12-year-old boy abandons luxury to embrace monkhood

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Gandhinagar, April 20: In a grand function attended by over 7,000 people and nearly 500 Jain monks, a 12-year-old son of Surat-based affluent diamond trader became a Jain monk on Thursday morning.
Interestingly, the decision of the boy – Bhavya Shah – was accepted wholeheartedly by his father Dipesh and the entire Shah family.
Life after accepting monkhood wouldn’t be easy for Bhavya as he would not be able to enjoy luxury of a householder and would have to be completely detached emotionally from his family, places and things, including that of material luxuries.
Jain community leader and councillor of Surat Municipal Corporation Nirav Shah said Bhavya became the 394th disciple of Gunratna Surishwarji Maharaj.
Bhavya, who at a very young age decided to live hard life of a monk, said he is happy to take the path of truth. He said his parents too agreed upon the path chosen by him.
The boy is sure that one day his parents too would choose the same path shown by God.
The boy’s father, Dipesh, who runs a diamond trading firm in Surat, said he and his family members are extremely happy and fully support the decision of Bhavya.
“We are celebrating three-day long process of becoming Jain monk. He would leave our family. My daughter too embraced monkhood four years ago when she was 12 years old,” said the ecstatic father of Bhavya.
The process of becoming a Jain monk is not easy as the ceremony includes the ritual of “Kesa-loca”, pulling out of the hair that symbolises indifference to the body and giving up material possessions.
On Wednesday, the family of Bhavya had organised a procession in Surat wherein the boy was seen riding a chariot.
The entire ceremony was celebrated like an auspicious festival. There were no tears in the eyes of his parents and other kith and kin.
Meanwhile, Acharya Shree Gunratna Surishwarji Maharaj, who gave “Diksha” to make Bhavya his 394th disciple, is set create a record on April 25 as on the day he would make six more persons Jain monks at Adajan area of Surat and in that process he will have 400 disciples.
The ceremony “Rajoharan Pradan” will be witnessed by teams of Asia Book of records, India Book of Records and Gujarat Book of Records.
According to Nirav Shah, who is standing committee chairman in Surat Municipal Corporation, having 400 disciples would be a record in itself. Thousands of people would throng the diamond city to witness the historic event, he added. (Agencies)