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    Descriptive info: Print "Ahimsa Times".. World Over + 1 Lakh Readership.. Welcome www.. org - Ahimsa Times - October, 2013 Issue.. Vol.. No.. 158.. The First Jain E-Magazine.. in.. Community Service for 14 Continuous Years.. , 2013.. World Over + 100000 Readership.. What would be the condition of the Indian Sanskrit literature if the contribution of the Jains were removed?.. The more I study Jain literature the more happy and wonder struck I am.. Dr.. Hertel, Germany.. ACTIVITIES IN SAINT COMMUNITY.. JAIN SECTS UNITE FOR PARYUSHAN FOR FIRST TIME IN HISTORY.. For the first time in 2,500 years, the two sects of Jainism Shvetambar and Digambar have come together for the pious festival of Paryushan.. They are jointly observing an 18-day Paryushan in Jaipur.. Across the country, Paryushan of Shvetambar Jains ended on Monday (September 9).. But in Jaipur, the festival started on September 2 and will go on till September 19.. In a discourse Muni Tarunsagarji said, I called on the entire Jain community to give up their differences and come together and realize that the religion is stronger than their individual beliefs.. Earlier, he gave a clarion call to Jains when he was in Bangalore 10 years ago and told people to keep aside the finer points of the two sects and come together.. That , he said, would be the real honour to the Tirthankar (the liberated, omniscient ones).. A decade later, those in Jaipur have answered the call.. When Tarunsagarji Maharajsaheb and Shvetambar monk Lalitprabji maharajsaheb said, Na aath, na dus, athara ko yaad rakho bas (not eight, not 10, but remember 18 days of Paryushan), the entire community, made up of about 60% Digambars and 40% Shvetambars, accepted the idea.. The differences in the two sects have been deep at a philosophical level.. The unification of the two sects marks a historical milestone in the religion which has never seen the Shvetambars and Digambars come together to celebrate Paryushan, said Babulal Jain Ujjwal, a veritable fount of information on Jainism.. On September 22, all Jains of Jaipur will seek forgiveness in a community gathering, like a common samvatsari or the closure of Paryushan, the day of repentance of past sins and seeking forgiveness from all, for hurting them knowingly or even unknowingly.. POSTAGE STAMP ISSUED ON AACHARYA GYANSAGAR JI MAHARAJ.. A commemorative postage stamp of Rs.. 5/- has been issued on10th Sept.. 2013 on renowned Digamber Jain saint Acharya Gyansagar Ji Maharaj.. Union State Minister for Corporate Affairs Mr.. Sachin Pilot released this stamp in a grand function organised at Kishangarh (District Ajmer, Raj.. ).. Lt.. Col.. D.. K.. S.. Chouhan, Chief PMG Rajasthan Circle, Mr.. JItendra Gupta, PMG, Rajsthan South Circle, renowned industrialist and senior personality of Jain community Mr.. Ashok Patni, MLAs of Ajmer District etc.. were present on the stage during the release of stamp.. Many members of Jainism Philately Group from various states were also present in the function.. As many JPG members from different places attended the release function, Mr.. Vikas Jain, Rajsthan State Representative of JPG organised a meeting of all of them just after the release function.. JPG member Mr.. Sanjay Jain (Patna) prepared a folder for this occasion which was released by Sr.. Jatan Mal Dhor (Jaipur).. Aacharya Gyansagar Ji was born at village Ranoli, District Sikar (Raj.. ) and his childhood name was Bhooramal.. His father was Chaturbhuj Chhabra and mother was Ghritbhari devi.. He was second of five brothers.. After completing primary studies in his village, he further studied Sanskrit and swadwad in Banaras.. He was initiated kshullak Diksha by Acharya Veersagar Ji who belonged to the lineage of Acharya Shantisagar.. He was then named kshullak Gyanbhusan.. He remained a kshullak for 2 years and 2 more years as Ailak before becoming a Muni.. He was initiated a monk Diksha by Acharya Shivsagar Ji Maharaj Khaniya ji, Jaipur on 20th June 1959.. He was further elevated to the Acharya status in 1968 at Naseerabad, Rajasthan.. He had conferred his Aacharya status to his follower Vidhyasagar Maharaj on 22nd Nov.. 1972.. He died on June 1, 1973 in Naseerabad.. As an expert in Sanskrit, he had been a great composer in Sanskrit.. At least 30 researchers have studied his works and were honored doctoral degrees.. At least 300 scholars have presented research papers on his work.. His works includes 4 Sanskrit epics and 3 more Jain Granthas and that too in the time when the Sanskrit composition was almost obsolete.. These creations have always surprised the modern Sanskrit scholars.. Courtesy : Pradip Jain, Philatelist, E-Mail :.. philapradip@gmail.. com.. ACHARYA SHREE CHANDANA JI TO PROMOTE 200 SCHOOLS.. Veeraytan International held its annual general body meeting on September 15 in NJ at the home of Sharad and Ketki Shah.. The meeting was graced by the presence of Acharya Shri ChandanaJi, Sadhvi Shri Shilapiji, Sadhvi Shri Vibhaji and Sadhvi Shri Sanghmitaji.. 50 Volunteers and supporters from various parts of the country attended the meeting.. This was such a special event that Mr.. Abhay Firodia, President of Veeraytan flew in especially from India for the meeting.. The meeting started with welcoming remarks by the host Dr.. Ketki Shah and blessings from Acharya Shri Chandanaji.. The office bearers presented report of progress of various projects undertaken by Veeraytan International (USA) along with financial report.. The members approved the activity report quickly in anticipation of the next item on the agenda.. There was an air of great expectations in the room as the main event was about to unfold Acharya Shri Chandanaji was going to present a vision the giant leap forward for Veeraytan that will transform for the better, lives of thousands of young and poor villagers of India and in the process improve rural health and environmental conditions that will also change the face of Jainism in India.. The benevolent and ambitious plan envisioned by Acharya Shriji called for building 200 model primary and secondary schools for 500 students at various Jain Teerthdhams and all the schools will be named Teerthankar Mahavir Vidyalya providing value based education without regard to cast or religion of students.. After the phenomenal success of such schools built and operated by Veeraytan since 2001 in Lachhwad, Pawapuri and Kutchh, Veeraytan has seen multitude of benefits of school projects undertaken in small impoverished villages.. Value based academic curriculum not only provided quality education to thousands of poor children in villages but special attention by Veeraytan to the nutritional, health, sanitation and environmental conditions has provided demonstrable benefits to the whole village where such model schools were built in the last 12 years.. Education not only promise path out of cycle of poverty for the students, but also creates a solid and decent citizen for a brighter future for all of India and for humanity.. For Veeraytan, the reason to focus on Jain Teerthdhams is very instructive.. We have all wondered why a school age child is hanging around our Temple during the day and not in school.. All of the Terrthdhams, without exception are a hotbed of institutionalized poverty.. Generally native Jains have left the towns for cities to the extent that many of our Teerths have no local jain population.. A town with a Teerhdham develops a culture of dependency dependence on pilgrims for their generosity no major industry or commerce providing job opportunities.. Furthermore the pilgrims arrive in high spirits with charity in their heart but they have no attachment to the town or the town s population.. That benign neglect attitude is reciprocated by the local population that view pilgrims only as targets of opportunity to make some money and wait for new pilgrims next day.. To break this deplorable situation played out at every Teerthdhams perhaps for centuries, a new approach is needed.. By creating opportunities for their new generation to be educated, prosper, be healthier and becoming a useful member of their society, Veerayatan sees this as our duty to the town hosting our Teerth and an opportunity to practice Mahavir s message of compassion and service to the poor and needy.. This gradual transformation/ betterment of a town by an ideal school is not just a theory.. The schools in Bihar and Kutchh built by Veeraytan over the last 12 years has proved to be an exemplary laboratory for this social and educational experiment.. Now it is time to expand our horizon and make every one of our Teertdham an ideal village, a seat of decent education, where poverty will be on decline, life expectancies of children will rise and jains will be seen as saviors of their town.. Veeraytan s own Teachers training college can provide the teachers for the new schools.. By following Bhagwan Mahavir s message, we can bring these towns to their former glory and revive Jainism to the places where Jainism was once a dominant presence.. The proposal to build schools at our Teerthdhams by Acharya Shri Chandanaji received overwhelming support from those who were present at the meeting one after another, 20 individuals stood up each pledging to sponsor one school.. The power of the idea, spirit of giving and the opportunity to be an agent of change so appealed to these generous souls that no one asked how much they will have to contribute! The meeting was adjourned for lunch break.. When everyone returned from lunch break, Acharya Shri Ji proposed a Global conference of Veerayatan family be held in 2014 to work out details of how a massive project of 200 schools will be carried out.. Various committees for detailed planning and financial controls will have to be formed and awareness will have to be raised for the dream to become a reality.. Vinod Shah of MD proposed the name of Dr.. Kiran Patel of Tampa, FL (Past President of AAPI) to be the Convener of the conference approximately a year from now in 2014.. It is expected that one hundred international delegates and 100 US delegates will gather to brainstorm and propose a plan for implementation at the 2014 Veeraytan Global Conference.. Over the next 4 to 6 weeks, Dr.. Patel, in consultation with Acharya ShriJi and Veerayatan International Board form various committees for the conference.. Last speaker of the day was the one everyone was waiting to hear from.. Veerayatan President Abhay Firodia, made a detailed presentation on issues ranging from acquisition of land, budget, construction, government permits, corpus funds for sustaining the schools after the construction, hiring of staff and the teachers and Veeryatan s vision.. His presentation was so thorough that it answered all the questions there were on this ambitious and visionary project.. Lastly, Abahyji proposed that Sadhvi Shri Shilapiji be the overall manager of the entire project with divine guidance from Acharya Shri Chandanaji.. Everyone applauded the idea as Sadhvi Shri Shilapiji graciously accepted the responsibility.. Source : Dilip Shah, Philadelphia, US, Past President JAINA.. 0.. 104.. , 17 2013.. ,.. : 6 2013.. 20.. 0.. 17 ,.. 16 ,.. 13 ,.. 22.. 17 , : ( ).. 17 , ( ).. 20 , - , , , , , , , , , , ,.. ACHARYA LOKESH MUNI HONORED WITH PEACE AWARD BY INDIAN CONSUL GENERAL IN USA.. New York, September 20th, 2013, Consul General of India in New York, Mr.. Dhyaneshwar Mulay organized a welcome function to honor H H Acharya Dr.. Lokesh Muni in the Indian House of New York.. Representatives of several Indo-American Associations and Peace Loving Americans were invited to honor H H Zachary Dr.. Lokesh Muni, an eminent Indian Spiritual Leader who delivered a speech on Futurewithout Violence.. Acharya Dr.. Lokesh Muni, Founder-President of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharati mentioned that not only India and United States, but the whole world is affected by Violence and Terrorism.. Peace is the key for the development, violence and terrorism is not a solution to the problem.. The United States and India need to cooperate in order to stop terrorism and violence.. He also commented that the problem should be eliminated at the root level permanently rather than solve it temporarily.. While elaborating the theme, he added Nations are investing enormous sums of money in the development of armaments and nuclear weapons, but very little is being spent on peace.. It is ironic that we seek the fruits of peace without investing anything in it.. Let us talk together.. Let us meet other (of diverse backgrounds) and walk a few steps together.. He also mentioned that peace, non-violence and harmony are the only way to establish a better world.. He also said that poverty, illiteracy and growing population are the bottlenecks.. He appealed to world spiritual leaders to work closely together on this mission for better society.. In regard to the Washington Shootings, Boston Bombings, Syrian Chemical Attack, and Bombay attack, he said, Nations are investing enormous sums of money in the development of armaments and nuclear weapons, but very little is being spent on peace.. In his Welcome Address, Consul General Mr.. Dhyaneshwar Mulay said that not only India and the United States but the whole world is affected by violence and terrorism.. He called upon the political and the religious leaders and the NGO s to come forward to check the violence, terrorism and strengthen the unity of mind.. He was addressing peace march led by Acharya Dr.. Lokesh Muni.. He further said that Peace march is not only the ideal for India but it inspires the whole Society and world.. The march led by munishree plays a great role in establishing peace and harmony in the society.. Assemblyman Mr.. William Scarborough mentioned that India is going to be an economic power and in the future, India will become a world economic power.. He said that he has seen so many different forms of violence growing that he believes everyone needs to unify to find more effective methods against violence and terrorism.. He honored Acharyaji for his contribution towards peace and harmony and presented with a citation.. On this occasion, Reverend Henry Fury, Superintendent Cynthia Randina, Mr.. Amir Dossal, Mr.. Roger Sengupta expressed their views.. Introduction of Acharyaji by Prof Bipin Sangankar.. Bhajans by Miss Preeti Seth enthralled the audience.. The evening was adorned by the presence of Renowed Social worker, Padmashree Dr.. Sudhir Parikh, Dr.. Navin Mehta, Mr.. Karamjit Dhaliwal, Mrs.. Uma Sengupta, and Ms.. Ujwala Shah.. Source : Muni Lokesh, E-Mail :.. munilokesh_india@yahoo.. co.. in.. JAIN MUNIS TO BECOME BRAND AMBASSADORS FOR HERITAGE PROMOTION.. JITO has roped in around forty Jain Munis to promote heritage tourism through their religious discourses.. While big corporate and multi-nationals may be scratching their heads trying to find out innovative ways of branding and advertising their products, here is our very desi innovative way of publicising a programme.. Gone are the days when the Jain Maharaj restricted their talks to religious discourses and teachings on Jainism.. If all goes as per plans, soon they will be heard talking about the community s unique heritage walk, covering ancient derasars in the city, during their religious discourses.. According to Jain International Trade Organization they wish to promote their heritage walk project in Ahemedabad.. Around 40 Maharaj have agreed to mention the walk during their discourses.. The heritage walk is a joint initiative by Jito and NGO City Heritage Centre.. The Jain heritage walk was started in the city in March, and in inaugural walk hundreds of Jain Munis and devotees participated in hitherto unnoticed and unexplored monuments in the walled city.. :.. 23, 2013, 2500 - , , ,.. - , , - , , , ,.. , , , -.. NEWS FROM TEMPLES.. FLORIDA JAIN SOCIETY BUILDS ALTAMONTE SPRINGS JAIN TEMPLE.. September 11, 2013, The Jain Society of Central Florida will hold an inauguration ceremony Sept 12-15 for their temple under construction in Altamonte Springs.. The ceremony includes moving into the facility which is nearing completion.. The temple, being built at 407 W.. Citrus St.. , is in the design of a traditional Jain temple in India.. The Central Florida Jain Society, comprised of about 400 members, has been meeting in a small home next to where the temple is being built.. The Jain Society of Central Florida was formed in the 1990s.. MOODABIDRI THEFT JAIN BHATTARAKHA S TO LEAD PROTEST URGING CBI INVESTIGATION.. (An English translation of the press release in Kannada as release by Moodabidri Jain Samaj).. Moodabidri (Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka), September 30, 2013: A day long silent protest has been organised in the premises of the ancient thousand pillars temple (Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani Temple) at Moodabidri on October 2, 2013 urging the Government of Karnataka to recommend the case for CBI (central bureau of investigation) enquiry.. Eight (Ashta Mathadisha s) Bhattarakhas belonging to the different Jain Muths of Karnataka along with Dr.. Veerendra Hegde the Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala will lead the protest.. The protest will be held from 8.. 30 A.. and around 2000 Jains from across Karnataka are expected to assemble at the venue and extend their support.. This was communicated by the members of Moodabidri Jain Samaj in a press release today morning at a press conference held in the premises of the thousand pillars temple.. Appreciative of Police Action - Following the theft of 15 anciet, antique, precious Jain idols from Siddantha Darshan temple on the night of July 5, 2013 the police department have taken stern follow up action in the case and were able to trace the sources of 8 idols out of the total 15 that were stolen.. Further, they were able to arrest Ghanshyam Das from Orissa the main accused who stole the idols in the case and they were also successful in arresting Subhash Sancheti alias Rajaji of Chattisgarh who is said to be the person who bought the idols from Ghanshyam Das.. The Jain community is highly appreciative of the police action until this stage.. Delayed Progess in the Case Though the police made quick advances in the investigation of this case, the progress has delayed after the arrest of Rajaji.. The police haven t been able to make any further inroads in the case after this and have not recovered all the idols nor have been able to extract any further details from the chief accused and the buyer of idols.. Urge of CBI Enquiry The undue delay in the case has been a matter of concern to the Jain community and since the case is of grave national importance and is related to three different states (Karnataka, Orissa and Chattisgarh) they have been urging for CBI investgation.. In view of the above facts and circumstances the Jain Samaj has urged CBI enquiry in the case.. Jain Bhattarakha s who will be leading the Protest Along with Dr.. D.. Veerendra Hegde the Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala the following Jain Bhattarakha s will also be leading the protest.. His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, Moodabidri Jain Muth.. His Holiness Swasti Sri Lalithakeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, Karkala Jain Muth.. His Holiness Swasti Sri Devendrakeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, Hombuja Jain Muth.. His Holiness Swasti Sri Lakshmisena Bhattarakha Swamiji, Narasimharajapura Jain Muth.. His Holiness Swasti Sri Bhattakalanka Bhattarakha Swamiji, Swadi (Sonda) Jain Muth.. His Holiness Swasti Sri Vrushabasena Bhattarakha Swamiji, Lakkavalli Jain Muth.. His Holiness Swasti Sri Bhanukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, Kambadahalli Jain Muth.. His Holiness Swasti Sri Dharmasena Bhattarakha Swamiji, Amminabhavi (Varur) Jain Muth.. Source: Nitin H.. , Jain Heritage Centres News Service.. CHHATTISGARH GOVERNMENT ASKS KARNATAKA FOR CBI PROBE IN IDOLS MOODBIDRI THEFT CASE.. Sep 18, 2013, Chhattisgarh Government has requested the government of Karnataka to initiate CBI probe in the ancient Jain idols case where 15 rare Jain idols were stolen from Karnataka in July and the interstate trail through about four states led to a leading jewellers group in the controversy.. In the context, chief secretary Sunil Kumar has written a letter to chief secretary of Karnataka government S.. V.. Rangnath, stating that Chhattisgarh's director general of police had also dispatched a letter to Karnataka's DGP in the backdrop of the theft on September 10, and has endorsed the same to him too.. Sunil Kumar stated in the letter that Karnataka police has made sincere efforts and Chhattisgarh police have also provided necessary assistance in investigation of the case.. The Jain community in Chhattisgarh has handed over memorandum to Governor of the state on September 7, demanding immediate arrest of the culprits besides seizure of the stolen idols.. The Jain community in Raipur has also staged demonstrations and demanded that the case should be handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).. The chief secretary further stated in the letter that as the missing idols are priceless antiques, the involvement of some interstate or international gangs in the case cannot be ruled out.. However, Chhattisgarh government opined that if the case is handed over to CBI for further investigation, it will not only be an appropriate response to the demands of the Jain community but will also be a proactive measure in the interest of speedier investigation.. The decision in this respect, however, has to be taken by the government of Karnataka and the central government, stated Sunil Kumar in the letter.. Theft of rare antique idols from Karnataka turned into a major controversy as the Jain community here is anguished over non-cooperation by state police due to the accused alleged links with an influential jewellery chain group of central India.. RAIPUR, JAINS SET DEADLINE FOR RECOVERY OF STOLEN IDOLS.. Sep 12, 2013, RAIPUR: Theft of rare antique Jain idols from Karnataka is snowballing into a major controversy far away in Chhattisgarh, as the Jain community here is anguished over non-cooperation by state police due to the accused alleged links with an influential jewellery chain group of central India.. Jain acharya Vivek Sagar, who led a delegation of community members and submitted a memorandum to the state government last week, has given a September 30 ultimatum for recovery of idols and arrest of thieves; failing which he would not take food.. Community members said, 15 rare Jain idols were stolen from Karnataka in July and the inter-state trail through about four states led to a leading jewellers group in Chhattisgarh after a Bhilai-based showroom of this group was raided by the Karnataka police early last month and arrested Subhash Sancheti, also known as Rajaji, the owner of Bhilai branch and brother-in-law of chain's owner.. On the other hand, opposition Congress is demanding a CBI probe into the theft-alleging that state police was not cooperating.. State Congress president Charan Das Mahant said the state police's reluctance was apparently visible in its actions and it did not cooperate with the Karnataka police during the preliminary stages of its investigations.. The probe needs to be handed over to the CBI , he demanded.. Faced with criticism that police was dilly dallying because of the accused links with the influential business group, director general of state police Ramniwas said It's an international racket.. We have requested the Karnataka police to handover the probe to CBI.. He also claimed that the arrests made from within the state were with the help of the state police.. Meanwhile, state government sources said top officials are in touch with their Karnataka counterparts to reassure its cooperation in the wake of Chhattisgarh government facing criticism from Jain Community that its police did not cooperate.. Indications are that chief minister Raman Singh is also in favour of handing over the probe to CBI.. Local community members said the police had claimed that they have so far recovered eight of the 15 stolen idols and five of the costly idols have been melted.. They don't believe this melting theory and suspect that they have probably been smuggled out of the country.. Idols, dating back to 200 BC two centuries before Christ, belonged to Guru Basadi temple in Moodbidri, a religious town of Dakshin Kannada.. After the theft on July six, police identified the thief as Ghanshyam Das of Orissa.. Karnataka police later raided his father-in-law Digambar Mohanty's house in Bhubaneswar and recovered three intact idols and molten metal, apparently that of five that had been melted.. Mohanty and Diptimayee, wife of Das, were arrested and later Das was detained by the Andhra Pradesh police.. Subsequent interrogation of the accused led the Karnataka police to Bhilai, where they raided the showroom.. I don't think the government's intent is to shield anyone.. Let's examine at which level there was non-cooperation from the police.. We can take appropriate action , state home minister Nankiram Kanwar said.. MOODBIDRI BHATTARAK SHREE CHARUKIRTIJI SPEAKING TO A.. JAIN, EDITOR, AHIMSA TIMES.. Bhattarak Shree Charukirtiji of Moodbidri was interviewed by Mr.. A.. Jain, Editor, Ahimsa Times, at New Delhi on Sunday 29th September, 2013 about Current Issues and in particular theft of precious idols at Moodbidri.. Click on photograph to hear the message.. COMMUNITY ACTION REACTION.. LETTER BY SHRI R.. P.. JAIN REQUESTING CBI ENQUIRY IN MOODBIDRI THEFT CASE.. To,.. Mr Ahmed Patel.. Political Advisor, All India Congress Committee.. 24 Akbar Road, New Delhi.. Dear Sir,.. Subject: The non-action by the Karnataka Chief Minister Shri Siddharamaiah for referring to CBI enquiry about the theft of Rare Precious Antique Jain idols from a Jain temple at Moodabidri (Karnataka).. Background - With reference to the above subject I hereby would like to bring to your kind notice about:.. 1.. The theft that had occoured on the night of July 5, 2013 in Siddantha Mandir at Moodabidri, a small town located at a distance of 37 Kms away from Mangalore.. 2.. 15 rare antique Jain idols made out of precious stones gold worth several millions of dollars in the international market were stolen by a notorious idol thief Ghanshyam Das of Orissa.. Karnataka Police Action.. A complaint was given in this connection on the morning of July 6, 2013 by the Jains of Moodabidri in connection with the theft to the Mangalore police.. Swiftly responding to the complaint the Police Commissioner of Mangalore City Mr.. Manish Khabhrikar Mr.. S.. Ravikumar (Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mangalore North) swung into action.. They came into action based on various clues provided to them by localites.. 3.. As fallout of this several teams of police were formed to investigate the case intensely.. Based on various leads Mr.. Ravikumar and their team landed at Bhubaneswar and with the help of Orissa police conducted a raid where the young aggressive wife, Dipthimai Mohanty Patnaik (who herself is a law student) and her father (who was an employee of the Government of Orissa) were arrested and 3 stolen precious antique Jain idols were recovered along with approx.. 2 KGS of gold.. The police also checked the gold smith there who admitted that it is his seal on the gold biscuit.. 4.. The accused were produced before the Orissa court and brought on transit demand along with Orissa police lady officer to Moodabidri where they were produced at the Moodabidri court.. 5.. Subsequently, during the investigation it was observed that the thief Ghansham Das had 59 mobile SIM cards issued from different states.. The Mangalore police were tracking the thief but he was so clever so as to not to stay for more than one night at one place.. 6.. Due to efficient tracking, he was nabbed at Sri Kalkulam along with Andhra Pradesh police and produced in the court for transit demand there and was brought to Moodabidiri.. 7.. During the interrogation he admitted having stolen all the 15 idols but he said that he has sold the remaining idols to one Subhash Sancheti  ...   true ambassadors of nonviolence.. Jain ascetics do not have a home or any possessions.. They wander barefoot from place to place except during the months of Chaturmas.. They don t move during chaturmas again to save insects microorganism which are active during rainy season.. The quality of life led by them is difficult because of the many constraints placed on them.. The Jain ascetics are detached from social and worldly activities.. Jain Monks never cause harm or violence to any living being.. They do limit their necessities to the lowest limit and apart from these limits they attempt to live a detached life.. All the activities of their life have only one aim, namely, self-purification for self- realization.. For the attainment of this objective, besides following laid down guidelines they perform the pratikraman daily, and perform other austerities.. All their activities are directed towards elevating their souls to the Paramatma-dasha, the state of the Supreme Soul.. If we can't appreciate penances practiced by Jain Monks , lets not make life of these jain monks more difficult either and be part of any upsarg / Jain Shashan Asatna.. Choice is yours.. GUJARATI JAINS REACH OUT TO NAIROBI MALL ATTACK VICTIMS.. Sep 25, 2013,Ahmedabad: Gujarati Jains community in Nairobi needs to be applauded for their in-time support and compassion towards humanity in the hour of need.. When the dastardly attack on Kenya shopping mall was going, the Jains in the area recorded their presence by their generous offering to all who needed it most.. Gujarati Jains have opened the doors of their community center next to the upscale Westgate Mall in Kenya's Nairobi which is under siege by terrorists for rescue and relief operations.. The Visha Oswal Community Center in Nairobi has become the hub of rescue relief where over 300 Gujarati volunteers are offering their services to tend to the scores of injured terror victims including Indians, Europeans and from other countries.. Lalit Dhami, vice-chancellor of Tapovan Sanskar Pith on the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar highway, said that the Visha Oswal Community Center has six marriage halls which have been converted into make-shift emergency center where medical treatment is being given to the injured.. A media center has also been created at the center.. Apart from Indians, a big number of Asians and Europeans have taken shelter in the center.. We are doing our best to make them feel safe and comfortable by offering hot meals and a decent living arrangement, Jhakhariya said.. Jhakhariya said that while the Gujarati Jain community is doing their bit and have not ask for help from the government.. They have urged the local spiritual Gurus to hold prayer meets wishing an early end to the terror crisis and peace to the tortured souls.. Prakash Pindoriya who runs transportation business in Kenya volunteered his services for the relief operation ever since terror struck the mall on Saturday.. We have been involved in giving first aid to victims who are not grievously hurt and donating blood.. The locals do not have much knowledge about blood donation wherein we are helping by collecting community members and facilitating blood donation, Pindoriya said.. Atul Shah, owner of the Nakumatt chain of stores in Kenya including the Westgate Mall in Nairobi told Mahant Bhagwatpriya Swami of the Swaminarayan Gaadi Sansthan that while the situation was under control, firing was still being reported from inside the mall.. Courtesy: Dr.. Sulekh.. Jain, Houston, Texas, USA, E-Mail :.. scjain@earthlink.. net.. MANY INDIANS KILLED IN KENYA TERROR SEIGE.. The funerals of 18 Gujaratis who were killed in the Westgate Mall terror seige in Nairobi were held while retrieval of bodies from the building remained painfully slow because many lay under collapsed debris.. Harish Kanabar, president of BAPS Satsang Mandal, Kenya said these 18 Gujaratis belonged to different communities including Patels, Jains, Kutchi Jains and Khojas (followers of Aga Khan).. Director of the Westgate Mall Arvind Raghavani said ,about 25 Gujaratis Indians have died in the terror attack.. Another 175 people were injured, including more than 60 who remain hospitalized.. Chinubhai Shah, committee member of Visha Oswal Samaj which was running a rescue and relief center next to the mall, said that death toll is near 70 and is expected to touch 100.. A number of dead bodies buried under the debris are yet to be recovered, said Shah.. AHIMSA MESSENGER TO COMBAT GENDER VIOLENCE SAYS SONIA GANDHI.. New Delhi, September 1, 2013, : The Centre on Saturday launched Ahimsa messenger programme to combat violence against women and children.. The programme targets both men and women, including youths, to address and eliminate all forms of violence against women and children at grassroots and facilitate social/community mobilisation to fight social evils.. Ahimsa Messengers would also serve as link workers in case of any violence and also facilitate the women to approach the concerned authorities in case of incidences of violence for suitable redressal and follow up on the case.. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who inaugurated the program, said that the Ahimsa Messenger is directly related to the safety and empowerment of women.. They will spread awareness and knowledge about their legal rights and their economic and social growth, their safety and dignity in the society.. The Ahimsa doots (messengers) will be trained to empower them.. A unique feature of this programme is that adolescent boys have also been made an integral part of this programme, she said.. She also said that on the one hand women are touching the pinnacle of success in various fields, on the other, she is also suffering as a victim of child marriage, female foeticide, domestic violence, dowry related deaths and sexual harassment.. CONFERENCES, EVENTS ACTIVITIES.. WORLD PEACE COMMUNAL HARMONY CONFERENCE AT MAHATMA GANDHI CENTER NEW JERSY, USA.. 24th September 2013: In the world famous Mahatma Gandhi Center in New Jersey, USA leaders of the Hindu, Muslim, Jain and Sikh faith participated in World Peace and Communal Harmony conference to bring a message of peace and love to the people at internationally.. Religious leaders of different religions came on one platform to emphasize that Religion teaches us to come together; it does not create differences.. Religious Gurus further said that for development in the country peace and harmony should be maintained.. Founder President of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti Acharya Dr.. Lokesh Muni, Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, President of the All India Imams Association, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh Shri Deviki Nandan Thakurji and Sadhwi Bhagwati addressed the to spread the message of World Peace and Communal harmony.. Founder President of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti and famous Jainacharya Dr.. Lokesh Muni addressing the large event said Religion brings us together it does not create differences.. Unity in diversity is the basic principle of India culture.. Acharya ji said Come, let s sit together as one family and talk, even if it s few steps, lets walk.. Vikas (development) and Mitas (sweetness) never comes from fighting it only comes from peace and love.. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji said Often, wrongs were committed and mistakes happened.. But no wrong was ever made right through more violence and it does not matter now who started the fight lets all come together to end it.. Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi in the conference said that he has seen so many different forms of violence growing that he believes everyone needs to unify to find more effective methods against violence and terrorism.. He said peace, non-violence and harmony are the only way to establish a better world.. Shri Devkinandan Thakurji on the occasion said that world political, spiritual leaders and social organizations should work closely together on this mission of World Peace and Communal Harmony to create a better society.. On the occasion many prestigious people, leaders, social workers, philosophers and industrialists were present.. DIVERSE ACTIVITIES IN COMMUNITY.. GUJARAT CM NARENDRA MODI FELICITATE JAIN COMMUNITY AFTER PARYUSHAN.. SOUTH ASIAN CENTRE IS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR DOCUMENTARY.. The South Asian Community Centre is producing a video on elder abuse and your help is needed.. The purpose of the video is to bring awareness about elder abuse, and how we can prevent this societal problem from affecting those in our own community.. The planned format is interviews with professionals as well as the taping of groups of people from the local South Asian community talking about the issues and concerns.. Volunteers are required for this key component of the video as we will not be focusing on any one person or family.. If you would like to volunteer for one of the 'gatherings', please call any of the following people for more information or to participate:.. South Asian Centre: Kusum Mann, E-Mail :.. sacw09@gmail.. Tele : 519-252-747 - Monday - Thursday 2-5 PM.. South Asian Centre Board: Dr.. Sushil Jain, E-Mail :.. sjain42@yahoo.. , Tele : 519-966-2474.. South Asian Centre Board: Mirza Baig, E-Mail :.. info@myprintsupplier.. , Tele : 519-988-0159.. We are looking for 20 people to participate in groups of 5-7 people.. The 20 minute video will be shown to the public locally as well as in other regions.. JAIN ENTREPREN.. EURS PRIANK SHAH INNOVATE FOR AHI.. MSA SPRAY FOR MOSQUITOES.. Ahmedabad: Technology is moving at a crazy pace and creating ever more complicated products for human consumption.. According to AMC, the dengue mosquito density currently stands at 0.. 89 mosquitoes per room, Diseases caused by it have attained epidemic proportions yet a Gujarati Jain has taken it upon himself to deliver the people from this menace but in his own unique, spiritual way.. He has developed a 'Jivdaya' insect repellant that will not kill insects like mosquitoes but drive them out of people's homes.. Also calling it an 'ahinsak spray', Priyank Shah, 36, a businessman has researched on effective ways of chasing out insects, not killing them.. Priyank was a dealer of a well known international insect repellant brand till a few years back, but that clashed with his ideologies.. Jains believe in equal compassion towards all beings - it is called jivdaya.. While I was selling these repellants, I was unhappy because insects die due to it.. It was at a spiritual discourse with Jain monk Yashovarma Sureshwarji Maharaj that, I vowed to put my resources at work to develop a concoction that would not kill insects.. The answer came in pine tree oil.. It has a scent that drives insects like mosquitoes, spiders, ants, cockroaches and even lizards away.. It has an oily base, so it must be sprayed on the floor, he explained.. The effect is such that the insects rush out of the vicinity.. After one and a half years of research, Priyank created his signature repellant and gave sample bottles to friends and relatives.. I even gave it to many city derasars like Hutheesing Temple and Tapovan.. Everyone has found it effective and fragrant too, he said.. In the last three months, he has produced 2000 bottles of 500 ml each that have been delivered to Mumbai and Rajkot as well.. AFTER FAST, 1350 JAINS CREATE 'RECORD' IN PAARNA FEAST.. Sep 12, 2013, AhmedabadThe piety turned into a celebratory note when 1,350 Jain devotees of the city successfully ended their Paryushan fast together.. The event became more memorable when it broke all previous records where such a large number of people performed paarna and sought blessings of Acharya Bhagwans.. Even though the day began on a hot and humid note, the muggy weather could hardly dampen the mood among hundreds of Jains who flocked to the Sabarmati riverfront to celebrate paarna ending of the Paryushan fast.. It was a sight to behold on the Riverfont when kin of the devotees on fast, fussed about the venue either clicking photographs of the grand event or offering food their loving care making the pious event more poignant.. The brain of the event Panyas Shri Mahabodhi Vijayji Maharaj, who blessed the participants for successful completion of paarna said, We never expected the event to turn out to be so hugely successful with such a massive participation.. The event, organised by Samuhik Siddhitap Sankalan Samiti, saw participation by 21 Jain Sanghs of the city in a bid to create a record.. However, nobody from either the Guinness Book of records or the Limca Book had been called to confirm the claim for record, a Maharaj said.. When asked why not, he said that they did not believe in registering and getting confirmation by these Books.. We are sure that we will go on creating new records, breaking our own previous records, he added.. Four huge domes were erected to accommodate 300-odd devotees each.. Also, 200 sadhus and sadhvis from all over the state and 60,000-strong audience made the event more spectacular.. A donation box kept at the entrance and bulging from the devotees benevolence bears testimony to the day s success story.. ISSUE OF MINORITY STATUS.. 18 2013 -.. 23 ,1993 , ! , , ,.. 29 2004 ! 17.. 5.. 1992 2 ,.. 2007 , ,.. 29 2004 4730/1999 -2.. 23 19 2013 ! , ,.. 18 2012 4 8 2013 - , , ,.. : 2 30 2013 18 2013 - -.. - , , :.. , : : ,.. 1992.. 2.. (.. ),.. - :.. vishwajains@yahoo.. PAKISTAN LAWS TO RECOGNISE MINORITY MARRIAGES.. Karachi: The Sindh Governor promulgates Hindu Marriage Ordinance first time in Pakistan, said the former caretaker Law Minister of Sindh, Mehmood Mandviwalla.. The minorities, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists, finally have a law whereby their marriages would be registered and recognized by the Government of Sindh.. According to a press release issued here Friday, the Ordinance was promulgated by the Governor of Sindh, Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, with the efforts of the Mehmood Mandviwalla.. The Ordinance establishes a Hindu Marriage Registration Authority that will be responsible for registration of Hindu marriages solemnized in the province.. Mandviwalla said that during his tenure as caretaker law minister, he had met the representatives of the Hindu Community who had been demanding for a legal framework for registration and accordingly had worked with them to finalise this law.. Source : Mr.. L.. Jain, E-Mail :.. pljain2006@gmail.. HONOUR AWARDS.. SHOBHIT JAIN WINS GEETA RASTOGI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP.. Sep 22, 2013, The Upakar Foundation recently announced that Shobhit Jain, of Branchburg, New Jersey, is the recipient of the Geeta Rastogi Memorial Scholarship for the Performing Arts.. The aspiring filmmaker rounds out Upakar s class of 2017, including its first-ever community college awardee, increasing the total to 20 current Upakar scholars.. Upakar was founded in 1997 in part to combat Indian American community stereotypes, including that every child can afford a college education.. In addition, Upakar has long recognized non-traditional Indian American career pursuits by its scholarship recipients and has publicized role models in these professions.. Jain was the valedictorian of his high school class.. He served as class president for all four years and also led the student council and the local chapters of the Key Club and Model United Nations Club.. Jain also holds a first-degree black belt in taekwondo and served as a columnist for the Branchburg News.. In the fine arts realm, he has performed with the Satrangi School of Fusion, a Bollywood dance troupe.. His short film Me, Myself, I won Best High School Dark-Comedy at the 2012 International Student Film Festival in Hollywood and an Honorable Mention at the Scholastic Art Writing Awards.. Jain will be attending New York University s Tisch School of the Arts to study film and television.. CLAREMONT LINCOLN UNIVERSITY HOSTS INT L JAIN CONFERENCE.. Sep 05, 2013 , Addressing this year s theme of Women s Perspectives in the Dharma Traditions (and Beyond), more than 30 leading female scholars were featured at the second annual International Jain Conference held Aug.. 23 and 24 at Claremont Lincoln University.. The conference invited the scholars to examine how ancient interpretations of sacred texts and religious traditions can pose obstacles to the full citizenship of women, as well as articulate new approaches to those very same texts and traditions in order to usher in more social equality.. Experts from the Jain, Buddhist, Sikh, and Hindu faiths as well Islam, Judaism and Christianity focused on these questions in the context of the status of women throughout the world, according to a press release.. Brianne Donaldson, assistant professor of Jain and Sikh studies at Claremont Lincoln University, opened with a call to make the conference a vehicle to champion the rights of women socially, physically and spiritually in all communities.. Masum Momaya of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.. presented a collection of idealized images depicting South Asian women in veils or doing domestic labor [which] are used to justify military action with the mission of saving these women, before showing a series of maps that highlighted countries and regions with higher statistics of physical abuse of women and selective infanticide in favor of male children.. T.. Rukmani of Concordia University in Canada spoke on Sanskrit texts that supported equality for women.. She holds the distinction of being the first woman to obtain a Ph.. from the University of Delhi, as well as the only person to be awarded the D.. Litt.. degree in its Sanskrit department, established in 1922.. Rita Gross from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a pioneer in the field of Buddhist studies and author of numerous books, including Buddhism after Patriarchy, spoke of the role of women in the Buddhist faith, while Dr.. Manisha Setty of the Jamia Islamia University in Delhi spoke about the lives of Jain nuns and the vows of renunciation they take.. The keynote speaker was Dr.. Nikky Singh of Colby College in Maine who spoke of the beauty of the Sikh scriptural poetry and the ways in which women are both celebrated and subjugated.. Rosemary Radford Reuther, the preeminent scholar and pioneer in the field of women s rights and feminism in Christianity, Rabbi Gail Labovitz of the American Jewish University and Edina Lekovic of the Muslim Public Affairs Council spoke on what being a woman in their faith traditions meant to them and how it felt to be both a professional and a woman of faith in American society.. Rita Sherma of the University of Southern California and Claremont Lincoln University hosted an evening panel with female scholars from the Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions to discuss romantic love as experienced by women in their religions.. The conference culminated with a trip to the Jain Center of Southern California in Buena Park, where conferees were given a preview of an upcoming exhibit at the Smithsonian curated by Momaya.. Titled Beyond Bollywood, the exhibit depicts the history of Indian Americans and how they have helped to shape the U.. Her preview included the arrival of the first Indian immigrant to America in the 18th century, images of Indians building the railroads, a rare poster from the lecture tour of V.. Gandhi, the first Jain delegate to the World Parliament of Religions in 1895, and a rare candid photo of Dalip Singh Saund, the first Indian American elected to Congress in 1957, chatting with future presidents John F.. Kennedy and Lyndon B.. Johnson.. Pallavi Gala, a Pathshala teacher, also gave the attendees insight into the practice of women of the Jain Center, and highlighted the students who have continued to practice Ahimsa and Anekantvad in their professional lives.. The conference committee was chaired by Dr.. Nitin Shah.. Members included Poorvi Parekh, Dr.. Mamta Shaha, Alka Dalal, Dr.. Brianne Donaldson, and Whitny Braun, who served as conference coordinator.. RAJ JAIN: PAINTING LIFE ON CANVAS.. New Delhi, September 11, 2013, Raj Jain, the eminent painter and ex-professor of Govt.. College of Art, Chandigarh doesn't have a particular style of art and takes his inspiration from objects around him.. The artist recently exhibited his paintings at All India Fine Arts Crafts Society.. One look at his work and you know that he does not follow any conventional form.. In fact, his style is more intuitive.. Most of his paintings centre around life.. His work mostly consists of the simple things in life.. The Wait, The Paper boat, The Monologue and The Bench are some of the popular works of Raj Jain.. Paper boat: the interpretation- There are four renditions of The Paper boat.. The Paper boat represents the last stage of life, Old age.. It shows that this last phase of life is fragile and unsteady.. It is flimsy and uncertain of the direction.. It will go wherever the waves take it.. The wall: what's beneath it- For Raj Jain, one more important inspiration from real life, has been The Wall.. Like The Paper boat, The wall, too, has many renditions and we can draw a different meaning and interpretation from each one of them.. I have always been intrigued by these walls as they are everywhere around us and make a great impact in our lives.. Wherever we may go, we are surrounded by walls which protect us from the outside world.. Where music and art meets- According to Raj Jain, the basic fundamentals of paintings and Indian classical music are very similar.. The basic principles of paintings and Indian classical music are not very different from each other.. Both are forms of art and takes inspiration from each other.. We all can interpret and comprehend different things from art individually , said Raj Jain who also likes to plays flute.. The universal appeal- Noted art critic and poet Padmashree Keshav Malik, lit a candle and inaugurated the exhibition.. I feel special and proud to be here to inaugurate this great exhibit of life in these paintings.. The unique thing about the paintings are that anybody from any walk of life can relate to these paintings.. I have no words to describe any of the paintings as it may mean a different thing to different people, says Malik.. Raj Jain has received many honours including the Sailor Prize, All India Fine Arts Crafts Society (1978), Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi to name a few.. The Exhibition opened on the 6th of September and will last till 12th September, 2013.. JAIN CALENDAR FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2013.. VIR SAMVAT 2539 JAIN CALENDAR VIKRAM SAMVAT 2069.. Aatham | Chaudas | Pancham | Bij | Agiyaras.. Jain Festival.. Auspicious Day.. BHADARVO - OCTOBER 2013 - AASO.. Mon.. Tue.. Wed.. Thu.. Fri.. Sat.. Sun.. AVOID GREEN ROOT VEGETABLES.. Date: 3 | 6 | 9 | 10 | 11 |12 | 13 | 14 |15 | 17 |18 20 | 24 | 27 | 30.. AVOID ROOT VEGETABLES.. Date: 4 | 31.. JAIN FESTIVAL.. Date: 10-18 - Ayambil Oli.. Date : 18 - Poonam (Bhav Siddhachal Yatra).. Ayambil Oli Finishes.. Date : 19 - Parna.. AUSPICIOUS DAY.. Date : 04 - Neminath Kevalgnan Kalyanak.. Date : 18 - Naminath Chavan Kalyanak.. Date : 24 - Sambhavanath Kevalgnan Kalyanak.. Date : 31 - Neminath Chavan Kalyanak.. Date : 31 - Padmaprabhu Janma Kalyanak.. Vad Baras.. 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    Descriptive info: org - Ahimsa Times - November, 2013 Issue.. 159.. November 2013.. May the festival of lights be the harbinger of joy and prosperity,.. As the holy occasion of Diwali is here and the atmosphere is filled with the spirit of mirth and love,.. Here's hoping this festival of beauty brings your way, bright sparkles of contentment, that stay with you through the days ahead.. *********************************************************.. DIWALI FESTIVAL FROM JAIN PERSPECTIVE.. Diwali, the festival of lights, has a pride of place in the history of Jainism.. It was on Aso Vad Amas (the dark later half of the month Aso, the last in the Hindu calendar) at midnight that Bhagwan Mahavir left his mortal body in Pavapuri Village in Bihar.. On that auspicious day, he was a liberated soul.. Bhagwan Mahavir finished 42nd monsoon in Pavapuri and took shelter in the office of king Hastipal's talati (village accountant).. Three months passed and fourth was about to be over.. Bhagwan foresaw his end approaching and informed everyone about it.. As soon as the news spread, Pavapuri was plunged into gloom.. Nature also felt the impending doom, as it were, and looked crestfallen at the thought of Mahavir's impending departure.. The cognoscenti said, "Be happy! God's a liberated soul now! The shackles will break and He will attain complete freedom".. The common people began to grieve:" Alas! The lord will be no more and we will not be able to behold him anymore.. When would we hear the divine speech again? We are trying to dispel the encircling clouds of gloom but in vain.. Is it true that God will disappear from our midst forever?".. The devotees were all grieving.. "It is only yesterday that he came in our midst and today he will be on his eternal voyage", they said.. They were not in a position to rejoice.. How can they when Bhagwan was to leave this world? They argued, "For him death is not a matter to be grieved over but how can we be happy at the thought of his death? A night is a night, howsoever bright the moon may be".. Bhagwan began his last discourse.. It was a marathon one and the world was bathed in the words of wisdom emanating from his lips.. Indra, the chief of Gods, who had prepared for God's death, lost his equanimity and was sad too.. The very thought of Mahavir's death pained him to no ends.. Indra, on behalf of the anxious people, asked, "Lord your conception, birth, renunciation and attainment of absolute knowledge were all in the hastottara nakshatra?" Bhagwan nodded his head in agreement.. "Your departure coincides with the entry of Bhasmagraha in the nakshatra.. Does it indicate the impending misfortune?", asked Indra.. "Yes", said Mahavir.. "You are omnipotent and omniscient; can't you delay the moment of your departure?" asked Indra anxiously.. He thought that if that moment passed then God would have a new lease of life.. Bhagwan, thereupon, said in a grave tone: "Indraraj, lust blinds one.. You love my body and hence your request.. You are knowledgeable and yet you forget that no one - God, demon or a human being - can extend the lifeline by even a fraction.. The mission for which I was born as a human being is accomplished and a moment more here is a great burden to me.. See Indra, there is spring blooming and there is a new dawn of sat, chit, anand.. Welcome it.. " The inmates of Bhagwan were trying to console the congregation of people saying, "Bhagwan will not attain nirvan (liberation) now.. We know it for sure.. " "How?" asked the people.. They said, "We remember Bhagwan once said to his favorite disciple, Maharshi Gautam, that he would not think of leaving the world without him.. Maharshi Gautam has been sent out by Bhagwan for a religious discourse and he will not leave the world in his absence.. Have patience.. " People, on hearing these words, kept quiet but Bhagwan was preparing for the ultimate journey.. He transcended Badar Manyog and Vachan-yog and rested in kayayoga the last vestige of life on the planet.. The congregation looked, with rapt attention, at his face, which shone, very rightly.. Everyone appeared tense, anxious.. At last God transcended kayayoga, and a luminous circle of light appeared.. The dark night of amavasya brightened and whispers were heard: Bhagwan has attained nirvana.. The lamp, which had shed its luminous light and enlightened many a soul, had burnt out.. Indra, who had regained his composure said, "Light the lamps.. God has attained nirvan".. The dark night was aglow with myriad lamps but people were eager to know why Bhagwan chose to depart in the absence of Guru Gautam, breaking his own promise.. They felt they would not be able to live and decided to undertake fasting.. On the other hand the festival of Bhagwan's nirvan was on and the skies reverberated to the sounds of mridang and conch.. Mahavir had discoursed the day before his nirvan and kali chaudas, the day before Diwali, and the discourse in found in the aagam sutra Uttaradhyayan.. That is why Shri Uttaradhyayan sutra is recited on the last two days (kali chaudas, and amaas ) of the month of Aso, the last month in the Hindu Calendar.. On the night of amaas - Diwali day - devotees worship Bhagwan Mahavir and at midnight special prayers are offered.. On the first day of the month of Kartak, the first month in Hindu Calendar, Bhagwan's first disciple Gautamswami attained absolute knowledge.. People, therefore, worship him on that day.. Thus kali chaudas, Diwali and the New Year day witnessed events of great significance, and some fast of these days and undertake elaborate worship.. Source : Kirit C.. Daftary.. HARYANA TO CELEBRATE ACHARYA TULSI JAYANTI.. Oct 3, 2013, Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has announced to celebrate Acharya Tulsi Jayanti on November 10 with a view to commemorate the memory of noted Jain Acharya Tulsi.. The announcement was made by Hooda when Muni Shri Vinay Kumar called on him at his residence here recently and apprised Hooda that the birth centenary of the Acharya would commence in November, 2013.. Hooda said that Principal Secretary K.. Khandelwal will be the coordinator for the function.. Born in 1914 in Ladnu, Rajasthan, Acharya Tulsi got initiated as a monk at the age of 11 years and renounced his physical comforts and dedicated his life to the noble cause of the well being of the people.. After assuming the responsibility as the head of the Jain Terapanth order, Acharya Tulsi wandered from one place to another for eleven years for education and training of monks and nuns.. He gave a new interpretation of religion, tried to fill the gap between science and spirituality by putting forward constructive programme of human regeneration in the form of the Anuvrat Movement and Preksha Meditation.. Acharya Tulsi realized that the independence of India would be futile unless the national character was developed.. Anuvrat Movement is an experiment in this direction which he launched on March 2, 1949.. The five principles truth, nonviolence, non-possession, asteya and celibacy are the foundation of this movement.. Acharya Tulsi and Jain Terapanth monks and nuns undertook long barefoot marches from one village to another taking the message of Anuvrat.. The Movement inspired followers to practice purity and self-discipline in their personal lives.. A series of campaigns launched from time to time under its aegis against the evils of adulteration, corruption, unsociability, dowry, etc.. generated a new wave of consciousness in the Indian masses.. First President of India Dr.. Rajendra Prasad made great contribution to the noble cause of the Movement.. Many prominent leaders like former Prime Minister of India Morarji Desai and Gulzarilal Nanda supported this movement.. Anuvrat Movement added a new chapter to itself in the form of Preksha Meditation.. The main aim of Preksha meditation is to reach and purify the deeper levels of existence.. He also launched the campaign "Naya Mod" to rid the society from evil practices like purdah system, mrityu bhoj, compelling widows to wear black clothes, subjecting them to insults and dowry system.. DR.. LOKESH MUNI'S UNITED STATES TOUR - REPORT.. During the three weeks tour Acharyaji participated in programs organized at United Nations, UNO, India House, Capital Hills, California Assembly, Mahatma Gandhi Centre New Jersey, Art Institute Chicago, Jain Centre Chicago, Jain Centre New York, Hindu Temple NY, Malwa Brothers NY etc.. He was honored and he gave lectures on different issues in the programs; a few of the press coverage of the same can be seen through the following links.. Acharya addressed the large gathering on the occasions to spread the message of Bhagwan Mahavir Philosophy of Non-violence, Peace and Anekant.. Peace is the key to development, while violence and terrorism are not solutions to the problem, Acharya Dr.. Lokesh Muni, founder-president of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharati said at a reception hosted by the Consul General of India in New York Dnyaneshwar Mulay at India House September 17.. In his address on a Future without Violence, Muni stressed that the problem of violence and terrorism should be eliminated at the root rather than in an ad hoc way.. Representatives of several Indian-American organizations attended the event where Muni emphasized that the U.. S.. and India should work together to end such violence.. Nations are investing enormous sums of money in the development of armaments and nuclear weapons, but very little is being spent on peace, Muni said.. He referred to the shootings at the U.. Navy Yard and the Boston Marathon bombings, the Syrian chemical attack and the Mumbai terror attacks in his talk.. It is ironic that we seek the fruits of peace without investing anything in it, Muni said.. Poverty, illiteracy and a growing population are also bottlenecks to peace, he acknowledged, and appealed to world spiritual leaders to work closely together on this mission for better society.. Let us meet other (of diverse backgrounds) and walk a few steps together, he said.. In.. his welcome address Mulay called upon the political and the religious leaders and non-governmental organizations to be pro-active to confront violence and terrorism and to strengthen the unity of mind.. New York Assemblyman William Scarborough, in his address, praised Muni for his contributions towards peace and harmony and presented him with a citation.. Professor Bipin Sangankar introduced Muni.. Others in attendance included Reverend Henry Fury of The United Presbyterian Church of Ridgewood; Hopatcong School Superintendent Cynthia Randina; Amir Dossal; Roger Sengupta; Dr.. Sudhir M.. Parikh, publisher of News India Times and recipient of India s Padma Shri award; Dr.. Navin Mehta; Karamjit Dhaliwal; District Leader Uma Sengupta; and Ujwala Shah.. Lokesh Muni also attended Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) launch at the UNICEF headquarters at the United Nations, New York along with other religious heads from around the world.. Speaking at the programme he said, Jainism believes water is a living being and is a limited natural resource.. This limited natural resource should not be used exorbitantly to fulfill the unlimited desires of human beings.. Even to purify ourselves, use of water should be restrained.. Source: Acharya Dr.. Lokesh Muni, Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti, New Delhi.. ACCORDING TO MUNI TARUN SAGARJI SHIVRAJ SINGH CHAUHAN WILL BE A BETTER PRIME MINISTER.. Jaipur: While attending a programme at Jaipur, noted Jain spiritual guru Tarun Sagar ji Maharaj mentioned Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan as a better prime minister candidate.. Furthering he also said, "The BJP candidate was endorsed by RSS in the interest of nation.. I believe that Modi as prime minister can bring change in the country and make a difference in your life but Chauhan is a better option," said Maharaj.. The spiritual leader also praised Modi's developmental model and complimented BJP and RSS for selection of party's prime minister candidate.. The statement came during his (Tarun Sagarji) inaugural address at the foundation day of Rashtriya Sawamsewak Sangh (RSS) held at Dusshera Maidan, Raja Park in Jaipur.. The Jain Muni was invited by RSS as chief guest of the function, which was attended by hundreds of RSS volunteers.. The statement caused ripples in the assembly, with the RSS leaders clarifying views expressed were personal.. RSS's clear choice is Modi.. Muni Taruj Sagarji is born in Damoh in Madhya Pradesh and has a strong following.. He is recognised and respected saint with his literature popularly known as 'Kadve Vachan' (bitter truths) telecasted and watched in over 100 countries by Jain community.. He has a strong following in the Hindu community as well, one reason why RSS invited him for the event.. RSS leaders earlier had honoured him with a title 'national saint.. ' The RSS leaders have distanced themselves from the statement of Jain guru and said: "The views expressed by the saint are his personal and does not subscribe to the organization," said a leader.. However, according to Ahimsa Foundation, the issue of discussion could be, whether our religious saints should promote and participate in political process ? Reader may send their views.. Reader's views.. Jain saints, in particular, who have renunciated their homes, their professional careers, their worldly chores and personal interests, once for all, are not expectede to get involved in any political issues.. The very definition of a Jain saint makes it abundantly clear.. They take oath during their diksha to accept and follow five mahavrats besides other vrats also and they surely know that much very clearly.. This applies to all saints, Shwetamber or Digambar.. In fact, Digambar saints are far more strict in following the oath items.. Most of them follow the laws but exceptions may there, like the one in question.. Certainly, such saints do not deserve to be called a 'true Jain sadhu'.. Jain.. SURAT JAIN SAMAJ CELEBRATES GURU PUSHKAR JAYANTI.. 20th October, 2013, Surat: In the benign presence of Upadhyayh Ramesh Muni, Uppravartak Dr.. Rajendra Muni, Sahitya Diwakar Surendra Muni and other Saints & Sadhvis of Swetambar Sthanakwasi Samaj, community members from Surat, Delhi, Gurgaon, Pali, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Banglore, Mumbai, Ludhiana, Pune, Naasik, Ahmedabad and many other cities joined Pushkar Muni Jayanti celebration at Surat.. The dignitaries to attend programme included Avinash Chordia, Anand Praksh Jain, Kesrimal Boorad, Rajkumar Jain, Bhanvar Lal Bohra, Balchand Kharvad, Virendra Dangi, Rajni Dangi etc.. The programme started with Navkar Mantra recitation and followed by discourse by Dr.. Rajendra Muni, Shri Ramesh Muni and others.. Rich tributes were offered to Shri Pushkar Muni for his contribution to Jain literature and his legendary work for the community.. Several requests from different places were made to Shri Rajendra Muni for holding his next Chaturmas.. A day before this on 19th October youth wing of Jain conference also celebrated Guru Pushkar Jayanti.. The programme was attended in large number by youth wing members in Gujarat.. Youth Wing President of All India Jain Conference Atul Jain & General Secretary Prashant Jain from New Delhi presided over the programme.. Shri Surendra Muni blessed the programme and Anil Prakash Jain, Balchand Kharvad grace the occasion by their presence.. At the end of the programme several resolutions were passed to provide guidance notes to the youth wing members.. Members resolved to improve their interaction on a regular basis and consolidate the organization.. It was also resolve to take the organization to smaller places and villages.. Community service requirement was also recognized.. UDAIPUR JAIN COMMUNITY CELEBRATES BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF GURUDEV PUSHKAR MUNI.. Upadhya Pushkar muni struggled hard to give a new direction to the society.. He was a great personality who spread the message of love, peace and brotherhood across the whole world.. Today we are indebted to him f or the inspiration he gave us.. These views were expressed by Rastrasant Ghaneshmuni Shastri on the occasion of the 103rd birth anniversary of Vishwasant Gurudev Pushkar Muni at a function organized jointly by the Devendra Muni Shikshan, Chikitsa Shod Sansthan and Shree Tarak Guru Jain Granthalaya, Udaipur on Sunday 21st Oct.. Ganesh Muni said that Pushkar Muni spread the message of Jain religion and philosophy all over the world.. It is due to his efforts that Jainism is flourishing and expanding.. He was a great believer in the power of Navkar Mantra.. He took all the teachings of Jainism to the masses.. During the function Shraman Sangeeya Salahkar, Dinesh Muni was conferred with the honorary degree of Sahityashree by Hindi Sahitya Sansthan, Allahabad for his contribution to society and his literary achievements.. He was given a Prashatri Patra by eminent authority Dr.. Mahendra Bhanawat, Dr.. Uday Chand Jain and Hukumi Chand Jain.. NEWS ABOUT JAIN TEMPLES.. HE CONDITION OF JAIN TEMPLES IN SOUTH INDIA IS MATTER OF CONCERN.. MAKODU'S PARASWNATH TEMPLE -.. Makodu (Makod), a silent village in the Periyapatna taluk of Mysore district has a very ancient history.. The ancient Basava (Nandi) temple and the Parshwanath temple are living proofs to this.. The Basava temple is in good shape and is worshiped regularly.. Ruined Parshwanth Temple - The Parshwanath temple is in a very dilapidated condition and demands immediate attention of the community.. For a first timer to the village it is hard to locate the temple.. Even after locating one cannot make out that it is a Jain temple owing to the fact that it is on its ruins.. We can find a lot of plants, trees and creepers grown around the external walls of the temple.. Most parts of the external structure are in a dismantled state.. It is very shocking to note that the temple has been converted into a store room and a cow shed.. We can find a pile of broken pipes, bamboos being put up to tie the cows and is used as a working place for a couple of families around the temple to stock their fire wood.. A couple of houses with mud walls have also been constructed around the temple in the area said to be belonging to the temple.. Construction of the Temple - We cannot find any inscriptions or other historical sources mentioning about the temples antiquity.. However, looking at its structure and history of the place we can conclude that the temple might have been constructed during the Hoysalan period (around 12 -13th Century).. Temple Structure - Externally it has an attractive adhishtana (foundation).. Internally the temple has a multi.. pillared wide hall (navaranga) leading to a smaller hall (sukanasi) and the sanctum sanctorum (garbagriha).. The sanctum sanctorum houses a 5 feet 9 inches high ruined idol of Lord Parshwanath in the standing (Kayotsarga) posture.. The idol is flanked by Dharanendra Yaksha, Padmavati Yaksi and have attractively carved arch enclosure surrounding it.. The idol has seven hoods and the face is mutilated.. The idol has been chipped off intermittently all throughout its length.. The Navaranga and the Garbagriha have attractive carvings along its roof.. Location - Makodu is a village located at a distance of 61 Kms from Mysore, 17 Kms from Hunsur, 20 Kms from Periyapatna & 25 Kms from Krishnarajanagar.. This ancient temple will vanish from public view forever unless urgent steps are taken to protect it.. Source : Nitin H.. Website :.. jainheritagecentres.. MOODBIDRI IDOL THEFT: JAINS DEMAND CBI PROBE.. Mangalore : In an attempt to pressure the State government to transfer the investigation of the stolen Jain idols from a Basadi in Moodbidri to the CBI, seers from eight different Jain Mutts in the Statestaged a day-long silent protest on the premises of Thousand Pillars Temple at Moodbidri.. The proteststarted in morning with 2,000 persons from the Jain  ...   achieved by the graduates from the class of 2008.. Mr.. Badenhausen said: We surveyed 17,000 alumni at 100 schools regarding their pre and post-MBA compensation, career choice and location.. We heard back from 27 per cent of those graduates.. Schools where we did not hear back from at least 15 per cent of their alumni were not included in the rankings.. We also did not include schools where alumni had a negative ROI after five years.. Sudhir Jain and Sarita Jain.. were elected unanimously as chairperson by the Bharatiya Digambar Jain Teerthkshetra Committee at its meeting held recently at Tijara.. Two Indian students,.. Smit Singhvi and Himanshu Jindal,.. from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Ahmedabad and latter from Delhi Technical University have been selected by Google and offered a package of Rs.. 93 Lakhs each.. Similarly, a student from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad has been offered a package of Rs.. 1 Crore by Facebook.. These are exceptional offers given by multi-national Companies inspire of an year of financial crisis all over the world and in a year of mass retrenchment in the United States.. 35 JAIN SANGH IN SURAT DEMAND BJP TO FIELD JAIN CANDIDATE FROM SURAT WEST ASSEMBLY CONSTITUENCY.. Oct 20, 2013, Surat : Members of Jain community held a Jin Shashan Gaurav Sammelan in the city and demanded that the ruling BJP field a candidate in the by-elections to Surat West assembly constituency from their group.. Presidents of some 35-odd Jain Sanghs belonging to the four branches of the religion passed a resolution to this effect.. Jain dharma gurus namely Acharya Chandrasagar Suri, Saiyam Bodhi Maharaj and Rajratna Vijay Maharaj were present at the sammelan.. The community members will be meeting chief minister Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar to impress upon him to give party ticket to a Jain candidate.. Similar claims for BJP ticket from the constituency have also been made by representatives of Patidar, Brahmin and Modh Vanik communities.. Surat West assembly constituency seat fell vacant due to the death of Kishore Wankawala, who had won with a margin of over 70,000 votes.. Surat West constituency, which has 2,03,000 voters, has been considered a safe seat for the BJP.. It has been represented by a Modh Vanik community candidate for the past five terms.. The by-elections will be held on December 4.. Political parties are likely to announce their candidates around Diwali.. Ankesh Doshi, a leader of Tera Panth Samaj, said, "We want a candidate from Jain community.. We have nearly 35,000 votes in this assembly segment.. " Suresh Sheth, a leader of Stanakwasi Jain community, said, "Individual doesn't matter, but the candidate must be from our community.. ".. RARE SCULPTURE OF JAIN YAKSHI FOUND IN HAVERI TALUKA, KARNATAKA.. Haveri : 18th October 2013 - An inscribed sculpture of Jain Yakshi Ambika was discovered at Karajagi village in Haveri Taluk.. Shivayogi R Korishettar, Associate Professor of History at G H College in Haveri, found the sculpture during his explorations near a Siva temple on the banks of river Varada.. Prof Shrinivas Padigar, chairman of the department of Ancient Indian History and Epigraphy, Karnatak University, Dharwad, identified the image as that of Ambika Yakshi of Neminatha, the 22nd Jain Tirthankara.. The sculpture, over half a metre in height, was apparently meant to be installed as a subsidiary statue in a Jain Basadi.. Carved out of greenish-grey chloritic schist, the sculpture depicts a two-armed deity adorned with beaded ornaments, bent over, standing under an umbrella beside a mango tree.. She is holding a bunch of mangoes in her right hand and touching her son with the left.. Above the umbrella, amidst the creepers, is a miniature seated Jain Tirthankara Neminatha.. The uniqueness of the sculpture lies in the fact that it depicts Ambika Yakshi in a standing posture independently while the usual tradition in Karnataka depicts her seated.. Further, the sculpture carries a two-line Sanskrit inscription in Nagari script about the date of its installation - Ambikadevi, Shaka 1173, Virodhikrit.. Samvatsara, Vaishakha Shuddha 5, Guruvara.. This corresponds to Thursday, April 27, 1251 AD.. The discovery of this sculpture shows that like nearby Devagiri where numerous Jain remains have been found, Karajagi must have been a Jain centre during the medieval period and some of the architectural fragments found in the village may have originally belonged to a Jain Basadi.. DISCOVERY TV CHANNEL SHOOTS FILM ON ACHARYA VARDHMAN SAGAR JI.. US based Discovery TV Channel has done shooting for a documentary film at Kundalpur with Acharya Vardhmaansagaraji and his disciples.. The film depicts the life style of a Digamber Jain Saint and deal with various religious rituals.. The film shoot started on 6 and will continue for about ten days at different locations.. The film also covers the life style of a few girl candidates who will be taking Diksha on 14th October with the blessings of Acharya Shri Vibhav Sagarji at Ashok Nagar.. The documentary shoot also covers discourse by Acharya Shri Vardhman Sagarji.. The documentary will be translated in several languages and shown around the world.. Source:.. Pritesh Shah, E-Mail:.. priteshcshah@gmail.. JAIN LEGACY FROM SANGHA PERIOD IN SHAMBLES.. Thrissur: The famed Ilavanchikulam and the Jain temple in Mathilakam are yet other examples of history lying in shambles.. Located some 50 km from the heart of the cultural capital, only a few leftovers of this monumental site are visible now.. According to K.. Gopalan, president of the Mathilakam Heritage Conservation Committee, the sleepy village of Thrikkana Mathilakam, the Mathilakam of modern times, is the place where Ilango Adigal, the Jain monk is believed to have penned Silappathikaram.. Archaeological evidence from the spot shows that it was a flourishing centre of Jainism.. This temple and the pond which seem to belong to the Sangha period, calls for a detailed study, he said.. Earlier in 1967, the Archaeological Survey of India had conducted an excavation at the site and found the half circled basement of a Jain temple and a wall, which also suggested that there could be an ancient town in the place.. Though the findings pointed to the need for further excavations at the site, no such exercise was taken up, he added.. Documents show that the temple had come under attack twice in the 16th century from the Portuguese and the Dutch, who took away valuables and demolished the temple.. In 1795, the Gowda Brahmins constructed a new temple at the location with the help of the British ruler, but it failed to stand the test of time.. Meanwhile, the ASI said there were proposals to conserve the location, which once served as a confluence for Tamil and Malayalam cultures.. The plan would be implemented based on the availability of funds.. But as of now no decision has been taken on conducting further excavations , said a senior official.. AHIMSA FOUNDATION FREE MATRIMONIAL SERVICES.. Over last 13 years, Ahimsa Foundation is providing a free matrimonial service to the community through its web portal.. jainsamj.. Service is being used by the community members from all over the world.. We assure a lot many of you have been benefited from this project.. It is our endevour to provide the community a platform with openness and free access.. Recently, we have noticed that, some of the community members have placed information which is either incomplete or misleading.. It has come to our notice through Mumbai Police that some members have placed fraudulant information in this system.. We are deeply pained by such behaviour of our community members and request all of you to maintain sanctity in placing information.. We would also like to convey all our users that, in future if we find inappropriate information which is fraudulent in nature and provided with the intention of cheating others, Ahimsa Foundation will report the matter to Law Enforcing Authorities.. So please be very careful in making use of our matrimonial services.. We are also attaching a letter of Mumbai Police received by us.. Please click here to read the letter.. ARTICLE OF THE MONTH.. SCHOLAR'S PERSPECTIVE ON GOD-By Dr.. Sulekh C.. Some foolish men declare that a creator made the world.. The doctrine that the world was created is ill-advised and should be rejected.. If God created the world, where was he before the creation? If you say he was transcendent then and needed no support, where is he now? How could God have made this world without any raw material? If you say that he made this first, and then the world, you are faced with an endless regression.. Hunter Joslin's article several weeks ago, "Is There Room for God in Jainism?" has created a good bit of debate.. There seems to be some confusion arising from the terminology used.. In Christianity the term is God, in Islam Allah, in Hinduism Ishwar, and in Jainism bhagwan.. All of these terms in fact have very different meanings and are not interchangeable.. In the Judeo-Christian religions, God is the creator, destroyer, operator, rewarder, and punisher all at once.. In Hinduism, Ishwar is the creator, preserver, and destroyer, as seen in the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh.. In some cases, this figure is also a rewarder and punisher.. Hinduism has hundreds (and maybe thousands) of different versions of Ishwar, and some are indeed very close to the bhagwan of Jainism.. In all of these concepts, God, Allah, or Ishwar is singular and refers to only one deity.. In Jainism, though, there are many.. In Jainism, we only have the term "bhagwan," which refers to arihantas (the divine in human form) and siddhas (the divine after leaving the human body).. Neither arihantas nor siddhas are considered a creator, preserver, destroyer, operator, rewarder, or punisher.. All kevali, or beings who have attained enlightenment, are arihantas first, and, once they leave the human body, they become siddhas.. Siddhas have become free from the cycle of birth and death.. They are formless too and have nothing to do with this unending process of birth and death any more.. The concept of a prophet, a son of God, or an avatar of God or Ishwar does not exist in Jainism.. An avatar is the being of Ishwar himself when he comes back and takes birth in a human body.. In Jainism, everyone has the potential to become a bhagwan.. Furthermore, the position is not reserved for any one person.. There are actually an infinite number of siddhas or bhagwans.. There is no place for the concept of God, Allah, or Ishwar among these numerous bhagwans.. However, a state that we call "godhood" is acknowledged.. This refers to the state of complete perfection: veetragtaa, absolute bliss, complete happiness, and perfect knowledge.. Any soul can achieve this state of godhood.. It must be stressed that the Jain religion is not a religion of Godhead or Ishwaratav.. It has faith in the liberated ones including the tirtha karas.. Jains do not believe in an indirect and unseen God.. For Jains, this revered God or bhagwan can only be one who has lived a human life, who has experienced joy and sorrow, conquered emotions through his or her spirituality and intuition, and moved beyond as a determined aspirant until he or she attained a state of liberation.. The Jain tirtha karas fall under this category.. They were not divine or extraordinary in the beginning.. They were mortal like us, but, by the power of their spiritual practices, they gained liberation and eternal divinity.. Thus, their lives give us models for the gradual and methodical evolution and success of moving beyond the infinite cycle of living and dying.. When Jains pray, they pray to the qualities of those souls who have achieved perfection, requesting that they (the ones who pray) may become like them (the bhagwans) by following their paths, teachings, and characteristics.. They are our role models, our beacons of light to follow to cross the ocean of this samsara.. Since a bhagwan is not a punisher or rewarder, no arihantas or siddhas can give anything except guidance on the spiritual path.. Similarly, in all Indian Dharmic traditions, there is no equivalent terminology for leaders such as clergyman, rabbi, or Imam.. We have purohits, pujaris, pandits, priests, swamis, gurus, acharyas, monks, and nuns, all of whom are practitioners seeking liberation.. I would suggest that we avoid the terms God, Allah, and Ishwar when discussing Jainism.. We should only use the word "bhagwan," which refers to all kevali and siddhas.. WHY GO FOR ASCETIC LIFE?.. Among the usual millions who jump into the race of life to carve their space in the material world, these people stand apart raising the question that has wracked the brains of many ?.. Many of her relatives and friends were astounded when Manali Rathod abandoned a promising career in interior designing to become a Jain Sadhvi: Manali is not alone.. Here s Vikrant Suresh Vohra, who according to Motilal Rathod, Manali s father, quit his plush job in the US to become a monk.. When he did so on 14 April 2013, he was 37.. Vikrant Muni now leads the ascetic life at Ranjangaon, near Durg in Chattisgarh.. That s not young enough? Here s Reshma of Vellore.. This Sadhvi is 23.. Then there s Mansi Jhaveri, Monica, both women in their 20s.. So what is driving these people, smart, young successful, to turn to the path of spirituality when they should be basking in their success and enjoying their lives with their hard-earned money as is the way of life these days? Atul Shah s story is stranger still.. He is merely 32.. Two years ago, when he switched his suit for the garb of a monk, he had been running a successful company valued at $2m not much, but for a man of 30, not so bad.. Atul Shah now is a shalibhadra muni, eats one meal a day and fasts the next three.. His meal? Chapathi soaked in water.. Or flour with water eaten uncooked.. It s a bit bizarre because it s unimaginable that the youth of today could lead that hard a life.. For instance, Manali will henceforth for the rest of her life never brush her teeth, won t bath; she will not wear footwear, in her life, she cannot go back to her house, have to let go of her kin, cannot possess money or valuables: simple and hard sacrifices but when you forego habits, practices your loved ones you knew since you were a baby, the change is tough.. It s both a happy and sad occasion, says 23-year-old Priya Gandhi, a BSc graduate from Malakpet in Hyderabad, who had come to witness the becoming of Manali into a sadhvi.. It is a hard path that she has chosen for her, said Priya, adding, but she is doing so to help others and that s a great thing.. So why are several professionals and youngsters like Manali renouncing the material world, perhaps for which they had been bracing for all their lives till then, for spirituality? Manali sums it up laconically: Aatma kalyan (spiritual well-being).. According to leaders in the Jain community, every year nearly 2,000 people from the Jain community take diksha in India.. Today India has about 14,000 monks off which 10,000 are Sadhvis (nuns) and 4,000 are monks.. The rigours of the becoming a sadhvi do not end at the pain of abandoning your life till then.. Every strand of hair on Manali s head would be plucked manually twice a year for the perfect bald head.. Needless to speak of the pain, but it is done in penance.. When it was time for that, Manali smiled undaunted.. ?.. /.. ( ) - - - , - -.. - , , , -.. , , , - - - , , , , , , - -.. , - -.. , - , ,.. , , ,.. - , , - ,.. , -.. - , , , , , , - ,.. , , , , , , , , ,.. , , - , , - ,.. DEVLOK GAMAN.. Sadhvi Upparvartini Shri Koshalya Kunwarji from Sharman Sangh left for heavenly abode on 19 October 2013 at Udaipur.. She was disciple of Upadhyay Shri Pushkar Muniji and also related to him in family before Diksha.. After accepting Santhara, she breath her last at Shri Guru Pushkar Navkar Teerth Bhawan at theage of 75 years.. She was sick for last few days and also treated at hospital.. Large number of disciples gathered and joined the procession for before cremation.. The last rites were performed by her nephew Shri Suresh Paliwal and Navkar Teerth Trustees.. Saints and Sadhvis from all over India paid rich tributes for her enormous contribution to Jain religion.. She was born in Paliwal Brahmin family in Gogunda village of Rajasthan.. She accepted Jain Bhagwati Diksha at the age of ten years under the guidance of Upadhyay Shri Pushkar Muni and Mahasadhvi Shri Sajjan kunwarji at Udaipur.. She travelled more than 60000 kilometers to propagate and spread the philosophy of Jainism.. Source : Shri Tarak Guru Jain Granthalaya Udaipur, E-Mail :.. tguru1966@gmail.. JAIN CALENDAR FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2013.. Aatham |Chaudas | Pancham | Bij | Agiyaras.. JainFestival.. AuspiciousDay.. 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