Acharya Shree Tulsi - A Legend Of Humanity: Peace and Non-violence

Published: 20.01.2014

One of the main objectives of Acharya Shree Tulsi had been to establish peace and non-violence within the society. In order to achieve this, he started a program known as "Training in Non-Violence". Two international conferences on training in non-violence were held in 1988 and 1991 at Ladnun and Rajsamand respectively. A large number of representatives from overseas participated. He also sent some Samanis to countries abroad for spreading the message of peace and non-violence through Jainism.

Acharya Tulsi was very generous, positive and kind hearted. He never believed in criticizing others. A number of people wrote against him. However, his policy from the very beginning of his role as leader of the Terapanth sect had been not to react to criticism lacking pith and reality. He never favoured blaming and counter-blaming, which could go on endlessly and ultimately bring nothing except ill feelings, along with a waste of energy and time.

During his Chaturmas in Mumbai, Parmanandji Kapadia, the editor of the Gujarati paper Prabuddha Jeevan, published several articles and comments against Terapanth. Acharya Shree never responded to such unfair criticisms written in anger or out of contempt.

Later, with the same intent, a critical article on the principles of Terapanth was published by Parmanand Kapadia. His article was entitled as' Ahimsa ki Adhuri Samajh' (Incomplete Understanding of Non-violence). After reading it Acharya Tulsi could sense the purpose behind it. He then saw the need to respond and finally decided to do so. He directed Muni Nathmal (Acharya Mahapragya) to give an appropriate - not critical - but analytical response. He expressed the response under the heading 'Ahimsa ki Sahi Samajh' (Proper Understanding of Non-violence) and it was sent to Mr. Kapadia. He was not in agreement with all of the points mentioned in the article. Everyone has his own viewpoint and one's personal viewpoint should not be imposed on others. Even then as if magically, his reaction to this rejoinder was such that a harmonious understanding between the two sides strengthened. The extract of the letter written by Mr. Kapadia is given below:

"I had exhaustively reviewed the beliefs of Terapanth regarding non-violence under the title 'Incomplete Understanding of Non-violence'. In response to it Muni Nathmal in a scholarly article entitled 'Proper Understanding of Non-violence' has presented the essence of the beliefs of Terapanth. It is not necessary that we accept fully what he has said in it; yet I cannot express my appreciation of the exalted approach of his response. One can possibly find some traces of satire or invective in my article, but so far as his presentation is concerned, it is not only free from all rancor and unrestrained language but also full of perfect and soft reasoning, profundity and reasonableness. I am indeed extremely happy to read it. Such presentations can never generate bitterness or disharmony".

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Title:
Acharya Shree Tulsi - A Legend Of Humanity

First Edition:
2013.08

Publisher:
Acharya Tulsi Janam Shatabdi Samaroh Samiti, Anurvat Bhawan, New Delhi

HN4U Online Edition:
2013.12

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  1. Acharya
  2. Acharya Mahapragya
  3. Acharya Shree Tulsi
  4. Acharya Tulsi
  5. Ahimsa
  6. Anger
  7. Chaturmas
  8. Jainism
  9. Ladnun
  10. Mahapragya
  11. Mumbai
  12. Muni
  13. Muni Nathmal
  14. Non-violence
  15. Rajsamand
  16. Samanis
  17. Terapanth
  18. Tulsi
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