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Carolina Hindu temple holds Sunday classes on Jain Das Lakshan Parva
A temple managed by of the Hindu Society of North Carolina held Sunday classes for Hindu and Jain children on Das Lakshana Parva of the Jains. The temple has become a place to share the teachings of various Eastern religions on Sundays.

 The local Jains also hold community meetings in the temple premises on the third Sunday of every month as well as organise Sunday school classes for their children on the first Sunday of each month, informs the website of 'Wilmington Faith and Values'. 

According to the website, in a recent two Sunday school classes at the temple, Rita Lodaya and Hetali Lodaya of the Jain Community explained the middle school to high school students the ten virtues related to Das Lakshan Parva, which literally translates to the “Ten Virtues Festival”, during which Jains focus and reflect on a different virtue each day as well as practice introspection and fasting.

The students were explained that during the festival the followers resolve what to do and what not do to improve themselves spiritually. The ten virtues that were discussed consisted of the ten virtues as follows: Forgiveness; Humility;  Straightforwardness; Contentment; Truth; Self-restraint; Penance; Renunciation; Non-attachment; and chastity.

The last virtue was explained as 'bramacharya' which means 'to dwell in your soul as opposed to dwelling in your carnal body'. It was said that inculcation of these ten virtues leads to karmic enlightenment 

The students of the Sunday class were also told that there are four ‘kashaya’ or toxic emotions that lead to spiritual fall. These are anger, greed, ego and deceit, and which should be got rid of.

The students were told that during the festival, the Jains need to practice awareness for each virtue deliberately by adhering to a nonviolent and compassionate lifestyle through fasting, self-reflection and meditation.

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