KSHAMAVANI (Sanskrit : Kṣamāvaṇī) or "Forgiveness Day" is a day
of forgiving and seeking forgiveness for the followers of
Digambaras celebrate it on the first day of
Ashvin Krishna month of
the lunar-based Jain calendar . Śvētāmbaras celebrate it on
Samvatsari , the last day of the annual
Paryushana festival. which
coincides with the
Chaturthi , 4th day of Shukla
Paksha in the holy
month of Bhadra . "
Micchami Dukkadam " is the common phrase when
asking for forgiveness. It is a
Prakrit phrase meaning "May all the
evil that has been done be fruitless".
* 1 Observance
* 2 Michchhami Dukkadam Prayer
* 3 See also
* 4 References
* 5 External links
On this sacred day, every member of the
Jain community approaches
everyone, irrespective of religion, and begs for forgiveness for all
their faults or mistakes, committed either knowingly or unknowingly.
Thus relieved of the heavy burden hanging over their head of the sins
of yesteryears, they start life afresh, living in peaceful
co-existence with others. Indeed, this day is not merely a traditional
ritual, but a first step on their path to moksha (liberation) or
salvation , the final goal of every man's life, according to the
teachings of Jainism.
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
MICHCHHAMI DUKKADAM PRAYER
Khamemi Savve Jiva
I forgive all living beings.
Savve Jiva Khamantu me
May all souls forgive me,
Mitti me Savva Bhooesu
I am friendly terms with all,
Veram Majjham Na Kenvi
I have no animosity toward any soul.
May all my faults be dissolved.
खम्मामि सव्व जीवेषु
सव्वे जीवा खमन्तु में,
मित्ति में सव्व भू ए सू
वैरम् मज्झणम् केण इ
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
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 violence (Himsa).
* Forgiveness in
* ^ Same day as Ganesh
* ^ Chapple. C.K. (2006)
Jainism and Ecology: Nonviolence in the
Web of Life Delhi:Motilal Banarasidas Publ. ISBN 978-81-208-2045-6
* ^ Kshamavaani Day or kshama Divas of Jain People
* ^ "
* Celebrate Forgiveness:
* Kevala Jñāna
* Jaina logic
* Jain cosmology