Paryushan Mahaparva 2009 at Jain Vishva Bharati London

Posted: 03.09.2009
Updated on: 29.11.2012

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Samani Prasanna Pragya

Samani Rohit Pragya

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Jain Vishva Bharati London celebrated a great Jain festival “Paryushan” from 17 August to 24 August 2009 in the auspicious presence of Samani Prasanna Pragya and Samani Rohit Pragya. The morning programme was conducted from 9.30am to 11.30am. Every morning the session was started with the Mantra Meditation followed by the discussion on ‘Twelve vows of householder’ by Samani Rohit Pragya. The second part of morning programme was started with Maitri song ‘Atma kee Pothee….’ followed by discourse on ‘Twelve Bhavana (Reflections)’ by Samani Pasanna Pragya.

The evening programme was held from 8:00pm to 9:45pm. The devotees had a choice of participating in Hindi, Gujarati or English Pratikramana. This was followed by lectures in English by Samanijis. The topics ranged from Power of Penance, Science in Jainism, Karma in Jainism etc. The audience listened to these lectures with great interest as they carried subtle messages of Jain philosophy. On 18 August, special Bhakti programme was organized which was led by Jatin Shah and presented by Youth group - Saggar, Pallavi, Kavit, Bhavik and Vikas. With all musical instruments like tabla, manjeera, khanjaree, participants sang various devotional songs in their melodious voice. Songs sung in different languages attracted audience. Attendees appreciated all participants for their outstanding presentation by saying OM ARHAM.

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Performance of all participants created an amazing spiritual atmosphere. On 22 August, one more Bhakti programmme was arranged, which was started with Mahaveer stuti by Samanijis. That day was open for all to present spiritual songs so many people showed their devotion and presented songs in various languages. Samanijis sang some songs to appreciate Tapasvees who did fasting during Paryushan.

On Sunday, 23 August, in morning session Samani Rohit Pragya conducted a workshop ‘Importance of Paushadh Vrat’ and inspired people to observe Paushadh on Samvatsari Day. Samani Prasanna Pragya discussed on ‘Power of Forgiveness’ and ‘Importance of Tapasya’. She praised eight, nine, ten and eleven days fasting of Shruti Sethia, Rashmibhai Shah, Bakulbhai Shah and Keval Shah. On behalf of JVB, to motivate all tapasvees, Pooja, Neha, Maleeni and Amlee presented books to all tapasvees.

8176667043The programme on the last day (Samvastsari) started at 9:30am and continued till 1.00pm in the afternoon. Along with regular sessions of Mantara meditation and discourse of Vows, Samani Rohit Pragya told a life story of Acharya Sthool ibhadra. Samani Prasanna Pragya explained the history of Samvatsari and Imortance of Freindliness. Programme was closed with a short practice of contemplation of friendliness followed by big Mangalpath. On this auspicious day the devotees practiced different forms of penance and many members of the congregation also fasted. In the evening, about 200 people participated in the pratikraman service, which was followed by a programme of micchami dukkadam (seeking forgiveness). Samanijis inspired everyone to put an end to their enmity and family divisions. The audience expressed their sincere gratitude to His Holiness Acharya Mahapragyaji and the Samanijis for bestowing selfless spiritual guidance. A Jain story book was presented to all children who observed full fast. Books were also presented to those who did three and more than three days fasting.

During this holy period, the devotees fully appreciated the benefits of practicing samayik, recitation of sacred mantras and spiritual songs and reading and listening scriptures. During the paryushan mahaparva, a competition on different aspects of penance and restraint was held for children, youths and adults. They observed it very sincerely for the whole of eight days. Every one found the whole period of the Paryushan Mahaparva not only a time for retrospection but also as an impetus for spiritual upliftment.

Special Paryushana Programme for children at JVB Centre:

From 18 to 20 Aug. 09, special sessions were held for children, jointly by YJ & JVB at Sayer Centre in morning from 10:30 to 11:30am. Separate sessions were conducted by samanijis and youth teachers for the different age groups of children. They were taught yoga, meditation, Importance of Paryushana and Pratikramana, life story of Bhagavan Mahavir and many other activities. Around 25-30 children participated in this programme. All children enjoyed a lot and learnt many new things.

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By the grace of Acharya Mahapragyaji and at the request of shravak-samaja of UK three groups of Samanijis celebrated paryushana mahaparva at various Jain organisations.

  • Samani Him Pragya and Samani Ramaniya Pragya - Ilford
  • Samani Aagam Pragya and Samani Ratna Pragya - Birminghum
  • During this great festival, Mumukshu Nikita and Mumukshu Lalita provided spiritual benefit to ManchesterJain Samaj
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