Samyag Tapa is Sanskrit for "austerity in right perspective and direction".
The objective of austerity is to reach
Acharya is celebrated on the third day of Navapad Oli as the leader of the four-fold Sangh established by the Arihant.
The Sangh consists of monks, nuns, and male and female household followers.
After Arihant, Acharya is the decision-making authority in
On the night of this day, Mahavirswami, a holy man, attained Nirvana or deliverance and a state of absolute bliss.
Jain followers spend the whole of the night of Diwali in the recitation of holy hymns and in
I have recently discovered meditation and have been meditating for twenty minutes daily for the past two months. I have already experienced some wonderful benefits, for example an increase in my confidence and realizing that I was going to do something wrong before I did it.
I have tried very hard to reach the deep meditative stage where I can directly connect with God and get answers to my questions. At the moment I am going through a lot of changes in terms of my career, and I am really worried about making wrong decisions. I feel that no matter how hard I try to connect to God to get help with these decisions, He is just not there.
What is the process for connecting to God? I am worried that I have selected the wrong career and want God's opinion before it is too late.
Life is a rollercoaster at the best of times. When times are good, we feel the elation and fun of being here, and we want to share our joy with the world. When times are bad, either we do not want to face anyone, or nobody wants to face our misery.
Where do we find our solace and peace during the bad times? And why do we only seek solace during the bad times?
I grew up in a culture where I was taught that during the worst of times, I can find solace in the church. When I hit my first adult crisis, I went to the church and found an empty, cold building. I went to the people of the church, but they chose to avoid me. I became an outcast because I was getting a divorce. I then went to the church minister for the solace that I so desperately needed, but the reception – and the judgment - was cold and hostile.
That was not solace. I kept searching.