First of all I know that this is not community for jains and I am not a jain either. But since there is no Jain stack exchange, I thought of asking here.
My question is regarding details of how Mahavira practiced meditation and austerities. I wonder what kind of meditation did he practice, and more importantly WHY that method and how did he come to know of that? I have this strong desire for being more and more spiritual (ie. closer and closer to moksha) but I can't seem to figure out a method that is both direct and appropriate for my level so that I can go far using it.
When I read about his 12 1/2 years of work, I read that he used to practice intense meditation. So I wonder what was the cause of him doing that ie. what was he pursuing directly that made him realize that doing that thing (that meditation) will eliminate suffering. This is in contrast with let's say breath meditation, because that is not direct.Although breath meditation may be wonderful, it feels indirect; and for me atleast not doable in large quantities because I don't see a direct connection in following the breath and reducing suffering. I hope I was more or less understandable. And sorry for my English. Any answer is appreciated, thanks a lot! Also if anyone has any resources where I can read more on Mahavira's practice etc. kindly share a link or a name.