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Published: 26.08.2016
Updated: 26.08.2016

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Mumbai: Naypadmasagarji Maharaj a Jain monk has billed the 2017 BMC elections as a contest between vegetarians and non-vegetarians and declared that only those candidates who promise to shut the city's slaughter houses on eight specific days in a year will get the community's 18 lakh votes. Naypadmasagarji Maharaj Maharaj, who has a large following in the community in the city and across the world, has been mentioning the BMC elections in nearly all his sermons and urging the community to use the polls to build pressure on their representatives to help shut slaughter houses on certain days of the year. The list of the days when he wants no animal slaughtered in the city is rather exhaustive-two days of Paryushan, Good Friday, Gandhi Jayanti, Ambedkar Jayanti, Mahavir Jayanti, the Independence Day and the Republic Day. Naypadmasagarji Maharaj, founder of the Jain International Organisation that brings together community members from all four sects Shwetambar, Digambar, Terapanthi and Stanakvasi has said that he has already communicated his demand to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. "The community's sentiments were hurt last year when the shutdown of slaughters houses on two Paryushan days was lifted. We cannot let that happen again. It is a very sensitive matter for us," he said, adding that he has raised the matter with former Congress MP Milind Deora and Shiv Sena and BJP leaders.

In 2015, the controversial lifting of eight-day shutdown of slaughter houses in the BJP-ruled Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation had led to a furore in the community. The ban was then curtailed to two days. In Mumbai too, the BMC shortened the four-day long shutdown to two days after several political parties supported the butchers and meat dealers. "Paryushan is a very important and sacred period for us. All we want is that life should not be culled out of any living being during this time," Naypadmasagarji Maharaj said. He said the idea behind adding days like Good Friday, the Republic Day, and Ambedkar Jayanti to the list was to make other communities appreciate the sensitivities involved in the matter. Shiv Sena spokesperson Kishori Pednekar said that the Jains should make such demands only during the Paryushan. "The livelihood of butchers and meat dealers depends on their business. Why should they extend such bans to days that are not of any religious relevance to the Jains," Pednekar said.

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena spokesperson Sandeep Deshpande also said that the Jains should not push others to stop eating meat. Gulraiz Sharif Qureshi, president of the All India Jamait Ul Quresh, an association of the Qureshi community whose several members are involved in the meat business, termed the demand as "unjust and stubborn". "We are very sensitive about all religions. We also tell our members to take extra precautions while cutting or handling meat so that it does not hurt any community. But losing business for so many days is unfair," he said. Meanwhile, Naypadmasagarji said that there are over 30 lakh Jains in Mumbai, of which around 18 lakh are eligible to vote. He said,"I can confidently say that,the parties who don't pay heed to our demand will not get our votes."

A small act of selfless service can inspire the collective conscience of thousands of people and transform the lives of many in the future. This was the story of Deyaan Udani, a 7 year old boy from Sydney, Australia. Deyaan was deeply inspired by his Spiritual Master Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai's (Founder of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur) message of serving selflessly.

Deyaan had once mentioned to his parents of his wish to be an Organ Donor. On a trip to India, Deyaan's health deteriorated suddenly and he left his mortal body in an untimely death! However, his death gave a new lease of life to 4 people and vision to 2. Deyaan's parents Mili and Rupesh Udani stood resilient even in times of immense grief and fulfilled his wish. In his untimely death, Deyaan lit the lamp of hope for many in the times to come.

What started as an individual contribution soon evolved into a mass movement called the Shrimad Rajchandra Organ Donation Programme, a public awareness campaign to encourage and promote organ donation after death, launched by Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care, an NGO that Deyaan was inspired by and committed to. This programme aims to bring about a positive change to the current transplant scenario by inspiring people to pledge for organ donation after death and bridge the huge gap between need and availability of organs!

The programme was launched by Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai on Valentine's Day in memory of little Deyaan and was attended by several dignitaries like Smt. Snehal Ambekar, Mayor of Mumbai; Shri Subhash Ghai, leading Filmmaker; Dr. Aditi Gowitrikar, Actress and Model; Shri Manoj Lohiya, Additional Commissioner of Police (Central Region); Shri Raosaheb Shinde, Additional Commissioner of Police (Eastern Region) and Dr. Bharat Shah, Nephrologist and founder of Narmada Kidney Foundation. The launch saw over 3000 individuals, including Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai and the dignitaries, sign the pledge forms in just few minutes, thereby giving a loving tribute to Deyaan who became an instrument in igniting this global movement.

The famous dabbawalas of Mumbai supported the Shrimad Rajchandra Organ Donation Programme and spread the message of this cause on the occasion of Organ Donation Day to the people of Mumbai. Sporting their trademark white cotton kurta-pyjamas and the white Gandhi topis, this enthusiastic group carried an organ donation card in each of over 2, 00,000 tiffins they deliver across the length and breadth of Mumbai each day. This is perhaps the largest ever single day reach that the programme has garnered since launch and the dabbawalas played a stellar role in promoting this humanitarian cause, with fervour and enthusiasm. Their accuracy in delivering tiffins is a folk-lore in Mumbai; however by promoting a cause as important as organ donation, they have added another feather to their cap of serving people selflessly.

Shrimad Rajchandra Organ Donation Programme aims at creating awareness and gaining support from across the world, so that numerous people may live a better life, a new life.

A single organ donor can save up to 8 lives and save or improve the lives of up to 50 people by donating tissues and eyes. Any individual can donate skin and eyes for which the necessary procedures have to be performed within 6 hours. In a brain dead individual, the heart can continue to function on a ventilator and other support for a maximum of 36 to 72 hours. As the blood supply to organs can be maintained for a few hours, it is during this period that all suitable organs such as kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, pancreas, etc. can be retrieved.

One can join this initiative by registering as an organ donor at www.srloyeandcare.oreorgan-donation. You can spread awareness of this initiative and inspire people in your community to be a part of this noble cause.

The Siddhacakra is the mystical diagram - yantra - associated with the Navkār-mantra in the Śvetāmbara tradition. Digambara Jains call it the navpadjī. It consists of nine parts, representing each of the Five Highest Beings and 'three jewels' of Jain tradition, along with a quality often called the 'fourth jewel'.

The yantra is venerated in a variety of ceremonies, including those associated with the Āyambil Oḷī festival and fast. The siddhacakra is particularly linked with the story of Śrīpāḷ and Mayṇāsundarī. It is the most commonly used yantra in Jainism.

I bow _/l_to this all-powerful Mantra ~ Namaskar Mantra

At a time when �meat ban� has become an issue for a political slugfest in the country, a 400-year-old scroll from the Mughal era, preserved in the Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum in Ahmedabad, reveals how Emperor Jehangir had banned animal slaughter during Paryushan, a Jain festival. The first half of the document, about seven-feet in length, contains a pictorial depiction of deputation of Jains visiting Emperor Jehangir and securing a new imperial command or �farmaan�, under which the slaughter of animals was prohibited during the period of Paryushan. The second half contains a text written in Marwari language. Paryushan is a period of penance where Jains avoid any form of violence, including consumption of green vegetables. This valuable document containing the farmaan of Mughal Emperor was painted in the scroll form by Mughal court artist Ustad Salivahana in 1610 AD. The illustrated document was commissioned by the Jain community during that period. The scrolling order of the emperor is crafted with great thought and style. In the upper part of this colourful scroll, one can see the emperor seated on the balcony, while two Jain sadhus from Agra Vivekaharsha and Udayaharsha are seen carrying an application. The sadhus are being introduced by Raja Ramdasa, while Prince Khurram (third son of Jehangir who later came to be known as Shah Jahan) is standing on the left. In lower part of the order a court scene is depicted the proclamation of the �farmaan� in the bazaar and in the next part of the painted scroll, the two disciples of Vijayasena Suri (a Jain Acharya) presenting the farmaan to their Guru in the presence of other disciples. The document also contains an invitation to Vijayasena Suri, residing in Patan, Gujarat, to come and spend period of Paryushan in Agra.


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