Samyag Tapa Pad
Wishing everyone Sukh Saata during Chaitra Month Ayambil Oli. Hopefully you will find information below useful and can take advantage of listening to Navpad pravachans by Shri JinChandra Vijayji Maharaj (Bandhu Triputi).
Pujya Shri Jinchandraji Maharaj is a Jain monk and dynamic orator who travels throughout the world spreading the message of Jainism and the cultural heritage of India. Pujya Jinchandraji initiated monkhood over 55 years ago at a tender age of 8 years along with his parents, two brothers, and sister.Arihant is worshiped by the whole universe. He has twelve supreme attributes and depicted by symbolic color white. As he knows anything and everything in the universe by virtue of his Kevala Jnyana he preaches true spirituality Sitting in a Samavasharan. He also establishes Chaturvidha Sangha, the fourfold Jain Sangh. Sadhu (Monks), Sadhwi (Nuns), Shravaka (Household followers, Male) and Shravika (Household followers, female) are the constituents of this Sangha that is also called Teertha. Arihant establishes the Teertha, hence, he is also called Tirthankar.
Tapa means Austerity or penance. Hence the word Samyag Tap means austerity in right perspective and direction. It is the last Pad of Navpad. Jain holy scriptures describe Tap as abstaining from lusts and desires. Goal of austerity is reaching to equilibrium and tranquility.
There are two types of austerity internal and external. These two are further classified into six each. Fast, penance etc. are among externals and modesty, nursing and meditation are among the internals. Observing internal austerity is more valuable than the externals. It has fifty attributes and symbolizes with white color.
Jain households, Monks and Nuns worship Samyag Tapa Pada in the ninth and final day of Navpad Oli. They perform Ayambil on this day also by eating boiled rice only. Color of Samyag Tapa is white, hence the grain chosen for Ayambil is rice. They also pray, worship and meditate for Samyag Tapa during the day.