Avoid use of cosmetics
Language : English
During the Jain festival of Paryushan, we might not all be able to do Jain fasting but there are numerous other small things and practices that we can easily adopt.
One of these practices is to stop using cosmetics. This is very easily possible for the 8 days of Paryushan Mahaparva. To take our Ahimsa Aaradhna (Non- violent practices) a notch higher, we can also try and not use soap and shampoo during the Paryushan Mahaparva. If soap or shampoo has ever gone in your eyes, then you are aware that even a little drop is enough to make you jump up and down in pain. Now imagine the kind of pain numerous microorganisms in the water feel, when this soap or shampoo mixes in the water. So, let’s ensure that we remain alert and take care of even the tiniest organisms by sacrificing these little things during the Paryushan Parva 2021.
Paryushan Parv – the 8-day Jain Festival of Forgiveness is an occasion to eliminate the impurities that pollute the soul – such as anger, ego, greed, jealousy, deceit, attachment, hatred and much more. It is a period of emotional cleansing and becoming light and relaxed from within.
From a karmic perspective, it is said that during these 8 days, the magnetic frequencies in the entire universe are the highest. As a result, the soul vibrates the most and may even bind the karmas that determine his next birth. And therefore, Jains observe maximum sadhanas, spiritual practices, penance and fasting during these days to make the most of this auspicious period.
Param Gurudev Shree Namramuni Maharaj Saheb profoundly enlists a detailed list of Do’s and Don’ts of what should be done and what we should refrain from doing during these divine days of Paryushan. During these Paryushan days, Jains make an effort to realize, repent and seek forgiveness for mistakes made during the entire year by performing Pratikraman, Alochana fasting, taking small Pachkhan vows, etc. The last day of Paryushan, known as Samvatsari, is the day when everyone performs the annual practice of Samvatsari Pratikraman and says sorry or ‘Michhami Dukadam’ to every living of the universe for having hurt them knowingly or unknowingly through their mind, body and speech.
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