Lord Mahaveer: Birth Anniversary of Avatar of Nonviolence

\"\"By Dr. Pradeep Jain

\"\"Today is birth annieversary of the 24th and the last Tirthankara of Jain religion, Vardhman Mahavir,the founder of Jainism.Jain religion has prehistoric origin dating before 3000 BC, and before the beginning of Indo-Aryan culture.Lord Mahaveer was born to a pious couple, Siddhartha and Priyakarani or popularly Trishala Devi. who were deeply permeated with the philosophy of jainism preached by Parswanatha, the 23rd Tirthankara.Lord Mahavira initiated a simple five-fold path for the householders: Ahimsa (Non-injury – physical or mental – to others), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (temperance in sexual pleasures) and Aparigraha (non-acquisition of property).

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