Ahimsa Times - February 2002 Issue
MAHASATI MOHAN MALA JI BREAKS HER 205 DAYS FAST
Mahasati Mohan Mala Ji Maharaj, disciple of Acharya Dr. Shiv Muni belonging to
Sthanakwasi sect, who had been on fast for the last 7 months broke the fast on
the 6th January, 2002 in the presence of Acharya Shiv Muni Celebrations were
held on the occasion and the followers paid their deep respects to the Sadhwi Ji.
Earlier also, the Sadhwi Ji had gone on austerity fast for a record period of
311 days in the year 1996-97.
UNIVERSITY TO BE ESTABLISHED AT INDORE - DECLARES DIGVIJAY SINGH
Shri Digvijay Singh, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh has accepted the proposal
jointly submitted by the representatives of both Digambar and Shwetambar Jain
samaj to establish Ahimsa University at Indore and he has agreed to provide the
land necessary for the proposal. He made this announcement on Friday, the 25th
January, 2002 at Ravindra Bhawan in Indore in a State level meeting of the
Committees constituted to celebrate the Bhagwan Mahavir's 2600th Janm-Kalyanak
Anniversary. Digambar samaj was represented at this meeting by Shri Pradeep
Kasliwal and Shwetambar samaj by Dr, Prakash Bangani. Other dignitaries present
on the occasion included Shri Lalit Jain, Shri Abhay Chhajlani, Shri Vinod Daga
and Shri Narendra Nahta. It was heartening to note that both Digambar and
Shwetambar sects had for the first time joined hands to put forth the
constructive proposal. It was further declared that out of the total requirement
of Rs. 20 crores for the project, Rs. 10 crores will be raised by the Jain samaj
and the Central and State Governments will contribute Rs. 5 crores each. The
Chief Minister however clarified that the financial condition of the State
Government not being very sound, it would be able to allot all the necessary
land in lieu of the cash grant of Rs. 5 crores. Jinendu- Ahmedabad-3rd February,
ANCIENT JAIN SCULPTURE OF PADMAVATI DEVI FOUND AT KARNATAKA
An ancient stone sculpture of Padmavati has been found at the famous pilgrimage
place of Shankara Honda, Sirsi, Karnataka. The black stone sculpture of about 50
cms in height, 25 cms in width and 8 cms thick from 14-15th century is of post-Vijayanagar
period. This is characterised with the carving of Jain Yakshinis on either side
of the Tirthankara sculpture. It is the Samabhangi standing posture having
Dvibhuja with a lotus flower in her left hand while the right hand is in the
Abhaya mudra. Though the facial portion is damaged. The sindoor on the forehead
is visible. The hair is neatly combed and adorned by hair ornament. The
sculpture was probably installed in a Jain settlement, and may have later been
thrown into the water tank as it was not worshipped. This reveals the existence
and survival of the Jain tradition in the Kannada region. Source MLBD January
Newsletter. E-Mail :
BAHUBALI MASTHAKAHISHEKA AT KARKALA
Mahamasthakabhisheka of Lord Bahubali and the Panchakalyana of Lord Neminatha
Threerthankara is being celebrated with the blessings of His Holiness
Swasthishree Lalithakeerthi Bhattaraka Pattacharyavarya Swamiji of Karkala Jaina
Math from 16th to 26th February 2002 at Karkala. For details visit :
PANNALA SURANA ELECTED PRESIDENT OF BHARAT JAIN MAHAMANDAL
Mr. Pannalal Surana has been elected as the President of Bharat Jain
Mahamandal for next three Years, the 102 years old all India organisation of
entire Jain community.
Exporter and Industrialist, Mr. Surana, is actively associated with many reputed
social, educational and religious organisations. Bharat Jain Mahamandal, the
supreme body of the entire Jain community is engaged in developing fraternity
amongst Jains, offer Social services, promote vegetarianism and propagate the
principles of Lord Mahavira, such as peace and non-violence. This Year when Jain
Community is celebrating the 2600 Birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira, Mr. Surana
will be the 50th President of the supreme body of Jain's. Source: Mr. N M
DISCOURSES ON ASTHA CHANNEL
The following saints are presently appearing on the Astha Channel in India
giving religious discourses. 1. Dr. Shivmuni, Acharya of Sthanakwasi Jain
Shraman Sangh at 8:30 P.M. every day. 2. Tarun Sagarmuniji belonging to Digambar
sect at 4 P.M. daily. 3. Gyanmatiji of Digambar sect at 3:30 p.m. every day.
DARSHAN PROGRAM ON SANSKAR TV
In the world of Satellite Channel, Sanskar TV is India's first 24-hour
channel, which covers Indian culture, heritage and traditions. The programs
include Bhajans, Kirtans, Sankirtans, Pravachans, and Parikrams of different
temples, festival and celebrations of various parts of our country. In a bid to
have a clearer and cleaner conscious, people are in a race to embrace the
eternal truth mentioned in various texts all over the world. "Jain Darshan" a
program covering various activities of the Jain community and the celebrations
for 2600th year of Bhagwan Mahavir is being done all over the country at 4:30
ACHARYA SHIVMUNI REMINDS PM
Acharya Shivmuni reminded the Indian Prime Minister to fulfil the assurance
given to him at Pune in 1995 to impose complete ban on killing of animals, if
his party won the national elections. 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 carrying 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.
ON 2600TH MAHAVIR JANMAKALYANAK CELEBRATIONS
On the auspicious occasion of the 26th Birth Centenary of Tirthankar Mahavir,
many functions are organized throughout the year by practically all the Jain
organizations globally. In the previous issues, some of the celebrations were
reported. During this month, further information about the events taking place
is being reported:
Tirthankar Mahavir Educational and Charitable Trust at Muradabad has established
a Tirthankar Mahavir Institute of Management and Technology. The Institute will
offer graduate and post-graduate courses in Information Technology, Computer
applications and E-Commerce with an affiliation from the Ruhelkhand University.
Research Institute has been established at Madhuban to develop the construct
Madhyalok, according to the Jain philosophy, to provide extensive library
facilities and to conduct research in Jainology.
Education and Research Institute is being established at Udaipur in Rajasthan.
The foundation stone for the building the Institute was laid by Shri Ganesh Muni
on 29th October 2001. This Institute will act as a learning centre and will
conduct research in Jain religion, spiritual practices, philosophy & culture,
medicine, and meditation.
Government of India has decided to release soon the Mahavir coin of the
denomination of Rupees 5 in order to mark the auspicious occasion.
Government of Nepal has decided to release the coin of 15 gms. with 92% silver
content, priced Rs. 160, on this holy event. The coin will have an image of the
Jain apostle Mahavir on one side.
Government of Punjab State will issue gold and silver coins to commemorate the
26th Birth Centenary of Bhagwan Mahavir. The gold coins will be of 24 carat,
weighing 10 grams and silver coins will weigh 50 grams.
Archeological and Cultural Research Institute of Secunderabad released a
treatise on Jainism-its art, architecture, literature and philosophy. The book
is a collection of valuable research papers presented by eminent thinkers and
philosophers on Jain religion and culture at the seminar on Jainism.
level committee to oppose the new openings and running of slaughterhouses in
Andhra Pradesh has been constituted. The committee headed by Shri Bandaru
Dattatreya, Minister of State for Urban Development, Government of India and
will include Shri Bangaru Laxman, the erstwhile President of Bharaiya Janta
Party, M. P.'s and M. L. A.'s from the State. The committee will represent to
the Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpai, for banning the export of meat and
close down the mechanized slaughterhouses in the country.
"Discover Jainism," a specially designed CD-ROM for Jain children for learning
basics of Jainism was released. Visit:
Mahavir Medical College, Delhi, a hospital with research, education and training
facilities was recently inaugurated.
50 acre, education and meditation complex is coming up near Pune in Maharashtra.
of Pavapuri, a huge replica of the temple where Mahavir attained moksha was
created at Chowpatty, Mumbai.
Foundation organized an exhibition of paintings based on Yantra and Mantra of
Jainism by religious thinker Shivanand Saraswati at Mumbai.
Conference was held on celebrating Mahavir's teachings of Ahimsa and Anekanta
for Contemporary Life at California State Polytechnic University Pomona, USA.
Pradesh State Government banned the use of non-vegetarian items in the State
banquets during the year 2001-02.
Government has declared for the year 2002, a list of days on which
slaughterhouses and meat-shops shall remain closed and the sale of meat shall be
banned on these days.
OBJECTIONABLE REMARKS ABOUT JAINISIM TO BE REMOVED FROM NCERT TEXT BOOKS
Mr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Minister of Education has ordered that all
objectionable misleading and controversial remarks made in the textbooks on Jain
religion should be deleted. Children should not be imparted such education,
which can create religious or communal tension. He was speaking before a Jain
community delegation that had met him with the demand for acting on the matter.
The book in question showed in a chapter on Jainism that Lord Mahavir was the
founder of Jain religion, where as Bhagwan Rishabhdev, the first Tirthankar of
this era was the founder.
ACHARYA MAHAPRAGYA COMMENCES TRIENNIAL AHIMSA YATRA
Acharya Mahapragyaji of Anuvrat Anushtan commenced his three-year padyatra
program, covering a distance of 4,000 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.
Mahesana, Gujarat, India: Two idols of Shantinathji and Ajitnathji Tirthankars
were discovered during the pipeline installation at Ladol village in Vijapar
area of North Gujarat. These six feet high marble idols have the date as Vikram
Samvant 1308 and 1321 (AD 1365 & 1378). Local Jains said that four years ago few
damaged idols were found, that led them to do further searches. Canopy and
throne used in temples were excavated. These antique pieces were moved to nearby
Jain temple in ceremonial procession.
MIRCHI FM STATION LAUNCHED FROM AHMEDABAD BY MR. VINIT JAIN
Mr. Vineet Jain, M.D. of Times Group and C.E.O. of Entertainment Network
India Ltd. launched Radio Mirchi Station in Ahmedabad. Delhi is likely to be
next in line soon. Radio Mirchi is aiming to be the constant companion providing
top class entertainment with lots of interactivity. For ensuring that listeners
get crystal clear quality sound, investment in state-of-the-art technology is
made by the parent company.
HIGH COURT RESTRAINS TESTS PREVENTION
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has restrained the Government Department
from directing the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to stop its
experiments on animals. Due to this order, the research activities at India's
premier medical institute are serious affected. Three Physiology professors also
moved to the High Court, challenging the validity of the Order. Contending that,
such a letter went against the Provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals Act itself, the professors said the respondents also had no expertise to
sit on the research programs that the AIIMS was supposed to carry out by the
virtue of its very Constitution. Arguing that medical scientists were very much
within the limits of the Provisions of the Act and hence the letter deserved to
be quashed. The Petitioners added that the Institute was still to receive the
clearance certificate to continue conducting experiments.
TEAMS UP WITH H4H
In cities all across America, Young Jain Association, USA will provide its
services for a week's period to assist Habitat 4 Humanity's cause of helping
those less fortunate. H4H is an organization that builds houses in
underprivileged neighborhood nationwide. Last year, over 11,000 kids
participated with H4H. Registration for this phenomenal volunteering effort has
started. For more information, E-Mail :
2003 IS CRITICAL - ACHARYA VIDYANANDJI
Acharya Vidyanandji, eminent saint belonging to Digambar sect, appealed to all
the humanity to maintain peace, self-control, restraint and mutual harmony when
the major nations are passing under a shadow of war and destruction. He spoke
about the message of Ahimsa given by Lord Mahavir, which is far more relevant
today than at any other time. He said that the current period up to the year
2003 was very critical and in many countries great upheaval and bloodshed is
likely to result. Many small countries will be completely destroyed or perished
in this period. The need of the hour is therefore to respect the human values
and work towards avoidance of any loss to humanity.
BY ASSOCIATION OF INDIANS - NEW YORK
The Association of Indians in America, New York Chapter adopted a
three-point program to pay homage to the victims of September 11 attacks. The
components of this programme are: since the tragedy occurred on Tuesday, fast
will be observed every Tuesday evening, the Indian way of paying respect against
the barbaric acts; prayer meetings will be held every Tuesday evening at some
place of worship in the Tri-state area and a special badge will be worn as a
reminder of the tragedy. The Chapter cancelled its 15th Diwali festival
celebration. According to the Indian tradition, when there is a death in the
family or neighborhood, we do not celebrate. In view of the several thousand
deaths, we can't think of celebrating Diwali. Our commitments call on us to get
out and help all those who need it. The program will continue until the culprits
are brought to the book.
RATNAKAR BANK (BANK OF JAINS BY JAINS) BRANCH AT NEW DELHI
Ratnakar Bank was established 60 years ago, operating as a scheduled bank by a
group of Jains from Sangli and Kolhapur in Maharastra. Over the years, it has
grown rapidly and presently, it has a deposit of Rs. 532 crores and working fund
of Rs. 601 crores. The specialty of the bank is that most of the trustees,
directors and account holders are Jains, covering a large section from big and
small industrialists and inidual investors. At the beginning of the day's work,
the employees gather to recite Jain prayer and Navkar Mantra. All of them are
required to be vegetarian and abstain from smoking, drinking, and taking
tobacco, gutka or pan masala. The Bank provides prompt help and service to all
its clients and special care is taken to help senior citizens and needy persons,
who are poor or backward in the community, by offering higher interest rates on
deposits received from them. The Bank has presently 70 modern computerized
branches spread in the States of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa. This year the
Bank has given a idend of 17%. It has now opened its first branch in the
northern part of the country at Karolbagh in New Delhi.
COMMUNITY-MINORITY OR NOT
New Delhi, India: The Indian Government is not keen to include Jain
Community in the list of Minority Communities'. This was replied in an answer
to a question in the Rajya Sabha of Parliament. Questions were raised in few
provincial legislatures but no formal request was made at the national level.
Presently, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and Parsis (Zoroastrians), form
the minorities in India. Hindus are in minority in six provinces including Jammu
& Kashmir. Muni Lok Prakash Lokesh, a learned disciple of Anuvrat Anushasta
Acharya Shri Mahapragya ji, reacting to the recent decision of the Rajasthan
High Court about Jains being not a minority community, commented that it is not
proper to call Jain religion as a branch of Hindu religion or Hinduism. Firstly,
Hindu is not a religion but it is a culture, it is a way of life and it depicts
the nationality. Various old epics and scriptures show explicitly that Hindu
word came from Sindhu and those who lived in Sindhu region were named as Hindus,
who later spread to other parts of the country. Thus, in the strict sense, every
citizen of the country is a Hindu. There used to be only two types of
traditions, Shraman tradition, whose followers were Jains, Buddhists and Ajivaks,
and the other, Vedic tradition, which was followed by Brahmans. These two sects
had differences amongst themselves.
SEMINAR ON MEDICAL ASPECTS OF JAINISM AT JABALPUR
A seminar of medical aspects Jainism was held wherein forty participants
from medical profession presented their papers on various diseases and their
cure as per Jain tenets. The presenters pointed out that heart attack, cancer,
diabetes, paralysis and such other diseases could have better curability with
Jain diet style, sacred visits to Jain pilgrimage, performing Samayik,
meditation, penance and spiritual healing touch provided through listening to
the sermons of the saints. These are physical and mental cures leading to
optimism in life and better will-power to fight the diseases. The doctors
presented results of many case studies in support of their views. Acharya Vidya
Sagarji attended all the sessions and even commented on many papers. The seminar
was held in Tilvarghat near Jabalpur, M.P., where a Center for Protection of
Cows is being established.
DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY CONSTITUTED FOR MADHUBAN & PARASNATH
The Government of Jharkhand has constituted Madhuban Development Authority
for the controlled development of most sacred Shri Parashwanath Jain pilgrimage
Centre. Shri Sohan Ram, Secretary to the Jharkhand State Government is
designated as the President of the Authority. Two members, each from Digambar &
Swetambar sects, are nominated on the Board. This Authority will carry out the
development plans, resolve pending issues and do everything possible to maintain
law & order within the area.
EXPLORING WORLD RELIGIOUS, CANADIAN PERSPECTIVE
Oxford University Press of Toronto has published this book for Grade 11
students. The book contains basic information in seven main areas like profiles,
symbols & icons, sacred text, holy places, community studies, learning goals and
exploring issues regarding world religions. Religions in the New Millennium
forms the concluding part of the book. The chapters on early religions include
Jainism and few others. The book is a good reference guide with appropriate
exercises and activities.
Dr. Navin Shah, a Jain philanthropist and one of the most aggressive
activists on behalf of the International Medical Graduates (IMG) in the USA, has
been unanimously re-elected president of the IMG section of the Maryland State
Medical Society, MedChi. Last year, AAPI honored Dr. Shah with the "Most
Distinguished Award" for his achievements on behalf of both the IMGs and Indian
Bhavsar: November 1, 2001, Columbus, Ohio, USA: Ohio State men's gymnast Raj
Bhavsar Junior at Houston, Texas was part of the U.S. team that earned the
silver medal at the 2001 World Gymnastics Championships at Ghent, Belgium. It is
the first silver medal ever won by the USA. After more than a decade of
participation, he earned a spot on the US national team by placing fourth in the
2001 US Gymnastics in Philadelphia August 2001.Visit : www.usa-gymanstics.org/athelets/bios/b/bhavsar.html
for bio-data and a photograph.
Mehta : 21 years old, a senior at Duke University in Durham, NC, USA was
selected for the stirring public service announcements of Advertising Council in
response to September 11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent backlash against
Arab-Americans and South Asians. E Pluribus unium - out of many, one. The phrase
is Latin, yet simple. In it is encapsulated a spirit of what has made America a
land of hope for so many millions of people. That is the theme of a service of
TV ads in which everyday Americans of all races, religions and from all walks of
life utter one simple phrase: 'I am an American.' Among those many faces is that
of an Indian American, Radha Mehta.
Bharat Shah, of Mumbai was awarded "Samaj Ratna" (Community Jewel) for his
honorary services for more than a quarter century. Dr. Shah provides honorary
services at many hospitals following Jain principles. He has addressed national
as well as international medical conferences, representing India.
Vrajlal Vora, of Mumbai was awarded Ph.D. for her thesis on Jain Stotra and
Bhaktamar Stotra' by the University of Bombay. Renuka Porwal also from Mumbai
received Ph. D for Acharya Buddhisagarji A study". Dr. Kala Shah, a retired
Principal and Jain scholar served as guide for both these research scholars.
Suresh Shah, a senior scientist with an automotive company in Michigan, USA
won the double laurels of becoming the Fellow of the Society of Plastic
Engineers and was featured in the Plastic Engineering Journal. A long article
appeared in the India Abroad about Dr. Shah's achievements.
Lakshmi Mal Singhvi, An eminent Jurist, Constitution expert and Member of
Parliament, has been appointed as the Chancellor of Jain Vishwa Bharati, Ladnun
for a period of four years. In another impressive function, the Indian Prime
Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee presented Ahimsa & Sadbhawana Samman Award to Dr.
Singhvi for his unique & outstanding contribution in the fields of human rights,
world peace and goodwill. Recently, his recommendations for dual citizenship and
other benefits for Non-Resident Indians were accepted by the Indian government.
Prakash Gupta, Editor, Rajasthan Times, Jaipur, India has been honored with
2001 Ahimsa International's - Animal Protection Award. Mr. Gupta has been
successful in preventing a project to establish a mechanized butcher house at
Jaipur. Earlier in 1999, he was honored with "Acharya Hasti Ahimsa Award."
Pundit Shivacharanlal Maipuri, Jain Scholar was presented with Gamini Gyanmati
cash Award of Rupees one Lakh sponsored by Digamber Jain Trilok Shodh Sansthan,
Jamboodweep & Hastinapur, India.
SAMADHI MANDIR OF SHRIMAD RAICHANDRA RESTORED AT RAJKOT
Rajkot, India, 21-22-23 January 2002: Samadhi Mandir, the holy place where
Shrimad Rajchandra left this world, is now restored. The temple was damaged by
flowing river, making it inconvenient for followers in visiting the pilgrimage
place. Opportunity was taken to expand and improve the facility, while
renovation was planned. Inauguration was delayed due to the earthquake, water
shortage and to facilitate huge number of expected visitors from India and
JAINS OF AMERICA - BIENNIAL CONVENTION
The Young Jains of America, the youth wing of the Federation of Jain
Associations in North America will hold their Biennial Convention in New Jersey
from July 4th to 7th July, 2002. For details see their website
WEBSITE ON ACHARYA VIDHYASAGARJI
Mr. Phoolchand Jain of Damoh, India has hosted a web site under the domain
name of www.vidyasagar.isgreat.net. The site comprehensively covers the
contributions of the Jain saints.
ANCIENT JAIN SCULPTURE OF PADMAVATI DEVI FOUND
An ancient stone sculpture of Padmavati Devi has been found at the famous
pilgrimage place of Shankara Honda, Sirsi, Karnataka. The black stone sculpture
of about 50 cms in height, 25 cms in width and 8 cms thick from 14-15th century
is of post-Vijayanagar period. This is characterised with the carving of Jain
Yakshinis on either side of the Tirthankara sculpture. It is the Samabhangi
standing posture having Dvibhuja with a lotus flower in her left hand while the
right hand is in the Abhaya mudra. Though the facial portion is damaged. The
sindoor on the forehead is visible. The hair is neatly combed and adorned by
hair ornament. The sculpture was probably installed in a Jain settlement, and
may have later been thrown into the water tank as it was not worshipped. This
reveals the existence and survival of the Jain tradition in the Kannada region.
ANCIENT TEMPLE UNEARTHED AT VAD NAGAR GUJARAT
The 100 feet excavation carried out in May this year in Vad Nagar, Gujarat, has
unearthed an ancient temple which is said to have housed Hindu and Jain Gods. It
is said that in 1968, a local farmer had stumbled upon two Jain idols near the
site. Accordingly, the excavation was carried out by the local villagers and
leaders from local Digambara and Swetambar communities. It is believed that the
temple is dated back to any time between 11 to 13th centuries. Over forty Jain
idols were found to be carefully preserved in sand near the foundation of the
temple. It is thought that the villagers during that period had buried the idols
to protect them from destruction caused by invasions taking place at that
time.Source MLBD January Newsletter. E-Mail :
JAIN EDUCATION FOR THE DIGITAL GENERATION" CONFERENCE AT LOS ANGELES
JAINA Education Committee Los Angeles is hosting a conference from May 25th to
May 27th, 2002 to promote and enhance learning and teaching of Jain philosophy
and religion while fostering unity amongst all Jains. The conference will offer
a platform for communication among Jain Pathshala teachers of various Jain
centers, Jain scholars and authors, web site moderators, Educationalist, and
JAINA education committee. This will also be a great opportunity to share some
effective teaching techniques and presentation styles that many of us are using
successfully to educate Jain philosophy to the Digital Generation. For details
please view www.jainbhavan.com/ or write to Pravin K. Shah, Chairperson, Jaina
Education Committee, Federation of Jain Associations in North America, E-Mail :
Carriage Woods Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607-3969.
NATIONAL PHILATELIC EXHIBITION AT NASIK
Recently a National Philatelic Exhibition "INPEX EMPIREPEX-2001" was held at
Nasik from 22nd to 26th Dec. 2001. About 200 stamp collectors from all over
India participated in this Exhibition. One of the eminent Jains from Nasik, Mr.
Sudhir Jain had sent 80 sheets collection of stamps & covers on JAINISM in this
exhibition. The Jury awarded Silver Bronze Medal on his collection. The
collections were organised in the following sequence-1 SYMBOLS OF JAINISM 2
ESSENCE OF JAINISM - 2.1 Conceptions, 2.2 Principles, 2.3 Admirers GODS - 3.1
Siddha, 3.2 Panch Kalyank, 3.3 Tirthankars Identification Signs, 3.4 Some
Tirthankars, 3.5 Other Pious Souls 4 JAIN PILGRIMAGE CENTERS 5 JAIN ARCHITECTURE
6 JAIN PERSONALITIES 7 JAIN CELEBRATIONS 8 JAIN INSTITUTIONS 9 MESSAGE TO THE
WORLD The collection was highly applauded by the visitors to the Exhibition. For
further details please E-Mail:
MAHAMASTIKABHISHEKA CEREMONY OF LORD BAHUBALI
His Holiness Swasthishree Lalithakeerthi Bhattaraka Pattacharyavarya Swamiji of
Karkala Jaina Math along-with the President, Vice President and Office bearers
of Lord Bahubali Maha Masthakabhisheka committee of Karkala invites you all to
the most sacred Mahamasthakabhisheka of Lord Bahubali and the Panchakalyana of
Lord Neminatha Threerthankara to be held in Karkala from 16th to 26th February
Holy Presence: His Holiness Acharyarathana 108 Sri Subala Sagara Munimaharaj and
his holy company and Sri Madabhinava Lalithakeerthi Bharraraka Pattacharyavarya
Swamiji of Jain Math Karkala.
For details visit :
NEW MEDICAL COLLEGE IN DELHI NAMED AFTER BHAGWAN MAHAVIR
Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpai inaugurated the newly established
Vardhman Mahavir Medical College at New Delhi. The College is located in the
Safdargunj Hospital premises. The College is going to have latest equipment and
facilities for all types of treatment and will be staffed with best available
experts in their fields of specialisation. Shri L.K. Advani was the Chief Guest
on the occasion and the ceremony was presided over by the Health Minister, Dr.
C.P. Thakur. The academic session of the College has already commenced from 1st
AHIMSA AND HUMANITARIANISM IS THE BIGGEST RELIGION, SAYS SHARAD PANWAR
The President of Rashtravadi Congress Party, Sharad Panwar, inaugurating the
two-day World Conference on Ahimsa at Bombay organised by the Bombay Centre of
Mahavir International, said that ahimsa and humanitarianism were the biggest
amongst all religions in the today's context. We should inculcate respect and
understanding towards other religions. Leaders from various religions joined the
Conference to express their views on world peace, communal harmony and
non-violence and other related issues.Smt. Indu Jain from the Times of India
group, in her speech, mentioned that the responsibility for avoiding violence
and maintaining peace can not be thrust entirely on the Government. The leaders
belonging to various religions should also contribute a lot in ensuring peace,
unity and harmony amongst different sections of society. Other eminent persons,
who spoke on the occasion were, Sadhwi Chandana Ji from Jain religion,
Archibishop Cardinal Dias of Bombay, Padma Shree Maulana Karim Parekh, Dasturji
Jamapasa representing Parsi community, Shankaracharya of Kanchi, Sri Jayendra
sarsawati, Lama Lonbjeng from Buddhist community, Mukhya Granthi of Sikh
religion, Gyani Pooran singh, Shri Surendra Singh Savai and Shri Kushal Chand
Jain. They all emphasized the need to develop mutual harmony, respect and
good-will amongst all sections of communities and religions.
PAN MASALA, TOOTH PASTE AND MOUTH FRESHENER DANGEROUS TO HEALTH
Dr. D.K. Gupta, eminent Dental Surgeon from Jaipur, speaking to a large group of
Medical practioners mentioned that the continued use of toothe paste and pan
Masala were highly injurious to health, specially for growing children due the
presence of Fluorides in all these items and they can lead to diseases like
Fluorosis. The content of fluorides in the basic raw materials used in their
manufacture, like Calcium Carbonate and chalk powder is always of the order of
800 to 1000 p.p.m. According to Dr. Sunil Jain also an Eminent Dental
specialist, mouth Fresheners are equally harmful as they also contain large
amount of fluorides and other undesirable constituents.
ACHARYA MAHAPRAGYA MOVES ON HIS AHIMSA YATRA
Acharya Mahapragya, the Head of Terapanth sect commenced his extensive Ahimsa
journey for a period of three years, covering the States of Rajasthan, Gujarat,
Maharashtra and Maha Pradesh starting from Bidasar, a small town near Bikaner in
rajasthan on the 5th December, 2001. (Already reported in previous issues) The
group of people performing the Yatra consist of more than 300 saints and sadhwis
and thousands of followers, moving on foot from village to village, with small
stop-overs at selected places, spreading the message of non-violence, peace,
communal harmony, moral and ethical values and austerity in life through
speeches, discussions, discourses, holding of prayers, distribution of
literature and display of posters and banners.His first major halt was at
Jodhpur, the second largest town in Rajasthan, from 15th January, 2002, where he
and other saints and sadhwis had an extremely busy schedule, meeting people of
Jain and other communities, holding discussions and giving discourses, offering
prayers, attending receptions, seminars and conferences and visiting places
where reforms could be carried out, particularly schools, Central Jail, areas,
inhabited by backward communities and Harijans etc.The main themes of the
Acharya Mahja Pragya and the Yuvacharya, Muni Shri Maha Shraman Ji at every
gathering have been awakening of ahimsa consciousness, ahimsa education and
training, development of backward communities, improvement of moral values,
building of healthy and tension-free society, which can live with peace and
A Seminar was organised during his stay at Jodhpur where students from the
University and other institutions along-with teachers participated to discuss
the subject of "Influence of Science of Living on Value-based Education". A
Regional Conference was arranged on the theme of Economics and
non-possessiveness of Mahavir, where Finance Minister, Shri Yashwant Sinha
participated as Chief Guest. A National Conference on Ahimsa was also organised
on the 20th and 21st January by the local Centre of Anuvrat Samiti and Regional
branch of the same Samiti in the holy presence of Acharya Shri Maha pragya Ji
and other saints. Governor of the State of Rajasthan, Shri Anshuman Singh was
the Chief Guest. Dr. Lakshmi Mal Singhvi, eminent Jurist and M.P. took active
part in the delibrations. Several retired and active Judges of the High Court
also actively participated in the Conference proceedings. Shri Bal Vijay,
Sarvodaya Leader, Maharani Hem Lata, M.P. and Ex-Maharaja of Jodhpur, Shri Gaj
Singh also attended the programmes. The Acharya on his onward journey to Gujarat
will stop for a couple of days at Pachpadra town, where the Maryada Mahotsava of
Tera Panth samaj, an annual feature will be celebrated on the 19th, 20th and
21st February, 2002.
BAN ON SMOKING IN ALL TRAINS AND RAILWAY PREMISES IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY
A complete ban on smoking at public places all over the country, including
railway trains and railway premises has been imposed with immediate effect.
Earlier, the Supreme Court of India had passed orders to the Central Government
and to all the State governments for stopping smoking in all public places,
educational institutions, libraries, prayer halls, hospitals, Court premises,
Government offices and public transport systems but these orders were not
seriously carried out. The fresh order by Railway authorities for banning
smoking in running trains and at railaway stations and railway yards is also in
the same context.
PARK NAMED AFTER BHAGWAN MAHAVIR AT LUCKNOW
On the holy occasion of 2600th Birth Kalyanak Centenary of Bhagwan Mahavir, the
Government of Uttar Pradesh has announced that Hathi Park in Lucknow will
hence-forth be named as Bhagwan Mahavir Park. A marble statue, measuring 9 feet
in height in Padamasan posture is being installed in the centre of the park. It
was brought in a procession by the local Jain community, led by Acharya Shri
Vivek sagar Ji Maharaj and other saints.
JAIN STATUES STOLEN FROM KANPUR TEMPLES
Three Ashtdhatu statues of Tirthankar Bhagwan have been recently stolen from the
Digambar Jain temple in Lal Bangla area near Kali Bari in Kanpur town. The
matter has been reported to the local authorities. It is sad to observe that
such incidents of theft of statues and other costly material from Jain temples
have been happening very often in different parts of the country but rarely, the
thefts are uncovered and the culprits brought to book.
SAFFRON SHOWERS ON SAINT CHINMAYA SAGAR JI MAHARAJ
Shri 108 Chinmaya Sagar Ji Maharaj from Dogambar sect, disciple of Acharya Shri
Vidhya Sagar Ji had saffron showered on him by nature while he was giving his
regular discourse at Bhatpara (M.P.) after the conclusion of his Chaturmas
there. The saffron showers went on for a period of 27 minutes, as long as the
discourse continued and stopped immediately after he concluded his speech. It is
said that similar showers had occurred on the day of commencement of Chaturmas
also at that very place.
JAINS OBSERVE HUMAN RIGHTS DAY AT NEW DELHI
On the occasion of 2600th Birth kalyanak Centenary of Bhagwan Mahavir, Human
Rights Day was observed at New Delhi in a congregation of Jain community. At the
start of the programme, prayers were held for world peace, followed by hoisting
of jain flag by Shri Mahavir Prasad Jain as a symbol of world peace and
non-violence. Many eminent persons attended the celebrations and spoke on the
subject of human values, moral responsibilities, ethics self-restraint and
conduct. Smt. Sonia gandhi, Leader of the Opposition in the Indian Parliament,
in her message said that philosophy of Bhagwan Mahavir was the basis of human
and spiritual values, which can only give true direction to the country and show
path of peace, prosperity and humanity. Dr. Karan Singh, M.P. was the Chief
Guest on the occasion. He delivered his forceful speech elaborating the
philosophy of ahimsa, Live and Let Live, and human rights. Eminent Jurist and
past Ambassador to U.K., Dr. Lakshmi Mal Singhvi also attended the programme and
spoke on the occasion. Thousands of people, saints and sadhwis took part in the
meeting and passed resolutions in respect of non-violence, stopping the killing
of animals and abstaining from the use of meat.
SADHWI YASH KANWAR JI HONOURED BY ACHARYA AS RAJASTHAN PRAVARTINI
Sadhwi Shri Yash Kanwar Ji Maharaj, belonging to Shraman sangh of the Jain
Sthanakwasi sect was honoured with the title of Rajasthan Pravartini by the head
of the Sangha, Acharya Dr. Shiv Muni at a elaborately arranged function in
Delhi. She was born on the 9th April, 1918 and has completed 65 years as a Jain
sadhwi, after her initiation at the early age of 18 years. Shri Yash Kunwar Ji
has played a vital role in stopping the animal sacrifice, going on for years at
Jogia Mata village, in Bhilwara District of Rajasthan. She has contributed
immensely in spreading education in villages, promoting Jain religion and in
bringing unity of Jain society.
CEREMONY AT PALITANA
For the first time, in the last 400 years, mass diksha (initiation) of 36
persons will be held at Shatrunjaya, near Palitana in the holy presence of
Acharya Shri Gun Ratna Surishwar Ji Maharaj on the 16th Februry, 2002. The
diksha ceremony will be arranged in the premises of Shri Adi Nath Bhagwan temple
complex. An unique 'Samovasaran', on the same lines as used by Bhagwan Mahavir
during his discourses after Kewal Gyan, is being arranged at the place of Diksha.
Shri Gun Ratna Surishwar Ji Maharaj Shri Gun Ratna Surishwar Ji Maharaj has
already gone on record of having initiated 175 persons to Jain order in
Murti-Pujak sect. On the previous day, a huge and colourful procession will be
taken out through the city as a part of the celebrations.
NEW BOOKS ON JAINISM IN ENGLISH
"THE UNKNOWN PILGRIMS
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GENDER & SALVATION: "Debates on the Spiritual Liberation of Women" By Dr. Padmanabh Jaini - In the
Jain tradition, there is no agreement over the Moksh of women in that birth.
There is a Manyata Bhed in the two traditions, Digamber and Shwetamber. Dr.
Jaini a modern scholar of Jainism, and a Professor of Buddhist studies at
University of California, Berkeley "brings to light heretofore untranslated
texts evidencing a centuries-old debate between the two principal Jain sects,
the Digambers and the Shwetambers on the critical issue of whether or not women
can attain spiritual liberation." The hardback book has 229 pages.
LOK-VIBHAG: By Shri Singharshisuri,
-Edited and translated into Hindi by Pt. Balchandraji - An important Sanskrit
text dealing with Jain Cosmography, etc. Authentically edited for the first time
with Hindi paraphrase, Various Readings, Appendices, etc. This is the best book
in simple Hindi covering Jain geography and cosmology comprehensively. It covers
certain aspects of Jain cosmography not covered in better known books such as "Tiloyapannatti",
the "Dhavala" and the "Triloksaar". This paperback book has 256 pages and was
published in 2001.
JAIN ART: By Shri Anand K. Coomarswamy - The contents are, 1. Introduction, 2.
Jainism, 3. Life of Mahavir and other Jinas, 4. Summary of the story of
Kaalakaacharya 5. Explanation of various terms, 6. Cosmology, 7. Aesthetics and
Relationships of Jain Painting. This hardback book has 68 pages, all in art
AN EPITOME OF JAINISM: By Shri K. B. Jindal - This book is an attempt to put the
wisdom of the ancient Acharyas in a nutshell. The prefaces to the following
books are present -1. Dravyasangrah, 2. Tattvaarthsutra, 3. Pachaastikaaysaar,
4. Purusharth Siddhyupaay, 5. Gommatsaar Jivkaand 6. Atmanushasan, 7. Gommatsaar
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This hardback book has 232 pages.
JAIN PHILOSOPHY: HISTORICAL OUTLINE By Shri N. N. Bhattacharya - "Dedicated as a
mark of devotion and reverence to the holy name of Lord Mahavir who inspired men
to fight against oppression and exploitation, disease and death, cruelty and
caste, anger and pride, deceit and greed." (By the Author) This hardback book
has 259 pages and this second revised edition was published in 1999.
DR. NAGESH JAIN OF DELHI
HONOURED AS SAMAJ RATNA
On the occasion of Chintamani Parshwa Nath Jayanti on 8th January, 2002, Dr.
Nagesh Jain of New Delhi was honoured by the All India Swetambar Sthankwasi Jain
Confrence as "Samaj Ratna" for his contribution to Jain society in Delhi,
specially during the Chaturmas period of Acharya Shiv Muni.
Sushri Lalita Oswal of Manalgaon and Sushri Harsha Chordia of Bhosari, Pune were
initiated by Param Vidushi Sadhvi Shri Kanchan Kanwarji Maharaj belonging to
Sthanakwasi Jain Shraman Sangh at Sholapur (Maharashtra) on 6th January 2002.
S. W. Snehlata, daughter of Shri Prakash Chand ji Chatur mutha and Km. JayJay
Shri, daughter of Shri Anand Rao Jagtap were accepted as Sadhvi in Jain
Sthankawasi Shraman Sangh sect of Chennai on 17th January 2002 under the
inspiration of Poojya Shri Satyasadhnaji Maharaj.
DEVLOK GAMAN (Obituary)
(I) Jain Acharya Vijay Indradinn Suriswar Ji - The great saint of the 21st century, Acharya Vijay Indradinn Suriswar Ji passed
away on Friday, the 16th January, 2002 at Ambala City at the age of 97 years. He
belonged to Sri Atm-Vallabh Samudra sect of Murti-Pujak sampradaya. He had held
the last Chaturmas at Haridwar and had arrived at Ambala only last week. Last
year, the Acharya had successfully gone through Bye-pass surgery and had
recovered fully from the same. He had accepted the Jain order of saint-hood at
the early age of 17 years and had studied Hindi, Sansakrit and Prakrit and other
languages over which he had full control. He was bestowed with the title of
Acharya by his Guru Shri Vijay Samudra Surishwar Ji Maharaj in the year 1971.
His contribution to Jain literature as well as to socity in the form of
development of Aasi and backward communities in Gujarat, spreading of education
through establishment of schools and colleges have been immense for which he
will be ever remembered by one and all.
(II) Aryika Suparshwa Mata Ji
-Aryka Suparshwa Mata Ji of the Digambar sect, disciple of Acharya Shri Vardhman
Sagar Ji passed away on 28th December, 2001 at Dhariavad village in rajasthan
after a prolonged Sallekhana Sadhana. She had taken a vow for 12 years samadhi
and she observed fasting during the last Chaturmas period by taking meals, only
once in every three or four days, and that also only apple and water.
(III) Aryika Vipul Mati Mata Ji
-She attained Devlok on the 12th December, 2001 at Dhariavad in Rajasthan in the
holy presence of her Guru, Acharya Shri Vardhman Sagar Ji after 27 years of
successful life of austerity, self-restraint and religious fervour. She had been
only accepting Munakka and water as her meals on alternate days during the four
months of Chaturmas and lately for the last 12 days, she had been living only on
a little bit of water once in a day.
(IV)Digambar Jain sadhwi Aryka Pujya Vishuddhmati Mataji -
Samadhi of Digambar Jain sadhwi Pujya Vishuddhmati Mataji was performed on 22nd
Jan. 2002 at a pilgrimage centre Nandanvan in the Udaipur District of Rajsthan,
India. On 17th Jan. 1990. She had taken 12 years Samadhi Sallekhana Vrata from
Pujya Ajeet Sagarji Maharaj. In these 12 years, she had followed all the systems
prescribed in the Granthas to perform Samadhi. On 27-7-2001 she gave up food. In
the past 3 months, she was taking only water and juice of one fruit after every
three days. Since 16th Jan. 2002 she gave up water also. On 22nd Jan. 2002 at
4.29 A.M. she left her mortal existence. Pujya Acharya Vardhman sagarji Maharaj
and 33 other Muni and Aryikas were present at the time of her Samadhi. On the
same day at 10 A.M. her body was cremated with the sandalwood and coconuts. More
then ten thousand persons were present at the time of cremation. It was the
first Samadhi of any Aryika, which has been performed after completion of full
12 years of Sallekhna Samadhi. Pujya Aryika Vishuddhmati Mataji was fully
conscious and hearing Navkar Mantra at the time of her Samadhi. 72 years old
Aryika Vishuddhmati Mataji was very learned scholar and has written about three
dozen Granthas. May her soul find bliss.
(V) Mahasati Tara kunwarji - Mahasati Tara Kunwar Ji belonging to Shraman Sangha for 42 years breathed her
last on the day of Rishi Panchami at Indore.
(VI) Muni Shri Mohanlal ji, 'Amet' -Shri Mohan Lal Ji Maharaj, a disciple of Acharya Shri Tulsi left for heavenly
abode after a prolonged illness at Bikaner. He was a true philosopher-reformist
and a great preacher totally devoted to the cause of spreading the message of
Truth, Ahimsa and Aparigraha.
(VII) Gachhadhipati (sect-leader) Acharya Devsurishwarji
Maharaj, 91 years, a disciple of late Acharya Amratsurishwarji and
Nemisurishwarji, attained Samadhi (died) at Ahmedabad. Acharyshri belonged to
Udaipur - Rajasthan, took diksha at the age of 19 and served the community for
AN EIGHT YEARS OLD JAIN BOY COMMITS SUICIDE AT NEW DELHI
Arihant Jain, an eight-year-old introvert boy, studying in third standard at a
Dehradoon school committed suicide on the last day of his vacation because he
did not want to return to his residential school. According to the Delhi Police,
Arihant is the youngest person to have committed suicide in the city. He was
spending his vacation with his family at their house in Vishwas Nagar in East
Delhi. Balesh Jain, Arihant's father, who runs a Computer institute, had
enrolled his son at the residential school last July. The incident reportedly
occurred at 3 pm on Sunday, when Arihant was alone at home with his mother.
According to the police, earlier on that day Arihant had attempted to hang
himself twice using a rope in the house. "However, Seema, his mother intercepted
him," said DCP East Manoj Lall. But when Seema went to her room to get dressed,
Arihant found a rope and hung himself in the courtyard. The boy's neck had
ligature marks. The police have registered a case of suicide even though they
did not find any suicide note in the house. "Investigations revealed that
Arihant had expressed his unwillingness to return to school on several occasions
to his parents," said Lall. "One morning, as his parents were helping his
younger sister prepare for her school, he complained that he missed his parents'
attention," he added. "He was an introvert and did not mix around much with the
other children in the neighbourhood," said a police officer. "Even on his
return, he spent most of the time playing with his younger sister inside the
house." Neighbours in Karan Gali of Vishvash Nagar expressed their shock over
the boy's death. "He was like any child in the locality. We never noticed any
sign of aggression or disturbed behavior," a neighbour said. A noted
psychiatrist in the city said, "Though this is an unusual incident, instances of
depression are not uncommon among children. "In this case, since the child was
small, it appears that he missed his parents and was not able to communicate it
properly to his family. Source: Hindustan Times, New Delhi "15.01.20002"
Note: All over-ambitious parents may probably take a lesson
from this incident.
DIKSHA PROGRAMME ORGANIZED BY "SHRI GANGANAGAR SHRI SANGH"
Deeksha programme is being organized on 25th February under the blessings of M.
S. Shri Ram Lalji of Shri Nanalalji M.S. sect at Shri Ganganagar Rajasthan.
Programme is expected to be attended by hundreds of Jain followers from across
the country. For programme details please contact Sh. Pawan Jain-Ph. 421829(O),
462528 (R), Sh. Nirmal Jain, Ph. 421829 (O), 421707 (R).
HOLI CHATURMAS OF ACHARYA SHRI RAM LALJI M.S. - V. S. 2058
Acharya Shri Ram Lalji M.S. has declared for Holi Chaturmas at Bhatinda
INCOME TAX RAID YIELDS JEWELLERY WORTH RS. 65 CRORE FROM
MR. AJAY JAIN
Hindustan Times, New Delhi, February 6, 2002, in a countrywide operation,
the investigation unit of the Income Tax Department searched the premises of
Precision Pipe Profile and Ajay Industrial Corporation belonging to Ajay Kumar
Jain. Officers claimed cash worth Rs. 36 lakh and jewellery worth Rs. 65.66
crore have been seized from the residential and official premises of the group.
It has also sealed seven bank lockers. Mr. Jain manufactures moulded plastic
products, agricultural products including pumps. They are one of major suppliers
of moulded plastic parts to the automobile and white good industry. According to
the department, the company has been fudging its accounts and under declaring
its sales and production figures to evade income tax. Documents showing
unaccounted transactions worth Rs. 6 crore is alleged to have been recovered by
the department during the raid. The company is also alleged to have inflated its
expenditure to evade taxes.
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