02.02.2012 ►Amet ►Diksha

Published: 07.03.2012
Updated: 30.11.2012

2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour

Diksha was announced for this morning’s Pravachan. By chance, some days before I had met Samani Mudit Pragya. One of the Samanis accompanying her had given the information on her forthcoming Sadhvi Diksha. When I congratulated her, she had a glow from deep inside in her eyes. Everyone could see how happy she was, and how much she was looking forward to one of the most important events in her spiritual life. It was really a great pleasure to witness her happiness, which saints are used to share with everyone approaching them.

A characteristic trait of the saints is their voluntariness to share their uplifting feelings with others. Not only this, but they also inspire people to be happy to be alive and to subdue sucking down feelings or emotions. This is the realisation of what often is called “to be in contact with the self”. In the beginning I did not know where to apply and how to live. But in the course of time with increasing practice of meditation I got more and more aware how important this attitude is in a time where much soul-destroying news are spread.

Lay followers are remembered to this when they are with the saints. Lay followers rather often are trying to be in the presence of saints. They also try to avoid sucking down feelings, mainly in contact with others. Instead of that they prefer to reflect uplifting feelings to others. This typical Jain attitude towards life is something very precious Jain people can give to the world, which actually needs such an attitude more than ever.

Sadhvi Mimansa Prabha, former Samani Mudit Pragya, in her speech was very calm and composed. No sign of nervousness or agitation in her voice and attitude. In the hierarchy of the order Sadhvi Diksha for a Samani is comparable to a promotion in a worldly profession. Nothing of all the well-known worldly attitudes in such a situation was visible here. The other aspirants were novices. They were realising for the first time their spiritual quest in day-to-day life. They had the chance to get Diksha together with someone who already had begun to live a spiritual life.

When I followed the Diksha ceremony, I remembered other Diksha ceremonies I had the chance to witness. This 2012 ceremony to me strongly was appealing to the inner dimensions of an aspirant having taken the decision to live a totally spiritual life: Turning the back to worldly affairs without ignoring them, but laying explicit stress on the inner, non-material reality under the aspect to serve mankind. No more focussing on the world, but on the spirit.

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Sadhvi Mimansa Prabha, former Samani Mudit Pragya, giving speech at the occasion of her Sadhvi Diksha

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Sadhvi Pramukha & Sadhvi Vishrut Vibha on stage at the occasion of Diksha

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Sadhvi Pramukha on stage, beside poster of 10. Acharya Mahapragya

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Sadhvi Vishrut Vibha

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Acharya Mahashraman, Muni Sumermal

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Acharya Mahashraman

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The Muni to be in his speech

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Acharya Mahashraman, Muni Sumermal

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Two future Sadhvis, one future Samani during their Diksha

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In worldly terms family members of Dikshatees, after having been asked for any objections to the decision of their former family members

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Acharya Mahashraman addressing Sadhvi Mimansa Prabha

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Future Muni bowing down to his Acharya

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Future Sadhvi & Samani bowing down to their Acharya

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Two Sadhvis, Sadhvi Mimansa Prabha (m), and a Samani being accepted in the order by their Acharya

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Acharya Mahashraman preparing for plucking the Muni's tufts

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Future Muni ready to receive his brush

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Acharya Mahashraman hands over the brush to the Muni

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Muni receives his brush

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Muni thanking his Acharya to accept him in the order

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Acharya Mahashraman welcomes the new member to his order

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Sadhvi Mimansa Prabha receives her Sadhvi brush from Sadhvi Pramukha

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Both Sadhvis bowing down and thanking for being accepted as Sadhvis in the order

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Sadhvi with her new brush, watched by other Sadhvis

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Samani Niyojika Riju Pragya handing over Samani brush to new Samani

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New Samani accepting her brush

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New Samani in the middle of Samani Niyojika Riju Pragya and another Samani

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  1. Acharya
  2. Acharya Mahapragya
  3. Acharya Mahashraman
  4. Diksha
  5. Mahapragya
  6. Mahashraman
  7. Meditation
  8. Mewar
  9. Mimansa
  10. Muni
  11. Muni Sumermal
  12. Pragya
  13. Pravachan
  14. Sadhvi
  15. Sadhvi Mimansa Prabha
  16. Sadhvi Pramukha
  17. Sadhvi Vishrut Vibha
  18. Sadhvis
  19. Samani
  20. Samani Mudit Pragya
  21. Samani Niyojika
  22. Samani Niyojika Riju Pragya
  23. Samanis
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