During the 8 sacred days of Paryushan, the leading Jain festival, we should drink boiled water. One should avoid unboiled or tap water, as it contains many living micro-organisms which multiply and we should avoid being responsible for committing the sin of hurting or killing them during these days. We can use boiled water or add ash or clove to water to make it achet i.e insentient
Similarly, we should avoid eating green or leafy vegetables and those consumables that are considered sachet, i.e. sentient. When we soak pulses overnight, we may notice that they sprout the next morning, and such sprouts are also categorized under infinite one-sensed living beings. We can consume pulses, but we should be alert that they don’t sprout or are freshly soaked the same morning.
It is certain that we should not consume root vegetables like potatoes, onions, garlic, etc throughout the year, and if that is not possible due to any reason, we must atleast try not to consume them during these 8 days of Paryushan Mahaparva. By doing so, we are able to reduce our intense attachments towards food and taste as well as dilute the violent traits and instincts within us.
The true spiritual goal that one must aspire to attain during the sacred Paryushan days is to purify our values, instincts, and habits.
Paryushan Parv – the 8 days Jain Festival of Forgiveness is an occasion to fulfill the responsibilities towards our soul. Paryushan parv is the time when our soul vibrates the most and thus during this time, a seeker should indulge in small small tasks that will make his spiritual journey all the more worthwhile. Rashtrasant Param Gurudev Shree Namramuni Maharaj Saheb profoundly enlists a detailed list of Do’s and Don’ts of what should be done and what we should refrain from doing during these divine days of Paryushan. During these Paryushan days, one should realize, repent and seek forgiveness for his mistakes by performing Pratikraman, Alochana fasting, taking small Pachkhan vows, etc. If a seeker is not well versed with the process and pronunciation of Pratikraman, he/she can purify his soul by also taking the support of Online Pratikraman Aradhana
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