Meditation and Mindfulness: Lessons from Mahavir Jayanti

Transforming Your Daily Routine: How to Integrate Meditation and Mindfulness into Your Life

History of Lord Mahavir:

Lord Mahavir, also known as Vardhamana Mahavira, was born in 599 BCE in present-day Bihar, India. He was the 24th and last Tirthankara of Jainism, a religion that emphasizes non-violence, compassion, and self-discipline.

Mahavir was born to King Siddhartha and Queen Trishala of the Ikshvaku dynasty. According to Jain’s texts, his mother had 14 auspicious dreams before his birth, indicating that he would be a great spiritual leader.

Mahavir was named Vardhamana, which means “one who grows,” as his parents believed that he would grow up to be a great ruler like his father.

Early Life:

Growing up, Mahavir was exposed to the luxuries of royalty, but he was also taught the importance of compassion and non-violence by his parents. According to Jain texts, Mahavir was a curious and intelligent child, and he had a deep desire to seek knowledge and understand the purpose of life.

Personal Life:

As a young man, Mahavir married a princess named Yashoda, but he later renounced his worldly possessions and became an ascetic.

He spent twelve years practicing austerities and meditation, seeking enlightenment and the truth about existence.

Finally, at the age of 30, Mahavir achieved Kevala Jnana, or perfect knowledge, and became a Tirthankara. He spent the rest of his life spreading his teachings and preaching non-violence, compassion, and self-discipline.

Meditation and Mindfulness:

Meditation and mindfulness play a significant role in Jainism, a religion that emphasizes self-discipline and spiritual enlightenment.

Mahavir Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir, provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on the importance of these practices in our daily lives. In this article, we will explore the steps to practice meditation and mindfulness and how they can benefit us in today’s world.

Step 1: Find a Quiet Place

The first step in meditation and mindfulness is finding a quiet place where you can sit undisturbed for a few minutes. Choose a place that is comfortable and calming, and where you can focus without any distractions.

Step 2: Comfortable Seated Position 

Now that you have found a tranquil spot to meditate, it’s time to assume a comfortable seated position. You can sit cross-legged or in any other seated posture that feels comfortable to you.

Ensure that your spine is upright, and your head is balanced on top of it as if suspended from a string.

Place your hands on your knees with your palms facing upwards, or you can adopt a mudra (hand gesture) that resonates with your intention for the meditation.

By assuming a comfortable and steady seated posture, you create a stable foundation for your meditation practice.

Step 3: Focus on Your Breath

The next step is to focus on your breath. Take deep breaths in and out, and try to pay attention to each inhale and exhale. Your mind will wander, but gently bring it back to your breath every time it does.

Step 4: Observe Your Thoughts

As you focus on your breath, you will start to notice your thoughts. Don’t get attached to your thoughts and allow them to pass by.

Step 5: Be Present

The final step is to be present at the moment. Focus on the sensations in your body, the sounds around you, and the feeling of calmness that comes with being mindful. Keep practicing this regularly, and it will become easier with time.


The practice of meditation and mindfulness is essential in today’s world, where we are constantly bombarded with information and distractions. It can help reduce stress, increase focus and productivity, and improve overall well-being.

Jainism emphasizes the importance of mindfulness and self-discipline, which can be applied in our daily lives to lead a more peaceful and fulfilling life.

Mahavir Jayanti, let us remember the teachings of Lord Mahavir and strive to incorporate meditation and mindfulness into our daily lives.

These practices can help us connect with ourselves, be present at the moment, and achieve inner peace and enlightenment. You can read this article on Medium also. Thank you for reading! 

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