Heroic act spellbind us.\nAnd spur us on to do more, to push ourselves a little bit more and to give life the very best of ourselves.\nIn Bombay, there are many many such examples \u2013 but one that comes to mind today is that of Jain monks.\nJain monks \u2013 are ordinary people who have lived normal \u2018householder\u2019 lives \u2013 engaged in family life, contributing to society like all other ordinary people \u2013 until the moment they decide to give up everything. THAT is the moment their life becomes extraordinary.\nThe lifestyle that they give up and the one that they embrace calls for nothing less than an extreme determination and a superhuman heroic effort \u2013 one that must fuel their spirit day after day after day forever. \u00a0FOREVER. Which is a very long time.\nI might find it in me to give up this or that for a day or a month. But to do give up this AND THAT and everything else besides, forEVER is not something I can imagine for myself.\nYet every year many Jains turn to monkshood as a way to pass the rest of their lives.\nWhy? I do not know. Maybe there is a moment of reckoning that lights within them a fire. Maybe.\nBut as a result of this awe-inspiring switch, their stance is lauded and venerated by the rest of the community.\nAnd to be in the service of a monk and receive his is coveted. Receiving a monk at home for a simple meal or housing one for a night is an honour that families vie for.\nHere in this painting, we see the respects being paid to such a monk.\n\nSeveral people including ladies dressed in fine clothes have queued up to receive the blessings of \u00a0a Jain Monk of the Digamber sect.\nMore research is needed to understand the subject better \u2013 will post when I get more information.\nSee more details of this fantastic artwork containing an even more fabulous story within here.\n***\nNovember 2018\firstname.lastname@example.org\n\nThe post Veneration of Human Spirit \u2013 Jain Painting appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.