Paryushan Parva is the most auspicious Jain festival observed for ten days in Chaturmas. During this we beg forgiveness of our past mistakes. This topic has been discussed in an article in Times of India dt. Sep 12, 2011. A person cannot change past wrong actions, but can learn there from and correct in future. We can seek forgiveness for past thoughts and words and start afresh. In most cases, people go in different ways due to misunderstandings. Forgiveness is a virtue and strength and not a weakness. There are forgiveness cards also, which bring tears to our eyes and wash away all past bitterness. During this period, people, mostly Jains, request their relatives and friends to forgive them for their mistakes or causes of hurting them in any way. It is spiritual purification and upliftment of soul. By anger we will get more anger and by forgiveness more forgiveness. It is a boon for both. It is a basis of meditation. It gives physical vitality. It is a mantra for healing ourselves, for a healthy life. We can earn it by request, prayer, confession, repentance and willingness to suffer. It is a part of non-violence and makes us contented. It is being practised in other religions also. It is a Divine attribute. We should pray to God to forgive us.