Anandotsav – Paryushan Mahaparva 2023
Sanctifying Snatra Puja
The captivating evening pravachans explored the ‘Essence of Religion’, meticulously derived from Param Krupalu Dev’s teachings in Shrimad Rajchandra Vachanamrut Patrank 47. Pujya Gurudevshri addressed pivotal questions regarding religion, clearing the fog for new aspirants and veteran seekers alike. The pravachans discussed the following intriguing and eye-opening questions:
Day 1 – Religion: Sectarianism or Self-awareness?
Day 2 – Religion: Philosophy or Transformation?
Day 3 – Religion: Obedience or Independence?
Day 4 – Religion: Inner Conflict or Complete Alertness?
Day 5 – Religion: Enduring Pain or Experiencing Joy?
Day 6 – Religion: Easy or Difficult?
Day 7 – Religion: Renunciation or Attainment?
These inquiries gave seekers deep insights into religion’s ability to lead individuals towards self-discovery and spiritual ascent.
Exhilarating Evening Celebrations
The evening of day three witnessed Salim Merchant, renowned music composer and singer, offering a beautiful rendition of Param Krupalu Dev’s ‘Amulya Tattva Vichar: Bahu Punya Kera Punjthi’ to Pujya Gurudevshri. He shared his personal connection with Param Krupalu Dev’s essence of spirituality and recounted his reflective experiences at the Ashram. His Live performance left the crowd spellbound. Salim Merchant along with other dignitaries launched a book, ‘Decontaminate the Inner Self’, written by Pujya Gurudevshri. On the fourth evening, over 150 teenagers from Shrimad Rajchandra Divinetouch Centres across Mumbai performed, ‘The Quest for Happiness,’ – a Broadway-genre musical emphasising that true joy lies within. A sequel of the book, ‘What Would Bapaji Say?’, was launched by Pujya Gurudevshri and esteemed dignitaries.
The fifth evening celebrated the birth of the all-compassionate Bhagwan Mahavir. 14 laabharthis were blessed to carry the 14 dreams of Trishala Mata, Bhagwan Mahavir’s privileged mother, which were lovingly venerated by the Master. Pujya Gurudevshri tenderly rocked a cradle symbolising the Lord’s birth. Assembled devotees joined in this sacred experience as the rope of the swing was passed along the entire large arena, enabling each one present to benefit from the opportunity. Subsequent evenings presented an overview of the upcoming Shrimad Rajchandra Animal Hospital, chanting meditation and a glimpse of the approaching events of 2023.
Apart from the evening celebrations, there was a special children’s workshop, ‘I Love Paryushan’, that helped them discover the power of forgiveness. There were various stalls at the premises, including one enabling the virtual viewing of the colossal Jinmandir at Shri Dharampur Tirth, a Cyclothon stall, amongst others. On the occasion of Paryushan Mahaparva, an overflow of compassion was experienced as 501 animals were freed from slaughterhouses and placed at animal shelters.
Amazing Atmarpit Diksha
Sacrosanct Samvatsarik Alochana
The monarch of Jain festivals thus was celebrated with supreme enthusiasm, leading to a mass uplift in the spiritual energy of seekers the world over!