Ahimsa Times - January 2002 Issue - www.jainsamaj.org
COIN ISSUED BY EAST INDIA COMPANY ON BHAGWAN MAHAVIR IN 1839
It was earlier reported in this news bulletin that a coin was issued by East India Company on Bhagwan Mahavir in 1839. It has been now reported by Shri Sudhir Jain that he is in possession of a coin in his collection, which was first issued in the year 1616 by the East India Company. The coin weighs 12 gms., and has diameter 0f 32 mm. It is made of copper.Front side of this coin bears sitting pose of Bhagwan Mahaveer and his sign Lion with the words
"BHAGWAN MAHAVEER" in Hindi. On the back side, "EAST INDIA COMPANY", Year of issue "1616" and value "HALF ANNA" is written in English and "DO PAISE" is written in Urdu. Error about this information in our earlier bulletin of December 2000 is very much regretted. We are thankful to Shri. Prakash Mody, E-Mail :
email@example.com & Shri Sudhir Jain (www.geocities.com/mrsudhirjain) for bringing the correct facts to our knowledge
OBJECTIONABLE REMARKS ABOUT BH. MAHAVIR DELETED FROM NCERT TEXT BOOKS
Shri Murli Manohar Joshi, Minister for Human Resources Development, Government of India has ordered that all objectionable misleading and controversial remarks made on the text book for 11th standard on Jain Religion and Bhagwan Mahavir shall be withdrawn. He accepted that such remarks have been unfortunate. Children should not be imparted such education, which can create religious or communal tension. He was speaking before a of Jain community, delegation led by Shri Chakresh Jain, Head of Digambar Jain Panchayat, which had met him with the demand for taking action on the matter. The book in question shows in a chapter on Jainism that Lord Mahavir was the founder of Jain religion, where Bhagwan Rishabh Dev, the first Tirthankar of this era was the founder and this is mentioned in Vedas and Upnishadas.
AHIMSA CONFERENCE AT DELHI
As a part of Bhagwan Mahavir's Birth Centenary celebrations for the whole year, an Ahimsa Conference was organised at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi on the 9th December, 2001 with great zeal and enthusiasm from all the parts of the country and from all sections and sects of Jain community. Sadhus and sadhvis from all the major sects, Digambar, Shwetambar Sthanakwasi, Murti-Pujak and Tera Panthi, joined together and blessed the audience, which consisted of eminent persons belonging to all the sects. It was a rare sight to have darshan of the heads of four sects at one place, showing as if all sampradayas have merged together into one single united body. The national saint, Acharya Shri Vidhyanand Ji from Digambar sect, Acharya Shri Shiv Muni and Shri Amar Muni from Sthanakwasi sect, Shri Mahendra Muni from Terapanth sect, and Muni Shri Vijay Suri Ji from Muti-Pujak sect, along-with their disciples were present on the occasion.
The proceedings of the Conference included passing few resolutions of far-reaching importance. One was to urge the Central Government to include "Principles of Ahimsa" in the teaching curriculum of all the schools, second was to delete all the objectionable and mis-leading material from the text books published by N.C.E.R.T., which is hurting the sentiments of the entire Jain community. Another resolution was to request the Government to name the hospital, which is going to be opened at Indraprastha in New Delhi this month as Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital.
ACHARYA MAHAPRAGYA COMMENCES TRIENNIAL AHIMSA YATRA
After conclusion of chaturmas at Bidasar, Anuvrat Anushta Shri Maha Pragya Ji, Acharya of Jain Terapanth sect, commenced his three year yatra programme, covering a distance of 4000 kilometers, passing through various states like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Throughout this holy journey, he will spread the message of Bhagwan Mahavir, laying trees of truth and non-violence and development of moral values. He will be having his first stay for ten days at Jodhpur, where besides his usual programmes of discourses, discussions and meetings, he will address a national conference on Ahimsa on 20th and 21st January, 2002 being organized by Anuvrat Samiti of Jodhpur.
MADHURI DIXIT BLESSED BY JAIN SANT "ROOP MUNI, RAJAT"
The famous film star of Indian cinema, Madhuri Dixit visited Sant Shri Roop Muni Ji 'Rajat' seeking his blessings for a bright future. She assured that having earned enough name, fame and wealth, she will hence-forth devote her time and show full interest in compassion towards human beings and animals and social service, and will follow the path showed by the Muni.
RAMPANT MASSACRE OF WILD ELEPHANTS , ASSAM - MADHURI DIXIT
Smt. Madhuri Dixit, the Indian Film Star in a letter to Forest Minister of Assam, Shri G. C. Langhthasa on behalf of social voluntary organisation, "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" (PETA) has expressed her grief and resentment at the continuing rampant and unabashed massacre of wild elephants in Assam caused by rail accidents and requested him to take urgent steps to stop this inhuman and cruel behavior. She said that elephants express their pain and sorrow when any elephant is dead by standing close to the dead body for many days and cover it by leaves and bushes. Many a times they are given poison when they come out from jungles in search of food. Appropriate measure for their protection must be taken in future, she has demanded.
TAMILNADU BANS USE OF PAN MASALA AND GUTKA
In an order passed by Chennai High Court, sometime back, Tamil Nadu Govt. took strict steps to enforce ban on the sale of Pan Masala and Gutka in the entire state. The administration with the help of local police raided several whole-sale and retail outlets and seized large stocks of both the items. Shri S. Semmalai, Health Minister of the State said that the ban order will be welcomed by the people. According to the available statistics, the main cause for mouth cancer is the incessant use of Gutka and Pan Masala. One third of the cancer cases in India are supposed to be caused only by chewing of these items. Maximum number of cases of mouth cancer are found to occur in people below the age of 35 years.
CONFERENCE ORGANIZED BY CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY ON MAHAVIRA'S TEACHINGS
A conference is being organized by California State Polytechnic University Pomona on January 19-20, 2002.on "Celebrating Mahavira's Teachings, The Lessons of Ahimsa and Anekanta for Contemporary Life." The conference program and registration information may be downloaded from the conference web site:
csupomona.edu or contact Ms.Tara Sethia on Fax No. (909) 8609414.
POSTAL STAMP ON SHRI. V.SHANTARM - OUTSTANDING JAIN PERSONALITY
On 18th Nov. 2001 Indian Postal department has issued a stamp on renowned Film Producer Shri V. Shantaram. He was Jain and honoured with JAIN SAMAJ RATNA award. He was born on 18th November 1901 in a reputed Jain family at Kolhapur, and entered the world of drama at the tender age of 12. Shantaram has many firsts to his credits, during his Prabhat days. These include the first children's film, Ranisaheba, in 1930, first use of a camera trolly in 1931, for the silent film Chandrasena, first Marathi talkie Ayodhyecha Raja in 1933, the first colour film Sairendhri in 1933, production of gramophone records from the original sound track in 1934, use of telephoto lens for Amrit Manthan in 1935, first animation film Jambukaka in 1936, and the first utilisation of back-projection for Amar Jyoti in 1937.
Shantaram has made many outstanding contribution to the development and enrichment of Indian Cinema. A
pioneer to the core, crusader and master craftsman, he has invested his films, not only with directorial excellence but also technical advancement, artistic and cultural values. Known for bold experimenting with technique and themes, he has given Indian Cinema many socially purposeful films. His films have gathered many National and International awards. Shantaram made his mark on the International film scene when Amar Jyoti received a Certificate of Merit at the venice Film Festival in 1936. Amar Bhoopali was named for Best Sound Recording from the Centre National de La Cinematographic, at the Cannes Film Festival in 1952. The film which was Shantaram's crowning glory was Do Aankhen Bara Haath, winning awards from the Hollywood Press Association, the Berlin Film Festival, and His Holiness the Pope's Catholic Award. It was named Best film of 1957 at the National Film Awards. Shantaram's other films to get awards were Sehra and Geet Gaya Patharone, both for colour photography.
Shantaram was named Best Director for the Filmfare Award in 1956 for his film Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje, and the BFJA award as Best Director for the film Parbat Pe Apna Dera in 1945. Jhunj won the Maharashtra State Award for Best Editing in 1975. Awards in memory have been instituted by Central Government and Maharashtra State Government, and the V. Shantaram Motion Picture Scientific Research and Cultural Foundation, established in 1993, shortly after the maestro's death, offers various awards to film makers, presented on 18th November each year being Shantaram's birth anniversary.
Shantaram was honoured with Padmabhushan in 1992. He has been connected with various film institutions, being a member of the Film Advisory Board and Central Board of Film Censors. He was the founder President of the Film Producers Guild of India, member of the S. K. Patil Film Inquiry Committee, and founder member of the Children's Film Society. Courtesy Shri Sudhir Jain( www.geocities.com
LIEUTENANT MR. GAUTAM JAIN - INDORE
Young Jain Army Lieutenant becomes martyr at the Kashmir front A 22 years old Lieutenant in the Army, Mr. Gautam Jain, belonging to Indore was killed in an ambush with terrorists in the Rajouri District of Kashmir. He was commissioned in the Indian Army in May, 2000 after his training first at National Defence Academy , Khadakwasla and then at Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He was the illusrious son of Shri Sumati Prakash Jain, Vice-President of Khaitan Chemicals and Fertilizers Ltd. It has been a great loss to the country and to the family in particular. Ahimsa Foundation conveys its deep condolences at the untimely demise of a patriotic and worthy son to the bereaved family.
SHRI HARSHAD MEHTA
One of the most outstanding personality in the field of stock broking & finance passed away 31st December , 2001 in judicial custody at Mumbai. Mr. Mehta was in the centre of controversy in the financial scam which rocked the entire country in 1992.
SHRI UMMED MAL JI PANDYA-NEW
Great outstanding personality of Jain Samaj, belonging to Digambar sect, Shri Ummed Mal Ji Pandya passed away on 18th November, 2001 at Delhi. He was the senior Vice-President of Bharatvarshiya Digambar Jain (DharmSarakshini) Mahasabha and also Vice-Chairman, Bharatvarshiya Digambar Jain Teerth Kshetra Committee. He was an eminent industrialist, philanthropist and religious person and was connected with several social ans religious institutions. He had suffered from brain Haemorrage seven months back and was lying in comma since then. May his soul rest in peace.
HONOURED - SHRI RAMAN LAL DOSHI
Shri Doshi of Bombay honoured with Samaj Ratna Shri Parshwa Nath Digambar Jain temple, Gulalwadi at Bombay honoured Shri Raman Lal Kodar Lal Doshi and bestowed with title of Samaj Ratna. Our conratulations to Raman Bhai.
ACHARYA VIDHYA SAGAR JI ON THE INTERNAT
A web site has been hosted on Jain Acharya Shri Vidhya Sagar Ji Maharaj by Shri Phool Chand Jain of Damoh (M.P.). The web site is named as
www.vidyasagar.isgreat.net. The site comprehensively covers the contributions of the Jain saint, alongwith full information about various saints and sadhwis in his dharm Sangha.
POSTAL STAMP SHOWING NAMOKAR MANTRA
The Government of India had recently issued a stamp on Bhagwan Mahaveer. First Day Cover of this stamp bears an old manuscript having Namokar Mantra.
"JIN SUTRA" BY MUNI SHRI CHANDRA PRABHA
'Jin Sutra' is the collection of the holy speeches of Bhagwan Mahavir. It is a representative volume on the principles and philosophy of Jainism, presenting the entire work in a concise form. This book is held in high esteem by all Jains It is therefore appropriate that on the occasion of 2600th Birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir, this noble work of translating the original Shastra into simple Hindi has been accomplished and the book has been published by the Nakoda Trust. The author has shown a deep in-depth knowledge of the subject and his command over the language is superb. The book , in fact, a collection of 27 sutras, which enshrine the gist of entire religion. It can be read every day by every Jain or anyone following the basic principles of Jain religion. It can as well be useful for those who like to understand the religious principles and concepts. Many of the doubts or mis-conceptions which are likely to arise in a young mind can be removed by referring to this book. The society should be indebted to the author for his celebrated work.
Published by Shri Jain Shwetanbar Nakoda Parshwanath Teerth, Mewa Nagar. Reviewed by Shri Prakash Lall Jain, Jodhpur
AYAR-SUTTAM BY MUNI SH. CHANDRA PRABH
The holy river of philosophical contemplation in India has mainly flowed in three streams, Srauta, Jaina and Bauddha. The stream of Buddhist philosophy had disappeared in 1200 A.D. from its mainland not to vanish but to appear elsewhere in the world. The remaining two streams. Have been flowing unabatedly, in their motherland and also in other parts of the world. The Vedas, the Dwadasa Angas and the Tripitakas are the most authentic, authoritative and sacred scriptures of the three philosophical traditions respectively. It is for this reason that the Dwadasa Angas of Jainas have also been designated Vedas and Ganipitakas like the Vedas and Tripitakas of the Brahminic and Buddhist traditions respectively.Ayar-Suttam (Acarangasutram) is the first and foremost of the twelve Angas. Hence, it is held in highest reverence as the most prominent and pre-eminent canon in Jaina religion and philosophy. It is really heartening to note that Mahopadhyaya Sri\ Candraprabhasagara has accomplished Hindi translation of this great and celebrated canon. His command over the language and in-depth study of the subject has made the translation as good as the original canon itself. The Hindi prefatorial note (Purva Svara) added in the beginning of each and every Adhyayana of the canon has served as a feather in its cap. These prefatorial notes presenting the essence of all Adhyayanas in a nutshell will undoubtedly benefit the reader immensely. Really speaking, the readers as well as the Sadhakas of Jaina religion and philosophy must feel indebted to Sri Candraprabhasagara for having offered such a useful edition of Ayar-Suttam, a canon of great importance and relevance to the whole mankind. The author is prolific and gifted as a writer. He has to his credit a good number of books which cut across the dividing line of the Srauta and Shramana traditions. The reconciliatory approach he possesses has become a rarity in this age.
Published by : Jityesha Foundation, Calcutta, Reviewer: Dr. G.L. Suthar, Director, Pt. M.S. Ojha Research Cell, Deptt.
Of Sanskrit, J.N.V. University, Jodhpur (Raj.)
Jain FESTIVALS - 2002
25 April 2002 - Mahavir Jayanti
14 May 2002 - Akshay Tritya
4 September 2002 - Paryushan Parva Begins
10 September 2002 - Samvantsari (Day of Forgiveness)
10 September 2002 - Paryushan Parva Ends
10 September 2002 - Daslakshani Parva Begins
19 September 2002 - Ananta Chaturdashi
20 September 2002 - Kshmavani (Day of Forgiveness)
20 September 2002 - Daslakshana Ends
04 November 2002 - Mahavir Nirvan - Diwali
12 November 2002 - Gnan Panchami (Day of Knowledge)
20 November 2002 - Lokashah Jayanti
15 December 2002 - Maun Agiyaras (Day of Silence)
PHILOSOPHY OF KARMA AND OVERVIEW OF JAINISM- TWO DAY PROGRAM IN NEW JERSEY
After the tragic event of Sept. 11, there is renewed worldwide interest in the philosophy of nonviolence. Appropriately, International Jain Sangh, New Jersey, a nonprofit tax exempt organization in US has arranged a two-day progran on February 9th & 10th 2002 in collaboration with the Education Committee of JAINA to spread the teachings of Lord Mahavir, the greatest philosopher of nonviolence. For further details please contact, Program Coordinators-Mr. Naresh Jain,
firstname.lastname@example.org, Mr. Ari Jain E-Mail:
FREE LENS TRANSPLANT FOR CATARACT PATIENTS AT AMAR JAIN HOSPITAL FOR ONE YEAR
It has been decided by the management of Shri Amar Jain Hospital at Jaipur that on the occasion of 2600th Birth Anniversary year of Bhagwan Mahavir all Lens transplant operations for the patients suffering from Cataract will be carried out free of cost for a period of one year starting from 1st November, 2001. During this period, it has been planned to carry out a total of 500 operations. It is worth-mentioning that each transplant costs a sum of Rs. 5000/- to Rs. 10,000/-.
DIKSHA OF SAINTS AND SADHVIS-SHRI RAM LAL JI MAHARAJ SECT
Sect: Sthanakwasi, Sampradaya: Akhil Bharatiya Sadhu Margi Jain Sangh, Acharya: Place: Sethia Kotdi, Bikaner, Date of Diksha: 8th December, 2001
Names of Male Diksharthi: 1. Madan Muni, 2. Niti Muni, 3. Manish Muni
Names of Female Diksharthi: 1. Sanskar Shri, 2. Mantigya Shri, 3. Sanyati Shri, 4. Suvidha Shri, 5. Laghina Shri , 6. Raman Shri, 7. Safalata Shri
ACHARYA SHIV MUNI URGES P. M. TO BAN MEAT AND ALCOHOL AT OFFICIAL DINNERS
In a letter dated 28th October, 2001 to Shri Atal Behari Vajpai, Prime Minister, the Head of Jain Stanakwasi Shraman Sangha, Acharya Dr. Shiv Muni reminded him to fulfil the assurance given to him at Pune in the year 1995 during his stay there to impose complete ban on killing of animals, if his party won the elections and came to power at the centre. As no action has so far been taken to impose the ban after remaining in the seat of power for all these years, he had to remind him of carry out his word. He also requested him in his letter to ban the use of meat and alcohol at official and public functions and dinners in the birth Centenery year of Bhagwan Mahavir.
DR. LAKSHMI MAL SINGHVI APPOINTED CHANCELLOR OF JAIN VISHWA BHARATI
Eminent Jurist and Constitution expert, Dr. Lakshmi Mal Singhvi, who earlier served as the Indian High Commissioner to Britain has been appointed to the coveted post of Chancellor of Jain Vishwa Bharati, Ladnun for a period of four years. He is also at present, the Member of Parliament.
AHIMSA INTERNATIONAL AWARD TO SHRI OM PRAKASH GUPTA, EDITOR, RAJASTHAN TIMES
Shri Om Prakash Gupta, Editor of the Rajasthan Times, Jaipur has been honoured with "Ahimsa International - Animal Protection Award" for the year 2001 at an elaborate function organised by the Ahimsa International, New Delhi on 4th November, 2001. The Award consisted of a cash of Rs. 21,000 along-with shawl, shriphal and memento. Shri Gupta has been successful through his untiring efforts to stop a Project to establish a Mechanised Butcher House at Jaipur. He was also honoured with "Acharya Hasti Ahimsa Award" in the year 1999.
1200 CALVES RESCUED, ON WAY TO WEST BENGAL BUTCHER HOUSES RESCUED
The members of Prani Mitra Sansthan were successful in stopping the transportation of 1200 calves obtained from animal fair at Pushkar, Gotan and Osia. The animals were being transported from Gotan in Rajasthan to West Bengal by goods train for the purpose of killing in the butcher houses. Mr. O.C. Mohammed, an agent engaged in this illegal trade had been able to obtain the necessary permit to send these calves by railway wagons from Gotan. The jain organisation, headed by its Working President, Shri Chanchal Mal Chordia, reached the place just on time to stop the movement and could succeed in their task with the help of local population and local authorities. Mr. Chordia has urged the state authorities and the railway administration to take severe action against the corrupt officials and staff for their collusion with the agents in the illegal and inhuman trade.
JAIN SCHOLAR HONOURED
Over 3,000 mantrit jewels were distributed among devotees on the occasion of Vishwashanti Mahavir Vidhan at the Ferozshah Kotla Ground, New Delhi on 26the October, 2001. At the programme, famous Jain Scholar, Pt. Shivacharanlal Jain Maipuri was presented with Gamini Gyanmati Award, which carries a cash component of Rs. 1 Lakh and is sponsored by Digamber Jain Trilok Shodh Sansthan, Jamboodweep, Hastinapur.
AHIMSA AND SADBHAWNA SAMMAN TO L. M. SINGHVI
In an impressive function held recently at his residence, the Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee presented this year's Ahimsa & Sadbhawana Samman ot eminent Jurist Dr. L. M. Singhvi for his unique & outstanding contribution and endeavors in the fields of human rights, world peace and goodwill.
DISTRIBUTION OF "VARDHMAN" BOOK STOPPED
On 2600th birth centenary year of Bhagwan Mahavir, Times of India group published "Vardhman". Book covered various aspects of Jain religious and was widely distributed. However due to certain technical errors in some of the articles it had become a controversial publication. In order to stop the various controversies, Mrs. Indu Jain, chairman of Times of India group has finally withdrew publication of book and has also expressed regret for the errors. The withdrawl of the publication has been instructed to avoid unnecessary controversy but is it good on the part of the society to create controversies on such small issues. Just because of a few technical errors the entire publication has been banned. We should think about it.
SHRI HAZARIMAL BANTIA HONOURED BY ACHARYA CHANDANAJI AT BHUJ, VEERAYATAN
Acharya Shri Chandanaji M. S. honoured Shri Hazarimalji Bantia, ex-president of All India Swetambar Jain, Khatarkachh Mahasangh with "Samajratna" award. Shri Bantia is a well known social worker. Dr. L. M. Singhvi and several other dignities were present on the occasion.
NEW MANGALAYATAN TEERTH DHAM AT ALIGARH
Under the blessings of Gurudev Shri Kanji Swami and Pujya Champa Ben, a new Jain teerth is being constructed at Aligarh on Aligarh Agra Road. The construction work is going on full swing on 4500 square yards. The project is undertaken by Adinath Kundkundkahan Digambar Jain Trust Aligarh. Aligarh is 135 kilometers from Delhi and 86 kilometers from Agra. For further details please contact :
Ph.D. IN JAINISM - AWARDED TO DR. B. RAMESH KUMAR GADIA
Dr. B. Ramesh Kumar Gadia has been awarded Ph.D. by Bangalore University for presenting thesis work on subject "Effect of Jain Philosophy on Hindi Literature of Medieval Era". The thesis work was conducted under the guidance of Dr. Abha Singhvi for six years. Thesis contains about 500 pages. Dr. B. Ramesh Kumar is jeweller by profession. We congratulate Dr. B. Gadia for undertaking this unique project.
MAHASATI JI SHRI MOHAN MALAJI COMPLETES 205 FASTS AT NEW DELHI
To celebrate the completion of 205th fast by Tap Chakreshwari Mahasati Shri Mohanmalaji M.S. a grand function was organised by the S. S. Jain Sabha, Karol Bagh, New Delhi on 6th January, 2002 . Mahasatiji was felicitated and honoured by Acharya Samrat Dr. Shiv Muniji, Upadhyay Dr. Vishal Muniji, Pravartak Shri Suman Muniji and several other Jain saints. Function was attended by the hundred's of Jain community members, and dignitaries from the Government and Delhi administration. The chief guest of the function was Shri Lunkaran Mehta who has taken the responsibility to finance the programme.
MADHYA PRADESH GOVT. BANS NON-VEGETARIAN FOOD - 2001 - 2002 IN STATE FUNCTIONS
As a mark of respect to the revered memories of Bhagwan Mahaveer, the Madhya Pradesh state Government is celebrating 2600th Janma Kalyanak year of Bhagwan Mahaveer as AHIMSA YEAR from April 2001 to April 2002. On this pious occasion, use of non-vegetarian items has been forbidden in the State banquets by the official order recently issued by the General Administration Department of M. P. Government.
News courtesy - Shri Sudhir Jain- Universal Cables Ltd., SATNA (M.P.) 485 005, India.
AHIMSA DAYS DECLARED FOR THE YEAR 2002 BY RAJASTHAN GOVERNMENT
Rajasthan Government through an Office Notificationhas declared a list of days for the year 2002 on which all butcher houses and meat shops shall remain closed and the sale of meat shall be banned on these days.
26th January , Saturday , Republic Day
30th January , Wednesday , Martyr's Day
12th March , Tuesday , Maha Shiv Ratri
21st April , Sunday , Ram Navmi
25th April ,Thursday , Mahavir Jayanti
26th May , Sunday , Buddh Poornima
15th August , Thursday , Independence Day
31st August , Saturday , Janmashtami
10th September , Tuesday , Ganesh Chaturthi
11th September , Wednesday , Rishi panchami
20th September , Friday , Ananth Chaturdashi
2nd October , Wednesday , Gandhi Jayanti
1st November , Friday , Peda Gyaras
3rd November ,Sunday , Chhoti Diwali
4th November , Monday , Diwali
19th November , Tuesday , Kartik Poornima