Posted: 06.07.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
2nd December 2006 When we queued up at Mumbai National Airport the late morning of 3rd December on our way to Goa, we had mixed feelings. Continuously pampered by our hosts and friends during the last three weeks, we had to adjust. When we took farewell from Sudanshu Jain and his father, Mr. S. M. Jain we felt as if leaving home for quite some time, exited and sad. Sudanshu Jain and his father had announced...
Posted: 05.07.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
2nd December 2006 Samani Madhur Pragyaji every day was busy across Mumbai with lectures, camps, and functions, what means uncountable hours lost in traffic with a straight schedule. Fortunately for us, the day of our meeting, she also was on her way through mega city. Therefore, she conveyed a message to us via Sudanshu Jain to stay at Terapanth Bhawan and wait for her arrival, acknowledged around 15:00. In...
Posted: 04.07.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
2nd December 2006 In 2005, when Karuna met Shri Chitrabhanuji and Pramodaji at the occasion of Pratishta Mahotsav in London , she had promised to bring Aparigraha with her when they would meet next time. When we planned our Living Jainism Tour 2006, we contacted them just two days before their departure from New York to Mumbai. Pramodaji suggested visiting them in their Mumbai residence, and appointment was...
Posted: 03.07.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
1st December 2006 First conference of HereNow4U correspondents and editors in the train; Sudanshu Jain and his father, Mr. S. M. Jain from Surat, took over at Mumbai train station, inspiring talks with Sadhvishrees at Terapanth Bhawan Mumbai, dinner with Sudanshu Jain and his father, and some impressions on the preparations of a three-days well-to-do marriage. Sushil Bafana and his wife Supyar were sitting in...
Posted: 02.07.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
Morning Of 1st December 2006 Next morning, we had early breakfast at the Gujrani family’s home; second breakfast at the Talesra family’s home; homemade snacks at the Bokariya family’s home, but unfortunately could no visit Mr. Jeevan Jain’s home because the hour of the train’s departure was too close. On the platform, three minutes before departure to Mumbai, Siddhart Bothra jumped...
Posted: 01.07.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
30th November 2006 We started to feel a little hungry meanwhile, but forgot about with all the wonderful activities of this day. As if she had read our minds, Mahima Bokariya then said that dinner would be a great surprise and joy for us. How true! It is not easy to describe in words the manifold sensory impressions of this dinner at Kansar Restaurant Surat. It resembled more to high fancy than to reality...
Posted: 29.06.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
30th November 2006 Mahima Bokariya had organised a function of Gyanshala Girls’ Wing students in Udhna Bhawan after which the students exposed beautiful products they had manufactured. We afterwards met with Mr. Arjun Medatwal, Mr. Jeevan Jain brought us to Textile Market where we met with Mr. Hemant Borana, and back in Terapanth Bhawan, Mr. Balubhai M. Patel convinced us to follow him to his farm outside...
Posted: 28.06.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
30th November 2006 Retrospectively, we admit that 24 hours for Surat were not enough, but a more extended stay was not possible for us. Mahima Bokariya, HereNow4U Surat correspondent nevertheless succeeded in planning a dense, but well tuned program, consisting of meaningful spiritual and social encounters that we highly enjoyed. We arrived at 11:00 at Surat train station. Shri Bokariya, Mahima’s father,...
Posted: 01.06.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
29 November 2006, 17:30 – 19:30 Shri Sampatji Gadhaiya is a deeply spiritual person; the talks with him gave a lot of inspiration to us. His voice, his way of talking, and the subjects he spoke about, left a mark on us. Shri Sampatji Gadhaiya’s home is not far from Shri Balwantji and Premji Mehta’s residence. His daughter-in-law, Mrs. Snehji Gadhaiya (r) offered delicious homemade snacks to...
Posted: 30.05.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
29th November 2006, 12:30 - 15:30 Shri Balwant Mehta had provided the opportunity to us to visit Tagore Hospital & Tagore International School . He was familiar with Tagore Hospital, as some weeks before our arrival in Jaipur, he had undergone a knee surgery there. Hospital and school are located in front of each other; the hospital is futuristically designed, the school in traditional Rajasthani style, and...
Posted: 23.05.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
29th November 2006, 09:00 – 12:00  Time had passed in an amazing speed; this was our last day in Jaipur! Nevertheless, luggage had to be prepared in the morning, as in the evening we would take the train to next destination after attending the highlights our affectionate friends had prepared to make our Jaipur visit another unforgettable destination of HereNow4U’s Living Jainism Tour. Last evening,...
Posted: 18.05.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
28th November 2006, 14:30 – 17:00 Next destination was Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti, Limb Centre, S.M.S. Hospital/Medical College, Jaipur, standing up since more than 30 years for long-term human welfare projects. In the beautifully shaped library of the institution, we met Shri D.R. Mehta, founder and chief patron of Jaipur Foot who kindly spent his precious time with us. Not only he did show...
Posted: 17.05.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
28th November 2006, 12:00 – 14:00 Next visit was to another kind of education institution, Pandit Todarmal Smarak Trust. We were happy for the opportunity to meet in person the high-level learned researcher and author of books on Pandit Todarmal, giving guidance to teachers for Jain principles in many camps, and besides, a very down to earth cheerful spiritual person. Dr. Hukamchand Bharill received us in...
Posted: 16.05.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
28th November 2006, 09:30 - 11:00 Next morning, we were invited to visit the education institutions Jaipur Public School & Jaipur Oxford Kids World, headed by Dr. Jaishree Sidha, whom we had met the day before in Chulgiri Jain Temple. She then told us that she has the blood for education, as her father already was a dedicated educationalist. Dr. Jaishree Sidha was Shivani Bothra’s colleague during...
Posted: 11.05.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
27 November 2006, 15:30 – 18:00 From Chulgiri Temple, we had to cross Jaipur town in the midst of afternoon traffic to reach professor Gelra’s home. Fortunately, his mobile was with Balwantji Mehta, and after some directing calls, we found the address. Professor Gelra helped us to regain orientation, as he was waiting in front of his house. It was our great pleasure to meet professor Gelra this...
Posted: 10.05.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
Posted: 09.05.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
27th November, 11:00 - 14:30 After one and half hour ride to extended outskirts of Jaipur town, we stopped at an unspectacular location, dominated by a factory-like building on the other side of the road. When we turned to the building in our back, we saw an obviously old Jain temple leaning against a hill. We went inside, and learned that this temple on the foot of the hill is connected with the one on its...
Posted: 04.05.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
27th November, 09:00 - 11:00 Jai Acharya Chatri When our friends Sanjeev and Shivani Bothra came to Balwantji and Premji Mehta’s home, we did not figure out what our four friends’ proposal to make a short visit to town has to do with spirituality. On a rather busy main street, we stopped and got out of the car. In front of us, the Jain flag was hissed, indicating a holy location. In the morning, we...
Posted: 03.05.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
26th November 2006 We reached Jaipur after four hours of ride. We sat with our revered hosts, Balwantji and Premji Mehta (photo l), and our friends Sanjeev and Shivani Bothra (photos left and in the middle taken by Sanjeev Bothra, the latter via autotimer) in the living room after one more hour of searching their home. We refreshed ourselves and took then delicious lunch together, first meal of the day. We had...
Posted: 28.04.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
26th November 2006, 06:15 – 09:15 A beautiful Sunday came up in Tamkor. We nevertheless had to leave. When we took farewell, Acharyashree recited Mangal Path, and Yuvacharyashree made us experience the amazing functioning of Terapanth management. Early in the morning, Samanijis came for Gochari to Ratan Lalji Nahata’s house. Among them was also Samani Pratibha Pragyaji, in worldly relations Shri...
Posted: 27.04.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
25th November 2006, 16:30 – 20:30 Refreshed, we went for Guru Darshan. As usual, people surrounded Acharyashree and were eager to address him. He however was an island of equanimity, and so were Samanijis beside him. When we came near, an author presented his book to him, titled ‘In Quest of Solidarity’. Acharyashree attentively inspected it; on its cover was also his photo. He then gave his...
Posted: 26.04.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
25th November 2006, 12:30 – 15:00 Shortly after arrival, the welcome function took place. Acharyashree, Yuvacharyashree, and Sadhvi Pramukhaji took their seats on stage in front of the huge gathering. Many dignitaries were present already, while others were about to arrive; all flocked to the assembly tent. A local dignitary presented a brochure and a district map to Acharyashree where Tamkor with...
Posted: 25.04.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
25th November 2006, 10:30 – 12:30 The manifold impressions of this morning are difficult to put into words and images; nevertheless, we have compiled a selection thereof to transmit some facets of the atmosphere. In two disciplined rows, about 30 Samanijis followed the Jain flag. The atmosphere among them was full of happiness, they obviously enjoyed to be present this morning, when H. H. Acharyashree was...
Posted: 20.04.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
25th November 2006, 09:30 - 10:30 In front of the railroad crossing, H.H. Acharyashree and Yuvacharyashree, while they had to halt for some minutes, examined the big placard showing them in front of a typical sight of Udaipur. The big truck with the placard on its canvas cover was exactly next to them. Leaving the national highway and taking the road to Tamkor formerly meant to take one of the numerous desert...
Posted: 13.04.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
25th November 2006, 07:30 - 09:30 Next morning, about 07:30 we went by car to Hariyal to be present when Ahimsa Yatra starts. We before took some biscuits, water, and tea, but forgot to take water with us. Did not matter, our mind was elsewhere. Half the way to Hariyal, we passed groups of Sadhvishrees whose white Saris from a distance were shining white points in the desert. We admired again, how few things...
Posted: 12.04.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
24th November 2006, 16:30 - 20:00 We headed for Hariyal again, as Yuvacharyashree Mahashramanji had accepted to receive us at 16:45 for a longer talk. We arrived a quarter of an hour in advance and took the opportunity to talk again with Samanijis Nirmal & Ravi Pragya. They really felt happy about following Acharyashree with Ahimsa Yatra to Tamkor, Acharyashree’s native place. Samanijis went back to their...
Posted: 06.04.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
24th November 2006, 15:45 – 16:15 Tamkor was well prepared for the joyful event. The town celebrated its great son with festive ornaments on all streets, Ahimsa Yatra was supposed to pass. Acharyashree’s portrait greeted from walls, maximum-sized placards, and fronts. People were about to polish a decoration here, and to give some last paintbrush there. There was no nervosity in the atmosphere; the...
Posted: 04.04.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
Posted: 03.04.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
24th November 2006, 11:45 - 14:45 Ahimsa Yatra, headed by Dr. Baid, MD and MLA Rajasthan, reached Hariyal 15 minutes after we had arrived. Yuvacharya Mahashramanji and a group of monks drew Acharyashree’s chariot through the sands of the desert with admirable equanimity and the same speed as on the asphalted pavement from Taranagar to Mahatma. Lay followers chanted Mantras and prayers; everyone gave his...
Posted: 02.04.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
24th November 2006, 07:30 - 11:30 We never will forget this meaning- and in our memory - so colourful ride through the desert from Ladnun to Hariyal with Samanijis Param & Punya Pragya. As announced, we started at 07:30; Samanijis were already at the meeting point. After Mangal Path from Munishree Kishan Lalji and farewell from Munishree Neeraj Kumarji, we witnessed how the Samanijis took their leave. We...
Posted: 30.03.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
23rd November 2006, 17:30 – 20:30 Munishree Kishan Lalji guided us through a wonderful 30-minutes meditation. After relaxation, we were instructed to concentrate on breath, imagining it in the form of a golden column. While inhaling, we were advised to descend the column, while exhaling to ascend. Then we were advised to combine the descending and ascending movement of breath with Ar-Ham, an outline of...
Posted: 28.03.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
2 3rd November 2006, 16:30 - 17:30 We next went to Samani Niyojika Akshay Pragyaji to deliver a message to her from Samani Nirmal Pragyaji who was in Mahatma. We were happy to meet again with Samani Akshay Pragyaji. In autumn 2001, she was in Berlin with Samani Parimal Pragya for some days in the week of Paryushan on her way to London. She explained the meaning of Paryushan festival to us, which inspired us to...
Posted: 23.03.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
23rd November 2006, 15:30 - 16:30 Since 58 years, Sadhvis and Samanis are prepared for their spiritual task in Mumukshu Training Centre Ladnun. It was then, when Acharya Tulsi started to teach them and gave the inspiration for that institution, as he and his predecessor Acharya Mahaprajna held and hold the view that without education initiation is incomplete. Acharya Mahaprajna had deputed Samani Malli Pragyaji...
Posted: 22.03.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
23rd November 2006, 14:30 - 15:30 After lunch in the university guesthouse, we met again with Muni Kishan Lalji. Our last encounter seemed yesterday only and not nearly two years ago. Only few people enjoy the present and are neither preoccupied with remembrances of the past, nor imaginations of the future. Apparently, one has to live the life of a saint to dwell in and enjoy the present. Muni Kishan Lalji and...
Posted: 19.03.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
23rd November 2006, 11:00 - 12:00 Dr. Bhattacharyya had urgently to go back to the conference he was attending when we arrived. Members of the university sat together with the vice-chancellor in discussion on university matters. After some minutes, Samani Ritu Pragya invited us to follow her, as Samani Mangal Pragyaji was about to finish the conference. After a heartily welcome, we spoke with her for one hour...
Posted: 16.03.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
23rd November 2006, 06:30 - 11:00 We started about 06:30. In and outside Taranagar it was foggy and we hardly could recognise the landscape. People and animals were shivering, apparently because they were unfamiliar with mist. After one and a half hour journey, we stopped at a tea stand and ate some biscuits. When we got back to the car, the first sunrays came out and burned bright holes into the clouds...
Posted: 09.03.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
22nd November 2006, 18:30 - 20:00 In Mahatma, Sadhvi Pramukha Kanak Prabhaji gave 20 minutes of her time to us, as fortunately several Sadhvishrees were present who kindly translated the discussion. Sadhvi Pramukhaji asked how it came that we are followers of Jain Dharma and on our spiritual future. Audio: Interview Sadhvi Pramukha at Mahatma, Rajasthan Sadhvi Pramukhaji opened the interview by asking us how...
Posted: 08.03.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
22nd November 2006, 17:30 - 18:30 After visiting Taranagar’s police station, we reached Mahatma again. On our way to H.H. we met friends who told us that H.H: just had come out of deep Kayotsarg. We hurried to his room and took this photo. We like it very much, as it shows how we see him: full of love, without claiming any privilege, with treasures of inner wisdom, not worrying on any circumstances he meets...
Posted: 07.03.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
22nd November 2006, 12:30 – 17:30 Jagat Rakhecha “Now you know about Dujoghalo technology! When something is broken or damaged and cannot be adjusted immediately, but use of the function is necessary, we just apply a rough-and-ready solution,” Mr. Rakhecha said when his nephew and we came back. This reminded us to stories from GDR (German Democratic Republic, 1949-1989) on the same subject. Our...
Posted: 06.03.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
22nd November 2006, 10:20 - 11:30 Acharyashree, Yuvacharyashree and the monks, escorted by Dr. Baid, MLA, Rajasthan, the standard bearer, the man on the camel, solemnly dressed women and Gyanshala girls, the former bearing copper jars on their heads, and a group of dignitaries, went straight to the schoolhouse which the 28 school children of Mahatma allocated for accommodation of the saints. Munishree Kumar...
Posted: 05.03.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
22nd November 2006, 08:00 - 09:20 Start of Ahimsa Yatra to next destination was accompanied by a variety of views and sounds we have documented in a video: 22nd November 2006, 09:20 - 10:20 It was very special following the saints on Ahimsa Yatra. Their presence, together with the landscape and the sky, created an atmosphere rendering silent those who were with them. Although distance in kilometres was not...
Posted: 02.03.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
22nd November 2006, 08:00 - 09:20 Ahimsa Yatra! These two words w0oke us up without alarm. We were happy to join Ahimsa Yatra for some days and eager to know what it is like to follow H.H. Acharya Mahaprajna on his march for non-violence. We supposed not to be the only ones, were nevertheless more than astonished to watch which different activities were linked to it. Short thereafter we heard a knock at the...
Posted: 01.03.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
21st November 2006, 18:30 – 20:30 In the evening, we planned to go for Darshan of Sadhvi Pramukha. Sadhvi Pramukhaji and the Sadhvishrees traditionally are accommodated separately from H.H., Yuvacharyashree and the Munishrees in a short walking distance, but we ignored the location. Therefore, we went to Oswal Bhawan to ask where to go and fortunately met Munishree Kumar Shramanji who gave the latest...
Posted: 28.02.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
21st November 2006, 17:30 When we left Darga Haveli, our eyes got breath-taking impressions, what beauty of a light! How bright are the colours in StarCity and how friendly people! We retraced how we would have felt to arrive in StarCity after having travelled for some days on a camel chariot in the desert - the meaning of the word oasis had a deep impact on us this late afternoon in Taranagar. As soon as we...
Posted: 27.02.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
21st November 2006, 17:00 We stepped out, and the view of the road reminded old friends to Karuna, the family who had hosted her seven years ago. She even remembered the direction we had to go, and after some minutes, we were in front of ‘Darga Haveli’, her hosts’ beautiful family seat, which Aparigraha admired already in the morning, when Yuvacharyashree went for alms there. Darga Haveli,...
Posted: 23.02.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
21st November 2006, 15:30 - 16:30 The courtyard was filled with people and activities, when we entered. The saints, members of the families they originated from, and lay followers were there. They talked together, got or gave lessons or were engaged in reading the scriptures. From the nearby assembly tent, we heard some singing. Two young monks were sitting in front of one Samani who explained something to...
Posted: 22.02.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
21st November 2006, 11:30 - 15:30 We went back to Suranas’ house; Swami Dharmanandji had to leave for Delhi with Vinod after lunch. Our feelings were mixed, on one side, we had highly enjoyed the morning, on the other side, we had to say farewell to Swami Dharmanandji and Vinod. Such an intensive time we had together, hard to believe that it was only one day and a half! We remembered Swami...
Posted: 21.02.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
21st November 2006, 08:30 - 11:00 In India it is a custom that women’s hands are painted with henna for special occasions. Without knowing what a special occasion was waiting for us this morning, Karuna got the opportunity for hand painting with henna. It could not have been more suitable. After morning Darshan, Aparigraha suddenly had vanished. Karuna had met some Samanijis she knew from former visits,...
Posted: 19.02.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
21st November 2006, 07:30 Every morning, Yuvacharya Mahashramanji goes for alms. Four monks and lay followers are with him. It is seen as very auspicious when Yuvacharyashree enters a house and accepts food. People carefully prepare for Yuvacharyashree’s visit to their house. Months before, they are meticulously planning the works necessary to present the family’s home at its best. Yuvacharyashree...
Posted: 16.02.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
21st November 2006, 06:30 We got up and then hasted for Darshan. Swami Dharmanandji had already gone, his biological clock rings - no matter where he is - about 05:00, the daily hour of meditation in the Kendra. On the way, we wondered how many dogs and cows stood patiently in front of empty balconies or closed doors. Clockwise, balconies were peopled and doors opened, breakfast time for the animals. We arrived...

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