PARYUSHANA-A JAIN FESTIVAL
Paryushana is celebrated during the month of Bhadrapada
During these days Jain devotees fast. They partake
simple meals once a day. They stay away from vices and addictions.
It is a period for introspection, self- purification…
The word "Paryushan" has many meanings:
Pari+ushan=all kinds+to burn
It is to shed, burn our karmas that 12 different
types of austerities are observed.
'ushan' also means to stay closer.
To stay closer to our own soul...
to overcome our passions, anger, ego, desire...
Jains believe that Reality has many aspects which
is perceived differently by different people. The partial finding is sometimes
contradictory to one another. But all points of view are real (from the
perceiver's point of view)
Thus Jains established the theory of Non
The above theory could dissolve so many conflicts
as one can then 'agree to disagree'
Paryushana is a 10 day Jain Festival.
Dasha Lakshyana in Jainism could be understood as the 10
steps to Nirvaana. These in turn could be likened to the ten modes of behavior.
Each trait is assigned one day…
What are these ten traits?
Gentleness of nature
Moderation in all we undertake
Devotional penance, study of religious tenets
Giving away in charity
Self imposed limit for worldly possessions
Maintaining moral behavior under all circumstances.
The last day of Paryushana is celebrated as the day
of universal forgiveness.
Mahatma Gandhi said:
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the
attribute of the strong.
I got the following beautiful note by email:
On the occasion of Paryushan Parva,
we ask for forgiveness,
if we may have hurt your feelings by thoughts, words or actions, knowingly
We forgive all the living beings
Khamemi Savve Jiva
We seek pardon from all the living beings
Savve Jiva Khamantu Me
We are friendly towards all the living beings
Mitti Me Savva Bhutesu
And we seek enemity with none
Veram Majjham Na Kenvi
And we ask for forgiveness from all
I believe in the custom of having a day for asking
forgiveness, but it must come from the heart and it should not become a
meaningless ritual…Amongst the Christians, confession is therapeutic and
requires courage just like ‘Michhami Dukaddam does…Hindus believe that dip
in the Ganges can absolve one of sins…I believe that a true repentant heart
does that…anytime…anywhere…having said that, it is good to have a time and
place to pour out ones heart and ask for forgiveness whether it is from an
aggrieved person or from the universe…I feel one can also forgive oneself and
move on…Having said that Michhami Dukaddam all you beautiful people I know!