Posted: 13.10.2010
By Muni Madan Kumar
Galaxy of Innovative Dimensions: Acharya Mahaprajna In the first chapter of 'Mukulam', while describing childhood, Acharya Mahaprajna mentions­ 'If you do not want to remain in this form, it is fine. I am not enforcing on you. I am not requesting you. However, you always remain child in thoughts and actions. Childhood indeed is the best phase of life. It is therefore, natural to have attraction and longing for...
Posted: 05.07.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Central Chronicle A student can lead a successful life if he comes by the formula of transformation of cultivating right traits and rooting out wrong traits- Acharya Mahaprajna That 'non-violence is the supreme religion' is regarded as the great saying of the Jain religion. How can I say that there is no truth in this? But I look at this truth the other way round. The first truth is 'non-possession is the...
Posted: 23.06.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Central Chronicle The gist of Prekshadhyana is the knowledge of Self, to know thyself. Some people live only at the mundane level and do not know their own Self. Those who do not know themselves, cannot know others well. The root centre of our knowledge is the knowledge of Self. Only those who know themselves can know others realistically. Self- realisation and Ishwara are not dual entities. In fact, one who is...
Posted: 08.06.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
The Times Of India The whole world is one; it's a synthesis. Life is possible only through cooperation. All species and sub-species, all that exists, is the result of synthesis, of integration. Disintegration means decay. The order of the universe would get disturbed with division and discord. The science of environment underlines the importance of union for survival, of the desirability of not interfering with...
Posted: 25.05.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Central Chronicle It is very essential to develop non-violence. But how to bring it about? Acharya Mahaprajna explains Non-violence and introspection are not unrelated. Similarly, violence and looking outwards cannot be kept apart. Man is bound to resort to violence if he has always seen material objects and people other than himself. As soon as he starts seeing himself and looking within himself, he gets...
Posted: 19.05.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
White Drums Jain community’s senior most Acharya and most versatile, learned Terapanth Acharya Shree Mahapragyaji passed away on Sunday, 09th May 2010 afternoon 2.55pm at Sardarshahar in Rajasthan. Born on 14th June 1920 at Tamkor in Rajasthan, he took his Jain monkhood on 29th January 1931 at Sardarshahar and has been continuously serving humanity with his broader learning, understanding and enhancing...
Posted: 15.05.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
The Pioneer What is life? It is not only what meets the eye. At the root of life there are two operative principles: Substance and mode. Knowledge is both of these things. Knowledge is self-reliant as well as reliant on others. In its self-reliant form, there is constant endeavour of the self to learn more. In its original form, knowledge is constant. But when it is concerned with learning about changing modes,...
Posted: 08.05.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
The Pioneer Once upon a time, a traveller, while crossing a desert, was confronted by dacoits. The dacoits overpowered him and searched his belongings. They were surprised to find that he had only a penny with him. They wondered why he had fought so much for a single penny. The traveller remarked that he attached a great value to money. For him it was money that mattered and not the amount. Hence, it was a...
Posted: 05.05.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Central Chronicle As a matter of fact man is more attached to material objects than to members of his own race. He is more attached to the beliefs of caste, color and creed than that of humanity- Acharya Mahaprajna Three kinds of distinctions rooted in caste, skin colour, and creed prevail in our society today. These three distinctions have divided humanity into various groups. The divisions are so deep and...
Posted: 29.04.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Deccan Herald Why is it believed that spiritual practice is possible only within traditionally accepted limits and not outside them? Meditation, observance of silence and physical relaxation are indeed spiritual practices but are speaking, eating, drinking, sitting and standing not spiritual practices? The following story illustrates this point: Once two kings went hunting, riding their own chariots. One...
Posted: 24.04.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
The Pioneer Thinking born of fear is negative and destructive. A fearful man is incapable of right thinking. Fear dulls his mind and heart, blunting his thinking. It would be futile to expect a fear-ridden brain to function normally. Such a brain cannot think constructively. The first condition for rational thinking is total freedom from fear. The mind must be absolutely fearless. Indeed, the whole environment...
Posted: 23.04.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Central Chronicle Only that philosophy is real which can be lived. An ideal which cannot be put into practice, has little value. Likewise, a practice which does not help us to realize the ideal is valueless- Mahaprajna Jain Acharyas developed a science of politics which is founded on relativity and synthesis. We have before us the individual and society. Some people have an absolutely individualistic mentality...
Posted: 15.04.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Deccan Herald The philosophy of Anekanta propounded by Lord Mahavira 2,608 year back is now recognised as the philosophy of co-existence. It begins with the observation that the truth is multifaceted and having in-built opposite attributes. It also regards that the way of expressing the truth is not one. There are as many philosophies as the ways of expressions of the truth. This is why all the philosophical...
Posted: 07.04.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
White Drums On an auspicious Day in 511 BC, Lord Mahavir was born. The birth of a person in this world is a common event. A number of people are born unnoticed on this earth every day but Mahavir’s birth was marked by an uncanny element. While still growing in his mother’s womb, Mahavir was endowed with clairvoyance (avadhi gyan). An ordinary man is born with indirect knowledge (paroksh) but Mahavir was...
Posted: 31.03.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Central Chronicle Is adulteration in flour, in spices, in pulses possible without cruelty? Not at all. The whole story of economic corruption is the story of cruelty. Let our behaviour towards another be free from cruelty- Acharya Mahaprajna Gentleness means sweetness. It is the secret behind successful collective living. Through it, an individual's life acquires fullness and charm. A gentle character is...
Posted: 28.03.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Daily Excelsior Fear and intimidation would have run rampant in the world, if there were no self-control. A turbulent river becomes harmless if it is bound by two banks. Human life, like the turbulent river, has got to be controlled by self-discipline, otherwise social life would become impossible. The bridge built across the Sabarmati river enables all kinds of vehicles and pedestrians to cross the river...
Posted: 27.03.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
The Pioneer March 28 this year is lord Mahavir’s — the last tirthankara of Jainism — 2,608th birth anniversary. Mahavir was endowed with powers of clairvoyance or avadhi gyan . He was born with direct knowledge or pratyaksh . On the very first day of school, his teacher noticed his transcendental wisdom and declared that he didn’t require any schooling. After Mahavir’s birth, his...
Posted: 27.03.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
South Asia Mail On an auspicious Day in 511 BC, Lord Mahavir was born. The birth of a person in this world is a common event. A number of people are born unnoticed on this earth every day but Mahavir’s birth was marked by an uncanny element. While still growing in his mother’s womb, Mahavir was endowed with clairvoyance (avadhi gyan). An ordinary man is born with indirect knowledge (paroksh) but...
Posted: 26.03.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Central Chronicle Bhagvan Mahavira said, "This man's chitta has many facets, which is not one but many. If we define the many facets of the chitta, they would be four: Avarana Chitta, Antaraya Chitta, Mithyadarshan Chitta and Moha Chitta. These are of four kinds of chitta. There are hundreds of other kinds, but in the present context only the discussion on these four kinds is needed, in contrast, there are the...
Posted: 25.03.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Deccan Herald To understand society, we must first understand the individual. He who knows one, knows all; and he who knows all, alone knows one, Mahavira would say. Complete knowledge of an atom is not possible without understanding it in the context of other things. That is why, when analysing an atom, one comes to know the countless law of the universe. The individual faces three types of problems: physical,...
Posted: 18.02.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Deccan Herald The cause of illness does not lie only in the body but also in an unhealthy mind... Many diseases descend from the mind. They are not only physical ailments, but are psychosomatic. The cause of psychosomatic ailments is found in the internal world - the world of the psyche. Freud has used the word 'mind'. Jung did very subtle studies in the field of psychology. He explained that our consciousness...
Posted: 01.02.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Central Chronicle Spirituality transcends language. It means that there is no difference between the nature of spirituality and morality, the difference lies in the practice thereof- Acharya Shri Mahaprajna ``Value-based education'' is in vogue today because values command a great significance in society. A society which is endowed with lofty values makes progress. On the other hand, a society in which values...
Posted: 30.01.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Uday India The drop and the ocean have been related since ancient times. Likewise, the body and the universe have been deemed to be related in Philosophy. In simple language we can use the terms man and the world. The latter is a totality comprising not only man but also other beings and material objects. Every man is related to the world. In order to understand a single individual the whole world will have to...
Posted: 21.01.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Deccan Herald I have been a student of philosophy; I used to think that without it truth could not be known. Having read both eastern and western philosophy, I am convinced that it is nothing more than an intellectual exercise. It cannot be denied that it is only through intelligence that man's development can take place. Science has made unimaginable progress. Space flights are now a common feature. With...
Posted: 08.01.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
South Asia Mail The man, who has control over his emotions, can go very far. The man who cannot fully control his emotions, but has limited capacity and controls his passions to some extent, is able to maintain the status quo. But the man, who is a slave to his passions, forces himself into a miserable plight and soon degenerates. Let us realize this truth that without exercising control over emotions, we...
Posted: 07.01.2010
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Deccan Herald Man is a living being endowed with a mind, and thinking is a function of the mind... Other animals possess a mind too, but their brain is not much developed; so their power of thinking is limited. However, thanks to his highly developed brain, man’s capacity for thought is almost unlimited. The body and the mind are intimately connected with each other. The body influences the mind and is in...
Posted: 28.12.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
White Drums Every man has a right to freedom. In ethics, though, both independence and dependence have relative importance. There can be no absolute independence without dependence of any kind, and complete dependence without any freedom is destructive of life. However independent a man might be, he still seeks someone's patronage, someone in whom he can find refuge. Refuge or retreat means home. A question was...
Posted: 24.12.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Deccan Herald To understand society, we must first understand the individual. He who knows one, knows all; and he who knows all, alone knows one, Mahavira would say. Complete knowledge of an atom is not possible without understanding it in the context of other things. That is why, when analyzing an atom, one comes to know the countless laws of the universe. The individual faces three types of problems:...
Posted: 21.12.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Central Chronicle Friday, December 18, 2009 If the word 'Right Speech' is added to perspective and knowledge, the question of falling into tension (either mental or emotional) would never arise as enlightenment would be attained. We have literature handed down to us from 2500 years ago. If you read the biographies of great personalities and seers, you will see how much tolerance they had. They were often abused...
Posted: 17.12.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
The Times Of India There are two limits to knowledge. One set by the intellect and the other set by experience. The comprehensive way to meditation and penance is experience, not intellectualisation. Intellectuals might argue against this, for the nature of the intellect is to argue. Those who practice meditation and restraint do not use only logic and intellect as the touchstone. Their path is paved with...
Posted: 10.12.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Deccan Herald The drop and the ocean have been related since ancient times... Likewise, the body and the universe have been deemed to be related in Philosophy. In simple language we can use the terms man and the world. The latter is a totality comprising not only man but also other beings and material objects. Every man is related to the world. In order to understand a single individual the whole world will...
Posted: 08.12.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Your Spiritual Revolution Acharya Mahaprajna , the tenth and the oldest living Head of the Jain Swetamber Terapanth sect, is a learned teacher, a realized soul, mystic, a profound yogi, a saintly ascetic and a distinguished scholar. Preksha Dhyan, a proven scientific meditation system to transform and awaken the self, and the Science of Living, a value oriented educational programme, are two of his invaluable...
Posted: 07.12.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Deccan Herald 04.12.2009 Bhagwan Mahavira and Buddha spoke of the value of self-control in the same language: "Control your arms, legs, speech, sense organs and mind." Fear and intimidation would have run rampant in the world, if there was no self-control. A turbulent river becomes harmless if it is bound by two banks. Human life, like the turbulent river, has got to be controlled by self-discipline, otherwise...
Posted: 04.12.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
White Drums Sunday, 22 November 2009 19:09 Thinking born of fear is ever negative and destructive. A fearful man is incapable of right thinking; fear dulls his mind and heart; his thinking becomes blunted. It would be idle to expect a fear-ridden brain to function normally. Such a brain cannot think constructively. The first condition for sane thinking’s is total freedom from fear. The mind must be absolutely...
Posted: 21.11.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
The Pioneer Have you ever seen the soul? Can anyone believe in it without seeing it? Seeing is believing. One who knows does not believe in it and the one who believes in it does not know it. I am convinced that there is no soul. When did this conviction plunge me into darkness? I would have been plunged into darkness only if I could have known that the soul does not exist. In your case as well as in mine, it...
Posted: 21.11.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
South Asia Mail The drop and the ocean have been related since ancient times. Likewise, the body and the universe have been deemed to be related in Philosphy. In simple language we can use the terms man and the world. The latter is a totality comprising not only man but also other beings and material objects. Every man is related to the world. In order to understand a single individual the whole world will have...
Posted: 12.11.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Deccan Herald The modern age has given man many comforts. It has also given a fast life. Almost everything is constantly changing. It has brought peer pressure, traffic jams, riots, violence, gangs, competition, and pressure from society, fear, anger, manipulative nature, greediness and many similar things. All these have created problems of stress, insomnia, high blood pressure, heart disease and restlessness...
Posted: 11.11.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Central Chronicle Religion's true character lies in calming, not in exciting passions. Has such a true religion ever been practised?-Acharya Mahaprajna I see a picture emerging before me. It has three aspects: First, a man was performing religious rituals. I endearingly asked him why he was doing it. He spontaneously replied, "It will ameliorate the hereafter." Second, there was a man who used to do business...
Posted: 11.11.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
White Drums The objective of Modern Economics is not peace; nor is non- violence. Its goal is economic prosperity. It aims at certain objectives. It aims at everyone becoming rich - nobody to remain poor while man's primary needs are satisfied. It also wants that he acquire large resources. Modern Economics does not, however, stop there. In order to fulfil the objective of pervasive prosperity, it also expects...
Posted: 07.11.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Central Chronicle We have drawn a circle around the mind. We do not want to cross this circle. It is not possible to assess the potential of the mind without breaking this cordon. The mind can know the thoughts of other minds also and influence them. It can send and receive messages to and from other minds also. - Acharya Mahaprajna We are fortunate that we are human beings. We are capable of developing our...
Posted: 07.11.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
South Asia Mail Circumstances are not everything. To put all the blame on it is not fair. Circumstances can be changed and they will change, but what happens to the emotional system within? How can that be changed? Bhagvan Mahavir was asked, "Noble teacher! Some people say one cannot meditate in the village. It can be done only in the forest, in loneliness. Is the place of meditational practice, binding?"...
Posted: 05.11.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
White Drums The kernel of a fruit always remains within its shell. To think of the development of the kernel outside the shell is to close our eyes to reality. One kilogram of oranges contain half a kilogram of shells. We purchase oranges knowing that half of the weight of them will be that of the shells. And the kernel cannot develop except within the shell. The outward forms of religion are like the shell of...
Posted: 03.11.2009
 
The Economic Times Fear and intimidation would have run rampant in the world, if there were no self-control. A turbulent river becomes harmless if it is bound by two banks. Human life, like the turbulent river, has got to be controlled by self-discipline, otherwise social life would become impossible. The bridge built across a river enables all kinds of vehicles and pedestrians to cross the river without any...
Posted: 02.11.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Wisdom Magazine People are practising different faiths according to their concept of religion. Still there is immorality, dishonesty and chaos in our society. Generally people are practising orthodox and meaningless rituals, which are contributing towards an unhealthy and unethical outlook. A materialistic outlook needs to be seriously contemplated upon. A greater awareness has to be inculcated among the masses...
Posted: 02.11.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
South Asia Mail I wish I had been an artist and a connossieur, but I happen to be an ascetic. I am, therefore, a practitioner of spiritual discipline and not of art. Art appears to be the opposite of spiritual discipline. This dichotomy disappears when I find that everyone who speaks and has hands and fingers is an artist. And so am I. It is the nature of man to communicate with others. We have made tremendous...
Posted: 31.10.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
The Pioneer Spells like Aum, Arham, Namo Arihantanam, etc, are powerful esoteric formulas, a recital of which procures various kinds of gains for us. By themselves they are like a boat, which alone is incapable to take you to the opposite shore of the river. Besides the boat, you need a boatman, his technical skill and oars to carry you across the river. Mere mechanical recitation of the mantra will be totally...
Posted: 29.10.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Deccan Herald We need a religion which is not based on fear. Bhagvan Mahavira exhorted us to shed fear. That is the starting point of the religion he advocated. Ahimsa (non-injury), truth and non-covetousness are subsidiary things. The central thing is freedom from fear. Mahavira exhorted us not to be afraid of old age, death and enemies. Fear produces various deformities. The adrenal gland is the most affected...
Posted: 24.10.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
White Drums Friday, 23 October 2009 20:06 The route to peace can never be the route of despair. This is indeed not the route to despair is the route of hope and man enters it with infinite hope, with the hope of reaching the ultimate, the Parmatma. This is not a small hope or feeling. This is a very major hope of becoming a Parmatma. If somebody says he wants to become Acharya Tulsi then it will sound like he...
Posted: 24.10.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
South Asia Mail Saturday, Oct 24, 2009 The concept of Standard of Living has greatly misled the people. Everybody aspires to attain a high level of living. The problem, however, is that resources are not abandoned for achieving the objective. As a result of the aspiration, the possession of certain articles has come to be regarded as the yardstick of one's status and sign of development. If the objective were...
Posted: 20.10.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Central Chronicle One of the incongruities of life is spending two hours in spiritual practice and the remaining 22 hours in non-spiritual pursuits - Acharya Mahaprajna Why is it believed that spiritual practice is possible only within traditionally accepted limits and not outside them? Meditation, observance of silence and physical relaxation are indeed spiritual practices but are speaking, eating, drinking,...

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