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Ahimsa Times July 2010 Issue -

Vol. No. 121

July, 2010


The meaning of Chaturmas is “Four Months”. Chaturmas begins on Chaturdashi of Ashadha month (Shukla paksha)  and ends on Chaturdashi of Kartik month (Shukla paksha). During chaturmas period, Jain Muni and their followers pursue the principles of non-violence strictly and thus they stay at a single place. Religious activities and rituals are strictly observed by all. Chaturmas is followed by all jain sects, however the timings differ slightly. They use their time to preach, conduct discourses on dharma and anushtan pravachan (preach principles) to the devotees. During these four months, they are invited to listen to these discourses every morning," says Girish Jedia of the Vashi Jain Mandir. "It is the time for Vrats (fast) and revival of religious beliefs," Jain associations in various cities and towns organise Chaturmasi programmes and discourses at different venue. Apart from fasting and carrying other rituals, it is expected that all Jains abstain from eating after sun set and perform samayik or pratikraman in the morning and evening. Workshops, prayer meetings, fasts, discussions and donations are a common feature during Chaturmas period. These four months of monsoon is the ideal time for Jain monks to settle down at a suitable place as they believe this will save numerous insects and other small living beings from getting perished from accidental deaths. These four months are holy not only for the Jains but also for the Hindus but they commence and conclude chaturmas from Ekadashi.


His Holiness Bharata Gaurava Swasti Sri Deevendrakeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, the pontiff of Humcha Jain Mutt passed away on 14th July 2010. He breathed his last due to cardiac arrest at around 5.00 am here at Humcha. Aged about 63 years, Devendrakeerthi Swamiji was consecrated to the Bhattarakha seat at Humcha at an young age of 22 years in 1969. He had an erudite knowledge on Jain philosophy and was know for his scholarly discourses on Jainism across the world. He is one among the few Jain pontiffs who had taken keen interest for the propagation of Jainism globally.

Many Jain temples have been constructed under his guidance and leadership in India and abroad. He was also instrumental in the renovation of numerous ancient Jain temples in Karnataka which would have been impossible without His guidance. Popularly called as Devendrakirthiji, he had a huge followership in India and overseas cutting across religions. Representative at the World Parliment of Religions - He represented Jainism and delivered discourses at World Parliament of Religions held at Chicago (1993), Cape Town (1999), Barcelona (2004), Monterrey (2007) and Melbourne (2009). Last Rites at Humcha - Leaders of the Jain samaj, devotees and many religious leaders paid their respect by personal visits. People from across Karnataka had assembled at Humcha to attend the last rites of Devendrakirthiji. His Holiness Swasti Sri Bhattakalanka Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Sonda Jain Mutt, His Holiness Swasti Sri Lashmisena Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Narasimharajapura Jain Mutt, His Holiness Swasti Sri Bhanukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Kambadahalli Jain Mutt, His Holiness Swasti Sri Bhuvanakeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Kanakagiri Jain Mutt and His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Moodabidri Jain Mutt attended the last rites of Swamiji.

 People from all over Karnataka have mourned the sad demise. His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Shravanabelagola Jain Mutt has said that, "the sad demise of Sri Deevendrakeerthiji is a great loss to the Jain community ". His Holiness Swasti Sri Bhuvanakeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji of the Kanakagiri Jain Mutt has condoled the death of Sri Deevendrakeerthiji and said that, "Sri Deevendrakeerthiji was a great scholar of Jainism. It is a great loss to Jainism at large and Jain Samaj of Karnataka in particular". Dr. H.A.Parshwanath, in his condolence message said that, "The death of Sri Deevendrakeerthi Swamiji has created a vacuum in the religious space of Karnataka which is difficult to fill by any one else." He recollected the pleasant spent with hi in many religious functions and discourses.

About Humcha - Humcha or Hombuja or Hunchadakatte is the well known Padmavathi shrine in Karnataka. It is at a distance of 55 Kms from Shimoga the nearest district centre. It can be rated as the most popular abode of all the Padmavathi shrines in the world. News courtesy Mr. Nitin H. P, E-Mail:


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In a historic decision, the Supreme Court announced on Monday, the 26th July, 2010 that all the four writ petitions filed by different communities for review of the case had been rejected and maintained that the concerned temple belonged to Jain community only. It was a Jain temple and it could not be considered as 'Sarva Dharma Temple'. Earlier also in the year 2007, Supreme Court had ordered this temple as a Jain temple and had directed the State Government to constitute a committee for the management of the temple. In the mean time, four writ petitions received from the temple priests and the Adivasi Sangh were forwarded by the State Government to the Supreme Court for review. The final decision has now come from the Supreme Court and all controversies in respect of the ownership of the temple should end once for all. Jain samaj must come forward to assume the management and control of the temple in an united manner.


Bangalore, A 41 feet statue of Lord Bahubali is on its way from Bidadi in Bangalore Rural district to Gujarat to be installed atop a hill in Songadh in Bhavnagar District. The search for the right stone and sculptor began two years ago and it was decided that they have to be sourced out of Karnataka alone, as similar stone and style of sculpture akin to the highest Bahubali's statue in Shravanabelagola in Hassan district, were unavailable elsewhere. The statue, which is 14 feet wide and of 6.5 feet depth, has been sculpted out of a single block of 400 tonne granite from a place called Koira near Devanahalli . The sculptor is Ashok Gudigar, a national award winner from Karnataka. It will be transported on a specially made heavy vehicle with 140 wheels. The expected duration of journey is approximately 45 days from May 30 . About 90 per cent of work on the statue was completed before transport and the rest would be completed at Songadh, before the actual installation.. Songadh, also known as "Swarnapuri", is an important pilgrimage place for the Digambar Jain Community.

CHATURMAS OF JAIN SAINTS (Continued from June and May issues of Ahimsa Times) 
Shwetambar Sthanakwasi Sect (Shraman Sangh)
1. Acharya Dr. Shiv Muni at Arihant Nagar, near Shivaji park Metro station, Opp. Pillar No. 157, New Delhi.
2. Upadhyay Shri Ramesh Muni, Up-Pravartak Dr. Rajendra Muni, etc. at 3, Derawal Nagar, S.S. Jain Sabha, Pushkar Bhawan, New Delhi.
3. Upadhyay Shri Hem Chand Ji Maharaj, Up-Pravartak Shri Umesh Muni Ji Maharaj at Jain Sthanak, Ashok Vihar, Delhi.
4. Vetaran Muni Shri Sumati Prakash Ji, Upadhyay Shri Vishal Muni, Shri Vichakshan Muni Ji Maharaj at S. S. Jain Sabha Sthanak, Jain Nagar, Meerut.
5. Sadhwi-Pramukha Shri Maina Sundari Ji Maharaj  at Jodhpur.
6. Upadhyay Shri Parshwa Chandra Ji Maharaj at Secunderabad.

Other Groups under Sthanakwasi Sect
Acharrya Shri Shubh Chandraji Maharaj at Mahamandir, Jodhpur.

Shwetanbar Murti-Pujak Sect
1. Rashtra-sant Shri Vijay Jayant Sen Surishwar Ji Maharaj alongwith others to have their chaturmas at Vijaywada (A. P.)
2. Gachhadhipati Poojya Acharya Shri Gunodaya Sagar Suri Ji Maharaj, Shri Kavindra Sagar Ji Maharaj and other saints to have their chaturmas at Godhra Nagar in Mandvi taluka of Kachha region of Gujarat.
3. Gachhadhipati Acharya Shri Hem Prabha Sagar Suri Ji Maharaj alongwith other saints to have their chaturmas at Barshi Nagar in Sholapur District of Maharashtra,
4. Acharya Shri Kala Prabha sagar Ji Maharaj, disciple of Acharya Shri Gunodaya sagar Suri Ji Maharaj to have his chaturmas at Kandagara (Kachha)
5. Acharya Shri Hem Chandra Suri Ji Maharaj to have his chaturmas at Surat.
6. Acharya Shri Chandrakirti Sagar Ji to have his chaturmas at Jodhpur city.
7. Muni Shri Tatwa Ratna Vijay Ji Maharaj  to have his chaturmas at Jodhpur (Shastri Nagar)
8. Upadhyay Shri Parshwa Chandra Ji Maharaj, Dr. Padam Chandra Ji Maharaj and others to have their chaturmas at Secunderabad.
9. Marwar-Ratna Muni Shri Kamal Prabha sagar Ji Maharaj, disciple of Acharya Shri Gunodaya Sagar Ji Maharaj  to have his chaturmas at Shri Parshwanath Jain temple Upashra, Matinga, Mumbai.
10. Muni Shri Sarvodaya Sagar Ji disciple of Acharya Shri Gunodaya sagar Ji Maharaj  to have his chaturmas at Barmer, Rajasthan.
11. Sadhwi Shri Manohar Shri Ji Maharaj, disciple of Shri Vicharakshan Mani Ji to have her chaturmas at Pali, Marwar.


New Delhi: In yet another milestone for Indian Real Estate Industry and Indian Entrepreneurs, Mr. Pradeep Jain, Chairman, Parsvnath Developers Limited has been inducted in the New York City Financial Services Advisory Committee of New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). NYCEDC formed this Advisory Committee to foster dialogue between senior private sector leaders and the Bloomberg Administration on the critical issues affecting New York City's financial industry through roundtables and forums. This Committee consists of selected leaders from various industries including real estate, investment and financial services industries.

NYCEDC stimulates economic growth throughout New York City by encouraging and facilitating real estate development. NYCEDC utilize the real estate to generate maximum for the community by generating employment opportunities and also by lasing city owned properties for economic development purposes.

On being inducted in the Advisory Committee, Mr. Pradeep Jain, said "NYCEDC, which started in 1991, has come a long way in promoting and facilitating investments of approx. US.$. 1.7 billion in private sector and has created more than 12,000 permanent jobs through the sale of vacant sites throughout New York City. With more than two decades of my experience in the real estate and allied businesses in India and the expertise of global leaders of NYCEDC in facilitating investments and creating jobs, we would together bring a unique and very important perspective to the community as a whole. Coming to the Committee I would like to take the good work further and contribute positively to the goals set by NYCEDC from time to time."


MUMBAI: Dipak Jain, who was the dean of Kellog School of Business Management at Northwestern University in the US till September 2009, is tipped to be the next dean of Insead, considered to be the best business school in Europe. Recent reports originating in the UK said that Jain is tipped to replace Frank Brown, the current dean of the France-based business school, which also has campuses in Singapore and Abu Dhabi. The 53-year-old academician, who specialises in marketing, was one of those who conceptualised and helped set up Indian School of Business. In late 1990s, when ISB was being set up, Jain was tipped to be the first dean of this Hyderabad-based management school. However, as Kellogg offered him the position of dean, Jain took up the top job at the US institution.


Shri Milap Jain, Director General, International Taxation working with the Income Tax Department, Government of India has been honoured with the Prime Minister's award for Excellence in Public Administration-2008-2009. The award was conferred personally by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh at a specially-arranged function on the occasion of Civil Services Day,  which consisted of a letter of eulogy and a cash amount of Rs. one lakh. This award to Shri Milap Jain is in respect of his extra-ordinary contribution in developing Integrated Tax Payer Data Management System (360 degree profiling) . The software was developed for converting information in various data bases into actionable intelligence. The pilot project used to customise name search engine was run for a year with excellent results and then ITDMS was developed into an enterprise level solution. The investigation wing is using the information developed through ITDMS for various investigation purposes. This solution helps collating transactions of an entity and group for non intrusive investigation.
A group of 23 aspirants were accorded Jain Bhagwati Diksha by Digambar Acharya Shri Virag Sagar Ji Maharaj at Udaipur in the presence of a large number of saints and Sadhwi as well as hundreds of devotees, who had arrived to attend the diksha programmes from far and near. The aspirants were taken round the city in a long procession on the previous day. It was a rare sight to witness such a procession in which as many as 23 diksha were going to be solemnised in the Digambar Jain Community.

International Vegetarian Union ( , established in 1908, promoting 100% plant diet, will be having its regional congress IVU ISWAVeg Congress at Hotel E-Inn A Vegetarian, Non-alcoholic, Non-smoking Business Class Hotel (, Bangalore from Oct.30 to Nov.2, 2010. The theme of the event is Practicing Ahimsa-the core of our values and it is meant to promote non-violence in our diet and bring together all like-minded people in a mutually learning and enjoying atmosphere. The first two days of the event will feature lectures and workshops by prominent speakers and a carnatic classical music concert by Vegan Mohan Santanam. The last 2 days will be excursion. The event is being organized by the Indian Vegan Society ( More details can be had from, E-Mail: From: Vn. Shankar Narayan, President: Indian Vegan Society ( Dy. Manager & Regional Coordinator (India, South & West Asia): International Vegetarian Union (
International Vegetarian Union () , established in 1908, promoting 100% plant diet, will be having its regional congress IVU ISWAVeg Congress at Hotel E-Inn A Vegetarian, Non-alcoholic, Non-smoking Business Class Hotel (), Bangalore from Oct.30 to Nov.2, 2010. The theme of the event is Practicing Ahimsa-the core of our values and it is meant to promote non-violence in our diet and bring together all like-minded people in a mutually learning and enjoying atmosphere. The first two days of the event will feature lectures and workshops by prominent speakers and a carnatic classical music concert by Vegan Mohan Santanam (). The last 2 days will be excursion. The event is being organized by the Indian Vegan Society (). More details can be had from E-Mail: . From: Vn. Shankar Narayan, President: Indian Vegan Society () Dy. Manager & Regional Coordinator (India, South & West Asia): International Vegetarian Union ( )
International Vegetarian Union () , established in 1908, promoting 100% plant diet, will be having its regional congress IVU ISWAVeg Congress at Hotel E-Inn A Vegetarian, Non-alcoholic, Non-smoking Business Class Hotel (), Bangalore from Oct.30 to Nov.2, 2010. The theme of the event is Practicing Ahimsa-the core of our values and it is meant to promote non-violence in our diet and bring together all like-minded people in a mutually learning and enjoying atmosphere. The first two days of the event will feature lectures and workshops by prominent speakers and a carnatic classical music concert by Vegan Mohan Santanam (). The last 2 days will be excursion. The event is being organized by the Indian Vegan Society (). More details can be had from E-Mail: . From: Vn. Shankar Narayan, President: Indian Vegan Society () Dy. Manager & Regional Coordinator (India, South & West Asia): International Vegetarian Union ( )
International Vegetarian Union () , established in 1908, promoting 100% plant diet, will be having its regional congress IVU ISWAVeg Congress at Hotel E-Inn A Vegetarian, Non-alcoholic, Non-smoking Business Class Hotel (), Bangalore from Oct.30 to Nov.2, 2010. The theme of the event is Practicing Ahimsa-the core of our values and it is meant to promote non-violence in our diet and bring together all like-minded people in a mutually learning and enjoying atmosphere. The first two days of the event will feature lectures and workshops by prominent speakers and a carnatic classical music concert by Vegan Mohan Santanam (). The last 2 days will be excursion. The event is being organized by the Indian Vegan Society (). More details can be had from E-Mail: . From: Vn. Shankar Narayan, President: Indian Vegan Society () Dy. Manager & Regional Coordinator (India, South & West Asia): International Vegetarian Union ( )


Jakarta, Flashing back on the World Vegetarian Congress, the first on was conducted over a hundred years ago. It was the moment the International Vegetarian Union came into existence in 1908. The latest one, the 38th World Vegetarian Congress was held in Dresden, Germany, in 2008, under the theme "100 Years of Food Revolution". It is honored as a home coming celebration after 100 years of promoting vegetarianism worldwide. The upcoming 39th World Vegetarian Congress sets sail under the call for saving our life and global environment by going vegetarian: "Save our Life, Save our Planet". This time, the Congress is going to be hosted and organized by Indonesia Vegetarian Society in Jakarta on October 1st-6th, 2010. There will be a post Congress tour in Bali on October 7th-9th, 2010.

Home to the world's fourth largest human population, Indonesia definitely plays an important role in addressing global issues with respect to its human resources. A nationwide body representing the country in vegetarianism, the Indonesia Vegetarian Society wants to do its part for the country, ensuring that the huge true health, true peace and true harmony into the world. That is why, the Indonesia Vegetarian Society has also ventured to host the 2009 Asian Vegetarian Congress. Evidently, this is part of the global imperative from the international vegetarian community. Purpose and Objective of this Congress is more than just an international meeting and the opportunity to share information. We sure have a very urgent to build systems better to develop a vegetarian as a global obligation for the continuity of life and the environment.


Some South Florida adherents of Jainism, a small Indian religion with perhaps 10 million believers throughout the world, have reportedly donated sum of $600,000 to Florida International University to facilitate study of Jain faith. With matching funds from the state, Florida University will now have about $1 million for an endowed professorship in Jainism in the school’s Religious Studies Department. Jainism is an ascetic tradition that emphasizes peace and non-violence and the evolution of the soul toward divine consciousness.

Some South Florida adherents of Jainism, a small Indian religion with perhaps 10 million believers throughout the world, have reportedly donated sum of $600,000 to Florida International University to facilitate study of Jain faith. With matching funds from the state, Florida University will now have about $1 million for an endowed professorship in Jainism in the school’s Religious Studies Department. Jainism is an ascetic tradition that emphasizes peace and non-violence and the evolution of the soul toward divine consciousness.


A three day training camp on Science of Living for school children in the age group 3 to 17 years was held, Jain Bhawan, Sujangarh, Churu district (Rajasthan) In the camp, 50 children Participated. The camp was conducted by Mahendra Kumawat of Jeevan Vigyan Academy, Ladnun. Muni Ramesh Kumar also addressed children on character building and value inculcation. The camp was sponsored by the local Terapanth Mahila Mandal. The need for social and emotional development was emphasized and children were provided the experience of Preksha Dhyana and Anupreksha. Muni Shree Kishanlal Swami is Prabhari of Jeevan Vigyan Academy and Dr, Lalit Kishore is its director.

The first Jain T.V. Serial on Bhagwan Mahavir, which started from 20th June, 2010, every Sunday can be viewed on Sanskar Channel at 8.40 A.M. The serial is produced by Mr. Satish Jain. Message sent by : Vinay Jain, 705-706 (A), Nyay Khand-II, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad (U.P), Ph. 9910774518. From: "Shankar Narayan" E-Mail


Courses Offered : The Department offers M.A. in Comparative Religion & Philosophy with specialization in Jainology and Ph. D program. Eligibility : Any Graduate from Recognized University Duration : 2 yrs, 4 semesters Timings : Flexible-University Timings (Note: You may apply with 5 semester mark statements)

Subjects Taught : • Meditation and Personality Development • Jaina History: From Rsabha to Mahavira and from Mahavira to-date • Jaina Ethics: Muniachar and Shravakachar. • Jaina Metaphysics: Nav Tattvas, Six Dravyas, Cosmology, Karma theory • Environmental Awareness in Jainism: Vegetarianism and Eco - friendly life style

Last date for filled in application 30th July. Applications available at: Madras University- Enquiry and Sales Counter, Chepauk, Chennai – 5 and at Waikiki Complex with Dr Priyadarshana Jain after 15th July. For more details log on to for Further Details Contact : Dr. Priyadarshana Jain – 98403 68851 Dr. Nirmala Jain – 99405 02220 Let the philosophy of Mahavira enlighten you and liberate you Once in a lifetime – Go for it Know thyself Know your tradition and Culture Be proud to be a Jain.


Mumbai: Graphic designer Kamal Jain has come up with a unique exhibition of 24 paintings which depict different stories about the meaning of life and its process. The paintings are highly inspired by Jainism and make use only of fonts, specially created by Kamal, for the expression of ideas. Many people might think that fonts are simple mediums used only in the word documents in the computers. But for Kamal they are as unique as human beings. “Each newspaper has its own blood group in the form of fonts. If it was not so all the newspapers would look the same. And thus fonts give a face to the newspapers which are very different from each other,” he says.

In his 24 paintings he has made an attempt to put the essence of Jainism together. He has chosen the revered mantra ‘the Namokar Mantra’ for his expression of ideas. Each painting is made up of many fonts implying a different meaning. “I chose this theme for my paintings for a reason. The azaan (call for prayer) praises Allah, the Hanuman Chalisa, Guru Granth Sahib and the Sikh gurus. The Namokar mantra praises the wise and the great,” he says. One of the paintings titled Birth of Life, shows an intricate combination of 84 triangles put together. “According to a philosophy of Jainism, a human being has to take a total of 84 lakh births before being born as a human. He starts lowest level as bacteria or an ant and moves up gradually. With the 84 triangles in the painting I hve just tried to explain the point that human life is precious and we should value it,” says Kamal.

In another painting titled, Eco of life - 2, he depicts the philosophy of helping each other in need. “The painting says that we should light a candle in the neighbor's house as well after lighting it in our own house. This will help the world immensely in achieving world peace,” he says.


Statement of Objects and Reasons:
The Wild Life (Protection) Act 1972 establishes the legal framework for the protection and conservation of various species of plants and animals and the proper management of their habitats. The Act includes but is not limited to, the regulation and control of trade in parts and products derived from such species. Despite the penalties already provided for, there seems to be no reduction in the instances of wildlife crime that continue to be reported across the country. Many of these are perpetrated by organized, international gangs of criminals who have sophisticated networks spread across the country and abroad. The current penalties have failed to act as deterrents with few convictions having taken place since the Act came into force. Furthermore, there is no strong financial disincentive that prevents poachers and smugglers from engaging in illicit wildlife trade, which, in terms of value, ranks only behind the illegal trade in arms and narcotics. To address these and other issues, the Wild life (Protection) Amendment Act seeks to make the following broad changes:

[A] Enhance Penalties and Strengthen Officials:
The present legislation aims to further strengthen the deterrent powers of the said Act by increasing the penalties for offences, especially those involving unlawful trade in wildlife products. It also seeks to increase the efficiency of the procedure governing the prosecution of offences and empower officers who are crucial to the enforcement of the said Act.

[B]Greater Harmony with CITES provisions
The Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) aims to regulate the international trade in endangered species of animals and plants. India became a party to the said Convention in July, 1976. The Amendment Act aims to fully implement India’s international obligations under the said convention. This includes the establishment of a Management Authority to regulate the trade in exotic species of animals and plants that are alien to India, which may negatively affect the eco-systems of India if introduced.

[C] Ban on Trade in Peacock Feathers:
 So far, the said Act has allowed the possession and domestic trade in naturally shed peacock feathers. However, the demand within India for peacock tail feathers outstrips the supply. This problem has lead to the rampant poaching of the national bird not only for its tail feathers but also for its meat. The present legislation bans the trade in peacock tail feathers and articles made from them allowing reasonable exceptions for their use in religious ceremonies.

[D] Wildlife Research:
Good science is essential for the proper conservation and management of India’s wildlife. Encouraging wildlife research is a crucial part of the endeavor to save the nations dwindling wildlife. The present legislation aims to promote independent scientific research and imposes obligations upon the Central Government to frame comprehensive rules and procedures governing the same.

[E] Provisions for Leg Hold Traps:
Leg hold-Traps are the main method used by organized poachers to bring down animals like the tiger and the leopard. These specific traps are dangerous devices that can cause grave damage to even human beings, and are not regulated by any law at present. The use of these traps, in general, is already a violation of the Prevention of Cruelty (Capture of Animals) Rules, 1979. The present legislation bans the sale, manufacture and use of these traps and regulates their possession as well. From: Mr. Avnish Jain, 9250926870 & 9540013200, E-Mail:

To Read the Amendment Bill, 2010 please click here.............


The Wild Life Protection Act 1972 prohibits the killing of peacocks and the export of peacock tail feathers or any article made from them but allows their domestic trade, on the assurance that feathers used are naturally shed. The national bird needs to be protected, but there is a flip side to the proposed ban on the domestic trade of peacock feathers. Just ask the hundreds of workers who earn their living selling products made from the multi-hued feathers. In this land of the Hindu god Krishna, always portrayed with a peacock feather on his head, the proposed move of the Environment and forests ministry to ban domestic trade in the feathers has been met with alarm. Apart from their use by Jain saints, they are used in Hindu temples, Muslims and Christians as well. ‘Can you think of Sri Krishna-Radha without the peacock feather? In the south, Lord Murugan is fond of peacocks. Jain saints use them; cattle owners need them for decorating their animals. For religious purposes and even as decorative pieces, the peacock feathers are always in demand. In Goverdhan, Mathura, Vrindavan, where Krishna is believed to have been born and brought up, and in the nearby Taj Mahal City of Agra, hundreds of cottage industry workers and owners have been up in arms for the last one week organising protests and submitting memorandums against the ministry’s move. They met the district magistrate and presented a memorandum addressed to President Pratibha Patil requesting her to reject the move.

The bunch of peacock feathers are used by all Digambar Jain saints and it is an identity for all of them. Recently, a proposal has been mooted out by the Indian Government under the above-mentioned ordinance to put a blanket ban on the how they are obtained, not considering the fact the these feathers are in use by Jain saints since agesand are indispensable for them from religious point of view. As a consequence of the proposed ban, eminent Digambar Jain saints, including Acharya Vidhya Sagar Ji Maharaj, Acharya Shri Pushpadant Sagar Ji Maharaj, Muni Shri Tarun Sagar Ji have shown a sharp reaction against ban. ‘The charge that we kill the birds for feathers is bogus and wrong. How can anyone kill them? They provide livelihood to hundreds of people. Agra has India’s biggest wholesale market of peacock feathers. ‘The entire Braj Mandal, parts of Morena district in Madhya Pradesh, Bharatpur and barmer  districts of Rajasthan, and the sprawling 10,000 sq km area of the Taj Trapezium Zone have a high concentration of these birds. After the rains, the peacocks start shedding their feathers that are collected and brought to traders in Agra. In fact feathers are brought here from all over the country for auction during September-October.

In view of the growing resentment and representations by various communities, it is understood that the government has now reconsiderd the proposal and have decided to withdraw the same, permitting the use of peacock feathers which are collected from forests and which are naturally shed.


From this academic year (2010-11), two universities in Rajasthan — the University of Rajasthan in Jaipur and the Ajmer-based MDS University — will become dissection-free. They have taken initiatives to introduce ‘multimedia computer-based humane alternatives' and will incorporate these in the curriculum. Garhwal University in Uttarakhand and Bharatidasan University in Tamil Nadu too have stopped dissecting animals for zoological experiments. Replacement has been done in some universities in Gujarat and Kerala.

“Dissection of animals to teach morphology, anatomy, evolution and zoology and life sciences is no longer required. With the technological advancements, we now have pedagogical methods, including models, multimedia computer-based simulators, interactive CD-Roms, mannequins and virtual laboratories to achieve the goal of learning in this important realm of science,” says B.K. Sharma, Head of the Department of Zoology, R.L. Saharia Government PG College (Kaladera), Jaipur. Dr. Sharma, who is also a member of the University Grants Commission's expert committee that has recommended phasing out of dissection in undergraduate and postgraduate courses, says these modern tools were humane and had proved much better than hands-on use of animals.

Dr. Sharma believes the recommendations of the UGC's committee would deal a death blow to the nexus between institutions of higher education and the “catchers, killers and suppliers” of animals in India. It would also save a huge amount of money being spent for the purpose. The formalin, or formaldehyde, used as preservative also had a detrimental impact on students. Animal lovers had been for over a year running a campaign in favour of a ban on dissection. They had been flooding committee members with emails saying: “Science is the study of life and should, therefore, teach respect for life — a lesson that cannot be learned when treating living beings as disposable objects and killing them. By using modern, humane teaching methods, instructors can teach both science and ethics simultaneously.” Compassionate students want to study science without dissecting animals. Sophisticated computer simulations, videodiscs and models have been developed to meet these needs.

All studies of this issue show that students who use non-animal teaching methods perform at least as well — and usually better than — students who dissect, while saving money and encouraging respect for all beings, some of the mails said.


There are too many e-mails floating around stating that Coke and Pepsi contain animal products. This is the official response from Coke and Pepsi companies.

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If the thought of wearing silk sarees woven after killing the worms in the cocoons puts you off then try ''Ahimsa silk'' sarees, a fabric made in a ''non-violent'' manner. Town-based silk producer P Gopinath, who has introduced sarees made up of this silk in his showroom, is getting a tremendous response from the public. “Ahimsa silk” is woven from a cocoon after the butterfly or moth flew away from it. Gopinath, who is very excited about the new venture, says these sarees will attract a larger market, especially the Jain community who are firm practitioners of non-violence and have been avoiding wearing ordinary silk sarees for the very reason. Gopinath has tied up with Secundrabad-based sericulturist Kushma Raja who has registered and patented the unique process of producing silk yarn. He said these sarees would cost an additional Rs 2,000 each over and above “the normal” cost of Rs 10,000. An official of Weavers’ service centre (a wing of the union commerce ministry) said similar efforts were made in the 90s to develop such sarees but it was not taken up in a big way as the technology to process the yarn and later weave it were not developed. Earlier, tribals of Assam and the North East used to prepare fabric from a different strain of mulberry called Muga, Eri and Tussar grown high on trees. Tribals living in tree houses used collect broken cocoons after mulberry worms grew inside and flew away and marketing facilities would purchase it from them. This can be linked to afforestation programmes and also can also provide livelihood for the tribal, close to their environment and lifestyles. “Such support is needed to make the reeling industry economically viable, for it is the extraction technology that maximises profits in the reeling industry,” he said. Absence of enumeration among silk worm growers also impeded the plan from taking shape.


According to report published by the National Statistical Organisation (NSO), continuously increasing number of Foeticide cases is the main reason for depleting ratio of male and female in the country. The Government has also accepted that about 1800 to 1900 cases of Foeticide occurred every day during the years 2001 to 2005. Ms. Ranjana Kumari, Director of Centre for Social Research, who is working on projects concerning problems of women is of the opinion that official number of cases of foeticide in the country are certainly dreadful but the actual figures could be much more owing to illegally-occurring cases, the figures of which are not available. Strict laws and vigorous campaigns are required to be organised all over the country to stop the alarming situation.


Like humans and all mammals, cows need to be impregnated to produce milk. “Organic” cows are therefore repeatedly impregnated, often on a device called a “rape rack”, where they are inseminated either artificially or by a bull. Cows would normally live about 20 years, but due to the economics of the “organic” milk industry, they are usually slaughtered after about 5 years when they lose the ability to generate commercially-viable quantities of milk. During this short 5-year life, they are pregnant about 9 months out of every year and give birth to a calf two or three times. Some of the female calves will end up as dairy cows to eventually replace their mothers and grandmothers. Most of the calves from “organic” dairy producers, however, are forcibly abducted from their mothers – who often grieve the loss intensely – and sold to the veal industry. Although some “organic” dairy cows are permitted to graze outside during part of the year, many “organic” cows never see the light of day until they are transported to slaughter.

Just as with “free-range layer hens”, “organic dairy cows” and their calves are transported and slaughtered in the same manner as any other cow or steer. Often, they are confined to a tractor trailer for days of transport, and sometimes through extremely hot or cold weather conditions. Because they are depleted from so much milk production and from genetics designed to maximize milk output, they are often much weaker than “beef cattle” when they arrive at slaughter. Indeed, most of the “downers” – cows too sick to walk – are dairy cows, including dairy cows from “organic” dairies. When they arrive at slaughter, downers are often cruelly prodded with electric prods and/or bulldozed into slaughter, as was displayed earlier in the year on national television in undercover films provided by HSUS. Actual slaughter can be an unimaginably horrific and terrifying experience. Although the cows and steer are supposed to be “stunned” with a captive-bolt gunshot to the skull, this can be difficult for workers to achieve, especially with the rapid pace at which the animals are moved on the line. This can result in the animals being fully awake when they are shackled, hoisted upside down, and cut at the throat. Because cows and steer who are not properly stunned are sometime flailing around at the cutting section of the fast-paced line, they occasionally miss the throat cut or the cut is not sufficient to kill them. Due to production pressure to keep the line moving, these cows and steer will often end up alive at the hide-ripping machine.

Commercially-viable “organic” milk production, regardless of the label it is sold under, is extremely cruel to cows and calves and requires mass-slaughter. “Organic” dairy cows are physically and psychologically broken by the time they reach the slaughterhouse, which can be an unimaginable horror story in itself. Consuming “organic” dairy products – milk, cheese, ice cream, cream cheese, sour cream – simply makes no sense for anyone concerned about the treatment or slaughter of animals.

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This is absolutely true. Anyone, living in India or outside of India, who drinks milk and consumes dairy products should be aware that he/she is aiding and abetting one of the most cruel and inhumane industries in the world and that "some milk cows are treated more kindly than others" is a myth. The very fact that we deprive the young ones of any species from their rightful share of their mother's milk and grab it for ourselves, is the beginning of cruelty. And the way cows are kept pregnant almost all their adult lives, is nothing short of cruel. And almost all cows that stop giving milk are packed off to the slaughter house. This is the truth of the matter, even in a cow-worshiping nation like India. So whether or not you choose to consume dairy products, please be aware that the dairy industry is no less cruel than the meat industry. Do not fool yourself into thinking that the dairy industry treats the cows any more gently than the meat industry.]

VJS had filed a writ petition in Delhi High Court for directing to Central Government for national minority status to Jains. During the hearing on 12th July 2010, the Hon'ble High Court  granted a last opportunity to Central Govt. for obtaining instructions up to 20th Oct, 2010 for clarify the status of proposed 103rd Constitution amendment bill which will give minority status to Jains nationally. From : Sunjay Jain, President, Vishwa Jain Sangathan (Regd.), IX/1976, Lane 4, Kailash Nagar, Delhi -31, Mob#: 09312278313, 09213691505, E-Mail:

JAINA Bibliography- An Encyclopedic Work of Jain Reference in World Literature, Babu Chhote Lal Jain, Planned and Compiled, Dr. A.N. Upadhye, Revised & Edited. Delhi 1982 (2nd Rev. Edn.). xxii + 1918 2 Vols. Rs. 1600. This edition is a treasure house of Jain references found in books and periodicals published possibly the world over during the last 160 years or so. A brief outline of the content of the reference is also given so that the scholar or the reader becomes aware of the nature of the subject matter dealt within the book under reference. To facilitate research studies in a practical way, the Bibliography has been divided in to two volumes and in ten sections. Books in each section have been arranged chronologically so that some idea of the successive nature of the studies or expansion of the subject-matter is obtained. Source: MLBD Newsletter, E-Mail:

JAINPEDIA - Jainpedia is a new image database with comprehensive material on Jainism launching in spring 2010 at It aims to bring the religious and cultural heritage of the Jain faith to believers, researchers and the general public via the internet. One of its principal aspirations is to advance scholarly endeavors by enabling the global academic community to examine many, often fragile, artifacts without travelling to the host institutions. Centering on the manuscript collections of the British Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Bodleian Library in Oxford and the Welcome Trust in the UK, visitors to the site will be able to view magnified, high resolution images of complete manuscripts with added descriptions of their context and significances. Although most of the images are of manuscripts, status and other artifacts are also included. Source: MLBD Newsletter, E-Mail:

पंच ऊर्जाओं द्वारा मानसिक समस्याओं का समाधान-

रोग का प्रारम्भ मस्तिष्क से होता है। मस्तिष्क में जैसे विचार, सोच, चिन्तन होता है, उसी के अनुरूप हमारे भाव, स्वभाव और संस्कारों का निर्माण होता है। जैसे संस्कार होते हैं, वेसै ही संवेगों के माध्यम से उनकी अभिव्यक्ति होती है। जैसे संवेग अथवा आवेग होते हैं, उन्हीं के अनुरूप संबंधित अंग और मेरेडियन को गतिशील होना पड़ता हैं और उसके अनुरूप बाह्रा रूप से हमारा शरीर कार्य करता है। यदि सभी स्तर पर व्यक्ति संतुलित होता है तो उसे पूर्ण स्वस्थ कहते हैं तथा चारों स्तरों पर जितना अधिक असंतुलन अथवा क्षमताओं और शक्ति का अपव्यय एवं दुरूपयोग होता है, तो रोग उत्पन्न होने लगते हैं। जिस स्तर का रोग अथवा असंतुलन होता है, उसी स्तर पर उपचार करने से उपचार जल्दी हो जाता है।

प्रत्येक स्तर पर असंतुलन अन्य स्तरों को भी संतुलित करता है। शरीर का तालमेल समाप्त होने लगता है। उपचार रोग के जितने प्राथमिक अथवा मूल स्तर पर होता है, उतना अधिक स्थायी और प्रभावशाली होता है। जैसे- तनाव, क्रोध, भय आदि के आवेगों से रक्तचाप होता है। अत: यदि उन्हीं आवेगों को दूर कर दिया जाये तो रोग के कारण ही नष्ट हो जाते हैं। अधिकांश चिकित्सा पद्धतियां प्राय: शारीरिक और ज्यादा से ज्यादा शरीर में उससे संबंधित मेरेडियन स्तर पर उपचार करती है। कभी-कभी दुर्घटना अथवा असाध्य रोगों में शारीरिक स्तर पर उपचार की भी प्राथमिकता हो सकती है। अत: रोग के मूल कारणों को समझ, जिस स्तर कारोग हो, उस स्तर पर रोग मुक्ति के लिए उपचार आवश्यक होता हैं।

शरीर में रोग चाहे मानसिक स्तर का हो अथवा भावात्मक या शारीरिक, पंच तत्त्वों की विभिन्न मेरेडियन में प्रवाहित होने वाली ऊर्जा असंतुलित होने लगती है। यद्यपि रोग अलग-अलग स्तर पर अलग-अलग प्रतिक्रियाओं द्वारा प्रत्यक्ष अथवा परोक्ष रूप से अपना प्रभाव दिखलाते हैं, फिर भी एक स्तर, दूसरे स्तर को प्रभावित करता है। हमारी अधिकांश प्रमुख गतिविधियों का संचालन मस्तिष्क से होता है। हमारी सारी प्रवृत्तियों का कारण हमारा चिन्तन, सोच विचार होता है। शारीरिक क्रियाएँ प्राय: मस्तिष्क के निर्देशानुसार होती है। परिणामस्वरूप अन्त:श्रावी ग्रन्थियाँ भावों के अनुरूप स्रावों और हारमोन्स का निर्माण करती है और वे स्राव प्राण तत्त्व के रूप में प्रवाहित हो, अंगों एवं उपांगों की गतिविधियों को प्रभावित करते हैं। अत: उपचार जितने उच्च स्तर का होता है, उतना अधिक प्रभावशाली एवं स्थायी होता है।

सकारात्मक विचारों को बढ़ा और नकारात्मक विचारों को घटा, मानसिकता में आवश्यक परिवर्तन किया जा सकता है।

1. यदि कोई व्यक्ति तनावग्रस्त अथवा चिन्तित रहता हो तो, मस्तिष्क की वायु ऊर्जा को पेरिकार्डियन बियोल बढ़ाने से मेरेडियन में नये-नये मौलिक विचार आने लगते हैं और तनाव कम होने लगता है।

2. बहुत से व्यक्ति रात में सोते समय भी कुछ न कुछ चिन्तन करते रहते हैं। फलत: उन्हें अनिद्रा का रोग हो जाता है। अत: ऐसे व्यक्तियों के सोते समय मस्तिष्क की नमी ऊर्जा बढ़ा दी जाये तो उनके मस्तिष्क में सजगता विकसित होने से व्यर्थ चिन्तन समाप्त होने लगता है और निद्रा आने लग जायेगी। परन्तु जिन व्यक्तियों को भय के कारण निद्रा न आती हो तो सोते समय ट्रीपल वार्मर / मेरुदण्ड की आवश्यकतानुसार ठण्डक ऊर्जा को कम करने से अच्छे परिणाम मिलने लगते है। यांग मेरेडियनों का एक छोर मस्तिष्क क्षेत्र में होता है। अत: यांग ऊर्जाओं की अधिकता से अनिद्रा का रोग हो सकता है, जबकि यिन ऊर्जाओं की अधिकता से अधिक निद्रा आ सकती है। अत: अनिद्रा अथवा अतिनिद्रा का कारण मालूम कर, उसको दूर करना चाहिये।

3. जिन व्यक्तियों की मतिभ्रम हो जाती है अथवा सोच नकारात्मक हो जाता है तो, मस्तिष्क की ताप ऊर्जा को घटाने से अच्छे परिणाम मिलने लगते है।

4. यदि कोई पागल हो जाता है, तो उसमें बुद्धि और विवेक का अभाव हो जाता है। ऐसे व्यक्तियों के मस्तिष्क की ठण्डक ऊर्जा को बढ़ाने से लाभ मिलता है।

5. जो लोग धूम्रपान करते हैं अथवा दुव्र्यसनों का सेवन करते हैं, उनमें दृढ़ संकल्प शक्ति का अभाव होता है। अत: ऐसे व्यक्तियों के मस्तिष्क की शुष्क ऊर्जा को बढ़ाया जाये और ताप ऊर्जा को घटाया जाये तो संतोषप्रद परिणाम मिलते हैं।

6. जिन व्यक्तियों को भय अधिक लगता है, उनके मस्तिष्क की ठण्डक ऊर्जा को कम करने से अच्छे परिणाम आते हैं।

7. यदि कोई व्यक्ति बहुत ज्यादा बोलता है तो उसका कारण उसके मस्तिष्क में ताप ऊर्जा अधिक होती है। अत: आवश्यकतानुसार उस ऊर्जा को कम करने से तुरन्त लाभ मिलता है।

8. यदि कोई व्यक्ति हकलाता है और वह बच्चा है तो उसमें वायु ऊर्जा का असंतुलन होता है और यदि वह व्यक्ति बड़ा हो तो भय के कारण ऐसी स्थिति हो सकती है। अत: ऐसे बच्चों के मस्तिष्क की वायु कम करने से बच्चों में और बड़ों के मस्तिष्क की ठण्डक ऊर्जा कम करने से संतोषजनक परिणाम मिलते हैं। इस प्रकार मस्तिष्क की ऊर्जाओं को संतुलित कर विभिन्न मानसिक रोगों पर सरलता पूर्वक प्रभावशाली ढंग से नियन्त्रण किया जा सकता है। मानसिक स्तर पर किया गया उपचार प्राय: अन्य स्तरों पर किये गये उपचार से अधिक प्रभावशाली एवं लाभकारी होता है।

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रात्रि भोजन हानिकारक (NIGHT EATING IS HARMFUL)
मच्छर रात्रि में ही क्यों प्राय: अधिक काटते हैं? क्या कभी हमने चिन्तन किया? सूर्यास्त होने के पश्चात् शरीर की प्रतिरोधक शक्ति क्यों कम हो जाती है? ऊर्जा शक्ति की हानि होने से रात्रि में किया गया भोजन कैसे शक्तिवद्र्धक हो सकता है? सूर्य की रोशनी से शरीर में रोग-प्रतिकारक शक्ति बढ़ती है। इसी कारण प्राय: अधिकांश रोगों का प्रकोप रात में बढ़ने लगता है। प्रत्येक बीमारी भी अपेक्षाकृत रात में ज्यादा कष्टदायक होती है। इसका मुख्य कारण रात में सूर्य की गर्मी का अभाव होता है। हमारे शरीर में सारे ऊर्जा चक्र जिन्हें कमल की उपमा दी गयी है, सूर्योदय के साथ सक्रिय होते हैं और सूर्यास्त के पश्चात् असक्रिय होने लगते हैं। अत: रात्रि में भोजन का पाचन कठिनाई से होता है। आयुर्वेद में स्पष्ट कहा गया है कि पहला मुख्य भोजन सूर्योदय से एक प्रहर बाद ही किया जाना चाहिये और दूसरा भोजन यदि आवश्यक हो तो सूर्यास्त से कम से कम एक घंटा पूर्व। उनका निष्कर्ष है कि दिन क्षय के अनुपात में वायु और पित्त बढ़ जाते हैं।

चरक संहिता के अनुसार रात्रि भोजन दूषित, तामसिक और अम्लीभूत होकर शरीर को भारी क्षति पहुँचाता है। सूर्यास्त के पश्चात् बहुत से सूक्ष्म जीव पैदा हो जाते हैं। सूर्य का प्रकाश इन कीटाणुओं को पैदा होने से रोकता है। सूर्य के ताप में अनेक विषैले कीटाणु निष्क्रिय बन जाते हैं, जो सूर्यास्त के बाद पुन: सक्रिय होने लगते हैं। प्राय: हम अनुभव करते हैं कि, दिन में 1000 वाट के बल्ब के पास भी सूक्ष्म जीव नहीं आते, जबकि रात में थोड़ी सी रोशनी में भी बल्ब के आसपास मच्छर मंडराने लगते हैं। ये जीव आहार की गन्ध के कारण भोज्य पदार्थों की तरफ आकर्षित होते हैं। वहीं दूसरी तरफ भोजन में भी अनेक सूक्ष्म बेक्टीरियाँ उत्पन्न हो जाते हैं। इनका रंग भोजन के रंग जैसा ही होने से कृत्रिम प्रकाश में हम इन्हें प्राय: नहीं नहीं देख पाते हैं। कृत्रिम प्रकाश में उजाला तो है, परन्तु वह सूर्य की बराबरी नहीं कर सकता। पूर्ण शाकाहारियों के लिये यह भोजन निश्चित रूप से त्याज्य होता है। रात्रि में तमस (अँधेरे) के कारण वैसे भी भोजन तामसिक बन जाता है। रात्रि भोजन में स्मरण शक्ति कमजोर होने लगती हैं। व्यक्ति अपनी क्षमताओं को पूर्ण रूपेण विकसित नहीं कर पाता।

बिजली की रोशनी में भोजन करने से अंधेरे के कीटाणु तो हमारे भोजन के नजदीक आते ही हैं परन्तु साथ में प्रकाश के किटाणु और नये उत्पन्न होते हैं, जो भोजन में सम्मलित हो जाते हैं, तथा जो स्वास्थ्य बिगाड़ने में सहायक होते हैं। कहने का आशय यही है कि प्रकृति के नियम व्यक्तिगत अनुकूलताओं के आधार पर नहीं बदलते। हमारी जीवन पद्धति के अनुरूप सूर्योदय और सूर्यास्त का समय निश्चित् नहीं होता। बुद्धिमान वहीं है जो प्रकृति के अनुरूप अपने आपको ढाल लेता है। परन्तु आज हमारे दिल और दिमाग में ये बाते नहीं बैठ पा रही है। हमारे Lunch और Dinner रोगों के मंच बनते जा रहे हैं। स्वास्थ्य मंत्रालय को पूर्वाग्रह छोड़ इस सत्य को स्वीकार करना चाहिये तथा भोजन के उपयुक्त सर्वोत्तम समय की जानकारी जन साधारण तक पहुँचानी चाहिये। सारी सामाजिक एवं सरकारी व्यवस्थाओं को उसके अनुरूप बदलने की पहल करनी चाहिये। यदि उचित समय पर भोजन न किया जाए तो हमें हमारी पाचन क्रिया को अच्छा रखने के लिये बाह्रा साधनों का उपयोग करना पड़ेगा। कहने का तात्पर्य यह है कि रात्रि भोजन आरोग्य के साथ वैज्ञानिक, आध्यात्मिक, सामाजिक एवं पारिवारिक दृष्टिकोण से अनुपयोगी है। हानिकारक है। प्रकृति के विरुद्ध है। अत: स्वास्थ्य प्रेमियों के लिये त्याज्य है तथा उन्हें यथा सम्भव दिन में सूर्यास्त से पूर्व ही भोजन करने का प्रयास करना चाहिये।

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The Indian government has decided to lodge its protest against yoga-related patents issued by the US Patents & Trademarks Office. While the health ministry has decided to take up the issue directly with USPTO, the commerce department is writing to the US Trade Representative against what it sees as a violation of rights over traditional knowledge. Officials said government was of the opinion that USPTO has been careless in granting patents and trademarks in matters related to traditional knowledge. While details of a counter-offensive by government are still being worked out, sources indicated that a protest was the first line of attack. There is a digital traditional-knowledge library, prepared by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which has enough reference material, and a proper search should be done before USPTO grants a patent, India is telling the US authorities. CSIR has earlier prepared patent formats of nearly 900 yoga asanas (postures), to prevent European and American companies involved in fitness-related activities from claiming them as their own. These 900 asanas have been collected from Patanjali's classic work on yoga, as well as other ancient classics like the Bhagwat Gita. These asanas will all be included in the digitalised Traditional Knowledge Library (TKDL), set up by the council to collect and record traditional treatment therapy knowledge. Medicines and yoga asanas registered with it enjoy the status of being patented.

USPTO is learnt to have already issued 150 yoga-related copyrights, 124 trademarks on yoga accessories and 2,315 yoga trademarks so far. "It's ridiculous to even think that an asana which has been practised for several years can be patented just because they think it is different. They have not been looking at the digital library," said an official. "Video recordings of the asanas are also being made and recorded to prevent them from being stolen," said TKDL director Dr VK Gupta. He  said a number of countries had already laid claim to around 250 of these postures. Some foreign companies have even patented some of them. Foreign companies have been selling some of the yoga postures as therapies to relieve stress or backaches. "How can someone else patent these asanas which are a part of our traditional treatment therapy knowledge? They should not be allowed to use them for commercial purposes," Dr Gupta said. The CSIR's next step will be to move against the yoga patents already registered abroad. The United States patent office alone has issued around 3000 patents on yoga postures and their variations.

It was with utter surprise and indignation that the census form supplied by census data collectors did not have any provision for indicating religion unlike in the previous years. The particular column in the form for this purpose was missing. On enquiry from the data collectors, it was gathered that it was Government's decision not to include column for religion or even castein the form. Jain community was keen to find out the real strength of Jain population in the country and so, various Jain organisations, institutions, magazines and newspapers had been making special requests to the Jain community to be very alert in filling up the form and make sure to mark a circle around 'J' which stands for Jain, in the religion column of the census form. Without the information about religion as well as caste, the census information remains incomplete. As the census process is still in progress, the Government can even now take necessary rectifying action by obtaining the information about religion and caste separately through Data collectors and insert the same in the census data.


The global pharmaceutical market was worth US $550 billion in 2004  and  is expected to exceed US $900 billion by the year 2008. The herbal industry shares about US $62 billion with good growth potential. The World Bank reports trade in medicinal plants, botanical drug products and raw materials is growing at an annual growth rate between 5 and 15% . Within the European community, botanical medicine represents an important share of the pharmaceutical market.  the nutraceutical sector is also growing rapidly. In 2001, US $17.8 billion was spent in the United States on dietary supplements, US $4.2 billion of it for botanical remedies In India the value of botanicals related trade is about US $10 billion per annum with annual export of US $1.1 billion while China's annual herbal drug production is worth US $48 billion with export of US $3.6 billion ). Presently, the United States is the largest market for Indian botanical products accounting for about 50% of the total exports. Japan, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore are the major importer of TCM taking 66% share of China's botanical drugs export.

Globally, there have been concerted efforts to monitor quality and regulate the growing business of herbal drugs and traditional medicine. Health authorities and governments of various nations have taken an active interest in providing standardized botanical medications. United States Congress has fuelled rapid growth in the nutraceutical market with passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994. US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently published the International Conference on Harmonization guidance Common Technical Document addressing concerns related to quality of medicines that also includes herbals. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has been inaugurated as the United States Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research in this arena of medicine. Its mission is to explore complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, support sophisticated research, train researchers, disseminate information to the public on the modalities that work and explain the scientific rationale underlying discoveries. The global scenario illustrates vividly both promise and challenges presented by the traditional medicines. India needs to identify the extent to which Ayurvedic therapeutics is safe and effective so that it could get wide global acceptance.


After a successful track record of its MBA Programmes, S. P. Jain, one of Asia’s leading Business Schools, has now launched its Global BBA Programme. This twin city programme is a four-year fulltime residential course, uniquely crafted as a 2 + 2 model. The first two years are conducted in Singapore followed by two years in Sydney, providing students with a global mindset and perspective. The programme has been thoughtfully designed keeping in view the ‘complete’ development of an individual. Comprising a well-structured set of activities that aim to inculcate the right attitude, a critical bent of thinking, smooth public speaking skills, cross-cultural appreciation, leadership qualities and more, the degree at the end of the programme would be an Australian one, similar to the degrees given by other reputed Australian universities. The scholarship will be towards the tuition fees of all the four years of the programme. For more details, please visit :

GOVERNMENT TO START VIGOROUS CAMPAIGN AGAINST JUNK FOOD, LIQUOR  AND TOBACCO TO ERADICATE CANCER, DIABETES, PARALYSIS AND HEART DISEASES - It has been accepted by the government that junk food, tobacco and liquor are the three most harmful items affecting the health of the people, causing dreadful diseases like Cancer, Diabetes and heart ailments. In order to stop the growing menace of these diseases, the government has decided to organise a national campaign in fifteen states in the country, where the incidence of these diseases is possibly maximum.  The objective of the campaign would be to control the use of junk food, tobacco and liquor by educating the masses and discouraging the use of harmful items, specially junk food, tobacco and wine. It is believed that 42% of the deaths in the country between the age of 34 to 63 years are caused by non-contagious diseases. According to reports received from the World Health Organisation (WHO) heart disease would become the biggest cause of death in the country by the year 2020. Similarly, 25 lakh persons are presently suffering from Cancer. According to a committee constituted by the Government of India, concerned with medical and health subjects, the prime reason these diseases amongst youngsters  is accepted to be tobacco and junk food. Junk food is also the main cause of fatness, which in turn is responsible for other major diseases.

Of all the places where relics of ancient Jain monuments can be found in the state, Pakbirra, a remote village in Purulia seems to be the place most sprinkled with them. Around 56 km from Purulia town and situated near the western border of Bankura, Pakbirra has an undulated landscape, surrounded by distant hills and folds. Crumbling shrines, decrepit sculptures and images strewn across the district, bear the testimony of a settlement that had disappeared over the years. These rare and intricately carved architectural relics speak volumes of the glorious past of Jain architecture that flourished here in the post-Goud era. According to recent studies, the relics date back to the ninth and tenth centuries AD. The variety and the elaborate sculptures suggest that the state might have been an important centre of Jain civilisation some thousand years ago. The 24th Tirthankara, Mahavira had come here to spread the words of Jainism in 6th century BC but scriptures found in the region showed that many residents of Bengal had already taken up Jainism.

The 23rd Tirthankara, Parashwanath had visited the region to propagate Jainism in the 8th century B.C. But, it was only after Mahavir’s visit that Jainism took a firm root in Bengal. Surveying these historical sites, Mr. Beglar found that only five of the 21 temples still remained there. Now, over the years only three are still existing. These three have been reduced to an absolutely ruinous state. The directorate of archaeology of the state has taken steps to conserve them and accordingly carried out renovation there. At least 48 intricately done sculptures can still be found there. Some of them are crumbling down in places but most of of them are intact. A greenish chlorite stone, found in abundance in the region, is the main material used for these sculptures. Undoubtedly the most impressive of these sculptures is the colossal naked figure of a Jina. About 7.5 feet high, it is carved of polished black stone. The image with large closed eyes, long ears, closed lips, curly stresses flowing down the beard and shoulders have a overwhelming effect on the viewers.

Except the restoration of the dilapidated temples by the state archaeological department, nothing has been done to preserve the priceless sculptures properly. The Directorate of Archaeology, West Bengal thinks otherwise. The Jain community of the state has approached the Governors and the concerned minister several times for preservation of the heritage sites and has also proposed to build a museum at Pakbirra. Only a few of them have seemed to care about the proposal. Information Courtesy:  Vidya Bhushan Maji, E-Mail:

Asthadhatu Idols and other valuables were stolen from a Jain temple in Salumber tehsil of the district, Udaipur. 13 idols made up of brass and asthadhatu & cash and silver Chhatras were stolen. Police efforts are on to trace the idols.

We have just created an Orkut community for Jain Students. This community is for discussing education related issues of students belonging to Jain community. The subjects include Scholarships, Educational Loans, Higher Education, Study Abroad, Competitive Examinations and much more. Please join the community at: From: Mr. Mahavir Sanglikar.


S. No. Date Parv

1,11, 21, 23, 24, 26, 29

Auspicious Days
2. 1st September, 2010

Santi Nath Chayawan Kalyanak

3. 1st September,2010

Chandra Prabhu  Moksh Kalyanak

4. 2nd September,2010

Supashrva Nath Chayawan kalyanak


4, 8, 10, 15, 20

Not so good days
6. 5th September,2010

Pushp Nakshtra

7. 5th September, 2010

Prayursan Prarambh

8. 7th September, 2010 to 22nd September, 2010 Pakshik parva
9. 12th September, 2010

Gyan Panchmi

10. 12th September, 2010

Samvtsri Mahaprava

11. 16th September, 2010


12. 16th September, 2010

Suvidhi Nath Moksh Kalyanak

13. 20th September to 25th September, 2010


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1. Chetan Bhalgat,Swetambar,Hubli,Karnataka,Business
2. Manish Kumar Surana,Swetambar,Surat,Gujarat,Arts
3. Ravi Jain,Swetambar,Mumbai,Maharashtra,Business
4. Nirav Kumar Mehta,Swetambar,Rajkot,Gujarat,Service
5. Bahubali Bhanaj,Digambar,Shiraguppi,Karnataka,I.T.
6. Vikram Kumar Chhajed,Swetambar,Bangalore,Karnataka,Business
7. Neeraj Jain,Digambar,Old Rajinder Nagar,Delhi,Medical
8. Lokesh Jain,Digambar,Punjabi Bagh,Delhi,Business
9. Anit Sankhla,Swetambar,Jodhpur,Rajasthan,Service
10. Rahul Dhariwal,Swetambar,Jodhpur,Rajasthan,Student
11. Shailesh Mota,Swetambar,Mumbai,Maharashtra,Consultancy
12. Madan Lal Dugar,Swetambar,Anand Vihar,Delhi,Business
13. Rakesh Dhariwal,Swetambar,Jodhpur,Rajasthan,Business
14. Pitam Kumar Jain,Digambar,Shahdara,Delhi,Service
15. Amit Jain,Digambar,Meerut,Uttar Pradesh,Business
16. Sunil Porwal,Digambar,Pune,Maharashtra,I.T.
17. Tarun Jain,Swetambar,Balesar,Rajasthan,Consultancy
18. Kaushik Shah,Swetambar,Ahmedabad,Gujarat,I.T.
19. Rakesh Kathotia,Swetambar,Hyderabad,Andhra Pradesh,Consultancy
20. Babu Jain,Swetambar,California,Usa,Engineer
21. Parsan Chindalia,Swetambar,Bhadrakali,West Bengal,Finance
22. Nehal Kumar Shah,Digambar,Vallabh Vidya Nagar,Gujarat,Service
23. Rajesh Oswal,Swetambar,Chiplun,Maharashtra,Engineer
24. Vijay Jain,Digambar,Chennai,Tamilnadu,Business
25. Chandresh Doshi,Swetambar,Jamnagar,Gujarat,Consultancy
26. Satish Kumar Chhajer,Swetambar,Faridabad,Haryana,Service
27. Ankit Jain,Swetambar,Jalandhar,Punjab,Business
28. Vijay Singh Paliwal,Digambar,Kota,Rajasthan,Business
29. Praful Kumar Nahata,Swetambar,Chennai,Tamilnadu,Business
30. Kishore Shah,Swetambar,Nana,Rajasthan,Business
31. Shrenuj Jain,Swetambar,Mumbai,Maharashtra,Student
32. Vimlesh Doshi,Swetambar,Ahmedabad,Gujarat,Service
33. Hemang Doshi,Swetambar,Ahmedabad,Gujarat,I.T.

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2. Krimi Parekh,40,Swetamber,Ahmedabad,Gujarat,Others
3. Shipra Jain,32,Digamber,Kinari Bazar,Delhi,Service
4. Jinali Shah,24,Swetamber,Mumbai,Maharashtra,Service
5. Shilpi Jain,30,Digamber,Shahdara,Delhi,Others
6. Nikhita Vithal Mahajan,25,Swetamber,Malad East,Maharashtra,Business
7. Tanu Sankhla,21,Swetamber,Jodhpur,Rajasthan,Computer
8. Seema Jain,39,Swetamber,Birmingham,Uttarkhand,Business
9. Riddhi Shah,28,Swetamber,Mumbai,Maharashtra,Service
10. Gauravi Jain,28,Digamber,Mayur Vihar,Delhi,Computer
1. Anusha Chordia,27,Swetamber,Beawer,Rajasthan,Service
2. Parag Jain,25,Digamber,Anand,Gujarat,Computer
3. Tarak Shah,21,Swetamber,Pune,Maharashtra,Business
4. Hardik Shah,30,Swetamber,Ahmedabad,Gujarat,Service
5. Vishal Jain,31,Digamber,Mumbai,Maharashtra,Service
6. Dipak Chopada,31,Swetamber,Ahmed Nagar,Maharashtra,Service
7. Anit Sankhla,23,Swetamber,Jodhpur,Rajasthan,Service
8. Ashok Jain,30,Swetamber,Pune,Maharashtra,Business
9. Ankit Jain,26,Swetamber,Jalandhar,Punjab,Business
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5. Jaihans Gem And Jewe,Jaipur,Rajasthan,Jewellary
6. Neha Infratech Pvt. Ltd.,Noida,Uttar Pradesh,Consultants
7. Pt. Sampurna Trade In,Dki,Indonesia,Consultants
8. Bagrecha & Associate,Pune,Maharashtra,Chartered Accountants
9. 1845 Maroo Investment,Barisadri,Rajasthan,Share Brokers
10. 1846 Mahaveer Exports,Laxmi Nagar,Delhi,Exporters/Importers
11. 1847 Rishab Jewels,Dariba Kalan,Delhi,Jewellary
12. 1848 M/s. Mehtha Jewellers,Chennai,Tamilnadu,Jewellary
13. 1849 Jainsons ( India ),Naraina Industrial Area,Delhi,Electricals/Electronics
14. 1850 R. K. S. Steels,Chennai,Tamilnadu,Exporters/Importers
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