Topics: Mahavira, Jainism, Jain philosophy Pages: 2 (534 words) Published: May 11, 2013
ME: Tomorrow i.e.24 th April is the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira. It is celebrated as Mahavira Jayanti by the followers of Jainism. 1. Lord Mahavira is the twenty-fourth (last) Tirthankara according to the Jain philosophy. A Tirthankara is an enlightened soul who is born as a human being and attains perfection through intense meditation. For a Jain, Lord Mahavira is no less than God and his philosophy is like the Bible. Born as Vardhamana Mahavira, he later came to be known as Bhagvan Mahavira. Let us see the life history of Lord Mahavira.

ME: Lord Mahavira was born in the royal family of Bihar in 599 B.C. His father's name was King Siddhartha and mother's name was Queen Trishala. Known by the name of Vardhamana, the young boy was a very bright and courageous and showed extraordinary skill at a very young age. He once saved his friends from a poisonous snake. Though he had all the luxuries of life at his command, he led a very simple life. One day, he went out for a stroll accompanied by a servant. While walking by a luxurious house Mahavira heard someone screaming. He stopped and asked his servant,” What is going on inside the house? Please go inside and find out.” ME: The servant went in and returned after a while. He said,” One man is beating another man. Mahavira asked why the man is beating his fellow man. The servant said the man who beats is a master and the other one is slave .Mahavira became concerned. He said how can society allow a man to become a master who has the right to beat up on another fellow man?” Mahavira was deeply hurt. He thought why society has turned so much aggressive, violent and unconscious. He observed such incidents over years and gradually lost attraction towards worldly life. At last, at the age of 30 he left his family as sanyasi, in search of truth for long 12 years.

ME: For twelve years, he deeply meditated in order to overcome his desires and cravings. He succeeded in going without food for days together and never...
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