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JAINA Special Newsletter: Das Lakshana Day 1 - Supreme Forgiveness
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Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Pranam & Jai Jinendra!

Today is the first day of Das Lakshana and I wish you all sukh sata during this auspicious Parva. It is the festival for the observance of ten universal virtues. During these ten days, we will learn about each Dharma and its significance. Let us learn about the first Dharma, Uttam Kshama.

Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President

Kshampna Message by PM Narendra Modi

Das Lakshana Day 1: Uttam Kshama Dharma ‒ Supreme Forgiveness

Uttam Kshama, the first Dharma out of the ten Dharmas, is to observe tolerance whole-heartedly, shunning anger.

Anger makes a man blind and maddens him, for ‘when eyes are bloodshot, vision is limited’. Overpowered by anger, a man may commit anything right or wrong and fails to make a distinction between proper and improper, truth or untruth, and good or bad. In short, the Jain Acharyas have proclaimed anger as leading to degradation.

Discarding anger and getting stable in one’s real nature, is Kshama, Kshama is the soul’s inherent wealth. Being endowed with this real wealth, this living being (jiva) is called forbearing in disposition.

There was a saint named Aek Nath. He had taken a vow of bathing in the Ganga daily. His ideology of forgiveness and renunciation was highly talked about in the city. One Pathan also used to live in the same city. Once he thought to test the saint. His house was on that very road by which the saint used to go for bathing in the Ganga. The next day when Aek Nath was returning after having a bath in the Ganga, the Pathan - chewing a betel leaf, spat from above his rooftop. It fell on the body of Aek Nath; hence the saint went back to have a bath in the Ganga again. This process was repeated a hundred times on that one day. Ultimately, when the saint was returning after his one hundred and one-time bath, the Pathan came down from his housetop and falling down at his feet, started weeping and begging pardon, for his mischief and ill-doing. The saint said, “I am grateful to you for your good deed because daily I used to bathe in the Ganga only once, but today I got lucky to bathe a hundred and one times because of you.” Great men have great thoughts. They never give up their celestial virtues. Saint Aek Nath, who belonged to this noble category, took this ill deed of the Pathan as a virtuous deed and pardoned him. On this earth, there is no other greater virtue than Kshama.

While describing the virtue of supreme forgiveness, the great poet Reidhu said :

1. Supreme forgiveness is pertinent in all three worlds. It helps to sail across the ocean of birth and death; it enables us to be endowed with the three jewels i.e., Right Belief, Right Knowledge and Right Conduct and safeguards us from a miserable plight.

2. Supreme forgiveness contributes to the horde of virtues; it is dear to all the Jain monks. Supreme forgiveness is like the crown jewel (Chintamani) for the learned scholars. Only persons with stable minds can acquire the virtue of supreme forgiveness.

3. Supreme forgiveness is held in high veneration by all great men. Forgiveness works like a dazzling jewel to dispel the darkness of wrong belief. The faults of the helpless persons are pardoned by a forgiver and he does not get enraged with them. Freedom from the growth of evil passions in the mind is forgiveness.

4. The persons, who without finding fault with others bear patiently the harsh words of the rogues, accepting them as the outcome of the evil actions of their previous births. They experience their own celestial virtues and are deeply engrossed in their self-realization, which has been termed by Lord Jinendra as gifted with supreme forgiveness.

5. Thus the persons gifted with supreme forgiveness, worshipped by gods (Devas) and Vidyadharas(Divine beings skilled in various arts and sciences); and the innumerable holy saints who vanquish all worldly miseries on attaining the eternal omniscience and getting rid of the blemishes of karma have become enlightened souls (Siddha). I bow with reverence a thousand times at the holy feet of those supreme saints who are gifted with the virtue of forgiveness.

‘Kshama shatro ch mitre ch yatinamev bhushanam’
To pardon an enemy or a friend both is the jewel of Yetis.
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