Part I — Lord Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara
Mahavira: Pilgrim of the HighestMahavira, Mahavira, Mahavira!
In prayerful supplication I bow my head to you.
Do accept my soulful obeisance.
O Pilgrim of the Highest, ever wandering free,
Your Heart is a ceaseless Compassion-Fountain.
O Vardhamana, O Vardhamana, O Vardhamana!
By virtue of sleepless and breathless askesis
You made the discovery supreme:
Each bondage-life can and shall attain
Liberation of the Beyond.
Sri Chinmoy, Jainism: give life, take not, Agni Press, 1998