Thursday, June 19, 2008

Kandaswamy takes Jain 'deeksha'

Recently, in Secunderabad, a 'deeksha' ceremony was performed. Kandaswamy from Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu was initiated into the monastic order by Acharya Rajyashsuriji.

The whole celebration spanned over 8 days and had various ceremonies and 'poojas' culminating in the 'deeksha' ceremony on Monday, the 16th of June.

Why does an individual voluntarily give up worldly comforts and take on a life of hardships and difficulties?

Jain monkhood is literally a path strewn with thorns. No vehicles, no footwear, severe penance, no use of electricity.

In Jainism, the ultimate quest is that of 'moksh' - freedom for the infinite cycle of birth and death. That is what every true Jain strives for. Not money, not good health, not success and fame. The quest is only for 'moksh'. Any prayer, ritual or act of 'dharm' without the goal of 'moksh' in mind is meaningless. Rituals performed for self-aggrandizement are discouraged.

True Jains always wish that their deeds result in a pure soul rather than worldly comforts.

'Deeksha' is a means to this end. It is a major step in the quest for a soul unblemished by 'karma'. It is the first step towards achieving a soul that is pure, that is in its true form. When the soul gets rid of all its karma, it attains 'moksh'.

1 comment:

PDS said...

A tamilian taking deeksha is truly very rare. I was shocked to hear about it.

It takes a lot of will power to give up worldly pleasures and lead a life filled with hardships.

It certainly is not my can of Diet Coke !

But when you think about it you realise the more you get in life, the more you want. Olden days were full of fun with life's simple pleasures. Fan was all that was required - AC was not even asked for; Bus travel was normal - own bikes (let alone cars) wasn't for all; movies at sangeet, anand, etc were very comfortable until we had Prasad's; going to the STD booths were very normal - cell phones were only for the businessmen; the list can just go on and on.....