Ahimsa Times 154, 2013-06

Posted: 04.06.2013
Updated on: 30.07.2015

TEMPLES

CENTRAL FUNDS FOR REVAMP OF SAMMET SHIKHREJI, PARASNATH HILLS

May 5, 2013, Ranchi: Parasnath Hill, one of the most sacred places for the Jains in the world, is in for a major revamp. The Centre, which has recently selected Jharkhand's Jain temple as a mega tourist destination, decided to give Rs 25 crore to the state government to develop the site to make it more tourist-friendly and attract more and more pilgrims.

 In a meeting with the Union tourism secretary in Delhi, the state tourism department had made a strong pitch for getting the site approved as a mega tourist destination. The Jain pilgrimage in Jharkhand badly needed funds for infrastructure development. With the funds, the tourism department will develop toilets for "doliwalas" (people who ferry pilgrims in a human cart), a theme park, parking space, more shelters for tourists, an 18-km-long "parikarma path" and better sanitary facilities, among others. Despite its infrastructure being in bad shape, thousands of Jain pilgrims visit Parasnath Hill where 20 of the 24 Tirthankaras attained "nirvana" by doing meditation at this location. Siddhartha Tripathy, director, tourism, said the first priority of the government was to develop "parikarma path". The route atop the hill is in extremely poor shape. Many pilgrims fall down into the gorges and get injured. The road which is used by the pilgrims to take a holy round of the temple atop the hill is not entirely concretized. Other infrastructural handicaps also plague the site. There is no place for "doliwalas". The department will also construct toilets for them.

Comments: We are indeed thankful to the Government of Jharkhand for the donation of Rs. 25 Crore for the maintenance of most sacred and virtuous place of Jain community. But, the mega question is, whether the Jain community needs this kind of donation from the State Government. Jharkhand, as everyone knows is an extremely poor State. The local administration is unable to provide for the very basic needs of the common person in the whole of the area. In these circumstances, can we not just thank the State Government for their gesture and return the donation with a note that, we are capable of funding these projects ourselves. We have ample resources stored in temple bank accounts. Besides, our saints are capable of generating any amount required for this purpose. We also request to all the temple management trustees to jointly workout the details and take this as community project. At best, the Government may be requested to enhance security arrangements for the visitors.

कुण्डलपुर के प्राचीन जैन मंदिरों पर भारतीय पुरातत्व सर्वेक्षण द्वारा जबरन कब्ज़ा करने की कोशिश
संकलनकर्ता: संजय जैन, अध्यक्ष - विश्व जैन संगठन मो.: 09312278313 इ-मेल: vishwajains(at)yahoo.com
कुण्डलपुर (दमोह, म.प्र.) तीर्थ क्षेत्र के सभी प्राचीन जैन मंदिर और बडे बाबा की अतिशयकारी प्रतिमा समस्त जैन समाज की आस्था का केंद्र है। जैन मंदिरों के निर्माण और रख-रखाव की व्यवस्था जैन समाज करता है।

(भारत के वर्ष 1885 के इम्पिरिअल गज़ट के पेज क्र. 112 पर तत्कालीन भारत सरकार के डब्लू. डव्लू. हंटर ने दमोह शीर्षक के अंतर्गत साफ़-2 लिखा है कि "कुण्डलपुर में मार्च में होली के बाद जैन समुदाय का मेल लगता है, इसमें आस-पास के जैन इकठ्ठा होते है और इसमें जैनों के अपने मुक़दमे सेटल किये जाते है और इससे प्राप्त जुर्माने से मंदिर का रख-रखाव किया जाता है") ASI क्यों कुण्डलपुर के जैन मंदिरों को जबरन राष्ट्रीय स्मारक बताकर हासिल करना चाहती है?

वर्ष 1916 में सेंट्रल प्रोविंस द्वारा प्रकाशित शिलालेखों की सूची में कुण्डलपुर के जैन मंदिर के पत्थर के शिलालेख में सोमवार, 31 दिसम्बर 1700 को मंदिर व प्रतिमा की स्थापना का वर्णन है। इस शिलालेख की चौथी लाइन में श्री वर्धमान और 8 वी लाइन में जिन मार्ग और जैन धर्मं का उल्लेख है। इस का उल्लेख ब्रिटिश इतिहासकार कन्निन्घम ने भी अपनी रिपोर्ट क्र. XXI के पेज 166-167 पर किया है। दिनांक 16 जुलाई 1913 को सेंट्रल प्रोविंसिस, नागपुर के तत्कालीन कमिश्नर ने गजट न. 99 में कोडल का हिन्दू मंदिर और कुण्डलपुर के जैन मंदिरों को राष्ट्रीय महत्त्व के स्मारक घोषित किये थे। सेंट्रल प्रोविन्सिस में 22 जिलों को मिलाकर एक नया प्रान्त बनाया गया जिसके नए गवर्नर ने दिनांक 11 अप्रैल 1925 को अपने गजट स. सी-72-A-B-358 में पूर्व में पारित 46 गज़ट (वर्ष 1905 से 1920 तक) में क्रमांक 27 पर वर्ष 1913 में कोडल के हिन्दू मंदिर को तो मंजूरी दी पर कुण्डलपुर के जैन मंदिरों को स्मारक घोषित करने हेतु नहीं।................................Click here to read further...............................

15TH CENTURY JAIN TEMPLE IN KERALA TO BE REOPENED

May 12, 2013, Palakkad, A 15th century Jain temple, which has been in a dilapidated condition for past several years, is all set for reopening after its renovation. As a prelude to its re-dedication, a three-day idol installation ceremony was conducted at the Chandraprabha Digambar temple at nearby Jainimedu which attracted devotees from across Kerala and neighbouring Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

The rituals were led by Sri Sri Bhuvanakeerthi Bhattakara Swamiji, the head of Kanakagiri Mutt. Gulab Kothari, eminent writer and Chairman and Chief Editor of Rajasthan Patrika, and author and Managing Director of Mathrubhumi M. P. Veerendrakumar were among those present on the occasion. The temple, dedicated to Tirthankar Chandraprabha, the eighth 'Tirthankara', is one of the few surviving structures in Kerala featuring typical Jain architecture.

As part of the renovation, the old idol has been replaced with a new one. Members of Chanraprabha Digambara Basti Devwaswom Trust, which manages the shrine, said the temple walls, the 'mandapa' and the entrance have also been redone to restore it to its past glory without affecting tradition and sanctity. According to local legend, the Jainimedu temple was built centuries ago by a family of diamond merchants from Karnataka. After one of its male members died during a routine business visit to the area, his brother built the temple in memory of him as per a sage's advice. In course of time, their family settled around the shrine. Following them, hundreds of Jains, most of them diamond merchants from across the country, came and settled here. With the presence of several diamond merchants, the place came to be known as 'manikyapattanam' or 'muthupattanam'. Bedsides the idol of Chandraprabha Theerthankara, the shrine, made of granite blocks, also houses the images of other tirthankaras.

DEV GARH JAIN TEMPLES IN MADHYA PRADESH

Not much known earlier, recent visits and studies have shown that on the bank of river Betwa in Madhya Pra, at a distance of 123 Kms, is spread on beautiful hillside this Digambar Jain tirth with 40 magnificent jinalayas with 29 central pillars and 500 carved "Shila-lekh" which portray an idea of divine place. It is situated on the Delhi-Mumbai rail road about 32 kms. by road from Lalitpur. It is situated at western end of the Lalitpur range of hills. It carries great antiquarian, epigraphical and archaeological importance. This town has figured prominently in the history. Traces and remains of the Guptas, The Gurjara - Pratiharas, Gonds, Mughals, Bundelas, Marathas are implanted in the surrounding of the town.

 Principal attraction of the town are Darticcotar temple, a fine Vishnu temple of Gupta period and a group of old Jain temples. The exquisite execution and beautifully carved panels of the temple have called forth the remark that "few monuments can show such high level of workmanship, combined with ripeness and rich refinement in its sculptural effect as the Gupta temple at Deogarh". Perhaps of somewhat later origin but no less rich in artistic, archaeological and epigraphical value is a group of Jain temples situated inside the fort of Karnali on the hill overlooking the river Betwa. Some 31 of these Jain temples are still standing. The heavily ornamented ponds depict scenes and episodes from Jain mythology, myths and moments in lives of Jain Tirthankars. There are traces of outstanding craftsmanship, characteristic of Jain architecture and sculpture as the Manastambha (votive pillar), Ayagapatta (votive tablet), Pratima-sarvato-bhadrika (Jain image visible from all sides) and Sahastrakoot (pillars carved with thousand Jain images). The temple of Jain Tirthankar Shantinath is of unique importance of this place. The shape of this idol, in this temple is based on religious and ethical background. The Barah temple reminds one o the Chandela kings. The land is full of various type of trees of botanical and natural values. The thick forest on the hill is a haunt of wild animals. Red stone and firewood are the two objects of commercial importance available in this area. For transport by air, nearest Airport is Gwalior at a distance of 235 Kms from Lalitpur district. By train Lalitpur at 33 Kms. is the Nearest Railway Station on Delhi-Bombay railway line. By road It is well connected with regular Buses from Lalitpur Bus Station. A Jain dharmshala near-by the temple is available for the pilgrims to stay.

SAINTS

SADHVI HEMJI COMPLETES 110 YEARS

May 17, 2013, Ahmedabad: The Jain community organised a programme at Dasha Porwad Society in Paldi to mark the 110th birthday of Sadhvi Hem Shreeji Maharaj. She entered her 111th year on May 16, 2013. Sadhvi Hemji took diksha some 83 years back when she was 28-years-old. She hailed from a very well-to-do family from Patasha Pol in the walled city. She got married at the age of 21. After living for seven years with her in-laws, she one day heard a discourse by Ramchandr Sureshwaji Maharaj Sahib and decided to take the path of renunciation. She expressed her desire to her in-laws and parents. They all agreed. She took the training under Ramchandr ji Mahraj. She gave up all the luxuries of life and took to spirituality. She had studied till class VI in an English medium school. In her words, "I never had a fascination about my physical body, once I took to spirituality, I found the strength to live the life of a Sadhvi. The world of spirituality is very deep and inspiring. The more you get immersed into it, the more you are inspired and worldly pleasures just loose their sheen." At her age, she is able to talk, listen and has a great memory. She used to travel around without the help of anyone till she was 70.

DIGAMBER SAINT UPADHAYAY GYAN SAGARJI TO BE CROWNED ACHARYA PAD

Upadhayay Gyan Sagarji Maharah Saheb, of Digamber Acharya Shri Shanti Sagarji Mahraj tradition will be crowned with Acharya pad on 27th May, 2013 at Trilok Teerth, Shri Digamber Jain Atishay Kshetra, Badagaon, District Bagpat, Uttar Pradesh. This position was vacant after the death of fifth Acharya Shri Vidhya Bhushanji. The event will be attended by scores of followers from Digamber Sect. The programme will also include foundation laying ceremony of a temple. Panchkalyanak programmes of the new temple will take place from 29th May to 2nd June. Upadhayay Gyan Sagarji is from Chhani tradition. The earlier acharya's of this tradition were Acharya Surya Sagarji, Acharya Vijay Sagarji, Acharya Vimal Sagarji, Acharya Sumati Sagarji, Acharya Vidhya Bhushan Sanmati Sagarji.

AWARDS AND HONOURS

WINNING JAIN CANDIDATES IN THE RECENTLY HELD ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS IN KARNATAKA

1. Abhaychandra Jain (Congress) elected from Mudabidri. Telephone +91.98452.81852 (m)
2. D. Sudhakar (Congress) elected from Hiriyur. Telephone +91. 98452.63333 (m)
3. Sanjay V. Patil (BJP) elected from Belgaum Rural. Telephone +91. 94481.94050 (m)
Information Courtesy: Kanaka Ajithadoss, E-Mail ajithadoss(at)gmail.com

TT GROUP OF RIKHAB CHAND JAIN HONORED WITH TOP 100 SME OF INDIA AWARD

17 May 2013, TT the well known textile and garments company owned by Rikhab C Jain, has added another feather to its cap by featuring in the elite list of India's Top 100 SMEs 2012-13. TT is one of the 100 awardees out of a total of 42,623 nominations that India SME Forum received from all over India. India SME Forum instituted the ground breaking India SME 100 Awards, presented by Bank of India.

The awards were supported by Ministry of the Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Of India. The prestigious award inspires willing, able, potential and globally competitive SMEs to be world-class enterprises, and, develops a culture of entrepreneurial spirit and a robust SME space in India. Top 100 companies were cited recommendations on the basis of both financial and non-financial indicators like growth, financial strength, innovation, international outlook, corporate governance and people capital. Sanjay Jain, Managing Director, TT Ltd, received this honour for having consistently delivered on their promise to clients.

Rikhab C Jain, Chairman and Founder of TT Group, has made TT brand a synonym with emotion, relation, trust, quality and fashion. TT was also awarded ‘Excellence Award in 2010’ by Indian Economic Service. It was also given ‘Master Brand Status Award’ by CMO Asia (affiliated to CMO Council, USA) in 2012.TT is listed on both NSE and BSE. It is a vertically integrated textiles player with an export market spanning 62 countries across five continents. It has factories and offices spread all across India. It is present in the entire textile chain.

GANESH JAIN NOMINATED CHAIRMAN'S POST AT IMI

14 May 2013, Mumbai: The Jains of Venus group have made a mark for themselves in the music and film production business. Now Ganesh Jain has added another feather to his cap. He has been appointed as chairman of The Indian Music Industry for a two year period from 2013 to 2015. The appointment took place on 9 May. IMI members includes major record companies like Saregama India (HMV), Aditya Music, Universal Music (India), Tips, Venus, Sony BMG Music Entertainment (India), Magnasound, Times Music and several other prominent national and regional labels that represent over 75 per cent of the output in legitimate recordings and a wide range of musical repertoire. Ganesh Jain says, "his goal will be to push through issues relating to the latest copyright law amendment".

VANDANA JAIN WINS GOURMAND AWARD - BEST INDIAN CUISINE COOK BOOK

May 3, 2013, UAE resident Vandana Jain’s first cook book, "Vandana’s Veggie Creations", is the winner of the Best Indian Cuisine Cook Book of the World by Gourmand World Cook Book Awards 2013.

Gourmand International Awards took place during the Paris Cook Book Fair, at the prestigious Le Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France, earlier this year. In her words, “It was dream come true for me. This book is something where I’ve nurtured my passion and all my hard work and creativity has borne fruit. It was truly mesmerising to be part of such a grand ceremony in Paris. I received the title for the first Indian in the world and for my very first cookbook. It was an unforgettable moment”. Jain has been conducting cooking classes for the last 14 years in Dubai, teaching women from all walks of life the craft of preparing Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican and Italian fare but all vegetarian and loves to cook for friends and family. Though a science post graduate she turned to her passion when she moved to Tanzania after marriage. Like most Indian women, she learnt her skills from her mother from an early age and not through any professional courses. Vandana says, my first book has given me a stepping stone. I want to do a book on different cuisines in the UAE. With God’s grace I look forward to opening a cooking school where people can learn cooking as a passion, not as a profession.

PROF. S. L. TATER AWARDED SAMAJ RATNA BY JAIN SHWETAMBAR MURTI-PUJAK SANGH, SIROHI

Prof. Sohan Raj Tater, former Vice-Chancellor, Singhania University and a devoted writer of books on Jainism was awarded "Samaj Ratna" at a function held at Sirohi on the 16th May, 2013, for his rich contribution to Jain samaj. Earlier, he had also been honoured with 'Yoga Padma Bhushan' award. Ahimsa Foundation conveys its congratulations to him on the occasion.

 

 

CA HARISH CHOUDHARY NOMINATED TO EXPERT PANEL BY MINISTRY OF CULTURE

CA Harish Choudhary has been appointed as Member of Expert Committee for the Scheme of Financial Assistance to Professional Groups and Individuals engaged for Specified Performing Arts Projects by Ministry of Culture, Government of India vide Notification No.10-1/2012-P.Arts dated 24/5/2013. The Expert Committee under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary (Culture) has been constituted for considering and making its recommendations for sanction of grant on the project proposals received under the scheme of “Financial Assistance to Professional Groups and Individuals Engaged for Specified Performing Arts Projects”. The tenure of the Committee shall be for two years from the date of the said Order. Ahimsa Foundation also congratulates CA Harish Choudhary on his being assigned statutory responsibilities by Government of India in the Ministry of Culture. Source: Mr. Ashok Kothari, E-Mail: honestyimpex2001(at)yahoo.com

RITESH JAIN JOINS TATA MUTUAL FUND AS CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER

Tata Mutual Fund appointed Ritesh Jain as the AMC’s Chief Investment Officer with effect from May 27, 2013. Ritesh has completed his Masters in Business Economics from Indore University and has also done a Diploma in Capital Markets from ICFAI. Prior to joining Tata Mutual fund, he was the head of Fixed Income at Kotak AMC, IDBI Bank and Corporation Bank.

“GULABI GANG” OF NISHTHA JAIN WINS AMNESTY AWARD AT DOC FESTIVAL IN POLAND

May 21st, 2013, Gulabi Gang by Nishtha Jain won the Amnesty Award at the 10th edition of PLANETE+ DOC FILM FESTIVAL in Poland. The festival was held between May 10-19, 2012 in Warsaw and between May 12-19 in Wroclaw. The Jury gives away the Amnesty International Award with 3000 euros to a film that best portrays the situation of people whose rights are infringed upon, and the problems they face. Gulabi Gang traces a group of women in pink saris fighting against gender violence, corruption and for the rights of poor and Dalits. The festival is presented in 20 cities in Poland. Gulabi Gang also won the Best Film in Muhr Asia-Africa documentary section at Dubai International film festival in 2012 and screened recently at International Documentary Film Festival, Munich and Hong Kong International Film Festival

CONFERENCE, SEMINARS AND EVENTS

QUALITY OF LIFE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN QUANTITY - SADHVI VAIBHAVSHRIJI

In a thought provoking discourse hosted by Ahimsa Foundation on 2nd June, 2013 at Aacharya Shri Sushil Muni Convention Theatre, New Delhi -110060, Maha Sadhvi Vaibhavshriji from Swetamber Sthanakwasi Sect in her discourse dealt with common issues which shape our life favourably or otherwise.

 She said, quality is more important than span of life. Happiness and contentment should be inwardly felt. She explained, how one can make any one comfortable with few good words and vice versa. Acknowledgement of gratitude is the biggest virtue which many of us fail to practice. Sometimes, we become needlessly, selfishly and unendingly demanding and this creates unprovoked issues. All this lead to miseries even in good atmosphere. We even loose the best of people by our presumptive thinking. Various examples and quotations made the forty five minutes lecture extremely interesting for more than hundred and fifty listeners. The discourse was started with prayers by Kshullika Pratibha Pawniji. The programme was also addressed by Mr. Virendra Mehta, Trustee of Ahimsa Foundation and Chhoti Dadawari Temple Trust, New Delhi, Mr. Chakresh Jain on behalf of Jain Mahasabha, Mr. Subhash Oswal on behalf of All India SS Jain Conference, Mrs. Pratibha Kochar from Jodhpur, the editor of Charam Mangal Magazine, Jain Sangh Leaders from Mujaffarnagar and representatives of upcoming Virat Shanti Nilay, Pali, Rajasthan, Mr. Surender Jain from Vishwa Ahimsa Sangh, New Delhi. Mr. Anil Kumar Jain, President, Ahimsa Foundation initiated the discourse programme with is introductory welcome. He also presented the life sketch of Maha Sadhvi Vaibhavshriji and her contributions to the filed of Jain literature.

ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY NEW DELHI TO HOLD TWO DAYS SEMINAR IN NEW DELHI

May, 26, 2013 - In a meeting held at the residence of Dr. D. C. Jain, Neurosurgeon, it was decided to hold a two day seminar on 5th & 6th of October at New Delhi. The central theme of the seminar will be bringing together other organisations working for the welfare of the animals and take the message of compassion towards animals to masses around the world. The efforts will be made to rope in hospitals, educational institutions and the Government into the two days programme. Members were generally of the opinion that, to send the message of serenity towards animals the society should use social media such as twitter, facebook, blogging etc. Dr. D. C. Jain explained the affects of animal base food on human health, environment and social behavior. Dr. D. C. Jain also suggested that, the society should join in the proposed feature film project of Ahimsa Foundation. Ahimsa Foundation is presently working on a feature film project to take the message of compassion towards all living beings based on fundamental principals of Jain religion. Dr. D. C. Jain offered the first contribution towards the film project. Mr. Pavan Kumar Jain also offered to contribute for the feature film project. Meeting was attended in large number by the animal welfare activist from Delhi and outside. At the request of all the members present, Mr. Anil Kumar Jain, Editor, Ahimsa Times presided the meeting. He in his address welcomed the members. He also expressed on behalf of all the members deep condolences on the death of Mr. Nirmal Jain. Mr. Nirmal Jain was actively associated with the society for very long time. Many other members also offered rich tributes to late Mr. Nirmal Jain for his dedicated services to the society. Dr. H. S. Jain, Honorary Secretary General requested to be relieved from his position due to family issues but all other members requested him to continue in view of his valuable experience.

AHIMSA FOUNDATION AND TIMES OF INDIA GROUP ORGANISE PROSPECTIVE BRIDE AND GROOM MEET

To facilitate marriage tie-ups in Aggarwal and Jain community members, Ahimsa Foundation and Times of India Group jointly organised their first prospective bride and groom meet on 18th May, 2013 at the convention hall of Hotel Country Inn, Sahibabad, Delhi NCR (It it interesting to note that, Hotel Country Inn is the ONLY VEGETARIAN five star hotel property in the whole of the world).

The event received over 300 registrations from prospective bride and grooms from all over the country. In total, more than 700 family members attended the meet. The event was also a good business venue for jewellers, astrologers and event management companies etc. as they were all present at the venue with their high-tech gadgetry. Hotel Country Inn was also one of the sponsorer of this programme.

Anil Jain, Editor Ahimsa Times, addressing the participants said, "Ahimsa Foundation and Times Group have come together to provide you the platform which will help you to look beyond their reach and vision. It is our earnest endeavor to give all aspiring members participating in this programme a life time opportunity, which we hope will bring you success all through your life and your families a new affectionate member...........................A marriage should make you complete, happy & perfect personality. Short term expectations, lead you no where. Rather in most of the cases, these are the grounds of relationship failure. If a relationship is healthy & smooth you can achieve many thing you wish".

In view of the tremendous response shown by the participants, another similar programme is being planned shortly. The details will be made available through repeated advertisements in the Times of India publications and on the web portal of Ahimsa Foundation, "www.jainsamaj.org".

READERS REQUESTS

JAIN COMMUNITY SHOULD LODGE STRONG PROTEST AGAINST DEMEANING TELEVISION PROGRAMMES

CHENNAI DOORDARSHAN PROGRAMME - Doordarshan's Chennai kendra PODHIGAI is booadcasting a programme at 7.00 AM daily, presented by 0700 0715 ARULAE AANANDHAMAE Thiruvilaiyaadar Puraanam: Epi: 156: Sivakkaru Vilakkam Dr. R Selvaganapathy: Panuval Isaippu: Pazhani G Venkatesan - the orator is speaking very objectionbly on Jains community. He quotes from tamil books wrote by ancient peopple who where strongly had vengence against Jains. Those books are not historicaly genuine. Those authors influenced Kings of that time and instigated to murder Jain monks. Inscriptions found from Madurai proov this. So called Tamil schollars just because of earning popularity speak like that. DD is an institute/ agency of Government funded by public tax revinue. And so there should be a responsiblity to broadcast only those things which motivate communal hormony, not hate speeches. Here I request you to instruct to stop the programme immediately to avoid heated reflections from religious minority Jain community people. As there is no email id of Chennai DD podhigai available, I send this mail to you. Please do the needfou. Yours faithfully, - Dr. B.Umapathi Jain, E-Mail - umapathijain(at)gmail.com (Forwarded by Prof. Dr. Kanaka.. AJITHADOSS / this mail is not edited), E-Mail- ajithadoss(at)gmail.com

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TELEVISION CHANNEL - On 13-5-2013,10.25 pm,on National Geographic channel, I observed that,From 22 may Every wednesday 9 pm,it is showing a Programme as"Taboo India".As in The clip for the advertise of TABOO INDIA it will show Digambar Jain Sadhus as Pervert(in Marathi as VIKRUT manushya), Which is unacceptable for us as I am From Jain Community. The "Taboo" is a programme,which shows abnormalities of human being or of society.And it is unacceptable to Broad cast "the subject"matter of our Jain community. You can watch clip attached. We have a strong objection to Broadcast this show containing this Clipping of Jain Sadhus. The deportment(behaviour) of Jain Sadhus can not be treated as "the behaviours of Persons shown in Taboo Show on NAT GEO". It is not a taboo subject.The mentality of persons in Taboo is weird/freaked/abnormal. At any level there is no similarity for it. Jain religion is ancient and every principle and values of this religion has a meaning. We can describe Our community principles to add your knowledge,by keeping a small workshop with our representatives. But right now we request you to Stop "Advertising The taboo show containing Jain Sadhus clips" and Also do not broadcast The TABOO show having " the subject matter" contents. A strong and quick action is expected from you to stop the proposed broadcast. A reply mail from you will be appreciated. Our Jain Organizations will contact you soon about this matter.And also with Legal notifications and Notices to NAT GEO if required. From: Vidyanand Dadasaheb Patil(B.E.Civil), 264,Vidyanand Niwas, Patil lane,Gaon Bhag,Sangli 416416.Maharashtra 09823716666 (This mail is not edited), E-Mail - vidyanand.patil(at)yahoo.co.in

AHIMSA AND VEGETARIAN

KARNATAKA JAIN MINISTER REFUSES FISHERIES PORTFOLIO

May 27, 2013, Bangalore: With little more than a week after he was inducted as a minister, sports and fisheries minister Abhay Chandra Jain has requested for change in the ministerial responsibility. He informed, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, that he belongs to the Jain religion and hence the fisheries portfolio should be taken back from him or changed. He informed CM, his religion follows "path of ahimsa (non-violence)" so he may not perform well in the fisheries portfolio. In deference to his community people's sentiments, the minister said to have decided to relinquish fisheries responsibility. However, Siddaramaiah outright rejected the proposal for change and asked Jain to continue in the existing set up. Sources close to CM said that Jain was told that portfolios were allocated based on merits not on religious lines. Later Jain said he would continue in the portfolios as CM had rejected his request. "The CM told me that portfolio was allocated as I come from the coastal belt and expressed confidence in my ability to do well in the responsibilities given.

दुदू राजस्थान में बूचड़खाना बंद हुआ

18 April 2013, जयपुर के निकट दुदू में बूचड़खाना (राजस्थान) का निर्माण हो रहा था. स्थानीय जनता इस बूचड़ खाने को रोकने का प्रयत्न कर रही थी। १५ महीने तक संघर्ष करने, न्यायालयों के स्थगन आदेश के बावजूद कत्लखाने का निर्माण जारी रहा. ६ अप्रैल २०१३ को खरतर गच्छ संघ, जयपुर के संघमंत्री ज्योति कोठारी को इस विषय में जानकारी मिलि. उन्होंने तत्काल स्थानीय लोगों से संपर्क किय। इसी बीच प. पू. उपाध्याय मणिप्रभ सागर जी के सुशिष्य जीवदया प्रेमी प. पू मैत्रिप्रभ सागर जी का मालपुरा दादाबाड़ी में पदार्पण हुआ. संघ मंत्री एवं स्थानीय संघर्ष समिति से विचार विमर्श के बाद उन्होंने १७ अप्रैल से दुदू जा कर अनशन करने का निर्णय लिया एवं १५ तारीख को दुदू पहुच गये. उन्होंने कत्लखाना बंद नहीं होने पर अनशन करने की सुचना स्थानीय प्रशासन एवं मुख्य मंत्री को दे दि. जीवदया प्रेमी प. पू मैत्रिप्रभ सागर जी महाराज के अनशन कि सुचना से प्रशासन सक्रीय हुआ एवं मुनिश्री से संपर्क स्थापित किया. इसके बाद १६ अप्रैल को मैत्रिप्रभ सागर जी महाराज, संघर्ष समिति एवं स्थानीय प्रशासन (उपखंड अधिकारी) के बीच समझौता हुआ एवं कत्लखाने को बंद करने का निर्णय लिया गया। इस समझौते के बाद मुनिश्री ने अनशन निरस्त करने का निर्णय लिया. Source: Jyoti Kothari, Vardhaman Gems.

A HEART BREAKING VIDEO FOR MEAT CONSUMERS

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शाकाहार नैतिक रूप से आवश्यक है - संजय  जैन

पर्यावरण के लिए बेहतर इसके विपरीत, एक मांस आधारित आहार के नकारात्मक परिणामों को पर्यावरण के मोर्चे पर नाटकीय रूप से बाहर खेल रहे हैं। ग्लोबल वार्मिंग पर अपनी शानदार 2006 की रिपोर्ट में, संयुक्त राष्ट्र भूमि के उपयोग से उत्सर्जन में शामिल किए गए हैं जब भोजन के लिए पशुओं को ऊपर उठाने के 9 प्रतिशत के लिए, पशुधन क्षेत्र खातों दुनिया combined.1 में सभी कारों और ट्रकों की तुलना में अधिक ग्रीन हाउस गैसों को उत्पन्न करता है, ने कहा कि कार्बन मानव से संबंधित गतिविधियों से डाइऑक्साइड (सीओ 2), लेकिन इससे भी ज्यादा हानिकारक ग्रीनहाउस gases.2 के एक बड़े हिस्से का उत्पादनपशुधन सीओ 2 यह भी 300 बार CO2 के ग्लोबल वार्मिंग की क्षमता है जो मानव से संबंधित नाइट्रस ऑक्साइड, का 65 प्रतिशत उत्पन्न मानव activity.2 द्वारा उत्पादित के रूप में वार्मिंग के रूप में 23 गुना है जो कुल मीथेन का 37 प्रतिशत उत्पन्न करता है।

इन गैसों के अधिकांश पशु खाद से आते हैं और डकार 3!एक शाकाहारी भोजन अपनाने अर्थव्यवस्था पर एक संभावित विनाशकारी प्रभाव के बिना लगभग असंभव हैं कार्बन डाइऑक्साइड में थोड़ा नकारात्मक impact.4 इसी प्रकार की कटौती के साथ 100 प्रतिशत से इस स्रोत से ग्रीन हाउस गैसों को कम कर सकता है। यहां तक कि सबसे महत्वाकांक्षी रणनीति के कार्यान्वयन के साथ, उत्सर्जन के आधे से भी कम से कटौती की जाएगी. इसके अलावा, सिर्फ आठ साल में वातावरण में मीथेन चक्र बाहर तो मीथेन उत्सर्जन कम करने के लिए जल्दी से पृथ्वी को ठंडा करने के लिए अनुवाद करेंगे। ग्लोबल वार्मिंग के कारण जड़ मुद्दा खपत से अधिक है। एक मामूली अमेरिकी घर [ एक मानक के रूप में ] की खपत दुनिया की तुलना में कहीं अधिक प्राकृतिक संसाधनों ग्रह के आराम करने के लिए इस तरह के एक जीवन शैली के प्रसार संभव नहीं है एक स्थायी basis.5 पर समर्थन कर सकते हैं.यह अधिक से अधिक अभी बाकी है कि हम क्या कुछ के बारे में पर्यावरण को नुकसान जो एक मांस आधारित आहार, विशेष रूप से सच है। यह भोजन के लिए पशुओं को ऊपर उठाने, अनियंत्रित हवा या जल प्रदूषण, मिट्टी का कटाव, या संसाधनों का अति प्रयोग चाहे वह पृथ्वी पर कहर तेज थी. इसके विपरीत, वे कम प्राकृतिक संसाधनों का उपयोग करें क्योंकि संयंत्र आधारित आहार एक कम पर्यावरणीय प्रभाव पड़ता है। ताकि वे पर्यावरण के लिए बेहतर हैं. प्रकृति पर्याप्त सब्जियां, फल, अनाज, फलियां और मानव जीविका के लिए डेयरी उत्पादों प्रदान की गई है, ताकि खाने मांस बल्कि एक जरूरत से एक अनावश्यक विलासिता है। मासूम जानवरों की खातिरसंयुक्त राज्य अमेरिका में हर साल, जानवरों की बहु अरबों inhumanely नारकीय कारखाने खेत की स्थिति में उठाया और लगभग दस अरब भूमि पशुओं को निर्दयतापूर्वक और बेरहमी से मानव उपभोग के लिए कत्ल कर रहे हैं। इन पशुओं को सहना भीषण पीड़ा को देखते हुए, और हमारे सभी पोषक तत्वों की जरूरत को आसानी से इन पशुओं को खाने के बिना संतुष्ट किया जा सकता है कि दिया, शाकाहार नैतिक रूप से आवश्यक है. तथ्य यह है कि प्रकृति मानव निर्वाह के लिए पर्याप्त सब्जियां, फल, अनाज, फलियां और डेयरी उत्पादों प्रदान की गई है क्योंकि जानवरों के खाने के अनावश्यक है। इसलिए, भोजन के लिए जानवरों की क्रूर हत्या एक लक्जरी के बजाय एक आवश्यकता है और नैतिक रूप से गलत है.आज के कारखाने के खेतों पर पशु इसे कुत्ते या बिल्ली को दिए गए थे तो गैरकानूनी होगा कि क्रूरता से कोई कानूनी सुरक्षा मिलती है. फिर भी, खेती जानवरों हम साथी के रूप में संजोना कुत्तों और बिल्लियों की तुलना में महसूस दर्द के बुद्धिमान या सक्षम भी कम नहीं हैं। इस संबंध में एक शाकाहारी जीवन शैली दया की हमारी सहज भावना जागता है और हम उन्हें शोषण जानवरों नहीं की रक्षा के लिए एक नैतिक विकल्प व्यायाम जिसमें एक दयालु, gentler समाज के प्रति हमारा मार्गदर्शन करता है.इन सभी कारणों के लिए, मैं एक व्यक्ति के वातावरण के लिए, और निर्दोष जानवरों की खातिर के लिए, उनके स्वास्थ्य के लिए कर सकते हैं एक सबसे महत्वपूर्ण बात यह है कि एक शाकाहारी आहार को अपनाने के लिए है कि सबमिट करें.कम दर्द के कारण और मासूम जानवरों के लिए पीड़ित है। जबकि एक शाकाहारी आहार बेहतर स्वास्थ्य और एक स्वच्छ और सुरक्षित पर्यावरण के लिए योगदान देता है. नीचे पृथ्वी के नारे को "लव लाइफ!" है यह उन्हें खाने, जानवरों नहीं प्यार करने के लिए अच्छा है कि इस विचार पर आधारित है।

MISCELLANEOUS

DR. BRIANNE DONALDSON APPOINTED PROFESSOR & DIRECTOR FOR CENTER FOR JAIN STUDIES AT CLAREMONT UNIVERSITY

May 27, 2013, California. Claremont Lincoln University announced the appointment of Dr. Brianne Donaldson as the first Professor and Director of the Center for Jain Studies at CLU. Dr. Donaldson, scholar of the spiritual traditions of India, process philosopher, and activist, is joining the faculty at CLU. She is an alumnus of International School for Jain Studies (ISJS) and during the last two years she has been the prime mover in establishing programs in Jain Studies at CLU.

For more details about this announcement and about Claremont Lincoln University, please visit www.ClaremontLincoln.org, Dr. Nitin Shah, E-Mail: nitinshahmd(at)gmail.com, Mr. Dilip V. Shah, E-Mail: dilipvshah(at)Gmail.com, Source: Dr. Sulekh C. Jain, E-Mail: scjain(at)earthlink.net

USEFUL INFORMATION FROM MR. PRAVEEN JAIN

"Helping Hands are Better than Praying Lips, Create Awareness. It might help someone. "
1. If you see any child begging in public then contact - "RED SOCIETY", Mobile 9940217816. They help in child educaiton.
2. If you need blood, to find the donors see the website www.friendstosupport.org
3. For free education and hostel facilities for handicapped children contact at - 9842062501 and 9894067506.
4. For free plastic surgery treatement for people having suffered from fire accidents etc. contact - Kodaikanal Pasam Hospital Tel: 045420-240668,245732
5. If you find lost Ration Card, Passport, Bank Passbook etc. please put it in any mail box. Indian Post and Telegraph Department will send it to the right full owner.
6. For free heart surgery of children (0-10 age) contact - Sri Valli Baba Institute Banglore, Tel: 9916737471
7. Imitinef Mercilet' is a medicine which is good for the treatement of blood cancer. This is distributed to the patients free of cost by Adyar Cancer Institute, East Canal Bank Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar Chennai -600020 Landmark: Near Michael School 044-24910754 in Chennai.

Source: Mr. Praveen Jain, E-Mail- praveen.jaincwa(at)facebook.com

INFLUENCE OF JAINISM ON PYTHAGORAS BY BASNAGODA RAHULA

Who Was Paythagoras? - Pythagoras was a Greek philosopher as well as a mathematician, who born in 570 B.C.E. on the island of Samos. He was founder of Pythagoreanism, a religious movement, which has many similarities with Jainism. The similarity suggests that Pythagoras was influenced by Jainism, as his period resembles with the period of Vardhaman Mahaveer, the great philosopher of India, and as there was connection between Indians and Greeks from ancient times.

Similarities between Pythagoreanism and Jainism - In his PhD theses submitted to Graduate faculty of Texas Tech university, Basnagoda Rahula says, "The main characteristics of Pythagoras’s religious teachings consisted of transmigration of soul, respectful treatment to animals and plants, purification of the soul through asceticism, absence of any absolute divinity and social organization as a community for religious practices, all of which closely resembles with the teachings of Jainism"

The similarities between Pythagoreanism and Jainism are surprising - Pythagoreans believed in Soul and the wheel of birth. They also believed in release from the wheel of birth. This is a central concept of Jainism which was introduced by ancients Jain philosophers. The striking thing is that Pythagoras was a vegetarian and being vegetarian was a must thing for the Pythagoreans. It is remarkable that being vegetarian is a must thing for Jain ascetics and lay followers. Like Jains, the Pythagoreans respected all types of living beings. Another remarkable thing is that the Pythagoras gave equal opportunity of learning to women. This thing also matches with Jain thoughts. Simple white linen clothing was the dress code for the followers of Pythagoras. Again a great similarity between Pythagoreans and Jain ascetics. In 2nd century B.C.E. the followers of Pythagoreans highlighted that the soul and body are different things and ascetic life is must for freedom of soul from material things. They abandoned bodily pleasures. All these are key concepts in Jainism from ancient era. It is a striking thing that Pythagoras remembered his previous births. It is again a great similarity with Jain concept or births and rebirths.

All this suggests that Pythagoras was influenced by Jain philosophy and the concepts in Jainism. As there were connections betweens ancient Indians and Greeks, it is possible that Pythagoras was introduced to the philosophy of Vardhaman Mahavir who was contemporary of Pythagoras.

‘महाराणा प्रताप और जैन धर्म’ - डॉ. दिलीप धींग - महाराणा प्रताप जन्म जयन्ती पर विषेष

 मेवाड़ प्रारम्भ से ही जैन धर्म की गतिविधियों का प्रमुख केन्द्र रहा है। वीर शिरोमणी महाराणा प्रताप (1540 - 1597) के समय में भी मेवाड़ में जैन धर्म का व्यापक प्रभाव था। इतिहास प्रसिद्ध दानवीर श्रावक भामाशाह कावडिया (जैन) प्रताप के बालसखा थे। दानवीर भामाशाह का सम्पूर्ण जीवन जैन धर्म क उच्चादर्षों से अनुप्राणित था। प्रताप के जीवन पर उनके परम सहयोगी दानवीर भामाशाह का प्रभाव होना स्वाभाविक है। प्रताप के मन में जैन धर्म और उसकी मान्यताओं के प्रति भी आस्था थी। प्रताप के जीवन के कुछ प्रसंग और पहलू जैन धर्म के प्रति उनके प्रेम को अभिव्यक्त करते हैं। महाराणा प्रताप जैन मुनियों का बहुत आदर करते थे। ‘मंत्र दिवाकर’ ग्रन्थ में लिखा है कि एक जैन मुनि की प्रेरणा से महाराणा प्रताप ने संकट के समय में भगवान् पार्श्वनाथ की उपासना की थी और वे संकट मुक्त हुए थे। जैनाचार्य हीरविजय सूरि और उनके शिष्यों के प्रति प्रताप के मन में बहुत श्रद्धा थी। जब कभी तपागच्छ के साधु - साध्वियों का उदयपुर आगमन होता था तो प्रताप उन्हें सामने लेने जाते थे। तपागच्छ के पट्टधर (शीतलनाथ उपाश्रय के पूज्यश्री) का जब उदयपुर आगमन होता था तो तेलियों की सराय (वर्तमान में बी. एन. कॉलेज) तक महाराण प्रताप उनकी आगवानी के लिए जाते थे। मुनि कल्याणविजय द्वारा लिखित तपागच्छ पट्टावली के अनुसार विक्रम संवत् 1635 की आथ्ष्वन शुक्ला पंचमी गुरुवार के दिन प्रताप ने जैनाचार्य हीरविजय को मेवाड़ पधारने के लिए विनती पत्र लिखा था। आचार्य हस्ती प्रणीत ‘जैन धर्म का मौलिक इतिहास’ के चतुर्थ भाग में भी उक्त पत्र प्रकाशित किया गया है। पत्र में महाराणा प्रताप ने लिखा है कि अकबर को प्रतिबोध देकर जीवहिंसा रुकवाकर आचार्य ने बड़ा उपकार किया है। अहिंसा धर्म का ऐसा उद्योत सर्वत्र होना चाहिये। प्रताप के समय में ही उनके प्रधानमंत्री दानवीर भामाशाह काविड़या ने विक्रम संवत् 1643 माघ सुदी 13 को केशरियाजी जैन मन्दिर का जीर्णोद्धार कराया था। प्रताप के पुत्र व उŸाराधिकारी राणा अमरसिंह ने विजयरत्नसूरि के उपदेश से पर्यूषण पर्व के दिनों में हिंसा नहीं करने (अगता पालने) का पट्टा जारी किया था। स्व. बिरधीलाल सेठी (जयपुर) तथा जशकरण डागा (टोंक) ने उनकी शाकाहारी विषयक पुस्तकों मे महाराणा प्रताप को पूर्ण शाकाहारी बताया है। स्वतंत्रता और स्वाभिमान की रक्षा के लिए लम्बे समय तक प्रताप जंगलों में रहे। उनके लिए यह प्रसिद्ध है कि संघर्षकाल में जंगलों में उन्होनंे घास (घास के बीज या वन्य अनाज) की रोटियां खाई। उन्हें फलघर व तृणधर कहा गया। पुष्करवाणी गु्रप ने इतिहास से जानकारी लेते हुए बताता है कि पद्यश्री कवि कन्हैयालाल सेठिया की पंक्तियां ‘अरे, घास री रोटी ही..’ भी प्रताप के शाकाहारी जीवन की ओर संकेत है। शक्ति और शौर्य के धनी प्रताप को इतिहासकारों ने धर्मानुरागी भी बताया है। यह तो स्पष्ट है कि बाल्यावस्था से ही प्रताप को जैन धर्म का सामीप्य और सान्निध्य मिला। प्रताप के जीवन की अनेक विशिष्टताएं जैन धर्म के सिद्धान्तों की फलश्रुति लगती है। ‘जैन धर्म और महाराणा प्रताप’ विषय पर यदि शोध हो तो कई तथ्य मिल सकते है। Courtesy: Shri Pushpendra Muniji, E-mail - pushpendramuni@gmail.com

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बंधुओं, दिनांक 9 अक्टूबर 2012 को दिल्ली से प्रकाशित नवभारत टाइम्स (हिंदी) में एक समाचार छपा था जिसका शीर्षक था "गौशालाओं के रिकॉर्ड की होगी जांच" कैसे मर गए सारे मवेशी? चार वर्षो में 52,181 मवेशी पकडकर दिल्ली की पांच गौशालाओं में भेजा गया जिनमे से 51,820 मवेशी मर गए! इस समाचार को पढ़कर इसके बारे में जानकारी हासिल करने पर पता चला कि इन गौशालाओं में से एक गौशाला को इंदिरा गाँधी इंटरनेशनल एअरपोर्ट, (नजफगढ़) दिल्ली के पास जैन समाज नाम की संस्था द्वारा संचालित किया जा रहा है।

इस गौशाला या संस्था के बारे में काफी पता करने पर कोई जानकारी नहीं मिल पाई क्यूकी इसके बारे में कभी भी किसी भी जैन समाचार पत्र या पत्रिका में नहीं पढा था। संस्थाओं के पंजीकरण कार्यालय में सूचना के अधिकार के तहत उपरोक्त संस्था के बारे में जानकारी प्राप्त करने पर निम्न बातों का पता चला:-

1. इस संस्था को वर्ष 1984 में पंजीकृत कराया गया था। संस्था का सदस्य बनने हेतु केवल दिल्ली के निवासी जैन को ही साधारण सदस्य 101/- में और आजीवन सदस्य 1101/- में बनाना और संस्था के प्रमुख उद्देश्यों में दिल्ली के चारों सम्प्रदायों के समस्त जैन बंधुओं को संगठित करने के साथ-2 जैन धर्मं, अहिंसा और परोपकार के कार्य आदि करना था।

2. वर्ष 2002 में संस्था द्वारा नियमों में परिवर्तन कर संस्था का सदस्य बनने का प्रमुख नियम केवल जैन सदस्य बनाने के स्थान पर अन्य सभी धर्मो और जातिओं के लोगो को संस्था का सदस्य बनाने का निर्णय लेकर अजैनो और दिल्ली से वाहर के लोगो को सदस्य बनाया गया और वर्ष 1984 में संस्था के मूल उद्देश्य जैन धर्मं, अहिंसा और परोपकार के कार्य आदि को बदल कर व्यवसायिक गतिविधियों वाले उद्देश्यों को शामिल किया गया।

3. संस्था की मुख्य कार्यकारिणी में निकट सम्वन्धी जैसे पिता-पुत्र, भाई-भाई,पति-पत्नी को लिया गया जो संस्था के नियमों के खिलाफ है। संस्था में वर्ष 1994 में 28 सदस्य और वर्ष 2002 में केवल 40 सदस्य थे।, जिनमे से अधिकतर केवल एक ही परिवार के या इनके जानकार थे।

4. संस्था का आज तक का कोई भी चिट्ठा और संस्था के सदस्यों की सूचि संस्था पंजीकरण कार्यालय में जमा नहीं जमा किया गया। उपरोक्त के अतिरिक्त दिल्ली सरकार द्वारा अगस्त 2001 में दिल्ली सरकार द्वारा अनुदान प्राप्त सात गौशालाओं में से उपरोक्त गौशाला पर भी एक रिपोर्ट तैयार कराई गयी थी जिसमे इस गौशाला में की जा रही काफी सारी अनियमिताओं को उजागर किया गया था।

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बंधुओं, वर्ष 1995 में सकल जैन समाज की संस्था होने की वजह से दिल्ली सरकार द्वारा गौरक्षा और पशुओं की सेवा हेतु 71 बीघे जमीन दिल्ली जैसे शहर में दी गयी और इस जमीन के मिलने के बाद संस्था के प्रधान और महामंत्री जी द्वारा दिनांक 24 जनवरी 1996 को जारी पत्र द्वारा दिल्ली के जैन समाजों के प्रमुख एवं विशिष्ट महानुभावों की एक सभा का आयोजन जैन बाल आश्रम, दरिया गंज, दिल्ली में दिनांक 11 फरवरी 1996 को किया गया था। लेकिन इसके बाद संस्था द्वारा न तो समाज में इस संस्था की गतिविधिओं की जानकारी दी गयी और न ही समाज के लोगो को इसमें सदस्य बनाया गया, ऐसा क्यों किया गया ये तो संस्था के सदस्यगण ही जाने लेकिन एक परिवार द्वारा पूरे समाज को अन्धकार में रखकर जैन समाज की अनमोल धरोहर को समाज से दूर क्यों रखा गया क्यूकी दिल्ली का जैन समाज हर प्रकार से संपन्न समाज है और पशु रक्षा और इन्हें पालने के लिए सदैव तत्पर रहता है। इस बात का दूसरा पहलु यह भी है कि भारत की राजधानी दिल्ली में यदि जैन समाज की संस्था पर इस प्रकार का आरोप लगता है तो देश ही नहीं बल्कि विश्व के सकल जैन समाज की बदनामी होगी क्यूकी अहिंसा और पशु रक्षा जैन धर्मं के मूल मंत्र है। हमारा उद्देश्य इस गंभीर विषय को सकल जैन समाज के सामने लाने का है ताकि समाज इससे अवगत हो सके और समय रहते उचित कार्यवाही कर सके।

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इकॉनोमिक इम्पॉवरमेंट: 'जीतो' ने तय किया कि वे प्रयास करेंगे कि समाज के इंडस्ट्रियलिस्ट व बिजनेसमैन समाज के लोगों को आर्थिक, व्यापारिक व औद्योगिक क्षेत्रों में सुदृढ़ करने के लिए अपने कार्यों में प्राथमिकता दें। जिसके तहत समाज के युवाओं को नौकरी व जॉब वर्क व अन्य कार्यों के लिए सहयोग के लिए प्रेरित किया जाएगा।

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Encyclopedia Of Indian Philosophies - Jain Philosophy (Part II) by Karl H. Potter and Piotr Balcerowicz, Delhi, 2013, Pp. Vi, 683, biblo, gloss, endnotes, index, ISBN 978-81-208-3615-0 - Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies in 28 volumes is an endevour by an international team of scholars, led by Prof. Karl Potter (General Editor), to present the contents of Indian philosophical texts to a wider public than has hitherto been possible. It attempts to provide a definitive summary of current knowledge about each of the system of classical Indian philosophy. Each volumes consists of an extended analytical essay together with summaries of every extent work of the system, a Bibliography, and a Glossary, Various volumes include treatments of Nyaya Vaisesika Samkhya, Yoga Purvamimamsa, various Vedanta system and certain philoso- phically important sects of Saivism and Vaisnavism as well as Jain and Buddhist philosophy. So far 14 volumes have been published in this series.

This volume covers Jaina philosophy from where volume ten left off toward the end of the tenth century. It summarizes 355 works of 99 Jain philosophers who lived between 1000 and 1300 A. D. The name of a number of famous Jaina authors are covered in the list along with summaries of many of their works. Piotr Balcerowics article on the Jaina theory of view points or perspective (naya), which introduces this volume, shows how the most significant and intriguing Jaina contribution to the Indian philosophical heritage is beyond doubt the theory of the multiple aspects of reality (anekantavada), which is developed into a method of four standpoints (Niksepa, Nyasa), of sevenfold modal description (Saptabhangi, Syadvada), and the doctrine of viewpoints (naya), i.e. the sevenfold method of conditionally valid predication, at the same time no other Jaina concepts has fanned so much controversy as the idea that one and the same sentence can be either true or false, which seem implied by the admission of the reality of these multiple aspects. Among the other contributions include Profs. S. C. Dash, A. B. Dhruva, K. W. Folkert, J. Ganeri, M. Govid, H. L. Jain, Sagarmal Jain, Padmanabh S. Jaini, Vidhyadhar Johorpurkar, Ratna Lahiri, Amar Muni Maharaj, Suzuko Ohira, Karl H. Potter, Olle Quaranstrom, B. S. Shastri, K.C.Shastri, Y. S. Shastri, Ajita Shekharvijay, E. A. Solomon, A. N. Upadhya, A. S. Vijaya and Royce Wiles. Book available at Motilal Banarasidass, E-Mail: mlbd(at)mlbd.com, Website - www.mlbd.com

SCHOLARS TO TRANSLATE SAMAN SUTTAM IN NEW BOOKS

The Saman Suttam is a compilation of 756 verses from Jainism’s four sects that was brought out in 1974 after spiritual leader Acharya Vinoba Bhave tried to bring the sects together. More than 25 Jain and philosophy scholars from across the country have invested in the project to bring out three volumes of the translated versions (in English, Hindi and Sanskrit) of the agamas (verses) from the fundamental book on the religion - Saman Suttam. Scholars have arrived from cities such as Jaipur, Delhi and Puducherry to put the finishing touches on the first volume in a ten-day workshop at the KJ Somaiya Centre for Studies in Jainism in Ghatkopar. According to, Professor Dayanand Bhargav, from Jaipur who has a PhD in Jain ethics, “While the Saman Suttam has been translated before, this is the first time we will have Shabdartham (translated meaning of every word), and more importantly, commentaries from acharyas (religious scholars). The commentary will reflect the true meaning and analysis of the verses. Some of the scholars working on the book include Sagarmal Jain from the Prachya Vidyapeeth in Madhya Pradesh; Shriyanth Kumar, a philosophy expert from Jaipur; and Shantha Kumari, a professor from the Pondicherry University. Professors Geeta Mehta and Kokila Shah from the Somaiya institute are editing the copies.

Tattvajnana Dvatrimshika -  By Acarya Siddhasena Divakara, English translation by Manish Modi, Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Volume 34, 2013 24 x 18 cm 16 pages, ISBN 978-81-88769-95-7 Paperback Rs. 20.

Acarya Siddhasena Divakara is one of few seers who are venerated equally in both Jain traditions - Digambara and Shvetambara. He lived in the 4th or 5th centuries of the Common Era. It is believed that he was a teacher to King Vikramaditya, who had honoured him with the sobriquet of 'Divakara' owing to his deep, penetrating intelligence. Acarya Siddhasena Divakara was a profound thinker and logician. His work ‘Sanmatitarka’ occupies a place of honour amongst Indian works on philosophy and formal logic. Siddhasena also composed some extremely important dvatrimshikas {philosophical works of 32 verses} which conveyed extremely important philosophical information. Composed in impeccable Sanskrit, these dvatrimshikas serve as authentic sources of Jain doctrine. This text talks about the importance of independent thinking and emphasises the importance of rational thought. Siddhasena articulates the grave danger of taking things for granted and warns against accepting any information as factual without rigorously testing it. Logic and internal consistency must be our cornerstones for examining things. He advocates open-minded study in place of blind acceptance. Through pithy examples, he exposes the absurdity of accepting something just because it is old. Age itself is not sufficient grounds for veneration. Book available at: Manish Modi, Hindi Granth Karyalay, E-Mail: jainbooks(at)aol.com

Jain Pilgrimage of Undivided Bihar: Patna-based artist and photographer, B K Jain, has come out with a multicolour coffee table book, 'Jain Pilgrimage of Undivided Bihar', to make people aware of the historic and religious importance of different Jain temples, shrines, chaitalaya and libraries located in different parts of Bihar and Jharkhand.

In the book, Jain, apart from providing important information about the Jain religion and its 24 Thirthankars, has included more than 100 rare and attractive photographs to give an overall picture of the grandeur of ancient Jain temples. Jain said he personally visited different parts of Bihar and Jharkhand to take pictures of Jain temples and shrines. The 174-page book comprises pictures of Jain temples/shrines located at Patna, Patna City, Ara, Masarh (Bhojpur), Kolhua Mountain (Kotshila, Jharkhand), Lachhuar (Jamui district), Champapur (Nathnagar), Mandargiri (Bhagalpur district), Pawapuri, Nalanda, Kundalpur, Rajgir, Gunawaji (all in Nalanda district), Sammedshikhar (Madhuban, Parasnath, in Jharkhand), Basokund (Vaishali district) and Patna Museum. Writing about Basokund, Jain says, "Situated 50km from Patna, Basokund is considered as the birthplace of Lord Mahavir by historians and followers of Digambar Jain sect. A memorial of Lord Mahavir was established here on April 23, 1956 by Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India." "At Masarh, 12km from Ara, an ancient Sri Parswanath Digambar Jain temple is located. In the temple, black marble idol of Lord Sri Parasnath and white marble idol of Lord Adinath are worth seeing. Chinese traveller Hsuan-tsang made a reference to them in AD 637 in his travelogue," BK Jain writes. Price: Rs 1500, Source: Pradip Jain, E-Mail : philapradip(at)gmail.com

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