Vol. No. 191
The First Jain E-Magazine
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JAIN SAINT SETTLING
FOR HOLY CHATURMAS PERIOD
The holy period of four months "Chaturmas", which is
much observed in Jainism has begun. Chaturmas is the period of rainy season
in the country and meant for self-purification. All over country Jain Saint
reach their Chaturmas destination for next four months. Jain Saints observe
their annual 'Rains Retreat' during this period by living in one place during
the entire period amidst lay people and giving religious discourses or
teaching meditation to the local public. For the Jain Saint, Chaturmas is
reserved for preaching, penance, austerities, fasting and religious
observances. Jain devotees resolve to observe Chaturmas with vows such as
observing silence; abstaining from a favourite food item; having only a
single meal in a day or spending time in the company of the holy people.
Among the Jains, the period is a suitable time for householders to have an
annual renewal of the faith by listening to discourses on dharma, doing
meditation, exercising self-control and undergoing penance; and performing
charity. One of the most important Jain festivals, Paryushana, falls during
this period, which concludes with Forgiveness Day, Kshamavani Diwas, wherein
lay people and disciples say Micchami Dukkadam and ask forgiveness from each
RALLY MARKS 'CHATURMAS'
AACHARAYA MAHASHRAMANJI REACHES CHATURMAS VENUE
10th July 2016 : Guwahati: The Chaturmas Sanmilan of Tera
Panth Jainism got under way with the arrival of Acharyashri
Mahashramanji this morning at Chaturmas Sthal at Garal near the LGBI airport. Acharyashri reached the Chaturmas Sthal early morning. Bimal Nahata,
president of the organizing committee, informed that the Archayashri,
accompanied by over 100 monks, reached the site at 8 am. Acharyashri
inaugurated the newly constructed Archryshri Mahashraman Research Foundation
Bhawan at 8.15 am at the Chaturmas Sthal. Then he was accorded warm
felicitation by thousands of Terapanthi Jain devotees coming from different
parts of the country. According to Bimal Nahata Acharyashri has come
with a mission to spread the messages of nonviolence, harmony, unity, social
uplift and anti-drug campaign. He is leading an Ahimsa Yatra and will stay
here at the Chaturmas Sthall till November 14. Acharyashri Mahashraman, the
Supreme Head of the Terapanth Jain sect, also addressed the Terapanth
devotees in a mammoth gathering and appealed to root out social evils,
superstitions and orthodoxies.
The Gauhati University and Jain Viswa Bharti University jointly organised a lecture on âSocial Transformation and Harmonyâ which was
delivered by the Acharyashri at the BKB auditorium, on July 9. An annual
award of Rs one lakh was b instituted on the occasion, which will be given
every year to persons working in the field of social transformation and
TERROR IN THE NAME OF
ISLAMIC PRACTICES IS SHAME ON HUMANITY - DHAKA MASSACRE
The incidence of Ms Tarishi Jain and 19 Others innocent
lives slaughtered in Dhaka massacre is shameful for the humanity. .......We
the '"Indians "' condemn this barbarism and pray for all those innocents ,
who lost their lives in this mindless adventurism....Its a tragedy for the
humanity at large....We have the right to ask these self -proclaimed and
misguided individuals "What Kind of Muslims are these who are killing humans
During RAMZAN "....This Can not be a religion....May God Bless and Guide them
with serenity and sensibilities to understand their issues and ways resolve
these... Ahimsa Times.
S. M. Imtiaz Khan Babul, a Bangladeshi politician from
the ruling Awami League party, whose son was one of the suspected terrorists
has offered an apology to the Jain family. Asif Khan, a campus alumni born in
Dhaka, and Tina Jabeen, a Bay Area Bangladeshi community leader, noted their
shock and disbelief at the current state of their home country, Bangladesh.
The flags of America, Bangladesh and India stood tall on the steps of Sproul
Plaza as a memorial vigil took place to commemorate campus sophomore and
Indian citizen Tarishi Jain and other victims who lost their lives alongside
her in the terror attacks that took place in Bangladesh.
Tarishi Jain, 18, was in Dhaka completing an e-commerce
growth internship with Eastern Bank Limited organized through UC Berkeleyâs
Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies. She began her
internship in early June. Tarishi were born in Hong Kong, studied at the
American International School in Dhaka and went on to pursue higher
educational goals in USA.
DIG. SAINT SAURABH
SAGAR MAHARAJ ATTACKED AND INJURED BY ARMED GOONS
2016 : New Delhi : While walking on Tijara Highway in Alwar District of
Rajasthan, Digambar Saint Shri Saurabh Sagarji Maharj was seriously injured
by unidentified armed gangsters. Gangsters hit several times Munishri by
knives all over his body. The entire community is in shock and condemns
this act of violence. We request the local administration and the police to
react and take appropriate action against the culprits. We also request the
Chief Minister of Rajasthan to take note of the unfortunate incidence and
issue the required directions. ( In photograph above, you can see Munishri
lying on hospital bed with injuries on hand and leg. )
GOVT. ROLLS OUT
DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR SHRAVANABELAGOLA
30th June 2016 : Gearing up for
the once-in-12-years celebration, the Maha Mastakabhisheka of Bahubali at
Shravan-abelagola in Hassan district, the state government appears to have
mooted a cooperative model to host devotees and tourists who flock the
village in large numbers. Besides spending Rs. 575 crore, the state
government has offered to grant land to other states to build facilities to
host devotees from their respective states during the weeklong celebrations
in veneration of Bahubali in February, 2018. Holding the first-ever meeting
of the organising committee of Mastakabhisheka in Vidhana Soudha, Chief
Minister Siddaramaiah not only approved the budget outlay of Rs. 575 crore for
the event but also assured all possible help for the Jain Community to
successfully conduct the world famous event. Later, giving details of the
meeting, animal husbandry minister said the money would be spent to
create infrastructure like road and rail connectivity, sign-boards, arches,
etc, to guide the tourists who congregate from various parts of the world.
Cooperative model: Even though
the government will be setting up nearly 25,000 tents over 700 acres of
agricultural land acquired from local farmers on a temporary basis, for the
first time, the state government has offered to facilitate devotees in a
cooperative model. State Government will give the required quantity of land
to those states from where large numbers of devotees flock to the village
during the festival to build halls to accommodate devotees. Until now, the
Rajasthan government has come forward for two acres of land for the purpose.
The celebration recognised as the largest Jain congregation in the world, is
held once every 12 years in veneration of Lord Bahubali. The celebrations
include anointing of the 1035-year-old Gommateshwara statue, the largest
monolithic statue in the world, standing atop Vindhyagiri mountain. The
government expects about 40 lakh devotees from various parts of the world.
The last Mastakabhisheka was held in 2006 and around 20 lakh people had
participated. The state government had spent Rs116 crore for the event.
Connectivity Gets Facelift - The
State Government has resolved to give a facelift to connectivity, especially
the rail and road network. The rail connectivity to Shravanabelagola village
will be inaugurated in December this year. A total of Rs 400 crore are being
spent on improving the roads that lead to the Jain pilgrimage centre. Though
the ASI had shot down a proposal to build a ropeway to the top of the
mountain, it has approved the proposal to widen the existing steps. The
widening work will commence in about a month's time. The existing steps will
be widened by two feet on either side, accommodating more devotees. Since the
ropeway proposal was rejected, the government is mulling over adopting
eco-friendly technologies to work out logistics.
IN RAJASTHAN TEXTS, MAHAVIR
IS BUDDHA, AULIA GETS BACK HANDED COMPLIMENT
14th July 2016 : Jaipur: In Rajasthan Government school
text book, a Class III chapter on Lord Mahavir shows the accompanying photo
of the Jain saint seated, and suspiciously looks like Lord Buddha. The Jain
community is enraged at the photograph of Lord Mahavir in the Class III
textbook "Apna Parivesh Aur Pryavaran Adhyayan". Secretary of Shri Mahavirji,
a prominent religious destination of Digambar Jains in Rajashthan, Mahendra
Patni said: ''Bhagwan Mahavir or any Jain deity never sit in the position of
giving blessings. He sits either in Padmasan, Ardhpadmasan or Khadgasan. This
is the picture of Gautam Buddha.'' The Jains have asked for the âmistakeâ to
be corrected. However, the Rajasthan Pathya Pustak Mandal has already printed
and delivered 20 Lakh copies of the book. The content was prepared by the
Rajasthan State Institute of Education Research and Training (SIERT).
HASTINAPUR JAIN TEMPLE TO
ACCOMMODATE FLOOD AFFECTED VILLAGERS
7th July 2016 Meerut : With the water level of Ganga
likely to rise in the wake of heavy rains Jain temple
located in Hastinapur will open its doors and provide shelter to villagers
living in flood-prone areas. In a letter to the temple management , the SDM
stated, "As a large number of villagers reside in wetland areas, they could
face problems when the water level rises in Ganga. We need to accommodate
them in the temple as well as the dharamshala. I hope the temple doors would
be thrown open to the village folk and their livestock in case the need
arises." The administration has also reserved Atmanand Jain Inter
College in Hastinapur to house villagers in case of a flood-like
INSCRIPTION ON LAST JAIN
TEMPLE IN TELANGANA FOUND
20th June 2016 : A three-faced
stone inscription indicate that, it was indeed the last Jain temple in
the region, also pointing out the patronage of the Jain religion, 850 years
ago. The inscription in Sanskrit and Telugu languages narrate how a temple
for the 24th Jain Thirthankara, Sri Vardhamana Mahaveera, was constructed by
one Manikya Setti and also how the revenues of an entire village called
Muppayapalli was donated by Bhaktula Pochenayudu for its maintenance.
Interestingly, farmers of Mallaram found the stone as they were clearing
shrubs to reclaim land, eight years ago. The inscriptions have several
contexts in the chronicles of the history of Telangana. It is the last
inscription discovered thus far, throwing light on the construction of a Jain
temple in Telangana. Then it demarcates a line for the disappearance of
Jainism and being replaced by a new religious sect called âVeera Saivismâ.
Also, it indicates the predominance of the Setti community (Komati today)
among the Jains in those days. Mention of a lady, Giri Devasani, in the
inscription indicates the value that was given to women in those days. She is
said to have succeeded her father Doddalasiddhi Setti as the Chief Priest of
the Parshavanatha temple, whose sculpture is found, apart from the Kakatiya
symbols of the ox and the sun-moon on all four sides of the stone.
RS. 7 CRORE BIDS FOR
JAIN MONK SHRI MADVIJAY RAVINDRASURI MAHARAJSAHEBJI LAST RITES
27th Sep 2016 Mumbai : Members of the Jain
community in India as well as abroad bid a collective Rs. 7 crore to carry out
the last rites of Shri Madvijay Ravindrasuri Maharajsahebji (62), who
passed in Rajgarh, a small town in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh.
This is a community ritual where bids are called for the right to
perform the last rites of Jain monks. Bids were called for 25 rituals,
including washing the monk's feet, wrapping the body in a shroud, performing
the last aarti and applying saffron and chandan to the body. The bidding was
spirited, and the amount rose steadily. Eventually, land developers and gold
dealers won most of the bids.
Jayesh bhai from Dubai, for instance, won a bid of Rs.
68 Lakh to be the first pall bearer, while the second, third and fourth pall
bearers paid Rs. 42 lakh, Rs. 27 lakh and Rs. 20 lakh each. The bidder who got
to wrap the body in a shroud had pledged Rs. 52.52 lakh. In the hierarchy of
monks, Maharajsahebji was one of the senior-most in the Tristutik sect. Under
Shri Madvijay Ravindrasuri Maha rajsahebji, 85 devotees, 10 men and 75 women
had taken `diksha'. "The money collected by the Mohankheda temple in Rajgarh,
where he died, will be used by the temple trust for religious activities and
to continue the work undertaken by the monk," said a source from the temple.
Babulal Vardhan from Rajasthan bathed the body of Shri Maharajsahebji, before
he was placed on the pyre, for a sum of Rs. 41.41lakh. The practice of
bidding, or 'ghee bolo', started 450 years ago to catalyse community charity.
Bids are not invited at every monk's passing. Many funerals are performed by
local Jain associations. Hirabhai Parekh, who heads the Kalapurna Suri Smarak
Sangh, said "big ticket" bidding is associated with those who have a huge
POSSIBLE THROUGH JAIN PHILOSOPHY â ACHARYA LOKESH MUNI
13th July 2016, New Delhi : Founder of Ahimsa Vishwa
Bharti Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni said that Bhagwan Mahavir philosophy of
nonviolence and unity in diversity can build the atmosphere of harmony,
cordiality, unity and brotherhood in the society. He said that violence and
terrorism cannot solve any problem; violence gives rise to counter violence.
Every problem can be solved through dialogue. Acharya Lokesh Muni was
addressing the Anniversary Celebration of International School of Jain
Studies organised at India International Centre. Acharya Lokesh said that
Jain philosophy is highly scientific and practical, it is a lifestyle. By
living life according to Jain philosophy person can have happy, healthy and
delightful life. He said that philosophy of nonviolence and unity in
diversity should reach the masses to build healthy society. Chief Minister
appreciating the efforts made by Acharya Lokesh Muni to establish
nonviolence, peace and harmony at national and international level said that
only Saints can show the path to establish Global Brotherhood.
ISJS provides an important link between the Jain
Community and the academic world by providing students and scholars the
opportunity to study Jainism during an intensive summer program in the North
India. The summer study program began with 7 scholars and students in 2005
and 700 scholars and students from 25 countries and 40 Universities have
taken part in it till now. This year 92 people from different countries have
taken part in this program. On the occasion Officer of Minority Ministry of
India Mr. Badruddin, Dr. H. P. Kanodia, Mr. Nirmal Sethi also expressed their
views. Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni was honoured with Memento and Shawl. Mr.
Badruddin, Dr. H. P. Kanodia, Mr. Nirmal Sethi and other donors were also
honoured. Source : Kenu A. Sharma, Media Secretary, 9811025332. Acharya
Lokesh Ashram : New Delhi - 110060, E-Mail :
COURT ORDERS FIR AGAINST AKHLAKH FOR COW SLAUGHTER -
DR. SURENDRA JAIN VHP
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad welcomes the order of the
judiciary to file an FIR against Akhlakh and his family for Cow-slaughter in
the Bishada episode. Now, it is crystal clear who the real culprit is. It has
turned out that the man who was supposed to be at the receiving end was
actually the real criminal. On the other hand, the Hindu society, which was
being portrayed as the perpetrators of the crime were the ones who were the
victims. The villagers had been shouting from roof-tops from day one, saying
that a calf had gone missing a day before the death of Akhlakh and that
Akhlakhâs brother had been seen slaughtering the calf. The villagers had only
gone to Akhlakhâs home to elicit information but the situation got out of
control only due to the bad behavior of Akhlakh and his family.
Unfortunately, in the din of the secular mafia of the country, truth was
buried and instead the Hindu society was shown as if they were the
perpetrators of the crime of killing Akhlakh. The forensic report had
established that the meat obtained from the house of Akhlakh was beef. The
Akhilesh government should have then and there taken back the case against
falsely-implicated Hindus and taken action against the Akhlakh family. But it
was really unfortunate how the state government tried to falsify the report.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad demands that the case of cow-slaughter be
investigated in a fair manner and in a fast-paced way, the family of Akhlakh
should be sent to jail immediately, the case against the innocent Hindus
should be taken back and they should be relased respectfully and all the
compensation and facilities that were showered on Akhlakh should be taken
back. Those Hindus who were physically and mentally tortured should be
adequately compensated. Now the Uttar Pradesh government and the conspiracy
of the secular mafia stands completely exposed. They must apologise to the
nation for their misdemeanor. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad warns the Uttar
Pradesh Government not try to sweep this issue under the carpet in the name
of vote-bank politics. The Hindu society is already reeling under the burden
of false accusations and it will not tolerate any more conspiracies. Vishwa
Hindu Parishad, E-Mail :
Quotes On Vegetarianism
''We all love animals. Why do we call some
âpetsâ and others âdinnerâ?''
- K. D. Lang.
''How can you eat anything with eyes?'' - Will
''We don't need to eat anyone who would run,
swim, or fly away if he could.'' - James Cromwell.
''A vegetarian is a person who won't eat
anything that can have children.'' - David Brenner, comedian.
''If you knew how meat was made, you'd probably
lose your lunch.'' - K. D. Lang, musician.
''If you visit the killing floor of a
slaughterhouse, it will brand your soul for life.'' - Howard Lyman.
''If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone
would be a vegetarian.'' - Paul McCartney, musician.
''There is no beast on earth or bird which flieth, but the same is a people like unto you. All God's creatures are God's
family.'' - Quran.
''A man can live and be healthy without killing
animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking
animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.''
- Leo Tolstoy.
''Nothing will benefit human health and
increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution
to a vegetarian diet.'' - Albert Einstein.
''The beef industry has contributed to more
American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and
all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of âreal food for
real peopleâ you'd better live real close to a real good hospital.'' - Neal
''To give a child animal products is a form of
child abuse.'' - Neal Barnard, MD.
''Until he extends the circle of his compassion
to all living things, man will not himself find peace.'' - Albert Schweitzer.
''The love for all living creatures is the most
noble attribute of man.'' - Charles Darwin.
''Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat
you anymore.'' - Franz Kafka, while admiring fish in an aquarium.
''Some say vegetarianism is an alternative
diet, but it is the original diet, the plan designed by God.'' - James Marcus.
''To become vegetarian is to step into the
stream which leads to nirvana.'' - Buddha.
''My body has never been defiled by animal
flesh.'' - Ezekiel 3 and 4.
''He is closest to God who harms no living
creature.'' - Bhagavad Gita.
''Flesh eating is unprovoked murder.'' - Ben
''I've been a vegetarian for years and years.
I'm not judgmental about others who aren't, I just feel I cannot eat or wear
living creatures.'' - Drew Barrymore, actress.
''It is significant to note that those who live
on vegetarian food are less prone to diseases, whereas non-vegetarians are
subject to more diseases. Why? Because animal food is incompatible with the
needs of the human body.'' - Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
''More and more we realize that vegetarian diet
is a good idea.'' - Dr. Edward Martin, head of Dept. of Defense Health (NPR Oct
''I decided I needed to be consistent in my
prolife stance so 13 years ago I became a vegetarian.'' - David OâSteen,
national director of Right to Life.
''Martin Luther King taught us all nonviolence.
I was told to extend nonviolence to the mother and her calf.'' -Dick Gregory.
"The only foods that contain
immune-strengthening and cancer-fighting nutrients are plant foods." - Mike
''I did not become a vegetarian for my health;
I did it for the health of the chickens.'' - Isaac Bashevis Singer.
"There is no disease, bodily or mental, which
adoption of vegetable diet, and pure water has not infallibly mitigated,
wherever the experiment has been fairly tried." - Percy Bysshe Shelley.
''Methionine in meat becomes homocysteine. High
homocysteine levels quadruple the chance of heart attack.'' - Time Magazine
August 97 (A Finnish hospital study).
''The trans fatty acids (found in animal
products and cooked oils) are a factor in breast cancer.'' - Edward Martin, MD,
Dept. of Defense Health Director (National Public Radio and CNN).
''As soon as I realized that I didn't need meat
to survive or to be in good health, I began to see how forlorn it all is. If
only we had a different mentality about the drama of the cowboy and the range
and all the rest of it. It's a very romantic notion, an entrenched part of
American culture, but I've seen, for example, pigs waiting to be slaughtered,
and their hysteria and panic was something I shall never forget.'' - Cloris
''In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal
it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to
animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and,
once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by
otherwise intelligent people.'' - Ruth Harrison, author.
''Truly man is the king of beasts, for his
brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial
places.'' - Leonardo da Vinci.
''The awful cruelty and terror to which tens of
thousands of animals killed for human food are subjected in traveling long
distances by ship and rail and road to the slaughterhouses of the world. God
disapproves of all cruelty... whether to man or beast. The occupation of
slaughtering animals is brutalising to those who are required to do the
work.... I believe this matter is well worthy of the serious consideration of
Christian leaders.'' - Mrs. Booth and General Bramwell Booth, daughter-in-law
and son of the founder of the Salvation Army.
''Behold I have given you herb yielding seed.
To you it shall be for meat.''- Genesis l:29.
Vegetarianism is a choice that people make for
various reasons, perhaps health, perhaps animal rights, perhaps for
humanitarian reasons, or perhaps for spiritual reasons.
IIT-KHARAGPUR TO CONFER
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD
TO AJIT JAIN
12th July 2016 : Kolkata: Indian
Institute of Technology Kharagpur will confer the Distinguished Alumnus Award
on the occasion of the 62nd convocation of the Institute which will be
organized on July 30 and 31. Ajit Jain an eminent alumni has been selected
for the award for his exceptional professional achievements. Ajit Jain (IIT
KGP B.Tech./Mechanical Engineering/1972 batch), President of Reinsurance
Division, Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group, USA. Shri Jain is a visionary
in the global investment sector, having led Berkshire Hathaway to great
heights. He is a well-known philanthropist as well funding the Jain
Foundation with the mission is to cure muscular dystrophies. The
Distinguished Alumnus Award is one of the highest recognition given of
accomplishment and contribution of an alumnus/alumna from the Institute. Ajit
Jain will be given a gold medal and a certificate.
RELEASED ON SETH SHANKARDAN NAHATA AT BIKANER
A special cover and special cancellation has been
issued at Bikaner (Rajsthan) on 28th June 2016 on Jain personality Seth
Shankardan Nahata. He was multi-talented orator, diligent entrepreneur,
philanthropist and social leader. In a grand release function organized at
Bikaner, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal (MP),
Shri Giriraj Meena (I. G. Police) and Shri S. S. Shekhawat (Superintendent of
Post Offices ) released this special cover. Senior member of Jainism Philately
Group Shri Lalit Kumar Nahata was instrumental in issue of this cover.
Earlier on 19th March 2015, a special cover was also
issued on Shri Agar Chand Nahata who was son of Shri Shankardan Nahata.
Source : Sudhir Jain, E-Mail:
NOMINATED TO BOD
7th July 2016 Ludhiana : The Government of India has
nominated Saurabh Jain, an IAS officer, to the Board of Directors (BoD) of a
special purpose vehicle (SPV) formed for implementation of Smart City Mission
in Ludhiana. The Centre was supposed to send a nominee to the board to
monitor the functioning under the Smart City Mission. The government has
nominated officials from the Ministry of Urban Development for 20 cities that
made it to the first list of Smart Cities in the country. It is pertinent to
mention here that Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria; Deputy Commissioner Ravi
Bhagat; Police Commissioner Jatinder Aulakh; MC Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori,
Sanjay Goel, chairman of Indian Institutes of Architects, Punjab Chapter,
Ludhiana; KNS Kang, Vice Chairman, Ludhiana Management Association; Rajinder
Gupta, vice-chairman, Punjab State Planning Board; N. K. Sharma, Chief
Engineer, Central Zone, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, Ludhiana; and
Lachman Das, Chief Engineer, Municipal Corporation; are already members of
the Board of Directors.
SALUTE TO ANOOP JAIN OF
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, USA, FOR HIS EXEMPLARY VISION
First, he raised $30,000 to build a community soup
kitchen to help Tibetan refugees in north India. It was there, that he realised the importance of improved public health as a means of empowerment.
He continued working in rural India before reaching Bihar, where SHRI
(Sanitation and Health Rights in India), formerly known as Humanure Power,
was formed. The organisation builds free-to-use public toilets in Bihar.
These toilets then use the methane gas produced to purify drinking water,
which is supplied to several hundred people at a nominal cost. His
organisation also works alongside the community to combat other sanitation
related problems. SHRI currently has four facilities, and they aim to build
two more by the end of this summer. Apart from helping in sanitation in the
state, SHRI also employs only the poorest of people to construct their
Not surprisingly, Jain has won many
accolades for his efforts in the field of sanitation. He is in the list of
Forbes ''30 under 30'' social entrepreneurs. He is also pursuing his doctorate
in public health at the University of California, Berkeley. His free-to-use
toilets are already reaching out to the poorest sections of people in Bihar.
The toilets receive a traffic of around 3000-4000 people everyday. Moreover,
they also distribute 100,000 litres of clean water through their water ATMs
NEW BOOKS ON JAINISM
Understanding Jainism : By Prof Dr. Lawrence Babb,
Published in 2016 : This book is designed to be an introduction to Jainism as
a religious tradition and way of life. It opens with a retelling of Lord Mahavira, whom Jains revere as the most recent of their great omniscient
teachers, and stresses the key role his life-story plays as a charter for
Jain belief and practice. This is followed by chapters dealing with Jain
teachings as they are manifested in varying contexts: as formal doctrines but
also as guideposts shaping the way of life of lay Jains as well as the
monastic spiritual elite. No discussion of Jainism would be complete without
a description of its extremely complex systems of biological and cosmographic
knowledge, and the book devotes a chapter to showing how these systems
express basic Jain concepts and values.
In the book, the author reflects on the question of the relationship between
Jain and Hindu religious identities. Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism are
grouped together as ancient Indic religions. All three religions have
similarities as well as differences as they have coexisted together for
thousands of years, influencing and in turn being influenced by each other.
The relationship between these three faiths may be understood by this
analogy; Three magnificent palaces were built close to each other, using the
same raw materials. Despite obvious similarities, all three are distinct and
unique. These palaces may be understood as Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. As
an introduction to Jainism as a religious tradition and way of life, this
book pays due attention to Jainismâs history and doctrinal basics. However,
the author also traces the ways in which formal Jain teachings are manifested
in the practices of both laity and the monastic elite, explores the
distinctive Jain systems of cosmographic and biological knowledge, and
describes how Jainism is woven into the social identities of Jain communities
in modern India.
The author, Lawrence A Babb is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Asian
Studies at Amherst College, Massachusetts. He is the author of several books
and a renowned scholar of South Asian Studies. Source : Manish Yashodhar Modi,
E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
VARIDHI MAHOTSAVA MARKS
REUNION OF SEER VARDHMAN SAGARJI & MUNI PRAGYA SAGARJI
23rd Jun 2016 : Ujjain : Acharya
Vardhman Sagar Maharaj reunited to Muni Pragya Sagar after a long time during
Varidhi Mahotsava hosted at Mahavir Tapo Bhumi. The divine confluence of the eminent seers was witnessed by Jain community devotees. Seer Vardhman Sagar
is leading a troupe of 37 seers and sadhwis. A procession was taken out to
celebrate the moments of reunion of the seers. Women clad in saffron sarees were carrying urns on their heads. 27 families washed the feet of the
Seer and welcomed them. Then they visited the main temple of Lord Mahavir and
other temples. Kalash and Shanti Dhara rituals were performed. Varidhi
Mahotsava was inaugurated with a devotional dance performance by little
girls. Seers were felicitated by prominent citizens of the community. A dance
drama was also presented by the members of Pragya Kala Manch in which they
presented the life sketch of Muni Vardhman Sagar.
Addressing on this occasion Muni
Pragya Sagar said, it was a privilege to get an opportunity to wash feet of
such great seer. Chaturmas programme was also declared by the seer. He will
practise Chaturmas in Bapugaon Chhota Girnar near Jaipur. Talking about Seer
Vardhman Sagar, he told that he (Vardhman Sagar) had followed the principles
taught to him by his Guru Shanti Sagar. It is too difficult to practise these
traditions in the materialistic world today. Muni Vardhman Sagar in his
discourse said, there is a mention of the historical land of Ujjain in Jain
scriptures. Mahavir Swami came there to practise penance 2600 years ago. He
called the foundation of Tapo Bhumi as incredible in a short span.
RIDDHI JAIN CONFERRED ILA
AWARD IN INTERIORS
25th June 2016 : Delhi: Messe
Frankfurt India in collaboration with the Guild of Designers and Artists
conferred ''Interior Lifestyle Award 2016''on Riddhi Jain. Sunil Sethi,
Chairman, Fashion Design Council of India, said: ''Over 500 entries from
across the country went through an exhaustive evaluation process. Challenging
the finalists to integrate bold themes of genesis, metamorphosis, serendipity
and quintessential in interior spaces, the awards made way for a special
experience zone which has been set up by the contestants for the final
round.'' Riddhi Jain (Home Textile Category) will now represent India in
Hemitexil and Ambiente Frankfurt 2017 to be organised next year at Frankfurt,
Arranged by German trade fair
organisers Messe Frankfurt, the event showcased a variety of products in home
furnishing categories, and was inaugurated by Delhiâs Minister for Industries
Satyendar Jain. Welcoming a pool of exquisite fabric and home furnishings by
the organisers, he said, ''I congratulate Messe Frankfurt for creating this
international level show, which will provide the much-needed opportunity to
domestic traders to enhance their business and aid the growth and promotion
of Indian textiles.''
GUJARAT BJP CHIEF
SAYS: JAINS DIDN'T WANT MINORITY STATUS
26th Jun 2016 Ahmedabad : According to Vijay Rupani, state transport minister and Gujarat BJP
president, "The Jain community in the country did not want minority
status but the Congress leadership, just ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha
elections, granted them this status." Vijay Rupani, who is himself a Jain, ironically made this statement at a workshop 'Sath Sath',
organised by Minority Development Trust. The workshop was held to raise
awareness about the benefits of minority status.
Rupani said: "There are some
anti-Hindu forces out to divide Hindus. We are opposed to the tag of a
'minority'. We are party of the majority community only, but this was given
to us by the Congress leaders who wanted to cash in on Jain votes during the
election. The community is a part of the Hindu community irrespective of
minority status." Rupani further said that there were some representation
made by some members of the community for this status in Gujarat, but the
government was waiting for the Patel agitation to calm down as it could have
made matters worse. The state government issued a notification granting
minority status to Jains on May 8, 2016.
WORKSHOP ON JAIN MINORITY STATUS
25th June 2016 : Ahmedabad: To
create the awarness about the benefit of minority status, the Gujarat govt. organised a awareness camp. Senior government officers provided information
about the benefits of minority status and what the community can receive from
the government. They also apprised community members of various schemes.
About 300 community leaders were invited to the workshop which was attended by senior government officials. Special arrangements were in made
for students who wanted the information on how to get scholarships for higher
studies and for studies abroad. Officials informed participants of the
various benefits for businessmen and the documentation required to avail of
MANOJ JAIN ARRESTED BY
GUJARAT ATS IN EPHEDRINE SEIZURE CASE
23rd June 2016: Ahmedabad: Gujarat ATS arrested Manoj Jain in the ephedrine seizure case worth Rs 270 crore from
a factory at Kanbha on the outskirts of the city in April 2016. Raids were
also carried out by Thane police at a factory in Solapur and ephedrine worth
over Rs 2000 crore was seized. Manoj jain was nabbed by Thane police
then. ATS sources said Manoj Jain was the owner of the company located
in Solapur from which ephedrine was transported to Ahmedabad factory. ATS
sources said that Vicky Goswami, son of a former cop from Ahmedabad was to
help the alleged drug traffickers to transport methamphetamine from Kenya to
other countries and underworld don Pujari had established contacts with drug
lords of those countries.
SUNIL KUMAR JAIN APPOINTED AS
ACTING CHIEF OF MEGHALAYA POLICE
1st July 2016 Shillong : Senior IPS officer Sunil
Kumar Jain was appointed as the acting Chief of Meghalaya Police
following the retirement from service of Rajiv Mehta. Sunil Jain, a
1984 batch IPS officer is allowed to hold temporary charge of the post of DGP
in addition to his own duties with effect from the date of taking over charge
and until further orders.
PARAS JAIN : THE LONE CABINET
MINISTER FROM MALWA REGION
1st July 2016 Ujjain : The Education Minister Paras Jain who represents
Malwa region has joined the cabinet of MP Govt. in recent cabinet expansion.
BJP enjoys huge strength in the state assembly as most of the party MLAs go
victorious from Ujjain and Indore divisions. Out of 29 seats of this
division, the party has strength of 28 MLAs. So, a number of them were in the
race of minister ship. Yashpal Singh Sisodia, Omprakash Sakhlecha and Jadish
Deora were the front runners. From Indore, names of Ramesh Mendola and
Sudarshan Gupta were also doing the rounds. But, when the CM formally
expanded his cabinet on Thursday evening, none of the said ministerial
aspirants could get the berth. With this, Paras Jain (MLA from Ujjain north)
became the only cabinet minister from the region. While talking to press he
said, it's his duty to concentrate on doing the work and
the God gives fruit in return. He also said that, one should consider
it as a biggest success if people return with satisfaction from his home or
ANURAG JAIN, CHAIRMAN OF
ACCESS HEALTHCARE, NAMED 2016 EY ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
28th June 2016 Dallas : Anurag Jain, Chairman of Access
Healthcare was recognized as EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 for the
Southwest Region of the United States. Now celebrating its 30th year, the EY
black tie gala was an event where Jain was awarded the top honor among
leading entrepreneurs selected to participate from 145 cities in 60
countries. The EY program uses an independent panel of judges to evaluate
selected entrepreneurs in demonstrating excellence and extraordinary success
in areas of innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to
their businesses and communities.
In his acceptance speech, he said,
ago, I got off a plane in Detroit thinking where would I go in this strange
new land; how will I make a difference in the world. Two years later I
started my first company.'' He went on to say, ''An entrepreneur does two
things: One is create vision and passion, where you bring an idea. The second
is harnessing five forcesâ¦ family, mentors, employees, partners, and
customersâ¦which are the very oxygen we breath!'' Jain closed by saying, ''Iâm
honored to share this journey with many great people including more than 6000
incredible employees around the world.''
Prior to founding Access Healthcare, Jain led all of
service delivery for Dell Services which was 18,000 employees. Jain also
started several other companies including Brigade Corporation, Vision
Healthsource, and the recently acquired IQ Back office. Jain also founded
Laurus Edutech, a leading vocational training company, and co-founded the
National Skills Development Corporation, a market-first in public-private
partnership in India. Jain currently serves on the board of the East West
institute, a global think tank focused on innovation in solving security
threats. He also serves on the board of the North Texas Food bank as Vice
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profitability, but opportunity to cultivate growth through reduced costs,
better productivity, and higher quality.
RAGHUVEER CHAUDHURI GETS JNANPITH AWARD
12th July 2016 New Delhi : Gujarati litterateur Dr. Raghuveer Chaudhuri was honoured with the 51st Bharatiya Jnanpith award for
the year 2015 by President Pranab Mukherjee on 11th July. Describing
Chaudhuri as a "master creator'', the President called him an eminent scholar
and a Gandhian in spirit, adding that he represented the fluid brilliance
that characterised India's pluralistic literary genius. "It is indeed an
example of his brilliant fluidity that an author, who strove to master Hindi
academically, expressed himself in Gujarati in his literary pursuit,''
Mukherjee said. Dr. Raghuveer Chaudhuri is one of the most prolific writers
on the contemporary Gujarati literary scene and has written or complied over
100 books in Gujarati and Hindi. He is also responsible for setting up a
separate department for the study of journalism at Gujarat University. As a
popular columnist, he has contributed to dailies and weeklies such as 'Sandesh',
'Janmabhoomi' and 'Divya Bhaskar'.
Jnanpith president Vijender Jain said Chaudhuri's work
symbolised the "hetergenous character of Indian society''. The Bharatiya
Jnanpith was founded by Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain and Rama Jain and has Times
of India's chairperson Indu Jain as President Emeritus. Among those present
on the occasion were Jnanpith life trustee Aparajita Jain Mahajan and
managing trustee Sahu Akhilesh Jain. The award includes bronze replica of
Vagdevi and an amount of Rs.11 Lakh.
JAIN SEERS BEGIN THEIR
JOURNEY ON FOOT TO SHRAVANABELAGOLA
8th July 2016 : Several Jain seers have commenced their
journey on foot in different parts of the country towards Shravanabelagola in
Channarayapatna taluk to witness the Mahamastakabhisheka to be held in
February 2018. The seers have begun their journey well in advance as they
have to cover long distances on foot to reach Shravanabelagola. Among
those who have already commenced their journey include 37 seers led by
Acharya Vardhamana Sagara Maharaj. They started the march at Newai in
Rajasthan on April 17 this year. Similarly, Munishree Prajna Sagar has also
started his journey from Rajasthan. Three of his disciples are accompanying
him. Acharya Pushpadanta Sagara Maharaj and Munishree Vajrasena Maharaj are
among the others who are on the march to Shravanabelagola, the major
pilgrimage centre for Jains.
As many as 274 seers had reached Shravanabelagola on
foot to witness the anointment of the 57-ft Gomateshwara Statue atop the
Vindhyagiri during the last Mahamastakabhisheka held in 2006. This time, the
number may go up to 500. Many seers are expected to start their journey by
the end of this year. On an average, seers cover 10 km a day. Besides the
seers, thousands of devotees and tourists are expected to visit
Shravanabelagola for the Mahamastakabhisheka. In 2006, the railways operated
special trains from Indore, Kolkata and Mumbai. This time, the number of
special trains is expected to go up as Bengaluru-Hassan railway track will be
ready soon. According to Charukeerti Bhattaraka Swami ,''This time,
special trains may run from Guwahati, Kolkata, Delhi, cities in Rajasthan,
Mumbai and a few other places.''
JAIN BOOK BANK READY FOR
11th July 2016 Chennai : Sri Sumathi Vishal Jain Book
Bank Project invites applications from deserving and needy students who have
enrolled in engineering, arts and science courses in and around city colleges for the issue of books on loan basis. The application forms are available at Thirukumaran Apartments, 12, Rameshwaram Road, T. Nagar, between 4
PM and 6 PM
on weekdays and 10 AM and 1 PM on Sundays. Since its inception in 1991, the
project has donated more than one lakh books to over 10,000 students from
over 50 engineering colleges in and around Chennai. For details, contact
Kunhal Nahar, book bank project coordinator, Mobile No: 98840 96930.
GRANTS HAMPI UNIVERSITY ONE CRORE TO SET UP JAIN STUDY CENTRE
2nd July 2016 : Karnataka State Government has granted Rs. 1 crore to Hampi University to set up a Jain Study Centre at
Shravanabelagola in Channarayapatna taluk. A preliminary meeting to start
work on the Centre was recently held in the Jain Mutt in Shravanabelagola.
Speaking on the occasion, Charukeerti Bhattaraka Swami of Jain Mutt said that
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had announced the provision of funds to set up a
Jain Study Centre in Shravanabelagola. The government had provided Rs. 1
crore to Hampi University to set up the centre. Dr. Mallika Ghanti, the
Vice Chancellor, said the Centre would hold seminars and workshops on Jain
philosophy and literature. ''There is a need for a detailed study on Jain
inscriptions. The Centre will help scholars and students in old Mysore area,''
she said. The University will bring a few valuable works on Jain literature
and philosophy by the Mahamastakabhisheka to be held in February 2018. The
Centre would have one director, four teaching staff and five research
assistants, besides supporting non-teaching staff. In the first year, 40
students would be admitted, the VC said.
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