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Ahimsa Times - June 2004 Issue

Vol. No. 48

June, 2004

"Purity in compassion is Dharma"

FOUNDATION LAID FOR NEW JAIN TEMPLE IN LONDON
A new Jain temple is being built at the Oshwal Centre in Potters Bar, North London. London is home to 30,000 Jains. This project will provide 30,000 Jains a new identity. The architectural work is being completed by Mr. Rajesh Sompura, an Indian temple architect. The bulk of the carvings and sculpture will be done in India and assembly and installation work done at temple site. Pujya Chitrabhanu conducted the ceremony for the laying of the first carved stone and Mr. Kantilal Haria of in house kitchen. Over four thousand people from all over London and some from as far a way as Leicester, Northampton and Manchester attended the ceremony. President of Oshwal Association, Mr. Ashwin Shah requested the community to participate fully in this project. Also present were the local Mayor and Mr. Haldar from Indian High Commission who spoke eloquently about the importance of unity. As per the plans, the temple will be sited at the Oshwal Centre on a Greenfield site of approximately ten acres. It will be in the middle of landscaped gardens and walkways, which when viewed from the air represent the Jain symbol of Triloka (the Cosmos). The walkways are in the shape of Ahimsa will be represented by a magnificent mosaic pond. Information source: Jain Spirit, London. New Adopted from : Jain Spirit, Jun-Aug. 2004.

ALL FOODS SOLD AS VEGETARIAN MAY NOT BE REALLY VEGETARIAN
Certain food types available in the market which appear to be vegetarian may not, after all, be vegetarian. It turns out that many food manufacturers are not legally obliged to disclose all the ingredients used in the preparation of packaged food available in the market.Following items are particularly worthy of your attention. Certain ingredients used in these food types are squarely against our core values and therefore, caution must be exercised in daily life:

1. Sugar Facts: There are major two types of sugars available in the market - Cane Sugar and Beet Sugar. Do not buy or use 'Fine or Granulated' Cane sugar as it is processed using cow bone char for discoloring. Cow bone char is a fine mixture of cow bone in a power format boiled at highest temperature to process sugar to its current white form. Beet Sugar is not processed with non-vegetarian contents and fine to use. For more information, go to: www.vrg.org/journal/vj97mar/973sugar.htm.

2. Cheese Facts: Most cheeses available in the market and Pizza joints are often made with Rennin, a non-vegetarian product, used in processing cheese for mass commercial use. Some vegetarian cheeses also contain certain animal products. For information on chesses you can use, go to : www.vrg.org/nutshell/cheese.htm

3. Use of Natural Flavors: Natural Flavors may contain certain meat, seafood, poultry, eggs etc. That means exercise precaution when a label on packaged food, candy or gum says 'natural flavors'

4. Similarly, avoid any packaged food items with following contents on its label :
E120 - cochineal (red food coloring made from crushed beetles)
E542 - edible bone phosphate
E631 - sodium 5'-inosinate
E901 - beeswax
E904 - shellac
E920 - L-cysteine hydrochloride
Ingredients with the following "E" numbers may be animal derived: 101, 101a, 153, 203, 213, 227, 270, 282, 302, 322, 325, 326, 327, 333, 341a, 341b, 341c, 404, 422, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 470, 471, 472a, 472b, 472c, 472d, 472e, 473, 474, 475, 476, 477, 478, 481, 482, 483, 491, 492, 493, 494, 495, 570, 572, 627, and 635. To read more go to:
www.ivu.org/faq/food.html.

5. Fact about Bread : Some breads contain a substance called Cystine, which is full of amino acid, required to be put in bread. Most breads containing Cystine use human hair in production, since human body produces some amino acid. (I am not saying all breads have it, but be careful to check the label on it for this item).

6. Avoid & following ingredients as they have the high probability of containing either animal products : Mono-Diglycerides, amylase, Stearic Acid, Glycerine.

The above facts have been thoroughly collected, analyzed and listed by the Vegetarian Resource Group, a non-profit organization, dedicated to spreading the vegetarianism. The Group is based out of Baltimore, MD and its website is www.vrg.org. For further details, please contact: Dharmaraj Khot E-Mail : khotraj@hotmail.com Courtesy: Dr. Sulekh Jain, E-Mail : scjain@earthlink.net

JAINA BECOMES CHARTER SPONSOR OF AHIMSA CENTER AT CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY
Pomona, June 16, 2004 - JAINA, The Federation of Jain Associations In North America, has pledged $25,000, recently to become Charter Sponsor of the "Ahimsa Center" at State Polytechnic University at Pomona, California. The Ahimsa Center will establish classes in ahimsa philosophy at the university. The center will also create workshops and develop curriculum for schools so that ahimsa is promoted in daily life.

Earlier this year, JAINA initiated a drive in US Congress to promote the idea of establishing a permanent entity for peace and non-violence. However this is the first time that JAINA is leading an effort to support an academic institution. JAINA and the members of Jain Community have contributed over $200,000 to the center. The Ahimsa Center will be the first such center in the nation where non-violence will be looked at as a way of life and as an effective tool for peaceful co-existence, beyond the context of war and peace. The center is established by the efforts of Dr. Tara Sethia, Professor of History and Director of the new Center. In congratulating Prof Sethia, Anop Vora, President of JAINA said "JAINA is very pleased to support this noble initiative of Professor Tara Sethia to promote the concept of non-violence, the fundamental tenet of JAINISM. The long term impact of Ahimsa Center could be enormous."

The Ahimsa Center's inaugural conference titled "Creating a Culture of Ahimsa: Visions and Strategies" was held at California Polytechnic in Pomona on May 14th -15th, 2004. According to Dr. Tara Sethia, the success of the conference is a tribute to the Ahimsa Center sponsors. She said, "Through their enthusiastic support, our sponsors have assumed a pioneering role in bringing the discussion of ahimsa into mainstream academic life." For information on the Ahimsa Center please visit www.csupomona.edu. Information courtesy Mr. Nitin Talsania, E-Mail: media@jaina.org website: www.jaina.org

FIRST ANNUAL GANDHIAN NON-VIOLENCE CONFERENCE AT MEMPHIS, OCT.2004
Presented by: M.K. Gandhi Institute, National Civil Rights Museum, National Conference for Community and Justice. Period: October, 8-9th, 2004. Hosted by: Christian Brothers University & Rhodes College. Theme: "Teaching to Practice Gandhian Non-violence: Perspectives from Academics and Activists." In this conference, efforts will be made to bring together activists and academics to focus on how they may help each other in the common purpose of continuing the legacy of Gandhian non-violence. In promoting this integration of activism and academics, we especially seek papers/presentations that draw upon the practice of Gandhian non-violence. The conference will feature five concurrent sessions organized around major themes in relation to Gandhian non-violence militarism, poverty, racism, ecology, and personal non-violence. Proposals are invited for papers in the concurrent sessions that would draw upon Gandhian non-violence in relation to issues as listed after each major theme.

1. Militarism: genocide, terrorism, arms trade, approaches to peacemaking resolution on an international scale.
2. Poverty: employment, living wage, homelessness, criminal justice system, education, resource depletion.
3. Racism: civil rights, environmental racism, urban violence, police brutality, death penalty, health care, immigration, community reinvestment.
4. Ecology: resource depletion, industrial pollution, animal rights, social ecology-the well being of neighborhoods.
5. Personal Non-violence: spirituality, meditation, simplicity, vegetarianism, civil disobedience, non-violent citizenship, models and practice of leadership, responses to domestic violence, teen violence.
Proposals may be sent to: M. K. Gandhi Institute, Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway South,
Memphis, TN 38104, USA, or E-Mail :
gandhiconference@yahoo.com For more information contact www.gandhiinstitute.org or Dr. Manoj Jain, E-Mail: mkjain@aol.com. Deadline: June 30, 2004.

Ahimsa Foundation Advisory Board

Dear Dr. Jagmohan Ji Humar, Dear Dr. Pierre Amiel, Dr. Natu Bhai Shah, Dr. Cromwell Crawford,

Jai-Jinendra. We indeed feel proud and privileged to for your consent to join the Advisory Board of , 'Ahimsa Foundation'. We accord you a most hearty welcome and we are sure that with this association, we will be able to get your expert guidance in carrying out the objectives laid out in the following mission statement.

"Ahimsa Foundation is committed to propagate the Jain philosophy and message of Ahimsa (non-violence) worldwide through its internet-based comprehensive web portal www.jainsamaj.org and other related activities, so as to seek the due place for Jainism amongst other world religions."

Thanks once again for your cooperation patronage.
Prakash Lall Jain
Chairman

NEW JAIN TEMPLE IN HARROW, UK
Plans for the proposed temple to be built in Harrow Weald, North - West of London, have been agreed by Harrow Council's development committee. The land for the project has been acquired by the Mahavir Foundation. The temple is expected to accommodate thirty worshippers and work on site is expected to begin in two months' time and be ready by 2006. For more information visit www.mahavirfoundation.com or write to The Mahavir Foundation, 11 Lindsay Drive, Kenton, Middlesex HA3 0TA. Or telephone: +44(0) 20 8206 1659.

ANNUAL JAIN LECTURE AT TORONTO UNIVERSITY
Prof. Lawrence A. Babb of Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA gave the annual Roop Lal Jain Lecture on 'Jainism and Social Identity', organized by the Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Toronto. He explored the beliefs and practices of five distinct groups - Dahima Brahmins, Agnikul Rajputs, Mahesvaris, Khandelval Jains, and Oshwals of Rajasthan. He also looked at the genealogies of these groups and the social and religious background to the emergence of a distinctive Jain identity, such as the abandonment by Jains of animal sacrifice, which Jains regard as violent and a form of himsa.

VICE-PRESIDENT, SHEKHAWAT INAUGURATES JAIN GOLDEN TEMPLE AT FALNA
For the first time, Jain golden temple has been built in the country by the Jain community of Falna in Rajasthan (near Ranakpur). The specialty of the temple is that about 90 Kg. of gold was donated by the ladies of the community in the local region for the adoration of temple dome and idol. Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Vice-President of India inaugurated the temple and joined the installation ceremonies along-with other celebrities, like Shri L. M. Singhvi and others. He expresses the urgent need to develop essential infra-structural facilities at Falna so that pilgrims, devotees and tourists could be attracted to visit the place. The entire Falna-Sirohi region is very rich in ancient Jain art and culture and it should be developed as big tourist attraction, apart from being a religious centre.

NEW DIGAMBER JAIN TEMPLE AT CHATTARPUR EXTN., NEW DELHI
Foundation Stones laying ceremony of new Digamber Jain Temple was performed at Chattarpur on 24.4.04. The event was inaugurated by Dr. Sahib Singh Verma, the ex- union minister for labour. For more information contact, Dr. Sudeep Jain, B-32, Chattarpur Extn., Behind Nanda farm , New Delhi - 110030.

JHARKHAND STATE ALLOWS MINORITY STATUS TO JAIN COMMUNITY
Shri Shaligram Yadav , Chairman of the State Academic Council has declared at a meeting held recently that minority status is being given to Jain community of Jhankhand. Shri Kamal Khan, Chairman, State Minorities Commission who was present at the meeting also stated that Jharkhand State has in line with other States, like Chhatisgarh, M.P., Karnataka etc. has accepted the Jain community as in minority category and they will enjoy all the privileges due to them. It was also announced that all girl students from Jain community, studying in 8th to 10th class will be distributed bicycles free of cost.

COMMEMORATIVE STAMP ON DR. INDRA CHAND SHASTRI
Indian Postal Department released a commemorative postage stamp on great philosopher, exceptional author and an authority on poetics Pro. Dr. Indra Chandra Shastri on 27th May 2004. Dr. Indra Chandra Shastri was a pursuer of individual spiritualism who was inspired by Jain Anekanta. Born on May 27, 1912 at Dabwali Mandi, now in Sirsa district of Haryana, Dr. Indra Chandra Shastri came to Bikaner for education where he studied Sanskrit and Prakrit. He campaigned against Bal Diksha, a practice of forcible adoption of poor children by Jain ascetics in Rajasthan, prevalent in those days. This resulted in the tabling of a bill in the Assembly of Bikaner. As a recognition of his pioneering efforts and creative talent, he was awarded the 'Sahitya Seva Samman', by the Hindi Academy. He was also conferred the 'Sahitya Ratna Alankaran' by the Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University. The President of India awarded him a 'Certificate of Honor' on August 15, 1986. Dr. Indra Chandra Shastri passed away on November 3, 1986. Courtesy: Sudhir Jain, Universal cables Ltd., Satna, (M. P.) 485 005. E-Mail : mrsudhirjain@yahoo.com.

WILD LIFE TRUST TAKES INITIATIVE TO SAVE SHARK-WHALE FISHES ON GUJARAT COAST
The State of Gujarat possesses the longest sea-coast in the whole country and Whale-Shark fishes arrive on this coast during the months of April to July. Often the fishermen are tempted to catch these rare fishes to fetch a heavy price. In order to offer protection to these rare varieties, the Wild Life Trust of India has recently launched an intensive programme to create consciousness amongst the people to save these animals and not to harm them or kill them. The revered preacher, Shri Morari Bapu has also been inspiring people of the coastal region to give all possible protection to these animals and save them from extinction
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ANIMAL PERFORMANCE IN CIRCUS BANNED AT JALANDHAR, PUNJAB
May 28, Following the objections from the Animal Welfare Board of India, the district administration yesterday banned performance by animals in circus here. Performance by animals in circus show was suspended in Moga also on May 12 when the Board team led by executive member Dr. Sandip Jain found that the circus management was not filing mandatory monthly fitness certificates of animals with the board and the local authorities. Circus shows were stopped, following directions by the Magistrate, Mr G. S. Khaira after Dr Sandip Jain complained to the Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Mr Ashok Gupta, that the circus was violating provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act-1960 and the Performing Animals Registration Rules 2001.

PRESIDENT KALAM SAVED A PEACOCK SUFFERING FROM CANCER
About a week ago, while on morning walk in Mughal Gardens, The President noticed a peacock with growth around its eye. The President immediately informed this to a Veterinary Surgeon. He operated it soon and removed the tumor which was extending up to mouth. If President had not noticed it, it would have died out of starvation as it was unable to eat. Now the Peacock is showing signs of recovery and it is again returned to nature's lap. According to Officials whenever President Kalam notices a sick bird or animal, he sends for Veterinary staff and enquires about it the next day.

 

GUJ. HIGH COURT STAYS UNAUTHORIZED CONSTRUCTION AT GIRNAR JI
On a petition filed by the residents of Junagarh alongwith the State Archaeology department, the High Court of Gujarat has stayed any further unauthorised construction on the 5th peak of Girnar Ji mountain, which is believed to be the land of salvation ( Moksha Bhumi) of Tirthankar Shri Nemi Nath Ji. Bharatvarshiya Digambar Jain Teerth Kshetra Committee, Mumbai as well as Shri Bharatvarshiya Digambar Jain (Teerth Sanrakshini) Mahasabha, Lucknow also offered their full cooperation in obtaining the stay order. The matter is still being pursued strongly by the Digambar Mahasabha with the Chief Minister, Narendra Modi to save the holy Siddha Kshetra from unscrupulous people.

ANCIENT JAIN IDOLS FOUND IN CHANDIGARH
Breaking up earth in the basement of Burail's Pracheen Shiv Mandir at Chandigarh, labourers discovered ancient idols - believed to be hundreds of years old. The deities, reportedly belonging to Digambar Jain community, have been taken into possession by the administration. The discovery of idols can open a new chapter about city's history, if it is confirmed that the deities actually belong to the Jain community - at least this is what a Professor in Punjab University's Department of History believes. They too are reportedly looking into the discovery. Temple authorities claim that the idols were unearthed between May 29 and June 1 while the laborers were digging in the basement. Temple's sabha general secretary Kashmiri Lal Gupta says about 10 to 12 idols have been pulled out with great care and caution. All idols have been carved out of stone. Even though the temple itself is believed to be centuries old, the find took everyone by surprise. Residents and experts who witnessed the "great discovery" claim that the idols are of Lord Mahavira in standing and sitting positions. Sculptures carved in the shape of elephant and lion have also been found. The witnesses claim that some of the idols were broken. For so many days they were lying without security, they allege. Though exact information about was temple's history is not readily available, experts claim that there was a mount where the temple stands today. They add that "samadhis" of nine sadhus is also present on the temple premises. The ASI authorities, however, refused to confirm the claim. A delegation led by president of Sector 27 Shri Digamber Jain Sabha M. S. Jain also visited the temple and reportedly asked for the idols. Information courtsey: Shri. Yashwant Malaiya, E-Mail: ymalaiya@yahoo.com.

ILLEGALLY CONSTRUCTED SWETAMBAR JAIN TEMPLE TO BE RAZED IN MUMBAI
The Bombay High Court has asked the Mumbai Municipal Corporation to demolish an illegal Jain temple in Jagdusha Nagar, Ghatkopar (east), in eight weeks. Following a public interest litigation filed by a resident, Satish Bane, the division bench of acting Chief Justice A. P. Shah and Justice S.U. Kamdar reprimanded the BMC for not taking any action against the illegal temple despite court orders. The judges rejected a plea by advocate A Y Thackeray who appeared for the trustees Shri Shwetambar Murti Poojak Tapogachh Jain Sang Pedhi. "We are trying to get the temple legalised and an application is pending with the Maharashtra government." The BMC informed the court that the temple was illegally constructed in 1998 and it had issued orders for demolition under section 351. Bane said that the area where the temple was being constructed was reserved for a recreational ground and a playground. The plot belonged to the Jagdusha Nagar Plot Owners Association, an association of 40 buildings in the area. Bane said that the trustees had illegally constructed the temple.

JAINOLOGY CERTIFICATE COURSE OFFERED BY MUMBAI UNIVERSITY
Mumbai University's Philosophy Department is conducting a Jainology Certificate course at it's Kalina Campus at Mumbai. The classes of this course are held on every Saturday between 1.00 p.m. & 5.00 p.m. and also on Sunday between 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. New batch is for June 2004 to April 2005. There is no age limit. H.S.C. Pass is necessity. Full Course fee is Rs. 600/-. only. In this course variety of subjects are taught, to name few are All Main Religions and Jain religion, Basic Principles, Lokalok, Shaddravaya, Navtatva, Sadhu Sadhavi Aachaar, Grasthadharma, Karma Principal, Agamgrandhs, Panch Parmesthis, Chaturvidh Sangh, Status of Ladies, Ahinsha and Vegetarian, Jain Sampradayas, Panchgyan Jain Literature, Sanlekhana, Jain Yog, Dhyan-Meditation, Leshya, Aneakant Taap, etc... Medium of insturction is English, but candidates can give examination in Gujarati or Hindi also. After one year certificate course the students can do diploma curse. Admission forms for new session shall be available from 14th June to 25th June. For Further Details: Please contact Mumbai University Tatvagyan Department, Ghyaneshwar Bhavan, 1st. floor, Vidya nagri, Kalina Campus Mumbai. Telephone Nos. 26527337 between 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. or To Dr. Bipin Doshi, Phone No. 98210 52413.Information courtesy: Mr. Anandji Dedhi.

SHRI VIRCHAND RAGHAVJI GANDHI SCHOLARSHIP YEAR 2004 - 2005
Shri Virchand Raghavji Gandhi was the first Jain to spread Lord Mahavira's message of universal love and nonviolence to the west when he attended the first ever held parliament on world religions in Chicago in 1893 to commemorate the centenary of that great historical event and to honour this great Jain Scholar and humanitarian, JAINA had established a Virchand Raghavji Gandhi Scholarship in 1997.

This Scholarship will be awarded to bright and needy students studying Jainism and / or pursuing doctorate and / or research studies in fields like Jainism. Jain Philosophy, Jain literature, Jain scriptures, Jain temple architecture etc. at recognized institutions and universities. The scholarship up to Rs. 15,000/- to 17,000/- for current year, renewable up to 4 years. Last date for applying: 30th September 2004. For form and additional information please mail to enquires: Virchand Raghavji Gandhi Scholarship Scheme , C/o Sharadaben Chimanbhai Educational Research Centre, "Darshan", Opp. Ranakpur Society, Shahibaug,Ahmedabad-380 004, Phone: 079-22868739 Fax: 079-22862026.

READER'S VIEWS ABOUT "BAL DIKSHA"
Priyal (Age Eight years) must be brought back and should be advised that she may become Sadhvi at the age of 20 if she wish to be then. It is true that, this is not an age to bring someone in this institution of Sadhu Sangh. Let Sadhu Sangh and Shravak Sangh make some of the qualifying characteristic for the person to accept Diksha. At the same time I feel no one should approach the Court of Law and find amicable solution within society. Going to Court gives misconception about Jains and Jainism in the minds of Non-Jains. Jayesh Shah / Surat / Mobile 9825117128.

DIKSHA CEREMONY
1. Ruby Bansal, re-christened by Acharya, Dr. Shiv Muni, as Shashank Muni has joined the saintly order in Jan Shwetambar Sthanakwasi sect after his Diksha at Ropar on the 28th May, 2004. Ruby has been already leading a life, devoted to the cause of vegetarianism, ahimsa and compassion and has earned a name for his virtuosity and ethics. He has been initiated as Jain Muni by Acharya Shiv Muni, having been inspired by his discourses and programmes on self-introspection, self-restraint and self-purification. After coming in contact with the Acharya, he developed a strong sense of detachment, austerity and righteousness which led him to leave the family and worldly chores and move on the path of spiritual contemplation, abstinence and renouncement. Thousands od devotees joined the celebrations held in Roper town to mark the holy occasion. Several saints and sadhwis were present at the time of diksha to bless the newly-initiated saint.

2. Sushri Sangeeta Seth, grand daughter of Shri Chhotalal Ji Bhagwan Ji Seth and daughter of Shri Mahendra Ji Seth from Mumbai was initiated to Jain order by Shri Prakash Chand Ji Maharaj, disciple of Gyangachhadhipati, 1008 Shri Champa Lal Ji Maharaj on the 26th April, 2004 at Jodhpur. The programme was organised by Shri S.S. Jain Gyan Shrawak Sangh, Jodhpur.

Year 2004 CHATURMAS programme sthanakwasi sect ( Acharya dr. Shivmuni )

S. N. Name Place State
1. Acharya Dr. Shivmuniji M.S. Chandigarh Punjab
2. Sh. Ratanmuniji M.S. Ludhiana Punjab
3. Sh. Amarmuniji M.S. Ludhiana Punjab
4. Sh. Jitendramuniji M.S. Jaiton Punjab
5. Sh. Chandanmuniji M.S. Gidarhbahamandi Punjab
6. Sh. Tarakrishiji M.S. Gidarhbahamandi Punjab
7. Sh. Ramnikmuniji M. S. Virnagar Delhi
8. Sh. Rameshmuniji M.S. Faridkot Punjab
9. Sh. Rajendramuniji M. S. Faridkot Punjab
10. Sh. Ravindramuniji M. S. Gurgaon Haryana
11. Sh. Sumatimuniji M. S. Padampur Rajasthan
12. Sh. Adarshjyotiji M. S. Arihantnagar Delhi
13. Sh. Dr. Saritaji M. S. Ropad Punjab
14. Sh. Bhaskarmuniji M. S. Ahmedabad Gujarat
15. Sh. Nityanandsurishwarji M. S. Delhi Delhi
16. Sh. Moolchandraji M. S. Udaipur Rajasthan
17. Sh. Ramlalji M. S. Chittorgarh Rajasthan
18. Sh. Mohanmuniji M. S. Ratlam Madhya Pradesh
19. Sh. Kamalmuniji M. S. Byawar Rajasthan
20. Sh. Abhaymuniji M. S. Byawar Rajasthan
21. Sh. Kamalmuniji M. S. Byawar Rajasthan
22. Sh. Sureshmuniji M. S. Garwara, Udaipur Rajasthan
23. Sh. Shantakanwarji M. S. Kapasan, Mewar Rajasthan
24. Sh. Chandrakalaji M. S. Nagda Junction Madhya Pradesh
25. Sh. Manoharmuniji M. S. Kurukshetra Haryana
26. Dr. Vishalmuniji M. S. Rishabhvihar Delhi
27. Sh. Sumatiprakashji M. S. Rishabhvihar Delhi
28. Sh. Sumanmuniji M. S. Ludhiana Punjab
29. Sh. Sahajmuniji M S. Ludhiana Punjab
30. Sh. Hemchandraji M. S. Shaktinagar Ex. Delhi
31. Sh. Nareshmuniji M. S. Raikot Punjab
32. Sh. Sudarshanlalji M. S. Gulabpura Rajasthan
33. Sh. Jaywantkanwarji M. S. Bhinay Rajasthan
34. Sh. Vijayrajji M. S. Bikaner Rajasthan
35. Sh. Parasmuniji M S. Virar Maharashtra
36. Sh. Bhanwarkanwarji M. S. Ratlam Madhya Pradesh
37. Sh. Udaymuniji M. S. Badi Sadri Rajasthan
38. Sh. Yashkanwarji M. S. Kashipur, Bhilwara Rajasthan
39. Sh. Ramilakanwarji M. S. Sarwar, Ajmer Rajasthan
40. Sh. Sidhkanwarji M. S. Bhadsora, Mewar Rajasthan

Year 2004 CHATURMAS programme DIGAMBER sect

41. Acharya Shri Bharat sagar ji Kuchaman City Rajasthan
42 Acharya Shri Pushpadanta Sagar ji Mumbai Maharashtra
43. Acharya Shri Abhinandan Sagar ji Khandwa Maharashtra
44. Acharya Shri Shanti Sagar ji Gandhi Nagar Gujarat
45. Acharya Shri Suvidhi Sagar ji Obri, Dungarpur Rajasthan
46. Acharya Shri Kushagra nandi ji Bundi Rajasthan
47. Acharya Shri Virag Sagar ji Durg Madhya Pradesh
48. Muni Shri Saurabh Sagar ji Yamuna Vihar Delhi
49. Muni Shri Dharmnandi ji Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
50. Muni Shri Hit Sagar ji Munged Rajasthan
51. Muni Shri Shrut Nandi ji Niwai Rajasthan
52. Muni Shri Gun Sagar ji Tonk Rajasthan
53. Muni Shri Sukumal Nandi ji Indore Madhya Pradesh
54. Muni Shri Veer Sagar ji Mandsor Madhya Pradesh
55. Muni Shri Surdev Sagar ji Shrawan Bel Gola Andhra Pradesh
56. Muni Shri Sudha Sagar ji Nanpura , Surat Gujarat
57. Muni Shri Tarun Sagar ji Surat

Gujarat

ALL INDIA DIGAMBER JAIN MAHASABHA - A HISTORICAL SURVEY (1895-1980)
Author - Dr. Trilok Chand Kothari, Price Rs. 200/-, Available at :-Ohm Trust Tower, Church Road, M. I. Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan, and B-79, Sanik Farms, Khanpur, New Delhi- 110062. The Book provides Historical background of Mahasabha's formation in 1895. The activities and projects of Mahasabha have been covered in detail. Book also covers various other topics including annual conferences of Mahasabha etc.

Book Review - The World of Conquerors (2 Vols), By Dr. Natubhai Shah, Rs. 795.00
In an integrated and comprehensive framework, Jainism: The World of Conquerors deals in depth with different dimensions of one of the most ancient surviving religions of the world. The book opens up a world of inner and outer space not to be overwhelmed by greed, malice, domination, violence and struggle but waiting to be conquered by peaceful revolution through principled living and respect for ideals of compassion, non-violence and equanimity. Here in this book Dr. Natubhai Shah's essay is a magnum opus encompassing a vast range of perspectives on Jainism. The discussions on its sacred literature and modern ideas on Jain Philosophy, Jain Logic, Science, Art, Architecture, Temples and Pilgrimages, are backed by appendices, bibliography, glossary and an inclusive index. The language betrays a simplicity, brevity and clarity that makes the volume accessible to the lay reader despite its scholastic content. Information Source : MLBD News Letter , June 2004.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HIGHER STUDIES IN INDIA AND ABROAD
The latest and revised edition of the useful book `Scholarships for Higher Studies' is now available. This new edition contains full details of various scholarships for students of Medical, Engineering, Management, IT, Science, Humanities, Agriculture, Research and other branches. Also gives details of Scholarships for higher education abroad, especially in North America, Europe and Russia. All the information published in this book is collected directly from the trusts/institutions which offers the scholarships. This book is published by Jain Friends. In the book you will find a separate list of institutions offering scholarships especially to Jain students. The price of the book is just Rs. 35 (Including postage). The book can be obtained from: The Secretary, Jain Friends, Modern Teles, Jagannath Complex, 199 Mumbai Pune Marg, Chinchwad East, Pune 411019.

TECHNOLOGY, SOLAPUR OFFERS FIFTY PERCENT RESERVATION TO JAIN STUDENTS
Walchand Institute of Technology is run by S.A.P. Digambar Jain Pathshala and Recognised as minority based engineering college. The Institution offers reservation of fifty percent to Jain Students. College offers education in the field of Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology, Electronics Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Producgtion Engineering, Electronics & Telecommunication. Interested candidates may contact Dr. Ranjeet Gandhi (Trustee and Secretary of the Institution). For further information visit www.witsolapur.org or E-Mail: principal@witsolapur.org.

 

ATOMIC ENERGY ACT REQUIRED TO BE REVIEWED- S.K.JAIN, CMD, NPC
22 June , A total review of the Atomic Energy Act is under way to find out areas where modifications are required to enable private participation, both by Indian or foreign companies, for the construction of nuclear power projects in the country, according to S.K. Jain, Chairman and Managing Director, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. The Atomic Energy Act controls nuclear activities in the country. According to Mr. Jain, the amendments to the Act will be passed by the Parliament shortly ,which will help in joint ventures and 100 per cent private participation in building nuclear power plants in the country.

MRS. MANJULA JAROLI AWARDED DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY BY UJJAIN UNIVERSITY
Mrs. Manjula Jaroli had submitted her PhD thesis on "Cotton Mill Women Workers of Mumbai a economic study". The thesis has been accepted by the Ujjain University and she has been conferred with the Doctorate. Mrs. Jaroli is Wife of Shri. Komal Singh Jaroli from Badi Sadri, Rajasthan. Jain Samaj congratulates her for her achievements.

FELLOWSHIP OF ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS AWARDED TO DR. K. H. SANCHETI OF PUNE
Dr. K. H. Sancheti, Chairman and Chief Orthopedic Surgeon, Sancheti Institute for Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Pune has been awarded the coveted award of Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinborough), U.K. Dr. Sancheti had received Padmashree in the year 1991 and Padambhushan in the year 2003. He has been particularly engaged in the treatment of rural people and Polio-stricken children and has shown active interest in the rehabilitation of patients and humanitarian activities. He has contributed greatly to medical science through his research in Orthopedics. Jain community is proud of him for his services to society.

KAMAL P. NANAVATI ( JAIN ) IS OPERATIONAL HEAD OF RELIANCE INFOCOM
The Reliance group has appointed stalwart Mr. Kamal P Nanavaty as national operational head of Reliance Infocomm. Before assuming the reins at Reliance Infocomm, Nanavaty headed the polymers business at Reliance Industries and till recently, he was also the chief mentor of Reliance India Mobile`s Delhi operations. As the national business head, Nanavaty will work closely with the Reliance group central leadership team that includes the Ambani brothers, Manoj Modi, Hital Meswani and Nikhil Meswani among others. It is understood that, Nanavaty has Mukesh Ambani`s mandate to put in place a new national operational team to reinforce Infocomm`s marketing, sales, commercial, services, networks, customer care, HR and revenue functions.

 

NEWLY ELECTED PARLIAMENT MEMBERS FELICITATED BY JAIN SAMAJ, DELHI
The Jain Samaj of Delhi organised celebrations to felicitate newly elected Members of Parliament. The function was organised by Shri. Swadesh Bhushan Jain. The function was organised at Mahavir Kendra, a Jain Body representing all Jain Sects. The honored Members were Shri Sandip Dikshit, Shri Pushp Jain, Smt. Krishna Tirath. Shri Dilip Gandhi, ex cabinet minister in Central Government and Shri Vijay Darda member Rajyasabha also attended the function. Shri Swadesh Bhushan Jain, Director Punjab Kesari introduced the dignitaries and congratulated them on joining fourteenth Lok Sabha. The honored members expressed their gratitude and committed to work for the society.

Mr. Vijay Darda the publishers of popular news paper group "Lokmat" published from Vidharba has been re-nominated to to the Parliament ( Rajyasabha ). Mr. Darda "CONGRATULATIONS". We hope shortly you will join the Union Cabinet and provide representation to the entire Jain community in the Parliament.

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