Rashtriya Digamber Jain Parishad (Regd)
Every religion in the world has its own significance and importance for the individual, for the family and for the community as well. Similarly every day has its own significance and importance in ones’ life. If we turn the pages of history we find that every day is categorically marked significantly for one reason or the other. क्षमावाणीदिवस—a day of forgiveness-, is also one of the glaring example which is celebrated every year by the Jain Community on the last day of Daslakshanparva– दसलक्षणपर्व . It carries a message to all living and non-living creatures in the world to ‘FORGIVE ourselves for the ‘deeds we have done either knowingly or un-knowingly if such deeds have ever given any pain or hurt the feelings.’
This is the day when all Jains repent for their past sins, ask for forgiveness from family, friends , enemies, and specially from those with whom they have struggled, for hurting them in any way either knowingly or unknowingly during the past year. It is essential to our spiritual advancement that we do not harbor ill will or hold grudges beyond a year. Hence, the annual occasion for repentance and forgiveness is the most important day in Jain tradition.
Certainly, there are a wide range of situations that we often experience and witness throughout our lives and some are easier to forgive than others. However, forgiveness is or may be possible in all situations. As forgiveness takes place within our heart, we may receive inspired thoughts and ideas of ways to initiate reconciliation. We may even find that once we shift our emotional energy around the other person through forgiveness, they actually initiate reconciliation because whether they are conscious of it or not, they may feel the shift in our energy. It involves repentance and sincere confession for past sinful deeds and thoughts as well as the forgiveness of others’ faults. This is in order to protect oneself through the process of spiritual discipline from present sinful acts, and prevent future sinful acts through renunciation
We often forget how important it is to forgive. If we never forgave, we would have an awful society. All people would need to have all the same thoughts and censor their true feelings otherwise we would have a world full of hateful and friendless people. Too many people would live unhappy and unfulfilled lives.
Peace is not possible without forgiveness in the world. According to Martin Luther King, “Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.” The only way children can learn the habit of forgiveness is by seeing us, their parents, forgive others and forgive ourselves. It generates the feelings of friendliness and love. It is the path to unlocking the knot of hatred and to converting enmity into amity. In a nutshell, forgiveness can make our lives happy and peaceful. It can build a harmonious, peaceful andbeautiful society.
Whether you are forgiving others or yourself, it is hoped that you will choose to give yourself the gift of forgiveness today.
On this auspicious occasion of Kshamavani (क्षमावाणी), we beg forgiveness for our intentional and unintentional wrongs, excesses, sins, that we might have done onto you.
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