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This newsletter is full of resources for Das Lakshan, celebrated by Digambar Jains. If you don't celebrate Das Lakshan, you can learn more about the holiday below! As we continue this time of introspection, we hope you'll be able to take the time to reflect on this past year, and set goals to live an even better Jain way of life next year. Micchhami Dukkadam!
What is Das Lakshan?

Das Lakshan is a ten-day* period of reflection and restraint followed by Digambar Jains. It is an observance similar to the Shvetambar tradition of Paryushan where Jains try to minimalize their attachment to food, luxuries, and other worldly items.

Each day of Das Lakshan symbolizes one of the ten Yati Dharmas, or virtues, specifically Kshama (Forgiveness), Mardava (Humility), Ardava (Straightforwardness), Shaucha (Contentment), Sanyam (Restraint), Satya (Truthfulness), Tap (Austerity), Tyag (Renunciation), Akinchanya (Non-possessiveness), and Brahmacharya (Celibacy). Many temples hold pujas each day, as well as lectures on the relevant topic. During each day, Digambar Jains focus on the respective Yati Dharma and work to increasingly incorporate it into their lives.

Stay tuned for more information about both 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
* This year, due to an extra tithi day, many locations are celebrating it for 11 days.
How can I participate if I'm not near a temple?
Not at home or near a temple during Das Lakshan? Unsure of what you can do on your own? Download the YJA Das Lakshan 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 trying to avoiding particular items like onion/garlic/sweets/greens/leftovers, or just trying to be conscious of what you eat, everyone makes different choices about food during Paryushan. Eating Jain doesn't have to be complex! See our Your Veg Recipewebsite, Archana's KitchenJainWorld's recipe database, or this recap of our Cooking Webinar with Priyanka of Pinki's Palate for inspiration.
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.
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 Pacchakhan (vow) of any kind
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