predominant dosha is, we created the following quiz.
Try not to stress over every question, but simply answer based off your intuition. After all, you know yourself better than anyone else.