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JAINA Special Newsletter: Paryushan Day - 1
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President Message

Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Jai Jinendra!


On the auspicious occasion of Parvadhiraj Shri Paryushan and Das Lakshan Mahaparv JAINA will be sending you daily a Gatha for those intrested on scriptures, a quote of the day and a message on one of the features of Paryushan.

Please find below updated slides on Forgiveness.

To understand complete meaning of Ahimsa, read the article below from Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai explaining the true meaning in details.

Sincerely,
Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President

WHAT IS FORGIVENESS ?
- Updated slides for better mobile view

Jain Community is about to celebrate the Paryushan Maha Parva aimed at cleansing the hearts with the realization that we are all erring mortals and need to grant forgiveness to those who may have hurt us and seek forgiveness from those whom we have hurt. It is the time we need to let go and stop thinking of punishing others in the future. We have heard this message repeatedly but most of have not changed much because we expect perfection from others when we are far from being perfect. We need to be humble enough to accept our faults and learn to forget and forgive.

Most of us are intelligent enough to realize our own mistakes internally but our ego and pride make it difficult for us to admit them. We feel that if we accept our mistakes, we wrongly perceive that we would be viewed as week or negatively by society, which is simply not true. In the same way, if someone hurts us, we can’t forgive or let go either and erase the old wound. Paryushan Parva gives us a wonderful platform to introspect and correct our behavior.

Also, we all need to learn to be sensitive to the feelings of others and if something wrong happens, let us clear up the misunderstanding. At the earliest opportunity. We all know that once the knot of misunderstanding gets tight, it is very difficult to untangle. To understand forgiveness in-depth and to comprehend the essence of Paryushan, please view the beautiful slides with footnotes on this topic by clicking on the box "Read more" below. They will touch your heart profoundly. Instead of rushing through them, please read each slide carefully, contemplate on it, digest and link it with your life to get the most out of them. They are simple and yet very powerful. Also, please do not miss the last slide that contains Tera Mangal – a wonderful prayer by Reshma Jain. If you have any questions, please contact Anop Vora at vora5000@yahoo.com.

The True Meaning of Ahimsa
- PUJYA GURUDEVSHRI RAKESHBHAI
Ahimsa is widely understood as ‘not harming or hurting others.’ But is this its complete meaning? Pujyashri Gurudev offers an
invaluable insight into the true essence of ahimsa

Bhagwan Mahavira expounded ahimsa as the ultimate dharma. One may question why a negative word ahimsa meaning nonviolence was used. Should religion not denote something positive?

Ahimsa - the State of Love

In truth, though non-violence sounds negative, it is an extremely positive state. It is the state of absolute and complete love – and what can be more positive than love itself? It is only because we are familiar with the state of violence, that this term has been used. It is to ease our transition from the known state of violence to the unknown state of love that the term non-violence has been used. In order to obliterate darkness; the presence of light is necessary. So also, the darkness of violence is dispelled only in the positive light of love.

This state is so pure, so fulfilling and established in the wellness of one’s being, that neither can you think of causing harm to any other being, nor to your own self. You have become love itself! So now, only love can emanate from you. It does not matter if there is another to receive your love, as that no longer is of importance to you. A lamp in the dark will radiate light, even if there is no one to witness it; a flower will emit fragrance everywhere, irrespective of whether anyone imbibes its fragrance or not!

Proactively Positive

Ahimsa is a state of active positivism i.e. being proactively positive. Ahimsa means consciously extending love to one and all. The meaning of love is ‘I wish others well, I pray for their well-being, I will be instrumental in bringing joy to their lives and will offer flowers on their path.’ This is the real meaning of ahimsa. If ahimsa was merely negative, then it would read as ‘I will not cause unhappiness to others, nor cause them injury’ and this would be its restrictive or myopic meaning, as it would constitute no positive element. To put no thorns on anyone’s path – that is not all, but going beyond that to decorating their path with flowers is the essential meaning. To restrict oneself to non-violence alone is not the definition of ahimsa, but to make others truly happy is ahimsa.

Suppose a man is walking on a road and he falls down. If you have limited yourself to the negative understanding, this event

 



will have no effect on you, as you bear no relation to him. You have not caused him to fall down, so you are indifferent to the situation. But if you have comprehended the positive aspect of dharma, then you will rush to help him stand upright again. In this way, dharma expects a positive state of being.
Dissolution of the ‘I’

If a person is not full of love and only restricts himself to not harming others; thus believing himself to be an ahimsak person, then one may question why he wants to be nonviolent. Let us say that he loves animals, then it is understandable that he does not want to cause them any harm. But if he has no real love for them and still does not want to harm them, then his abstaining from violence is surely due to some other reason. In reality, he does not want to step on them as he may harbour this belief, ‘If I cause them harm, I will accrue sin, and I will go to hell and be miserable. But I do not want to be unhappy, so I don’t want to harm them.’ The real intention behind not wanting to harm others actually stems from not wanting to make oneself unhappy. Here, the other is of no importance, as here the ‘I’ is enlarged. ‘If I do not harm others, I am being religious and I will go to heaven’ etc., are feelings full of selfishness. How can one be religious with such ulterior motives? Where there is love, selfishness cannot coexist as the ‘I’ has become unimportant. Dissolution of the ‘I’ is true religion and that is only possible with love. This is the true meaning of ahimsa and that is why ahimsa is the ultimate dharma.

Propounding the path of Bhagwan Mahavira, the founder of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur, Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai is a spiritual visionary and a modern day mystic. An embodiment of universal compassion, He has touched thousands of lives in various countries through enlightening discourses and an array of meditation retreats steering a multitude of souls towards the spiritual way of life. His preaching inspires one to rise above religious dogma and focus on the Eternal. His divine benevolence has uplifted numerous underprivileged lives through the ten-fold Love and Care programme.

For more information, visit: www.shrimadrajchandramission.org or email: publicrelations@shrimadrajchandramission.org

Kshamäpanä Sutra
Khämemi Savva Jive,
Savve Jivä Khamantu Me,
Mitti Me Savva Bhuesu,
Veram Majjha Na Kenai.

I Grant Forgiveness to All Living Beings, And All Living Beings Grant Me Forgiveness, My Friendship Is With All Living Beings, My Enmity Is Totally Non-Existent.

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“Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being.”

-- Bhagwan Mahavira

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