As this is also a blog about my random thoughts, I decided to write something which I was thinking from long time but never got chance to do so.
My followers who are not from India, would not understand this for the most part. You can skip this if you wish to 🙂
On the day of sanvatsari, Jains ask for forgiveness from others. As I am half Jain myself now, I’d refer as ‘we’ instead of ‘Jains’.
So we wish ‘Michchami Dukkadam’ which means I ask for your forgiveness for whatever bad I might have caused you knowingly and unknowingly.
What I have been wondering from quite some some is, when someone greets us with ‘michchami dukkadam’ then what should be our reply? Ofcoruse the ideal reply would be, ‘yes I forgive you’. However I have NEVER heard anyone saying that. It has always been the one way greeting of asking of forgiveness. Anyone else thought about it??
So everyone is asking for forgiveness but no one is forgiving.
Has it just become just a formality to greet everyone and ask for forgiveness? Or we really are interested only in asking for forgiveness but not really willing to forgive others for what they have done?
I do have another theory about ‘forgiving others’ as well. Don’t forgive if you can’t forget. I have not seen many in this world who can live upto this theory. This is probably the reason I am not really keen on asking for forgiveness. According to me, it is more of just a formality to ensure we talk to all the relatives. Which is fair in this age 🙂
Most of my Jain friends and relative would disagree, I ask for forgiveness if I have offended anyone 🙂