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A family that prays together, stays together!
Let us take it a step ahead. Sit with your family during paryushan days, and analyze your entire last year. Identify areas and instances where you have expressed any kind of negative emotion towards others. Discuss with your family what went wrong and how it can be resolved in the future.
Keeping feelings and complaints bottled up inside will soon erupt as a volcano! This volcano will cause disruption. So, process your emotions of the past year in the first 7 days of Paryushan Mahaparva, and seek forgiveness on the 8th day.
At the same time, plan how you envision your future year. How would you like to do things differently this year? Discuss your learnings from the past year and how you plan to implement them in the coming year.
Jainism has never been about just observing Samayik and Pratikraman. So, let us engage in this future planning with our families.
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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