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IN People ON 21 Sep, 2016
Being one of the most followed religions in the nation, Jainism has always been very popular among the people. A New York-born based former fashionista, Nisha Kapashi has her original roots in Mumbai. After she decided to renounce her materialistic life, she left her job and shifted to India where she studied Jainism. Later on, she took part in Diksha to become a Jain nun. Sounds shocking, right?
Read the complete story to know how her life changed drastically.
Nisha Kapashi was born and raised in Poughkeepsie. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and did an internship at Kate Spade which was followed by a high-paying job at J.Crew.
Her closet was stuffed with high-end fashion labels. She was put up by her parents in a lavish, one-bedroom apartment on Sixth Avenue and 34th Street, near Macy's.
"I was getting married to the Jain nun philosophy, and I was treated like a bride, I had my last bath ever, and I had my hair shaved off as a symbol of renouncing my old life. People believe we have our hair plucked out, but [it's] only a few strands. The rest is shaved."
"At 23, I was finally living the life I had dreamed about as a teenager, I used to eat my lunch near the office on Union Square every day and eat at some of the top restaurants at night with my friends," she said. "I was never a party animal and I never drank alcohol, but I loved good food, especially Italian food and pasta."
"I couldn't understand why I wasn't the happiest person in the world, I was trying to be fashionable and successful, but the more I did so, the emptier I felt. Slowly, I began to change. I stopped caring so much about how I looked. I began to wear simple outfits . . . and no makeup. The more changes I made, the better I was feeling.''
"We sleep for six hours a night, meditate for 90 minutes a day, and we study the Jain philosophy for 15 hours a day, We live a nomadic existence in India. I have no possessions. I have nothing, but I've never been so happy."
"Instead of Gucci clothes and Fendi handbags, I now have a water holder and bowls made out of pumpkin for food; an ogho, which is a brush we use to wipe away any living being as we walk; a walking stick and white material for our clothes and bedding."
"We don't even have any shoes,"
"I have no money, not even a bank account.
"I have committed to a life of celibacy and simplicity for the rest of my life,"
"This is my life now - and it's the ultimate happiness.''