| KSHAMAVANI PARVA (क्षमावाणी पर्व)
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. May we
forgive every one.
(Forbearance Function) is the function of forgiveness.
Forgiveness is supposed to be the first and foremost virtue of ascetics and scholars. Forgiveness
helps not only in pacifying anger and making us religious minded by
removing all sins, but is also capable in keeping us hale and
hearty. Forgiveness is a virtue of humility and an ornament of social courtesy.
On this auspicious day of KSHAMAVANI PARVA every member of Jain
community approaches his relatives, friends, colleague and begs pardon of them for all faults or mistakes
committed knowingly or unknowingly. He or she confesses his/her
wrongs and apologizes for these to every follower of his own
religion or other religions. Thus he/she feels relieved of the heavy
burden hanging on his/her head of the sins of previous years. By
this act the person starts social life afresh living together in love and
peace with all, following the noble principle of peaceful
co-existence. On this auspicious day, every Jains dedicate
themselves heart and soul to submit to their popular slogan 'Live
and Let Live', for peace and happiness. Thus this annual parva is
not merely a traditional ritual, but also a first step on the path
to attain liberation or salvation.
Baghwan Mahavira said we should forgive our own soul first. To forgive others is a practical application of this supreme forgiveness. It is the path of spiritual purification.
Mahavira said: "The one whom you hurt or kill is you. All souls are equal and similar and have the same nature and qualities".
Ahimsa Paramo Dharma. Anger begets more anger and forgiveness and love beget more forgiveness and love. Forgiveness benefits both the forgiver and the forgiven.
Forgiveness is the other name of non-violence (Ahimsa) which shows the right path of 'Live and Let Live' to one and all.
Forgiveness teaches us Ahimsa (non-violence) and through ahimsa we should learn to practice forbearance.
खम्मामि सव्व जीवेषु सव्वे जीवा खमन्तु में,
मित्ति में सव्व भू ए सू वैरम् मज्झणम् केण वि |
Khämemi Savve Jivä, Savve Jivä Khamantu Mi
Mitti Me Savva bhuesu, Veram majjham na Kenai.
[सब जीवों को मै क्षमा
करता हूं, सब जीव मुझे
क्षमा करे | सब जीवो से मेरा
मैत्री भाव रहे, किसी से वैर-भाव नही रहे |]
I forgive all the living beings of the universe, and may all the
living-beings forgive me for my faults. I do not have any animosity
towards anybody, and I have friendship for all living beings.
Kshamavani Parva celebrates forgiveness as a way to a life of love, friendship, peace and harmony. When you forgive, you stop feeling
resentful; there is no more indignation or anger against another for a perceived offence, difference or mistake; there is no clamour for punishment. It means the end of
Mahatma Gandhi forgave his assassin even as he was dying. His practice of non-violence and satyagraha is based on the principle of forgiveness.
Those who forgive are happier and healthier than those who are resentful, say studies. Forgiveness is part of ahimsa; it helps us overcome anger and hatred.
| KshamaVani Parva
on September 20, 2013