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During the auspicious days of Paryushan Mahaparva, we can become instrumental in inspiring others to understand the practices of Paryushan, to attend discourses, and to make the most out of the knowledge bestowed upon us during this time. We can essentially become a ‘Help Desk’, suggesting to others practices that can be observed during Paryushan Mahaparva.
At the outset of Paryshan Mahaparva, one thought must be very clear and strongly present in our mind, i.e Paryushan is for the purification of my vices and wrongdoings. “When I am involved in the process of cleaning my vices, then why not motivate others around me to follow the same process of inner-cleaning?”
We can persuade others by explaining them more about Paryushan Mahaparva and actuating similar feelings in them. If possible, try to make them understand the true value of this Jain Festival of Paryushan.
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.
‘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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