HIS DIVINE LIFE
Mahavir was born in 599 BC and lived for 72 years. He was born of Sidhartha,
the Raja of Kundalpura, and Queen Trishala, who was also known by the name
Priyakarni. Mahavir was the most revered religious leader in this century and
was perceived as a reformer who vehemently opposed the ritualism and false
beliefs. As a boy, Mahavira came to be associated with many episodes of
absolute fearlessness which earned him the name `Mahavira'. He grew up as a
prince, excelling in physical prowess as well as intellectual acumen. However,
he renounced the wordly pleasures and luxuries of life, as also the power and
prestige of kingship, and undertook a life of intense penance for more than
twelve years. He calmly bore not only the rigors of nature but the torments
from the ignorant and mischievous among his own countrymen also. He finally
became self-illumined. But not content with his own personal salvation, he
chose to become a great human redeemer. Mahavira, with his penetrating insight
born out of self-realization, struck mercilessly at these perversions. He
simplified the religious procedures and concentrated on righteous conduct.
He spread the message of salvation to the world and had many followers.
Mahavir preached non-violence, prohibited any kind of killing and taught his
followers to seek salvation through penance and abstinence. They are also
advised to donate money, clothes and grain to the poor. The Jains are divided
into many sects of whom the main ones are Digambaras and Shvetambaras with the
latter again divided into Deravasis and Sthanakvasis.
The main sects now are the Digambaras and Shvetambaras, with the latter again
divided into Deravasis and Sthanakvasis. While the Deravasis visit the temples
and worship the statue of Mahavir, the Sthanakvasis emphasise the
internalisation of the faith. Mahavir himself was against idol worship.
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