President Joe Biden sends greetings to the American Indian community on the Paryushan and Das Lakshan Jain festivals | Indian of the world
President Joe Biden sent his best wishes to the Jain community around the world on September 19 to commemorate the Paryushan and Das Lakshan festivals.
“Jill and I send our best wishes to the Jains in the United States and around the world who concluded the Paryushan and Das Lakshan festivals,” the president said in a post on his Facebook page.
“In this time of introspection and forgiveness, may we all find peace and reconciliation in our lives. Michhami Dukkadam and Uttam Kshama, ”he wrote.
The phrase “Mishchhami Dukkadam” means, “If I have harmed you, please forgive these evil deeds,” according to the jainsite.com website. “Uttam Kshama” means a sincere apology.
Vaibhav Jain, Senior Advisor for Outreach and Engagement at AAPI Victory Fund, said India-West: “For the first time in history, a sitting US President recognized the Jain festivals of Paryushan and Das Lakshan and sent a meaningful message to our community.
Vaibhav Jain participated in the 10-day fasting period on holy days every year. This year, for the first time, her husband Parag Mehta, senior vice president of Mastercard, joined her in the fast.
“For nine days, we both did ‘ektanu’, taking water and food (simple) only once a day, in one place and just before sunset. For the past 36 hours, we had no food or water at all, ”Mehta wrote on Facebook.
“I learned that being hungry is miserable. As I sat hungry for those ten days, I often thought of the people – including 17 million children here in the United States – for whom going without food is no choice. This is their reality. My stakes were low. I could have stopped anytime and gone to the fridge. But for those who live in poverty, there is often no light at the end of the tunnel, ”Mehta wrote.
More than 150,000 Jains live in the United States, according to the Times of India.