An Online Celebration of the Paryushan Mahaparva 2020 By the grace of Param Krupalu Dev Shrimad Rajchandraji and Sahajatmaswaroop Swami Pujya Gurudevshri, the Paryushan Parva became a Mahotsav to rise out of the gorges of worldly thoughts, and to fly high in the spiritual skies. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s pious aradhana was commemorated online. Lakhs of mumukshus from the world over connected digitally for the auspicious 8-days, from Saturday, 15 August to Saturday, 22 August 2020. The event was telecast on YouTube, Facebook, JioTV’s SRMD 24x7channel, Arihant TV amongst others. Every morning started with a meditation based on Param Krupalu Dev’s pearl of wisdom ‘Forgiveness is the grand doorway to liberation’. Day Meditation One Universal Forgiveness Two Forgiving Others Three Forgive Yourself Four Cultivating Forgiveness Five Compassion of Lord Mahavira Six Cleansing through Forgiveness Seven Atoning through Forgiveness Eight Samvatsarik Alochana Through various meditations one felt a cascading purity within, piercing through internal knots, and rendering a feeling of freedom. Thereafter, everyone prepared themselves for Pujya Gurudevshri’s pravachans to enhance and reinforce right understanding. The topic of the series of pravachans was an exposition of the Agam Text, Shri Uttaradhyayan Sutra, chapter 15 – ‘True Renunciation’. augmenting the passion for liberation, while describing who a true bhikshu-monk-ascetic is. The virtues of monkhood, victorious equanimity, solitude, non-expectation, dispassion, and fearlessness were illustrated with easy, clear and precise examples. Thereafter, Chyavan and Janma Kalyanaks of Tirthankar Bhagwan were celebrated with devotional Snatra Puja. On the fifth day the Paryushan, along with the celebration of the birth of the Bhagwan Mahavira, a musical dance-drama depicted “Lord Mahavira’s Message in the Modern Era.” The online evening programme began with Bhaav Pratikraman. All through the 8-days, through various compositions one was able to examine their faults, accept, and atone for them. Day Bhaav Pratikraman Composer One Vees Dohra Shrimad Rajchandraji Two Adhar Paapsthanak Munishri Heerratnavijayji Maharaj Three Ratnakar Pacchisi Acharyashri Ratnakarsuriji Maharaj Four Atmaninda Dwatrinshika Shri Kumarpal Raja Five Amrutvelni Sajjhay Upadhyayshri Yashovijayji Maharaj Six Alochana Paath Shri Jauharilalji Seven Kshamapna Shrimad Rajchandraji Eight Alochana Adhikaar Acharyashri Padmanandiswami After the repentance, everyone would eagerly await the live online broadcast to glimpse at Pujya Gurudevshri’s divine countenance and listen to His pious preaching. The topic for the evening pravachan series was Param Krupalu Dev Shrimad Rajchandraji’s jewel-like Patrank 166. Through eight spiritually uplifting pravachans, Pujya Gurudevshri unfolded the deep wisdom inherent in the invaluable letter. Through the five beneficial teachings for liberation; illuminating the inner path, Pujya Gurudevshri explained the entire process of Self-realisation in an extremely lucid and effective manner, as follows: Day Pravachan Topic 1 Introduction to Patrank 166 2 The Glory of the Enlightened One’s Words 3 Dropping Worldly Desires 4 Attaining Inner Victory by Revering a Sadguru 5 Understanding Knowledge-Rituals: Failed infinite times 6 The Path of Liberation Lies Within 7 The Path in Two Syllables 8 The Essence of Patrank 166 Mumukshus worldwide benefitted tremendously through these powerful and soul-stirring discourses. Through the medium of TV channels, lakhs of people were able to hear the nectar-like speech of Pujya Gurudevshri. The pravachans received an overwhelming response on social media, as well. Let us make the selfless compassion of Param Krupalu Dev Shrimad Rajchandraji and loving efforts of Pujya Gurudevshri worthwhile by making the right effort towards liberation and offering Self-realisation at His lotus feet.