Hi, my name is Shashi Jain and I’m the founder of multiprayer.org.
As a first-generation Indian-American, I got to pick and choose the best of both American and Indian cultural traditions. Now that I have my own family, I’ve come to appreciate how hard it must have been for my parents to teach my sister and I about Indian values. We didn’t speak Hindi well and there weren’t that many Indians in Kansas when I was a kid. I don’t want my kids to have the same problem.
I created Multiprayer because I couldn’t find good English-language translations of any but the simplest Jain prayers. Here you will find a wealth of Jain pujas and bhajans written in hindi with pragmatic, line-by-line English translations, by members of my family. We found that in working together to translate this material we gained a deeper understanding of our culture and our faith. We hope you gain the same by reading it!
Multiprayer is more than a library, and not just for Jains – it’s a community in which people can come together and share their religious traditions in their own languages and gain deeper meaning and appreciation for their traditions. At Multiprayer you can:
- Contribute new prayers or artwork that has personal meaning to you
- Translate works to help create understanding and to achieve deeper meaning.
- Study prayers from your religion or from others. Compare them side by side.
- Lead groups to create new material and to teach others about your religion.
- Create beautifully decorated manuscripts of your favorite prayers (coming soon)
It is my hope that the Multiprayer community will not only preserve religious traditions for those who come after us, but also give us a deeper understanding of our traditions on our own terms. We welcome your contributions and hope you enjoy the site!
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