Should One Celebrate the Birthday of Mahavira?
Around 2500 years ago, a great incident took place in Vaishali, an ancient city in Bihar. King Siddhartha and his queen Trishala gave birth to a son named Vardhamana. Later he is known as Lord Mahavira. Today he is famous as the twenty-fourth Tirthankara of Jainism. Jain people worship Mahavira every day. They go to Derasaras and do rituals as per the tradition.
This is all okay! But, still there remains a question of celebrating the birthday of Lord Mahavira? How many of you agree with celebrating his birthday by just worshiping and praying him? It is just a tradition. And a tradition never brings a complete change in anybody’s life.
The reason is; Vardhamana himself broken the tradition and went for a deep, rigorous and intense ‘Sadhana’ (meditation) in order to know the divinity residing in him, in every human being. At the age of 30, he left all the worldly pleasure and started his journey for Truth. He attained enlightenment after 12 years of continuous meditation practice. He achieved Kevala Jnana – the Enlightenment at the age of 42 years when sitting under the Ashoka tree. Then after the whole of the world came to know about him and he was being known as Lord Mahavira instead of Vardhamana.
It simply means he himself did real practice of meditation and then he attained the knowledge of Truth – Kevala Jnana. Now, what do you think? Should one just celebrate his birthday by worshiping? In one way, a big YES! It reminds the mankind that any normal human being can be Mahavira. Mahavira is the highest possibility of a human being.
Yes, by celebrating the birthday of Mahavira, a strong and deep message is conveyed to the whole of the mankind that anyone can go to his/her higher state and can become Mahavira. But it won’t happen only by rituals and worshiping his idols. It requires a real practice of deep meditation – Sadhana every day.
This is how one can truly celebrate the birthday of Lord Mahavira. Mahavira simply wishes everyone to be Mahavira. So, what are you thinking now? Time has come now to start meditating. Life begins from here…