Mahavir Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir. Lord Mahavir was the founder of Jainism. He was the last Tirthankara, a saviour and a spiritual teacher of Jainism.
During his lifetime, he taught the virtues of non-violence, truth, chastity, non-attachment and leading a moral and principled life.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind took to Twitter to greet India on the occasion.
महावीर जयंती पर देशवासियों, विशेष तौर पर, जैन समुदाय को बधाई। भगवान महावीर ने शांति और अहिंसा का संदेश दिया था, जिसका महत्व आज के समय में बहुत बढ़ गया है। अपने साझे समाज और विश्व में भाईचारे का वातावरण बनाने के लिए हमें उनके जीवन से प्रेरणा लेनी चाहिए — राष्ट्रपति कोविन्द
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) April 17, 2019
Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Mahavir Jayanti. Bhagwan Mahavir is a shining beacon of a tradition whose exemplary teachings have furthered the spirit of peace, harmony, brotherhood and non-violence. May his blessings enhance happiness and well-being among our citizens.
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 17, 2019
Here are some of his teachings to live by-
Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being. – Lord Mahavir
Kill not, cause no pain. Non-violence is the greatest religion. Lord Mahavira
Attachment and aversion are the root cause of karma, and karma originates from infatuation. Karma is the root cause of birth and death, and these are said to be the source of misery. None can escape the effect of their own past karma. – Lord Mahavira
Live and allow others to live; hurt no one; life is dear to all living beings. – Lord Mahavir
A man is seated on top of a tree in the midst of a burning forest. He sees all living beings perish. But he doesn’t realize that the same fate is soon to overtake him also. That man is fool. – Lord Mahavir
In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self. – Lord Mahavira
Start the practice of self-control with some penance; begin with fasting. – Lord Mahavir
Soul is the central point of spiritual discipline. – Lord Mahavira
Happy Mahavir Jayanti to all!
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