Three lakh plus Jains in the city to observe World Forgiveness Day

Hyderabad, August 16, 2017: Three lakh plus Jains in the city and 60 lakh across the country to observe Maha Paryushana Parv(The World Forgiveness Day) from August 19 to 26 and celebrate the same for eight days.

According to Praveen Rishi Upadhyaya, Jain Monk and the initiator of several unique initiatives, Maha Paryushana Parv is termed as the most religious festival in the Jain community, during the eight days, the entire community strives towards self-purification through fasting and sacrifice. They shun eating fresh and leafy vegetables to avoid killing micro-organisms. They will stop eating food in the night, use only boiled water, do prayer-Pratikaman in the morning and evening. 

They will stop using mobile phone for 8 days. They will walk bare foot during those eight days and also avoid using vehicles. They will shun lavish lifestyle, stay away from extravaganza. They will practice simple living and practice brahmacharya informed Sampath Raj Kothari, Chairman of Sri Vardhaman Sthanakvasi Jain Shravak Sangh, Secunderabad. 

The festival will be formally kicked off in a function to be held in the city on 19th at T-19 Tower, Besides Sundaram Motors, Ranigunj, Secunderabad.  It will also be kicked off across hundreds of towns and cities in India and abroad, informed Parasmal Dungarwal, President of Sri Vardhaman Sthanakvasi Jain Shravak Sangh, Secunderabad.

 The Maha Paryushana Parv will be organized under the aegis of Sri Vardhaman Sthanakvasi Jain Shravak Sangh, Secunderabad.

 During the festival, we undertake activities like fasting, giving up eating fresh vegetables, eating during the day and much more. All such activities help us emulate some real virtues in our lives in some way or the other, commented Praveen Rishiji. 

Also, the main motto of Jainism is to Live and Let Live. At the end of the festival, we acknowledge the mistakes we've made in the year, ask for forgiveness and stand corrected. On the last day of the Festival i.e., on 26th August, nearly 99 per cent of Jains will go on fasting with exceptions to some on health grounds,  informed Ashok Shermal Jain, Working President of Sri Vardhaman Sthanakvasi Jain Shravak Sangh, Secunderabad.

This festival is like Diwali, it is like New Year celebrations said a Jain devotee.  Paryushana Parva can be said to be a holy festival of the Jains to celebrate and enhance the ‘natural’ qualities of the soul. 

Paryushana or Daslakshana is the largest annual holy events for Jains and is usually celebrated in August, added Gautham Chand Gugliya, Vice President of Sri Vardhaman Sthanakvasi Jain Shravak Sangh, Secunderabad.

 According to Swarup Chand Kothari, President of Anandthirth Dharam Sangh, the world is full of unresolved conflicts: internationally, locally and in our homes. Angry thoughts turn to angry words and then angry actions. And because of this tension prevails everywhere. The conflict is not something that happens in distant countries or times; it happens in our own homes, workplaces, and schools. Every day people say or do things that hurt others, and the most powerful reaction the victim can have is forgiveness, Daichand Dank, General Secretary of of Sri Vardhaman Sthanakvasi Jain Shravak Sangh, Secunderabad. 

Remember, when you forgive, you heal. And when you let hurt feelings go, you grow.  It is only the bravest apologies.  It is only the strongest forgives.  And the happiest forgets.  It takes a person with character to forgive. When you forgive, you release yourself from a painful burden, added Shantilal Bohra, Secretary, of Sri Vardhaman Sthanakvasi Jain Shravak Sangh, Secunderabad.

 Stating further Manoj Kothari informs Forgiveness doesn’t mean what happened was correct or ok.  It only means that the person who hurt you is still welcome in your life.  It only means that you have made peace with the pain and you are ready to let it go. The forgiveness may not change the past, but, it does enlarge your future and that future for good. You need to forgive others, not because they deserve it, but, because you deserve peace. You need to forgive to clear the mind, to purify the heart and to cleanse the soul. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. Forgive and forget and not revenge and regret.  

The World Forgiveness Day is a day for you to forgive others (or yourself) for hurting you. Psychologists agree that forgiveness is the key to peace, health, and happiness. You can't heal a  negative action with another negative action; you need to forgive and truly release those negative feelings and emotions says Gautam Chand Golecha.  

"Forgiveness offers the possibility of two types of peace: peace of mind -- the potential healing of old emotional wounds, and peace with others the possibility of new, more gratifying relationships in the future.", says  Naveen Alijar

Thereare many benefits of forgiveness; it is not always an easy task. Start teachingyour children at a young age how to forgive, so they have time to learn. Hereare a few ways to teach forgiveness: Forgiving is not forgetting; understandthe person who caused the conflict; understand yourself; Write a letter, text amessage. Forgiveness is a sign of strength; not weakness says Praveen Rishiji. 

Theword Paryushana means ‘coming closer.' The idea of the festival is to ‘comecloser’ to our soul by Looking within at our faults and shortcomings; It is anoccasion to purify the soul; the festival gives an opportunity to ask forforgiveness from all living-beings for any sin or mistake committed, knowinglyor unknowingly through any act of our mind, body or speech, and destroyinginner enemies of anger, false pride, greed, lust, etc he added. 

Atthe heart of the philosophy behind Paryushan are ten universal virtues that arebelieved to help us purify and rectify our minds said Praveen RishijiUpadhyaya. The ten universal virtues are: Forbearance, exercising self-control;Gentleness, being kind to the nature; Uprightness, being honest with oneself;Purity, having clean thoughts and actions; Truth, being truthful; Restraint,exercising control over desires; Austerity, consuming only according tonecessity; Renunciation, learning to sacrifice; Lack of  possession,donating excesses to needy and Chastity, sexual restraint.


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