As a part of the ongoing ten day Paryushana or Daslakshana festival of the Jains, Veetrag, Uttama Akinchanya or Aparigraha Diwas was observed in various Jain temples of Jaipur, yesterday on September 17. Uttama Akinchanya or Non-attachment to worldly things is to discard internal Parigraha like anger and pride, and external Parigraha like accumulation of wealth, material possessions, gold and other treasures.
In a discourse held on the occasion, Jain Muni Tarun Sagar said that Parigraha or passiveness and hoarding of worldly objects and money is the biggest sin. Special worshiping events were held in various Jain temples at Jawahar Nagar, Kirti Nagar and Surya Nagar in Jaipur, reported Rajasthan
During Paryushana festival, Jains begin their day with ‘pratikraman’ at 5.45 am, followed by prayers for promoting universal peace and amity. Pratikramana is a form of meditation to reflect on one's spiritual journey and renew one's faith. During the festival days, the faithful listen to discourses on Dharma, involve in meditation and take vows or vratas of self-control.
Thus, the Jain Paryushana festival is for the observance of universal virtues like forgiveness, contentment, detachment, self-control, penance and celibacy, which aims at the upliftment of the soul. These virtues are vividly preached by Jain Munis and practiced during the festival by followers of Jainism.
Commenting on Jainism, Virchand Raghavji Gandhi says, “According to Jains, the soul in pure form has infiniteness in terms of its knowledge and power. These faculties are obstructed for its exhibition due to Karmic bondage.”