Vastavam web: Generally a toppers in education will think of their future and plans for higher education and seek seats in reputed colleges. Some may state that he wants to study IIT and some says that they want to be a police officer, IPS, IAS, but this Gujarathi Jain become a monk. Varshil Shah told that he don’t want to earn money, properties and assets. Knowledge is more powerful than all of them.
A tonsured head, white dhoti, a deep farewell bow and 17-year-old Varshil shah was now Suvirya Ratna Vijayji Maharaj, a Jain monk. The teenager from Ahmedabad, who scored 99.9 percentile in the Class 12 exam a few days ago only to denounce it all, on Thursday joined his guru in his spiritual quest at an early morning ceremony in Surat. Two weeks ago when the commerce student aced the school-leaving exam, there were no celebrations. His Diksha ceremony, or the initiation ceremony, too, was a quiet and private affair. At about 4.30am, Vashidaan – a procession in which members of the Jain community dispose of jewellery and cash, symbolising shunning of material world – was held on the banks of the Tapi river. It was followed by tonsuring of his head, reciting of prayers. And then came perhaps the most poignant of the rituals, as the young man sought the permission of his family to renounce the world.