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JAINA Special Newsletter: Das Lakshana Day 7 - Supreme Penance
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Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Pranam & Jai Jinendra!

The seventh day of Das Lakshana Parva is known for Uttam Tapa Dharma. It helps to get rid of the cycle of birth and death.

Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President


The word ‘tap’ means Penance or Austerity. The word austerity conveys the sense - to vanquish the enemies of the soul; heating agent to purify the real self; that which burns and annihilates the karmic matter; penance; and rigorous religious meditation.

Penance is an easy medium to lead a living being towards spiritual upliftment. Those who adopt austerity in life, sail across the ocean of the world smoothly i.e. gets rid of the cycle of birth and death. Austerity is the only path to attain liberation. Nothing can be gained in life without austerity. The sun goes through heat and fire; that is why it supplies light and warmth to one and all. Likewise, the moon and the stars undergo austerity in their own way. No work is fulfilled in the world without penance. If the sun had not been hot, the land would not have become fertile; for in the absence of sunrays, no existence of any vegetation would have been possible on the earth. Every vegetation prepares its food itself from the soil by absorbing the sun's rays. Acharya Kundkund Swami has said, “The more heat the land gets, the more fertile it becomes. The seeds sown at that place become capable of germinating very soon and bearing fruits quickly. The sun’s own heating is essential for it.”

Suppression of desires to attain the three jewels - Right Faith, Right Knowledge, and Right Conduct -is called penance. To discard all desires at heart and become absorbed in the real self in order to conquer the karmas is known as penance. The word penance means to shun the sensual pleasures. Therefore, one who desires to perform penance will have to first overcome the lust for sensual pleasures; only then penance can be called successful. The abstention of ambition for legitimate and illegitimate, right and wrong sensuous pleasures in order to attain the three jewels, viz. Right Faith, Right Knowledge, and Right Conduct is termed penance.



The soul is the central point of spiritual discipline.

- Bhagwan Mahavir
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