Thursday January 2, 2020
Like every year, this time too, people from all corners of the world, approximately 8000 in number, assembled in Adalaj, India, to do a devout study (aaradhan) of one of the spiritual books of Param Pujya Dadashri’s teachings. This event is popularly known as ‘Parayan’.
This time it was the Parayan of the book, ‘Aptavani 14 – Part 1’, which carries an awesome collection of a series of very good questions asked to Param Pujya Dadashri, that in turn helped Him place before the world, the profound knowledge regarding the substance, the properties and the phases of the eternal element ‘Soul’, at length, through the medium of the simple answers given by Him to each of the questioners.
Param Pujya Dadashri’s vaani (spoken words) is Gnan-vaani (real knowledge) and it points to our real Self. So that we understand this vaani correctly, Pujya Deepakbhai, in august presence of whom this event is conducted, explains us the essence of what Param Pujya Dadashri really means to say, in depth, but through a most simplified and elaborate explanation of the matter. This helps each one, depending upon his level of development, grasp the knowledge accordingly and progress to the next mile of his spiritual journey.
Principally, as much acquaintance of Gnani is obtained, that many veils of ignorance fall off and that much bliss is experienced. Gnani is therefore called ‘the cash bank’, because in His presence, the ultimate bhaav bhakti effortlessly happens and one gets immediate results. It is just like when one takes a dip in Ganges, the water keeps flowing and his dirt keeps reducing. So during these nine days (Dec 21 – Dec 29) of Parayan:
- As one availed of the opportunity of direct 1:1 darshan of the Living Gnani.
- Listened to His live satsangs, and
- Performed the soul-searching, self-introspection exercises to locate the flaws of anger, pride, greed, attachment, etc. present within, that have been the cause of one’s constant regress,
All of these done twice a day in the morning as well as in evening, each one experienced tremendous progress in himself. For this reason, these satsangs are also telecast LIVE on YouTube and Arihant TV channel, so that more and more people can remain more and more connected with the Living Enlightened One!!!
This event was characterized by one more highlight i.e. ‘Pratishtha of 1066 small idols (to be installed in individual homes) of Lord Simandhar Swami, the living Tirthankara’ that happened on the last day i.e. Dec 29. Gnani says, “As one’s devotion for Lord Simandhar Swami increases, the connection with Him continues to grow; and finally when the loving bond with Him becomes intimate, one ultimately reaches the feet of this Living Lord in his next life and gets liberated from the cycle of birth and death forever.
To sum it all, the benefit derived from this Parayan is invaluable. What one gains out of it is matchless INDEED! Without too much effort, one gets engrossed in the aradhana and automatically experiences a unique transformation and progress in spiritual life.