By Team OneDrop

In the grand tapestry of India’s diverse cultural and religious traditions, Paryushan stands as a significant thread. Paryushan is an annual Jain festival that celebrates the virtues of self-discipline, spiritual reflection, and self-restraint. As Paryushan 2023 approaches, it is an opportune moment to delve into the significance, rules, and motivations behind this sacred observance, as well as explore how the post-Paryushan period brings about a unique challenge – the resurgence of cravings. However, in the spirit of balance and wellness, innovative products like OneDrop herbs and spice drops offer a healthy solution to satisfy those cravings.


Understanding Paryushan

Paryushan, which is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Pari’ meaning ‘all sides’ and ‘Ushan’ meaning ‘to burn,’ signifies a time of spiritual cleansing and purification. This Jain festival is observed over an eight-day period, typically in the month of August or September, although the exact dates vary depending on the Jain sect and the lunar calendar. During this period, Jains intensify their spiritual practices, engage in self-examination, and seek forgiveness for any harm caused to others.


Rules of Paryushan

The rules of Paryushan are both simple and profound. Jains undertake a series of vows aimed at enhancing their spiritual growth and minimizing their impact on the world. The primary rules include:

  1. Ahimsa (Non-Violence): Jains commit to avoiding harm to any living beings, from humans to animals and even plants. This commitment extends to not consuming any form of violence, such as meat, and being mindful of their actions and words.
  2. Satya (Truthfulness): Practicing honesty and truthfulness in all aspects of life is essential during Paryushan. Jains aim to speak the truth and avoid falsehoods.
  3. Asteya (Non-Stealing): Jains pledge to refrain from stealing or coveting others’ possessions. This vow emphasizes contentment and the renunciation of material desires.
  4. Brahmacharya (Chastity): For the duration of Paryushan, Jains, particularly the monks and nuns, observe strict celibacy to maintain purity of mind and body.
  5. Aparigraha (Non-Possession): This vow emphasizes detachment from worldly possessions. Jains limit their use of material goods and focus on spiritual wealth.
  6. Swadhyaya (Self-Study): Jains engage in self-reflection and study of sacred texts to deepen their understanding of their faith and themselves.
  7. Samayik (Meditation): Jains practice meditation and spend time in introspection to attain mental clarity and spiritual growth.


Why Do People Observe Paryushan?

Paryushan holds profound spiritual significance for Jains. It serves as a period of intense self-purification and self-realization. The reasons for observing Paryushan are deeply rooted in Jain philosophy:

  1. Spiritual Growth: Paryushan provides a conducive environment for individuals to deepen their spirituality, increase self-awareness, and strive for spiritual growth.
  2. Forgiveness and Atonement: Jains seek forgiveness for their past wrongdoings and vow not to repeat them. They also forgive those who have wronged them, fostering harmony and inner peace.
  3. Detoxification of the Soul: Just as the body requires detoxification, Jains believe the soul requires purification from the impurities of karmas. Paryushan is a time to shed these karmas and attain spiritual liberation.
  4. Community and Unity: Paryushan brings the Jain community together, fostering unity, support, and a sense of belonging.


Post-Paryushan Cravings

After the eight-day period of rigorous self-discipline and restraint, it’s natural for cravings to surface. The sudden transition from a simple, minimalist lifestyle to the routine of daily life can trigger desires for indulgent foods and worldly pleasures. This phase requires careful handling to ensure the spiritual progress made during Paryushan is not undone.


OneDrop Herbs and Spice Drops

In the quest to satisfy post-Paryushan cravings in a healthy way, innovative products like OneDrop herbs and spice drops offer a practical solution. These drops are designed to enhance the flavor of dishes without going through the hassle of refinign and grinding spices or even buying the powders that don’t assure the best flavours or purity. Made from natural herbs and spices, they provide a burst of taste  in just a few drops, that can help individuals enjoy their meals without compromising their commitment to self-discipline and wellness.

Paryushan 2023 is a time for Jains to renew their commitment to self-discipline, self-purification, and spiritual growth. It serves as a reminder of the importance of living a life of virtue and minimizing harm to all living beings. While the post-Paryushan period may present challenges in managing cravings, products like OneDrop herbs and spice drops offer a balanced and healthy solution to satisfy those desires. Ultimately, Paryushan is not just a festival; it is a spiritual journey that guides individuals toward a more compassionate and fulfilling way of life. And we are here to make it better. We believe in purity, just like you do!