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Ahimsa Times September 2010 Issue - www.jainsamaj.org

Vol. No. 123

September, 2010

"When religions coexist, leaders communicate, media respect neutrality,
laws not blinded by immunity, and citizens' needs take precedence over profitability
- peace becomes reality, world lives in harmony."

TEMPLES
NO JAIN TEMPLE WAS BURNT IN KASHMIR: OFFICIALS

The temporary structure housing a Jain temple in a local hotel was not burnt by a mob but was dismantled as a local hotel's contract with a Mumbai-based travel agency which built the structure on its premises has not been renewed. In the wake of reports in newspapers around India that the only Jain temple in Kashmir had been burnt by mobs leading the ongoing protests in the Valley, hotel and State officials told that no such incident had taken place. According to Ghulam Mohiuddin, manager of Silver Star Hotel in Lasjan on the outskirts of Srinagar, the temporary structure was built as per contract with Gem Tours and Travels, a Mumbai-based travel agency, which wanted to provide a place where Jain tourists from other parts of India could worship while visiting Kashmir. But the three-year contract ended and was not extended, so the structure was also dismantled, he said. The temple was established to attract Jain tourists. “As the situation in the Valley worsened and the tourist inflow declined, the contract was not renewed and we thought there is no need for this,” he added. The 8x8 pre-fabricated structure was dismantled in the presence of the priest, Hans Raj, on August 10.

Mr. Mohiuddin categorically denied that the temple was burnt or destroyed by a mob. “This is just not true. It is a fact that a large mob passed through this area also but no one entered our premises so the question of touching the temple does not arise,” he told The Hindu. Before the hotel management decided to remove the structure, the owners of the travel agency were contacted through the priest Hans Raj, who hails from Uttar Pradesh. “The idols were removed and properly handed over to them when they arrived in Srinagar the next day,” he said, adding the rumours seemed to be a conspiracy to spread hatred against Kashmiris. Deputy Commissioner (Srinagar) Meraj Kakroo also rubbished reports about the Jain temple being attacked. “The report about the burning of the temple is baseless and mischievous,” he said. He added that no proper temple existed and “as per our information, it was an internal arrangement made by the hotel owners.” Members of the community said there is, in fact, no Jain temple in Kashmir. While there were 40-odd Jain families living in the Valley prior to militancy, only five have stayed back. “There is no Jain temple here, though a family has set up one in their house,” Amit Jain, a businessman, said. Doshi family, which built the temple, flew in to Srinagar the day after the temple was dismantled and packed the idols in cardboard boxes and returned to Sabarmati.

Ahimsa Foundation feels that Jain Samaj should restrain in expressing its reactions and views in delicate religious and political matters affecting the feelings of other communities.

NEW JAIN TEMPLE IN GHAZIABAD DISTRICT
With the great blessings and inspiration of Param Pujyja Muni Shree Viharash Sagar Ji Maharaj," Shree 1008 Munisuvarat Nath Digamber Jain Mandir is being constructed at Ghaziabad near Delhi.  On August 12, 2010, 'Bhumi Poojan' was performed under the guidance of Muni Shree 108 Viharash Sagar Ji Maharaj's Sangh with full religious rituals. Jains, who wish to contribute generously in the “Nirmaan Karya may send their remittances to  S. C. Jain, 640/A-01, Shalimar Garden Ext.-1, Sahibabad ( GZB) UP- 201005, Ph: 0120-2648786/09910122842 Temple Address : S-29, Shalimar Garden Ext.-1, Sahibabad (Ghaziabad) U. P. 201005.

JSOU INC TO BUILD FIRST DIGAMBER JAIN TEMPLE IN NEW JERSEY

New Jersey, Jain Samaj of USA has achieved a significant milestone with the blessings and the presence of Sri Charukeerti Bhattaraka Swami Ji of Jain Mutt, Moodbidri in the southern state of Karnataka, India at Swaminarayan Temple, Secaucus, New Jersey to sign the contract to build the first Digamber Jain Temple out of India in NJ recently. The works on temple project will begin by mid of October at a cost of US $ 2,750,000 and will be completed by April 2012. JSOU Inc president Kumarpal A Shah outlined the temple project and vows for unity, dedication and co-operations to make the project very unique. For more details one can contact: Jain Samaj of USA Inc 9017, First Avenue, North Bergen, NJ 07047, USA, Mobile: 001-201-304-8334.

SAINTS
THE STATISTICS OF JAIN SAINTS: Source Shri Surendera Muni Ji Maharajsb, Derawala Nagar, New Delhi

Acharya

Total No.of  Acharyas Chaturmas
Points
Total
 Muni
Total
 Sadhvi
Total %
Swetambar Murtipujak 167 1757 1855 6699 8524 61
Swetambar Sthanakwasi 12 906 629 3051 3680 26
Swetambar Terapanth 1 116 152 515 667 5
Digambar Sampradaya 65 357 600 511 1141 8
Total 245 3136 3236 10776 14012 100

US CONGRESSMAN HONORS ACHARYA LOKESH MUNI

New York, September 3, 2010: U.S. House of Representatives Congressman Gregory W. Meeks presented highest honor "Peace Award" to Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni, Dr. Lokesh Muni is on his Global Peace March. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks organized a welcome function to honor Dr. Lokesh in his office in New York City. Congressman welcomed Acharya Dr. Lokeshmuni as an Ambassador of peace, Ahimsa (Non-Violence) and Spiritual leader dedicated to Human welfare. Congressman called upon the political and the religious leaders and NGO's to come forward to check the violence, terrorist and strengthen the unity of mind. He was addressing a peace march led by Acharya Dr. Lokesh, founder of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti. Congressman said "the world is passing through difficult situation we should not forget the aim of unity in diversity." Congressman appreciated peace march and said peace march is not only the ideal for India but it inspires the whole society and world. The march led by Acharya Dr. Lokesh played a great role in establishing peace, non violence and communal harmony in society. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks presented Acharya Lokesh Muni with highest honor of the “Peace Award".

Acharya Dr .Lokesh –founder Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti said all the Dharm gurus should sit together to find ways and means to propagate peace and human brotherhood and greater interaction between politician, bureaucrats and civil society. Acharya Dr Lokesh said that not only India but the entire world is a present adversely affected by terrorism. Violence and terror, however, is not the solution of any problem. He said that after investigating the basic causes of origin of terrorism a long term plan should be prepared to bring an end to it regarding its origin .He further mentioned that the programmers relating to “peace education” and training in nonviolence can prove to be beneficial in reducing the wave of terrorism. Acharya thanked and invited the Congressman to visit Jain Temple and Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti in India New Delhi, Udaipur, Jodhpur. Source:
Karamjit Singh Dhaliwal, 832-283- 9508 & Avnish Jain, E-Mail: avnish.jain@live.com, Telephone: 9250926870.

HONOURS & AWARDS
DIPAK JAIN NAMED INSEAD DEAN

Noted Indian-American academician Dipak Jain has been named as Dean of leading international business school INSEAD and will take up his new role in March 2011. Jain, a Dean Emeritus at Northwestern University's prestigious Kellogg School of Management, will succeed J Frank Brown, who will step down in 2011. Among Jain's responsibilities would be to look for opportunities to build INSEAD programmes in China and India as the business school focuses on growing its global presence and attracting more students from the developing countries. Jain, who was Kellogg's Dean from 2001-2009, is part of a growing list of Indian-origin academicians assuming leading roles at foreign universities. At Kellogg, Jain was the Sandy and Morton Goldman Professor in Entrepreneurial Studies and Professor of Marketing, a Chair he held since 1994.  He stepped down from his Kellogg dean post last summer but remained a professor. A graduate of Guwahati University, the Assam-native received a Masters in management science and a PhD in marketing from the University of Texas at Dallas. Jain is currently executive editor of the Sasin Journal of Management (Thailand) and a member of the Editorial Board of the Asian Journal of Marketing (Singapore). Apart from teaching, Jain is currently involved creating a business school in Bangladesh that will focus on entrepreneurship and small business management for women from countries such as Afghanistan, Sri Lanka [Images] and Pakistan. The second project he is working on is to start a full-fledged university in Angola. A noted scholar in marketing and entrepreneurship, Jain has published about 60 articles in scholarly and professional journals and three books.

He has presented and lectured at universities throughout the world and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and scholarship. He has been a member of review committees at Harvard, UCLA, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Northwestern. He serves on international advisory boards and councils such as the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration (Chulalongkorn University), the Carey Business School (Johns Hopkins) and American University in Cairo. Member of the American Marketing Association and The Institute of Management Sciences, Jain has consulted with companies such as IBM, AT&T, Nestle [Get Quote], Boeing, Accenture, Thompson Electronics and American Express. Established in 1957, INSEAD - 'the Business School for the World' - has campuses in Europe, Asia (Singapore) and in West Asia (Abu Dhabi), a research centre in Israel and an office in New York. Based in Europe, it is one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools and research institution.

ACHARYA ANAND RISHI AWARD IN LITERATURE PRESENTED TO DR. DAMODAR KHADSE AT HYDERABAD

Dr. Damodar Khadse, an eminent literateur has been awarded Acharya Anand Rishi Ji puraskar on the occasion of his 111th birth day anniversary at a function organised in the conference hall of Bharatiya Vidhya Bhawan at Hyderabad. Dr. Khadse has been a dedicated artist and writer. Shri Sanmati Sagar Ji Maharaj described Shri Anand Rishi Ji as a highly inspiring person and an ideal for Jain Samaj. Other saints present on the occasion also spoke about Shri Anand Rishi Ji maharaj and the contribution made by him to Jain religion.

RAJIV JAIN ELECTED AS NEW CHAIRMAN OF GJEPC OF INDIA

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) has elected a new Chairman and Vice-Chairman at its 43rd Annual General Meeting (AGM). Rajiv Jain is the new GJEPC Chairman, while Sanjay Kothari has been elected as the new vice Chairman.

Rajiv Jain is the present chairman of Sambhav Gems and also works as the Secretary of Jaipur Jewellery Show. Both the new Council heads will hold office from 2010 - 2012.

ARTIST VINITA JAIN’S WORK FEATURED IN KUDOS INTERNATIONAL ART COMPETITION
Sep 02, 2010 – RALEIGH, N.C. – Vinita Jain, a local artist specializing in acrylic and pastel painting, has announced that her pastel painting “Fire in the Sky” has been chosen as an exhibition finalist for Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition. Art Kudos is an annual international juried competition that serves to recognize and honor excellence in the visual arts. The painting will be featured on the Art Kudos website for a period of one year. - For more information on the Art Kudos International Competition, visit www.artkudos.com.

ABOUT VINITA JAIN: Vinita Jain has lived in North Carolina for more than 10 years. As a child, art was a passion of Jain’s, and she was first introduced to pastels when she took courses in drawing and color theory at Meredith College and since has taken pastel workshops from renowned artists. Influenced by impressionists such as Edgar Degas and Vincent Van Gogh, Jain works mainly with soft pastels but has recently begun working with acrylics. For more information, visit www.vinitajain.net.

SANJAY NAHAR OF SARHAD FOUNDATION TO LAUNCH BHAGWAN MAHAVIR WORLD PEACE PRIZE

Here is the India version of Nobel Peace Prize. City- based Sarhad foundation is all set to launch Bhagwan Mahavir World Peace Prize, inspiration behind which is the current unrest in Kashmir. The prize will consist of a cash prize worth Rs. 11 lakh and memento. “Bhagwan Mahavir's philosophy, though explored in religious manner has not yet been applied in common societal concerns. Gandhiji's ideologies behind movements were drawn from those of Bhagwan Mahavir and that is exactly that we want to project. In order to promote his conflict management and peacekeeping theories, we have come up with this prize,” said Sanjay Nahar, founder, president, Sarhad Foundation. With Southeast Asia as the targeted area, the prize will be given to people who have given immense contribution in the field of solving conflicts and maintaining peace. “We have a selection committee that consists of journalists, bureaucrats, justices and so on who would be selecting the nominees for the prize. The prime reason behind targeting Southeast Asia is because that is where his work is spread. Not only that, having peaceful neighbours is the key to ensuring the progress of our country as well,” added Nahar.

PTI BOARD ELECTS VINEET JAIN AS THE NEW CHAIRMAN

The Board of Directors of Press Trust of India, the premier news agency of the country, has elected Vineet Jain as the new Chairman. The announcement was made at the 62nd annual general meeting of the PTI shareholders held at New Delhi. Jain succeeds Vijay Kumar Chopra, Editor of the Punjab Kesari Group. Jain is the Managing Director of The Times of India Group. Prior to being announced the Chairman, Jain held the position of Vice Chairman in the PTI Board. Under his leadership the TOI Group has witnessed phenomenal growth in the print sector and expansion to the newer ventures in online, radio and television service. This is Jain’s second stint as the Chairman to PTI board, earlier he served as the PTI Chairman in 2002-2003.

CONFERENCES & EVENTS
JAIN HISTORY CONFERENCE ON 21-23RD JANUARY 2011
7th Jain History Conference will be held on 21, 22 and 23 January 2010 at Walchandnagar, District Pune of Maharashtra. Scholars of Jain History will present their research papers in the conference. Renowned scholar of Jainology Dr. Bhagchand Jain Bhaskar has been selected as the President of the conference. www.jainsamachar.blogspot.com Courtesy: Mahavir Sanglikar, Jain Friends, Post Box No. 58, Jagannath Complex, 199 Mumbai-Pune Rd., Chinchwad East, Pune 411019.

INTERFAITH CONFERENCE BRINGS TOGETHER REPRESENTATIVES OF DIVERSE RELIGIONS

Report by Acharya S. P. Dwivedi - RICHMOND – The Global Clergy Association of Canada successfully organized an interfaith Conference on 11th September at Steveston Buddhist Temple in Richmond. The spiritual leaders of various faiths- offered peace prayers and expressed their views Acharya S. P. Dwivedi coordinated and conducted the Conference. “We have to open our hearts minds for the people of other religions and belief systems. This is the only way to overcome the misunderstanding and stereotype beliefs on others. To end the violence we need altogether different approach and behavior based upon spirituality and good governance”, were the opening remarks of Dwivedi. Rev. Bishop Fujikawa, president of the GCAOC organization welcomed the guests and followed the offering of prayers by. Rev. Fujukawa (Buddhist), Fr. M. Appavoo (Christian), Kanti Dwivedi (Hindu), Dr. Shams Jilani (Islam), G. C. Singhai (Jain), Giani G. S. Kotli (Sikh) and Dr. Ardeshi Behi (Zoroastrian). Anand Jain and H. Sidhar, besides other spiritual leaders, reflected their views on the theme of the Conference- “Drug & Violence”. While introducing the keynote speaker Dwivedi said “Apart from his outstanding contribution, as a Supreme Court Judge and former Attorney General, Wally Oppal is unbelievably simple, humble and peace loving human being who believes in honesty and transparence in politics”. He enlightened and inspired the listeners by his speech that highlighted his rich experiences in field of law.

Dr. Suresh Kurl, as a former member of Parole Board, explained the pattern of behavior of those prisoners who were charged on violent acts and drugs. He felt that poverty and lack of education are the main causes of violent acts. “For educating the children the topics such as moral values, spirituality and non-violence are to be included in school syllabus so when they grow they will have more positive and peaceful approach to life”, said Dr. J. Das. Everyone felt that to inculcate culture of peace we need frequently similar type of more conferences in future.

VEERAYATAN UNIVERSITY TO BE ESTABLISHED IN KUTCHH, GUJARAT

Presently, several charitable institutions are being run by an NGO, called Veerayatan, in Kutchh region of Gujarat, namely a pharmaceutucal college, an engineering college, offering courses in mechanical, civil, electrical engineering and IT, a vidhyapeeth and about 40 vocational training centres. There is a vast network of educational and medical institutions run by Veerayatan. These apart, there are 40 international centres, spread over in USA, UK, Kenya and Australia. All these centres are being managed by Jain nuns, who are disciples of Acharya Chandana Ji Maharaj. Veerayatan. This international institution has now planned to establish Veerayatan university in Kutchh.

AHIMSA
EU REVISES LAWS TO BETTER PROTECT ANIMALS USED FOR SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTS

Brussels, 9 September 2010 The European Parliament has voted to revise legislation on animals used for scientific purposes. The revised legislation, first proposed by the European Commission in 2008, will strengthen the protection of animals still needed for research and safety testing. The new directive will also play a significant role in minimising the number of animals used in experiments, and require alternatives to be used where possible, whilst ensuring a level playing field for EU industry and enhancing the quality of research conducted in the EU. European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: "Today's vote ends a long negotiation process, which has shown how sensitive and important the issues at stake are. However, everyone agreed that it is vital to improve the situation for animals still needed in scientific research and safety testing, whilst maintaining a high standard of research and improving the focus on finding alternative methods to animal testing. The European Union will soon have the highest standards of experimental animal welfare in the world."... www.evana.org

NEXT TIME YOU EAT MEAT, DON'T BATHE FOR A YEAR.
YOU NEED 10515 LITERS OF WATER TO PRODUCE 1/2 KG. OF MEAT.
WHILE YOU NEED JUST 253 LITERS OF WATER TO PRODUCE 1/2 KG. OF WHEAT!

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polluted by their excreta and finally used for processing the meat.
The livestock industry pollutes more than all the cars, trucks, planes and ships in
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DIKSHA NEWS
MEENA BOHRA OF CHENNAI ALONG WITH THIRTEEN OTHERS TO TAKE SPIRITUAL PATH IN TERAPANTH
At a religious ceremony to be organised at Sardarshaher of Rajasthan, Meena is going to take the vow of renunciation in the presence of thousands of people. Twenty seven year-old Meena, a follower of Terapanth Dharmsangh of Jainism, is the second daughter of Ramesh Bohra and Leela Bohra. According to her parents, Meena was disinterested in worldly rituals from the age of three. Having shown interest in academic field, Meena got admission for BDS and during the course she started to be in the company of Jain saints and sadhvis. She got inspiration for deeksha from sadhvi Ratanshri Ji and sadhvi Himshri Ji. In the year 2002, sadhvi Nirwanshree and Dr. Yogkshemprabha also made an impact on Meena’s life. Later in 2005 after getting the permission from the family and Acharya Shree Mahapragya, Meena joined Parmarthik Shikshan Sanstha, Ladnu, Rajasthan where sainthood education is offered. Meena has three siblings, a brother and two sisters. Her father is the founder member and an active volunteer of Tondiarpet free medical dispensary, Terapanth Trust and Mangilal Bohra Rajkiya ucch madhyamik vidhyalaya. Meena will take the vow of deeksha from the 11th Acharya of Terapanth Dharmsangh Acharya, shree Maha Shraman.  Meena Bohra is one among the 13 young girls who are going to take the path of sainthood by sacrificing all the worldly desires on September 17.

MINORITY STATUS
FAST UNTIL DEATH FOR NATIONAL JAIN RELIGIOUS MINORITY ON 21ST OCT, 2010
Sunjay K. Jain, President-Vishwa Jain Sangathan, E-Mail: vishwajains@yahoo.com is organising Aamran Anshan (Fast Until Death) at Raj Ghat, New Delhi-2 from 10am onwards on Thursday, 21st October 2010 due to non-declaring National Religious Minority Status to Jains by the Central Government of India since year 1993. According to Sanjay Jain,  "Ministry of Minority Affairs has published different press releases in which it has been mentioned that they have not power to grant minority status to Jains but we want to draw their kind attention that they have already declared  that they will bring 103rd amendment in the Constitution, which will give minority status to Jains. On 5th November 1971, that time Parliament had passed 24th amendment in the constitution i.e. “Parliament has full power to amend the constitution” which was also accepted by the Supreme Court of India in its decision. We request you for your full support and suggestion in above matter. Please attend the protest with fast until death from 10am onwards on 21st Oct, 2010".

NEWLY PUBLISHED BOOKS
PAVING THE WAY FOR PEACE: Living Philosophies of Bishnois and Jains, Author: Herma Brockmann, Renato Pichler, Bibliography : 92pp., 33 Photos, 1 Map, Demy 8vo.,  HB ISBN (10) : 8188629235, The author refused to eat meat since he was 16. From that early age, his compassion for animals led him into the vegetarian community where, after finishing his studies in computer science, he got involved in founding the Swiss Union for Vegetarianism, an organisation of which he is now the President. In the year 2002, he was also elected Vice President of the European Vegetarian Union where he initiated a number of successful projects. Renato Pichler strongly believes that a world without slaughter will also be a more peaceful world - an aim to which he dedicates all his efforts. Herma Brockmann has been a vegetarian for 20 years. She has created the vegetarian organization Vegi-Info Belgium and is Honorary Secretary General of the European Vegetarian Union. Because the fate of animals is of the utmost importance to her, she is actively involved in many international projects, which aim at ameliorating the living conditions of animals. Herma Brockmann?s priority in her work for animals lies in information exchange across national and cultural borders. Long experience in working in an international environment helps her to initiate cooperation of people caring for animals across the globe, from India to South Africa and Russia.

miscellaneous
ADMISSIONS TO INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL FOR JAIN STUDIES ( ISSJS) 2011

Designed for undergraduate and Graduate students, Post Doctoral Fellows and full time faculty with an interest in the Jaina faith, the one week -six week long, Eight ( 8) stand alone and separate intensive courses will entail morning lectures, afternoon field trips, time in a few ancient cities and meetings with Jain professionals. Since 2005, every summer. International Summer Schools for Jain Studies (ISSJS ) have been offered regularly in India and the # of participants has seen a steady increase; with just 7 in 2005 to 60 in 2010. ISSJS is unique in that it is India based and makes India a class room for the study of Jain, history, culture and philosophy. In addition, it is highly subsidized financially and in some cases offers quite attractive financial assistance (travel grants and stipends) also. Please see the attached flyer for details and ISJS web site www.jainstudies.org. Source: Sulekh C. Jain,PhD, Chairman ISJS Governing Council, Houston, Texas, USA.

JITO TO DISBURSE EDUCATION LOANS TO JAIN STUDENTS

Jain International Trade Organisation has launched an easy education loan scheme - JITO Educational Loan Programme (JELP) to encourage Jain students to pursue higher studies. Chairman of JELP committee Narendra Kumar Baldota said the scheme was launched last year and it witnessed an overwhelming response as loans worth Rs. 4 crore were disbursed to over 199 students to help them realise their dreams of attaining higher studies in discipline of their choice. This year JITO is committed to disburse education loans worth Rs. 25 crore and this figure could touch even Rs. 50 crore next year. www.jainstudents.blogspot.com  Curtesy: Mahavir Sanglikar.

SEVERAL ASTHADHATU IDOLS STOLEN FROM JAIN TEMPLE IN RAJSAMAND, RAJASTHAN
JAIPUR: Amid Janmasthami preparations, a few unidentified miscreants stole six asthadhatu idols, jewellery and other valuable items from Kesariyanath Jain temple in the Bhim area of Rajsamand district.  According to the report filed on the complaint of one Bhanwar Lal, miscreants barged into the temple premises after breaking the main channel gate. They stole six ashtadhatu idols four big and two small, silver mukut and umbrella along with other valuable items. When members of the temple management committee visited the premises to offer prayers, they were shocked to find the channel gate broken, and the idols missing. Sources said it was the second time that idols have been stolen from the temple. The devotees staged a demonstration against the police and demanded immediate recovery of the idols and arrest of the miscreants.

110-YR-OLD TEMPLE BURGLED
MYSORE: A century-year-old Jain temple was reportedly burgled in the Heggadadevana Kote police limits. A group of thieves gained entry into the Ananthanatha Swamy Temple on Mahaveer Road at Surgur after breaking the small wooden doors using crowbars. The thieves decamped with gold and silver items, including idols, and money from the hundi.  Three pairs of gold chains and ear rings each put on the idols, a silver pot weighing 10 kg, silver lamp stands, silver plates and silver idols and a mask have been stolen from the 110-year-old temple. Temple priest Manmatharaju (65) told police that he heard a noise around 2 am but he thought it to be a truck moving on the road. But shock was in store for the priest when he opened the main door of the temple early morning. Jain Association president Devendraiah filed a complaint with the police.

BORIVALI TEMPLE THEFT: COPS ARREST EIGHT
The Mumbai Police Crime Branch arrested eight persons for allegedly killing a watchman of the Jain temple in Borivali and grievously injuring another. The suspects had allegedly decamped with idols and ornaments from the temple. The arrested have been identified as Haroon Sheikh (40), Ramesh Patil alias Bhaijan (40), Santosh Bhoir, Rajguru Singh, Suresh Gupta (18), Vinodkumar Yadav (22), Michael Thapa (20) and Mukeshkumar Yadav (18).  While four suspects were arrested from Goregaon, the rest of them were picked up from Ghansoli, Navi Mumbai.  On August 22, a group of eight assailants struck at the Chandraprabhu Nandeshwar Deep Digambar Jain Temple, Borivali. They attacked the guards with iron rods, killing Devi Singh and injuring Rajesh Joshi. They then made away with statues made of metal alloy and other ornaments. The religious sentiments of the Jain community were outraged following the incident. The Crime Branch had been given the descriptions of the suspects by a local ambulance driver, Pappu, who had noticed the dacoits fleeing with the loot. Almost all the suspects have a prior criminal record of thefts and robberies. Haroon is the kingpin of the gang. He spent time in jail with Bhaijan and the duo had plotted the dacoity around two years ago. While the former was in jail in a Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act case, Bhaijan was serving jail term for scrap theft cases. They had planned to target the temple when it was consecrated in 2005.

PUJARI GANG HELD WITH STOLEN IDOL
MUMBAI: The police arrested three members of the Ravi Pujari gang who had stolen a `Panchdhatu' idol from a Jain temple at Mira Road last year. Those arrested are a part of the same group which had committed a series of firing offences in the western suburbs in the last two months at Pujari's behest. The arrested accused, Deepak Singh alias Thakur alias Vikram, have been booked in 15 cases across Mumbai and neighboring districts. Another accused, Vicky Deval, was wanted in five cases while Kisan Dhanraj is wanted in three offences.

THEFT OF 1,000-YR-OLD JAIN TEMPLE STATUE CAUSE OUTRAGE
AJMER: A statue made of eight elements of Trikal Chobisi' in Jain temple at Jodha Gali of Dargah Bazaar was stolen on.  The statue is said to be a thousand year old and the is a major centre of faith for the community. Police are investigating the matter. According to the police, some people went to worship at the temple and discovered the statue of Trikal Chobisi' missing from its stand. The temple locks were broken. The temple is in a thickly populated area. As the news spread there was outrage among devotees who collected before the temple to protest. There is bhoot, bhavisha and vartaman and for that there are 24 Tirthankars as per Jain religion. The Trikal Chobisi is the oldest and belonged to bhoot kaal (past ), said Sudarshan Jain of Naala Bazaar. He said that the statute was made up of eight elements and is rare and invaluable. Police utilised the dog squad but were unable to many any headway.

REDERS VIEW'S
WHY IS CURD NOT FORBIDDEN?
DEVENDRA,
E-Mail: devendra@planet.nl In Jain tradition milk (produced in non-himsak way) and dahi (hindi word for traditional Indian yoghurt like preparation, yoghurt is closer word.) have been always permitted. Let us first understand the three words curd, yoghurt and dahi. Dahi and yoghurt and curd are obtained by different processes from milk have different taste. For the details of these processes one can refer to dairy product literature freely available on webs, books, etc. What happens to curd when swallowed and passes through our digestive system is a complex matter and to explain we need to take help of modern sciences such as biotechnology. Also a common notion that when bacteria’s and many micro-organism are swallowed will die and we will incur himsa is not necessarily 100% true!! It would be extremely difficult to say how much himsa is incurred. We should also understand that bahujivi,s (multiple souls as in potatos) like tubers/kandmool (roots) are different from bacterial culture, the former will die as we eat. In our body also reside many bacteria and produce many useful substances e.g. vitamin B12, etc. Our body temperature of 37­ to 38 degree centigrade provide comfortable environment for many bacteria and bacteria culture varies with temperature and some other factors. Also to note that many bacteri can withstand our saliva and gastric juices. Many Jains warm up curd before consuming under the belief that number of bacteria’s and micro-organism will decrease and thereby minimum living will be swallowed/consumed. When we see a pack of yoghurt in western style supermarkets a lot is mentioned about Nutritional component and values however nothing is mentioned about bacteria culture except some similar product which are specifically meant to swallow/consume certain health beneficial bacteria culture. In past I have come across some emails on Jainlist. These people knowledgeable about biotechnology and fermentation processes, I believe, can make the subject more clear like crystal. In the end I would endeavor to say that we incur very little or no himsa when we swallow dahi, yoghurt or curd. Preparation using renets which are himsak are not permited.

JAIN FESTIVALS - OCTOBER 2010, COURTESY DR. RAJENDRA MUNI, NEW DELHI

S.No.

Date

Parv

1. 2, 3, 8, 11, 16, 26,28 Auspicious Days
2

6, 7, 20, 23, 24, 25, 30

Not so Auspicious Days
3. 2nd & 29th October, 2010 Pushp Nakshtra
4. 7th & 22nd October,2010

Pakshik Parva

5. 07th October, 2010

Aristh Nami Kewal Kalyanak

6.. 14th October, 2010 Aolitap Prarambh
7. 17th to 22nd October, 2010

Panchak

8. 17th October, 2010

Sankranti

9. 22nd October, 2010

Amrit Siddhi Yog

10. 22nd October, 2010 Nemi Chayawan Kalyanak
11. 22nd October, 2010

Aolitap Samapt

12. 28nd October, 2010

Sambhv Nath Kewal Kalyanak

DEVLOK
Acharya Hemendra Surishwar Ji maharaj belonging to Shwetambar Murti-pujak sect passed away at the age of 93 years at Palitana, where he was having his chaturmas, alongwith a group of 25 saints and 25 sadhwi. Very large number of devotees joined his 'palakhi-yatra'. He was creamated with full religious rituals at Mahankheda.


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