Happy Mahavira Jayanti to all our readers! Around two and a half millennia ago, Mahavira was born in the Indian subcontinent. In the Jain tradition, he is considered the 24th and last tirthankara of our times.

Eventually, Mahavira or ‘the great hero’, like all great Jain ascetics, stepped away from his ascribed place in society and became a monk. However, through his journeys, he was not in complete seclusion. He kept interacting with people and other beings, as he delved deeper and deeper into his spirit. Stories of these interactions are also told as some examples of ahinsa in practice.

Over time, he completely overcame the inner enemies: krodha (anger), lobha (greed), mana (ego), and maya (deceit), leading to inner bliss, and, at the end of his life, to the final liberation of moksha.

On Mahavira Jayanti, let us remind ourselves of his message of true ahinsa; in thought, speech, and action. Let us remind ourselves of what Mahavira represents: that spirit is the destination, and ahinsa is the way.