Paryushan and Das Lakshan Newsletter
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This newsletter is full of resources that you can use to make your Paryushan and Das Lakshan more meaningful. As we enter this time of introspection, we hope you'll be able to take the time to reflect on this past year, and set goals to make the next even better. Micchhami Dukkadam!
What is Paryushan?

Paryushan is an 8 day festival in Jainism observed around August and September, depending on the lunar calendar. The word Paryushan has several meanings; ‘Pari’ means all kinds and ‘Ushan’ means to burn, so one meaning is to burn all kinds of karma. Another meaning of Paryushan is to get closer to one’s soul, through introspection, meditation, and austerities. Historically, Paryushan came about because of the monsoon season in India! During this time, Sadhus and Sadhvis do not travel because the frequent rain causes more insects to be around, increasing the chance that traveling could harm these small beings and create violence. In general, Jains historically stayed in one place during this time, so they had more time to focus internally.

Overall, Paryushan is a time in which Jains try to reduce their involvement with ‘worldly’ affairs like shopping, socializing, entertainment, and eating out. Instead, a Jain is supposed to spend the time focusing inward on their own soul, reflecting on their habits and actions and affirming their commitments to Jain principles. Many Jains achieve this inward reflection through going to temple, taking vows and fasting, reading scriptures, listening to lectures or “Vyakhyans”, and participating in rituals such as puja (Murtipujak Shvetambars) and Pratikraman (all Jains). The final day of Paryushan centers on forgiveness and is the day all Jains are asked to do “Samvatsari Pratikrmana.”

Stay tuned for more information about both Paryushan and Das Lakshan through YJA’s social media channels, and visit our website to find even more resources and information on local Jain center events!

Paryushan and Das Lakshan Resources
How can I participate?
Not at home or near a temple during Paryushan? Unsure what you can do on your own? Download the YJA Paryushan Activity Tracker, which will guide you through simple, everyday activities you can try to practice and reflect on the values of Jainism. 
Activity Tracker
What if I want to make my own food?
Looking for recipe ideas? Whether you're avoiding particular items like onion and garlic, sweets, or greens, avoiding eating leftovers, or just trying to be conscious of what you eat, everyone makes different choices about food during Paryushan. See our website, Archana's KitchenJainWorld's recipe database, or this recap of our Cooking Webinar with Priyanka of Pinki's Palate for inspiration. Eating Jain doesn't have to be complex!
Compassionate Cooking with Pinki's Palate
Watch our webinar with Priyanka and get inspired to try making some of these dishes during Paryushan! They are easy + nutritious if you're on a busy schedule.
I'm not at home. Where can I get Jain food?
Contact your local Jain center to see if food is being prepared at the temple. If you live in New York or New Jersey, try ParyushanMeals! Additionally, several YJA College Chapters are bringing meals to their campuses - see below for more details.
Are there links or resources available if I want to do reflection or religious study on my own?
Each of these resources is a great way to enrich your Paryushan/Das Lakshan!
  • YJA Pathshala - start off with Jainism basics through interactive lessons
  • Jain E-Library - introductory materials, spiritual readings, news articles and more to help broaden your understanding of this festival
  • English Pratikraman Recording - a recording of the adapted practice in English - use as a guide if doing Pratikraman on your own or with a group
  • JSMC Dial-a-Manglik & Dial-a-Pacchakhan - call (630) 213-5762 to hear the recording of a Manglik before taking a vow of any kind (Pacchakhan)
A message from Jain Vegans, one of our partner organization in the UK - if you are planning on taking any kind of tap or vow during Paryushan/Das Lakshan this year, one to consider is giving up dairy products!
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