Press Review: Acharya Mahaprajna

Posted: 04.01.2004
Updated on: 13.02.2008

28.12.2003

The Tribune

Breaking the foggy vow

 

 

A play based on Jain monk Acharya Mahaprajna's writings. To be precise, he wrote the script, based on a king conversing with the nature around him.

 

 

10.12.2003

Times Of India

Waterfall Inspires Progress & Purity

Sudhamahi Regunathan


 

Says Acharya Mahaprajna, "We too have to move in the same direction as the waterfall. When something is no longer useful, it is forgotten...

 

 

23.11.2003

The Tribune

Jain Muni Starts ‘Mahayajna’


 

...the muni said he was taking up the new “maha-yajna” in the form of a yatra from Punjab to Kashmir with the purpose of promoting mutual brotherhood.

 

 

06.11.2003

Times Of India

Don’t Muddy the Pure Stream of Mind

Sudhamahi Regunathan


 

Acharya Mahaprajna explains that spirituality is the path of purity of consciousness; the awakening of a consciousness that develops because of sublimation of attachment and aversion. This results in an appeased mental state and the true experience of peace and freedom from inner turmoil.

 

 

27.10.2003

Times Of India

Experience Truth With Pure Mind

Acharya Mahaprajna

 

 

Change is born of two originals: The material cause and the instrumental cause. Competence becomes operational by combining with favourable circumstances.

 

 

18.10.2003

Times Of India

Indira Gandhi Award for Acharya Mahaprajna

Times News Network


 

The Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for 2002 has been given to Acharya Mahaprajna, renowned Jain Muni and a Gandhian activist, it was announced on Friday.

 

 

01.09.2003

Times Of India

Festival of Fasting: Paryushan Parva

Acharya Mahaprajna


 

According to Jain tradition, among the 12 types of penances, the first four — anashan (fasting), unodari (eating less), vritti-sankshepa (selective eating) and rasa-parityaga (taste-selection) —are particularly good for health.

 

 

15.04.2003

Times Of India

Mahavira's Thoughts On Economics

Acharya Mahaprajna


 

Today, economic policy is designed to help us achieve a new global order with optimum economic configurations. Earlier, output maximisation and mass-scale production was necessary to satisfy the escalating demands of a growing population.

 

 

06.03.2003

The Tribune

The Process of Social Change

OF LIFE SUBLIME


 

TODAY'S genetic scientists claim that the attitude of man grows from within along with his life.

 

 

19.01.2003

The Tribune

Symposium On Female Foeticide


 

Shri Jain Shwetambar Terapanth Mahila Mandal will organise a symposium on female foeticide at Terapanth Bhavan in Bagh Wali Gali tomorrow at 10 am, according to Ms Manju Vaid, chairperson of the mandal.

 

 

05.12.2002

Times Of India

Tension of Opposites Central to Existence

Sudhamahi Regunathan


 

According to Acharya Mahaprajna, opposition is a fundamental rule for existence. ‘‘There is no type of existence in which opposites do not co-exist...

 

 

25.08.2002

Congress Sandesh

Non-Violence shows the Way

Congress President, Smt. Sonia Gandhi

 

 

The Congress President, Smt. Sonia Gandhi’s Address to Jain Conference, Gandhinagar, Gujarat on 25 August 2002: Non-Violence Shows the Way. I am very happy that today I am with you all to take part in the pious programme of Ahimsa March (non-violence march).

 

 

24.08.2002

Times Of India

Everyone Flocks to this Acharya

Shyam Parekh


 

Interview with a Times journalist.
Koba (Gandhinagar): President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam delayed his Kutch visit to meet him. L.K. Advani came with his family to seek his blessings, immediately after becoming deputy minister. RSS chief K. Sudershan will be spending a day with three chief ministers and spend two hours with him.

 

 

19.08.2002

The Tribune

‘Selfishness Cause of Social Problems’


 

The Terapanth Youth organised a two-day function in Lala Brij Lal Aggarwal Dharamshala to show the youth the right path.

 

 

18.06.2002

Times Of India

The Art of Living in Solitariness

Acharya Mahaprajna


 

Prekshadhyana is the know-ledge of self. Those who do not know themselves, cannot know others well.

 

 

04.05.2002

Times Of India

Parable of the King and the Poet-Thief

Sudhamahi Regunathan


 

Acharya Mahaprajna draws many lessons from this simple story. The idea of possessiveness is crippling. It leads to greed, arrogance, anger, aversion, fear and lust.

 

 

25.04.2002

Times Of India

Advani stresses 3 Jewels of Jainism

Times News Network


 

He agreed with a message sent by Acharya Mahaprajna, head of the Shwetambar Terapanth sect, which said: "Amidst so much violence, should we celebrate Mahavir Jayanti? Yes, for this is when Mahavir’s message is needed the most."

 

 

25.04.2002

Times Of India

Fearless Apostle of Non-Violence

Acharya Mahaprajna


 

Today is Lord Mahavir’s 2,600th birth anniversary. A number of people are born unnoticed on this earth every day but Mahavir’s birth was extraordinary.

 

 

18.04.2002

The Hindu

'Ahimsa' the Need of Hour

 

 

The Vice-President, Krishan Kant, has asserted that in the present scenario of communal intolerance, `ahimsa' (non-violence) had become the need of the hour.

 

 

03.04.2002

Times Of India

Friendliness Brings Happiness & Health

Acharya Mahaprajna


 

THE art of being in a state of solitude is called Prekshadhyana. Those who have learnt to be in solitude can establish friendliness with the present moment.

 

 

01.11.2001

Times Of India

Conquer Fear by Facing Fear

Sudhamahi Regunathan


 

Says Acharya Mahaprajna that it is not rare to meet a man who is completely honest, very brave, very well read or very generous. But, indeed, it is rare to meet a man who is totally devoid of fear.

 

 

28.10.2001

The Tribune

Lord Mahavira

C.R.Bhansali

 

 

Lord Mahavira, whose original name was Vardhamana, was son of Siddhartha who was the head of a Kshatriya clan called Jnatrikas in Vaishali. A contemporary of Lord Buddha, he was the last of the Tirthankaras as per the belief of the Jain community.

 

 

11.10.2001

The Tribune

Towards a Better Life

OF LIFE SUBLIME

 

 

THANKS to our sense organs, to observe others and learn about them is one of our natural habits.

 

 

19.09.2001

Times Of India

Violent Images Make Us Insensitive

Sudhamahi Regunathan

 

 

Acharya Mahaprajna says that non-violence is founded on the three basic principles of amity, tolerance and fearlessness. Most spiritual leaders would concur with this seemingly simple definition.

 

 

03.09.2001

Times Of India

Towards Achieving Purity of Spirit

Acharya Mahaprajna


 

THE followers of Jainism celebrate Paryushan Parva , a spiritual festival that is spread over 30 days, culminating in the Kshamavani Diwas, the day of forgiveness and atonement. In pursuance of the ultimate goal of Jainism, of achieving spiritual good, these 30 days are characterised by the observance of fasts, vows of silence and meditation.

 

 

04.05.2001

Times Of India

I and Mine

Acharya Mahaprajna


 

Sacred SpaceI am not at all surprised at not being independent. Not to speak of me, no one endowed with life is independent.

 

 

30.03.2001

Times Of India

Any Answers?

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee


 

Acharya Mahaprajna (Feb 3) quotes Mahaveer Jain as saying that mighty disasters are the net result of "strong, imbalanced desires of Mankind."

 

 

15.02.2001

Times Of India

Acts of God

Times News Network


 

Which is why Jain Acharya Mahaprajna while appealing to all communities to come to the aid of the Gujarat quake victims without any selfish reason, pride or desire for fame, averred that "this calamity should teach all people to eschew violence, exploitation, cruelty, fraud, lust etc..." and that "mighty disasters are the net result of strong, imbalanced desires of mankind".

 

 

09.02.2001

Times Of India

Great Compassion

Times News Network


 

Only that man can be called tender-hearted in whose heart flows a perpetual stream of compassion. Such a man can never practise exploitation, cannot ignore the happiness and comforts of others in order to keep himself happy and comfortable, and cannot do anything likely to harm others.

 

 

01.02.2001

The Tribune

When Solutions become Problems

OF LIFE SUBLIME


 

I see on the one hand the enormous universe and on the other a minuscule man.

 

 

10.01.2001

Times Of India

Place of Moral Values in Society

Acharya 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.

 

 

09.12.2000

Times Of India

For a Holistic and Balanced Life

Acharya Mahaprajna

 

 

When a youth was asked about religion, he said, "I do not consider it to be necessary."
Another youth, in reply to the same question, answered, "I'm not interested in it".

 

 

05.08.2000

Times Of India

Sacred Space: Self-Appreciation

Times News Network

 

 

Recognition of the truth is the discovery of true conscience. Being haunted by the truth is being haunted by your own true conscience. The point of these experiences is for you to realise what your part in the big drama of life is.

 

 

04.04.2000

Times Of India

Sacred Space: Kindness & Compassion

Agencies

 

 

Only that man can be called tender-hearted in whose heart flows a perpetual stream of compassion.

 

 

01.09.1999

Life Positive magazin

Exclusive Interview with "Life Positive"

Acharya Mahaprajna

 

 

How would you explain the basic principles of Jainism?
"Jainism has a sacred book known as Saman Sutra. This contains scriptures written by Lord Mahavira and has been put together by Acharya Tulsi (one of Jainism's leading spiritual leaders and guru of Acharya Mahaprajna). Jainism is basically atman (soul)-oriented."

 

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