Did you ever heard of a kid scoring 99.9 per cent in class 12 board examination and then leaving it all to become a Jain monk? May be not!
But, there is a boy from Gujarat who recently topped the class 12 examination in the state and has decided to renounce the world.
We all start planning out careers in class 10 itself and wishes to study abroad.
Meet, 17-year-old Varshil Shah from Ahmedabad (Gujarat) who did not wish to take admission in any college or do any job but thought to become a monk.
On May 27, the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board released the class 12 results and Varshil topped the exam along with other students by scoring 99.9 per cent.
Here’s what Nayanbhai Suthari said:
“The teenager from Ahmedabad in Gujarat will take diksha — a religious ceremony that marks the initiation of Jain monks and nuns on June 8,” his uncle, Nayanbhai Suthari, said in recent HT report.
“The result is as per expectations, but to attain and maintain peace, I think renouncing the world is the only way,” his uncle while quoting Shah.
Varshil Shah stating reasons behind this decision:
Varshil Shah while speaking about his decision said, “It was Kalyan Ratnavijaysuri Maharaj, my guru, who motivated me on this path. He is 32-year-old and had taken diksha himself around my age. When I spent time with him and got to know about his thoughts on contemporary issues and how Jainism is relevant, my resolve to cross over to the life of an ascetic became stronger.”
- Shah and his family are followers of Jainism and live in simplicity. They follow the Jain principle of Jivdaya, or compassion for all living beings
- Both his mother Amiben Shah and father Jigarbhai are income-tax official
- His elder sister Jainini was earlier pursuing a career in chartered accountancy and had also scored 99.9 per cent in class 12 board examination
No television and refrigerator at home:
- As reported by HT, the parents have put a restriction on the use of electricity as they believe that many aquatic animals are killed in the process of power generation
- The most shocking fact is that they haven’t kept a television or a refrigerator at home
A total of 17,59,225 candidates appeared for Gujarat class 10 and class 12 examination this year.
The board was established on May 1, 1960. The GSEB conducts two (including four semester type examinations) main examinations — the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam for class 10 and the Higher Secondary (School) Certificate (HSC) sem-1,sem-2,sem-3,sem-4,exam for class 12 students in Gujarat.