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Paryushan Mahaparva is an auspicious Jain Festival to observe penance and sadhana. During these 8 days, generally, the Namaskar Mahamantra is chanted by everyone. It is very beneficial to wake up early and do Pratikraman. Pratikraman is a process to purify your soul by remembering and repenting for the mistakes committed and seeking forgiveness. And if one is not familiar with the entire Pratikraman, he/she should engage in bhaav pratikraman. By performing morning Bhaav Pratikraman one can set himself free from the faults committed knowingly or unknowingly during the previous night. For instance, hurting a mosquito while tossing and turning in the bed while sleeping, inadvertently hurting living beings while walking in the dark, emotions experienced while dreaming etc.
Bhaav pratikraman thus gives us peace and happiness during the rest of the day as we set ourselves free from the heaviness of the misdeeds committed during the night.
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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