Mahavir Jayanti is one of the important days that are marked in the Jain community. This day marks the birth of Vardhaman Mahavir who was the twenty-fourth and last Tirthankara and the religion of Jainism was revived by them.
This year, Mahavir Jayanti will be celebrated on April 17. This day has a deep significance for the people of the community and this day will be marked by the Jains all over the globe.
For more than 10 years, Lord Mahavir practiced intense meditation and achieved Kevala Jnana that is omniscience. His teachings are very impactful to people who have faith. Lord Mahavir preached love, respect, and kindness to every creature, including the microorganisms.
He followed the ascetic lifestyle of intense medication of 12 years that helped in attaining the supreme wisdom about the world. Agamas are formed based on the discourse of the Tirthankara. The Agama is a series of beginning-less, endless and fixed truths, without any origin, human or divine. So the five vows of Jainism which every person of the community should observe are Ahimsa (Non-violence), Satya (Truth), Asteya (no stealing), Brahmacharya (Chastity) and Aparigraha (Non-attachment).
Here are some more teachings and quotes of Lord Mahavir
- “There is no enemy out of your soul. The real enemies live inside yourself, they are anger, proud, curvedness, greed, attachments, and hate” – Lord Mahavir
- “It is better to win over self than to win over a million enemies.” -Lord Mahavir
- “Kill not, cause no pain. Non-violence is the highest religion.” -Lord Mahavir
- “Live and allow others to live; hurt no one; life is dear to all living beings.” -Lord Mahavir
- “The greatest mistake of a soul is non-recognition of its real self and can only be corrected by recognizing itself.” -Lord Mahavir
- “One who neglects or disregards the existence of earth, air, fire, water and vegetation disregards his own existence which is entwined with them.” -Lord Mahavir
These quotes prove Lord Mahavir belief in love and kindness towards everyone. He preached on self-control and non-violence. To mark this day, people undertake some charitable work. Some even observe a fast on this day. Also, especially on this day, the Jain temples see a lot of devotees coming to pay respects.