Ahimsa Times - December 2002 Issue
Vol. No. 30
DELHI HIGH COURT ORDERS REGISTRAR OF SOCIETIES TO LOOK INTO 'MISMANAGEMENT' OF DIGAMBAR JAIN TEMPLES
On the complaint of members of local Jain Panchayat, (Mohit Jain and Mayank Jain) the Delhi High Court has ordered the Registrar of Societies, New Delhi to scrutinise the charges of mismanagement mentioned in the complaints of Digamber Jain temples in Delhi. Registrar is advised to check the petitioners' representation and pass necessary orders within a period of two months. The order is delivered by a Bench of Justice B A Khan and Justice B N Chaturvedi of Delhi High Court.
This order is delivered on the petition by two members of Pracheen Shri Aggarwal Digambar Jain Panchayat, which alleged that the Registrar of Societies, who had issued notice to the Delhi Jain Panchayat in Aug. 2001 on their complaints, had failed to take any action. The executive committee of Panchayat controls several Jain temples in Delhi including Lal Mandir at Chandini Chowk which is also a heritage site. Complaint also mentions that inspite of representations to the Home Ministry, Lt Governor and Chief Minister, no action was taken by Delhi Jain Panchayat to hold elections.
The Delhi High Court refused to order for the appointment of an Administrator to Delhi Jain Panchayat since the entire matter at this stage is with the Registrar who can take appropriate action. The complaint alleges that executive of Delhi Jain Panchayat have not conducted the elections for last several years and misappropriated the funds of several crores of the organisation. It will be more appropriate for the entire Jain Samaj, if in future, we can resolve our differences and problems within the community without seeking outside support. Court battles not only create a bad taste among the members but also cause irreparable damage to the image of entire Jain Society.
MANGALYATAN TEERTH, ALIGARH - PANCHKALYANAK
Shri Adinath Kundkund Digambar Jain Trust, Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh) invites all Jains to Shri Mahavir Swami Digambar Jin Bimb Panch Kalyanak Pratishtha ceremony to be held from 31st January to 6th February 2003. The first phase of work at this new tirth has been completed. Entire complex is built on more than 18000 square yards land. This is first of its kind temple complex in Northern India. The ceremony is expected to be attended by Vice- President, Deputy Prime Minister, Chief Minister and Governor besides Jain devotees from USA, UK, Nairobi and several other countries. In this temple complex, a Jain school will also start from 15th June 2003, where all students will be provided free education along with lodging and boarding. For further information please contact:
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BHAJAN SANDHYA BY AHIMSA FOUNDATION AT JODHPUR
A musical evening (Bhajan Sandhya) was organized on 7th December, 2002 at Jodhpur under the auspices of Ahimsa Foundation, promoter of
www.jainsamaj.org. The occasion was the birth anniversary of Shri Sukh Lal Ji Jain, who had been a religious devotee, a philanthropist and a spiritualistic and enlightened person during his life time. The programme, lasting for over 3 hours, was attended by a large galaxy of aspirants and devotees and was a great success. The programme was presented by a renowned music party, giving performances in the form of devotional songs and dances with the help of orchestra, with enchanting melody and rhythm. On this solemn occasion, a book of Jain prayers, produced by Ahimsa Foundation, named "Prerana Srot" was released by Brig. N.M. Singhvi, President, Mahavir International, Jodhpur city. The book is available free of cost, which can be obtained through postal request from Mr. P. L. Jain 44, Sardar Club Scheme, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Photographs: performance by (First) Ms. Shakuntala Mehta (Second) Ms. Bhagyashree Jain & Ms. Garima Pokharna
WORLD'S LARGEST JAIN TIRTHANKAR IDOLS INSTALLED AT
The largest ever-made statues of Ashta-dhatu (an alloy of eight metals) are being installed at a new temple complex, fast coming up on a hillock at Gyanodaya Teerth Kshetra, village Nareli, near Ajmer in Rajasthan. The complex is spread over the entire hill and a large number of pilgrims are pouring over the place every day, which is becoming a big religious pilgrimage centre for the Jain community, specially those belonging to Digambar sect. According to the plans, the complex will consist of 24 temples, one for each Tirthankar. Out of these, images of three tirthankars, Shri Shanti Nath Ji, Kunthu Nath Ji and Arah Nath Ji have already been installed. These are made in Ashta-Dhatu and each of them is reporting to be weighing as much as 24 tons, which is a record figure for any metallic Jain statue in the world. The estimated cost of the entire project is said to be Rs. 25 crores.
A MIRACLE AT JAIN TEMPLE, FEELKHANA (HYDERABAD)
At Mahavir Swami Jain temple, Feelkhana in Hyderabad, a miracle took place in the early hours of the day. When the 'garbh-griha' (Sactum Sanctorium) of the temple was opened as usual at about 4 A.M., her Holiness Sadhwi Sulakshana Ji saw that a thick paste made up of sandalwood and saffron was pouring continuously from the head of the Mahavir's statue. She also saw that saffron water was coming out from the head of Dada Guru Jin Kushal Suri Ji. Miraculous phenomenon went on for 4 hours up to 8 A.M. The Trustees of the temple were immediately informed and the news spread over the entire area like fire and devotees and other people thronged the place for Darshan. The sadhwi ji later said that it was a good omen for the town and the entire State. Such miracles have happened elsewhere also in the recent past.
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SUPREME COURT CLARIFIES THE MEANING OF 'RELIGIOUS MINORITY'
A prolonged controversy over the interpretation of the word, 'religious minority' came to a halt when the Supreme Court of India having a bench of 11 judges, headed by Chief Justice, B. N. Kirpal declared in its 320 page judgment that the decision about a state having any community being in religious community shall be taken on the basis of population of that community in that particular State and not on the basis of population of that community in the whole country. It also clarified that the Government can not exercise any control over such educational institutions which are not receiving any aid or grant from the Government. The minority community had a constitutional right to establish educational institutions of its own and 50 percent seats in such institutions could be earmarked for the students from that community but there should be complete transparency in the selection procedure.
MAHAVIR FOUNDATION (CHENNAI) AWARDS FOR 2002
Selection Committee, consisting of Acharya Shri Sadhana Ji, Shri D.R. Mehta, Dr. B.M. Hegde, Vice Chancellor, Manipal University and former Chief Justice, Shri Venkatachalleaiya announced the names of following recipients:
1. Marudhar Mahila Shikshan Sansthan, Vidhyawadi, Khimel (Dist. Pali in Rajasthan) for outstanding contribution in the field of education.
2. Vivekanand Rock Memorial and Vivekanand Centre (TN) for its excellent work in the field of education.
3. Dr. S.V. Adinarayan Rao, Director General, Prema Hospital, Vishakhapattanam for his dedicated services in the field of social welfare, particularly Polio surgery.
The award consisted of an idol of Bhagwan Mahavir, a citation and a cash amount of Rs. 5 lakhs
DR. SULEKH HONORED BY MAHAVIR INTERNATIONAL AT JODHPUR
During his his religious and goodwill tour of western Rajasthan, Dr.Sulekh Jain, an eminent social worker of USA, former President of JAINA, founder Patron of Jain Spirit magazine and Trustee of Ahimsa Foundation (promoter of
www.jainsamaj.org) , was honored by Mahavir International, Jodhpur Centre on the 15th December. Explaining the activities and programmes being conducted by Mahavir International, specially in the fields of Polio Corrective Surgery, Medical relief to needy persons, popularising traditional methods of treatment, like Acupressure, Magneto-therapy, solar therapy, yoga, meditation etc., Brigadier N. M. Singhvi, President urged upon Dr. Jain on this occasion to to obtain cooperation from institutions and societies in USA and Canada working for humanitarian purposes for assistace in organising medical camps, services of medical experts, obtaining medicines and medical equipment for the use of needy persons.
RAJASTHAN SEEKS HELP TO FACE THE ACUTE FAMINE CONDITIONS IN WESTERN DISTRICTS
Rajasthan was presently passing through the worst-ever phase of famine consequently in the fourth year. There is acute scarcity of water and fodder for animals in various famine-stricken districts of western Rajasthan. As the crops, the only live-li-hood of village people have failed, there is severe shortage of food and fodder. Various social institutions and individuals with the support of Government agencies are working day and night to protect the people and animals from dying but a lot more is required to be able to face the natural calamity. Shri Jain was requested to use his contacts, connections and resources to obtain and make available whatever assistance could be possible, for this noble cause. Dr. Sulekh Jain, while attending a special meeting arranged to honour him, assured Mahavir International to obtain contributions either in the form of cash, kind, medicines etc. for this worthy cause, after returning to the United States. In the mean-time, he announced a token donation of a sum of Rs. 10,000/- from his side for this purpose. Any assiatance received will be gratefully acknowledged and listed in Ahimsa Times. Those individuals or institutions, wishing to contribute may contact: 1. Prof. P.L. Jain, E-Mail:
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DR. NARENDRA BHANDARI (JODHPUR) HONORED
Dr. Narendra Bhandari, former Head of the Department of Urology at Sampoornanand Medical College has earned international fame as an expert in Urology. Recently, he was honored by the Urology Society of India, North zone Chapter with Dr. P.N. Kataria Urology award for the year 2002 at a function held at Lucknow on 18th October for his rich contribution in the field of education and scientific research in Urology. He had also opened a Urology Centre at a cost of Rs. 80 lakhs at the hospital for the benefit of citizens of the town. News Courtesy: Dr. N. K. Jain.
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CONFERENCE ON JAIN MINORITIES HELD AT LUCKNOW
A largely attended conference of Jain community was organized at Lucknow by Indian Jain Milan organization to discuss the issue of according religious minority status to Jains in Uttar Pradesh. The programme was attended by the Commissioner of Minorities, Shri Ashish Kumar Massey, who mentioned that the minority status will be accorded to Jain community in the State very soon. The Chief Minister of the State, Ms. Mayawati has already made the announcement in this regards and formalities are being completed. Shri Sheema Rizvi, State Minister of Electronics was the Chief guest on the occasion. The conference was held in the august presence of Muni Shri Saurabh Sagar Ji Maharaj and Prabal Sagar Ji Maharaj, eminent saints of Digambar sect, who also gave their discourses on the need for uniting Jain society.
LAUNCHING OF POETIC COLLECTION "MULYA MATI KA" BY MUNI LOKESH
On the occasion of All India Sarvbhasha Kavi Sammelan, a collection of poems titled "Mulya Maati Ka" written by Muni Shri Lok Prakash "Lokesh" and eminent disciple of Acharya Mahapragya Ji was launched on Nov. 19, by the Union information and Broadcasting Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj. The function was held at Rajendra Bhawan Auditorium, New Delhi. The Minister highlighted the need for all political leaders to take inspiration and guidance from Saints and Litterateur for handling difficult political situations nationally and internationally. The poems of Muni Shri Lok Prakash are exemplary in itself with words full of warmth and kindness. The function was also attended by Dr. Madhur Shastri, Shri Balkavi Vairagi & Dr. Dayanand Bhargav.
This book addresses both the need for the 'ahimsa' in the current scenario with a focus on spirituality, preksha meditation and Anuvrat movement. Muni Lokesh on the occasion of launching of his third great work of poetic collection highlighted the need to recognize the value of our "mitti" - the soil, for the unity and integration of our country. By the term "mitti" he relates the values and ethics of our culture.
UK ROYAL FAMILY VISITS LEICESTER JAIN TEMPLE
Sept. 2002 - the first day of the Jain Shvetambara Paryushan festival - the Earl and Countess of Wessex visited the Jain Center in Leicester, England. Prince Edward and his wife Sophie were representing the Queen in her Golden Jubilee year, and this event was one of several recent visits by the members of the royal family to non-Christian faith institutions in the UK. Each of these visits were part of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Tour of the UK, their purpose being to demonstrate that Christian and non-Christian communities are central to contemporary Britain. During their visit, the Earl and Countess of Wessex were taken on a guided tour of Leicester's Jain temple which is the headquarters of Jain Samaj in Europe. The royal couple met the representatives of the Jain community, who then informed them about the main principles of Jainism, in particular the principle of non-violence. The Earl and Countess enjoyed their visit to the Jain Centre, and especially admired the architecture and the carvings inside the temple. Source: Jain Spirit, Issue 13, Dec. 2002.
JAIN MAHASAMMELAN HELD AT SADRI, RAJASTHAN
Under the guidance of Acharya Shri Padma Sagar Suriji, a Mahasammelan was held on the 27th October 2002 at Sadri in Rajasthan. The function was organised by Bharatiya Sanskriti Samanvay Sansthan, Jodhpur. Topics discussed included Unity and Co-operation amongst different Jain sects, countering misleading propaganda against Jain saints, protection of Jain temples and property from undesirable elements etc. Acharya Shri Padma Sagar Surijii is the founder of Shri Mahavir Jain Aradhana Kendra, Koba near Gandhi Nagar in Gujarat.
ANIMATION VIDEO FILM(VCD) ON CHANDANBLA
Trishla Electronics, Mumbai has launched an animation Video film / CD on Chandanbala, the first disciples of Bhagwan Shri Mahavir Swami. Titled Chandanbala Ek Karm Katha, is first ever animation Video CD (film) on Jainism, duration 90 minutes, in Hindi. Comprises of 2 VCDs. It has good quality animation with title song & 10 Doha (two liners) and nicely scripted heart touching dialogues dubbed by professional TV artist. For further details contact: Trishla Electronics (Mr. Mahendra D. Jain) E-Mail:
MAHARASHTRA, ANIMAL DEALERS CALL FOR GOVT. CRACKDOWN
Two years ago, Prime Minister Vajpayee directed state governments to strictly enforce animal transport and slaughter laws, but such enforcement is virtually impossible given the weak penalties under current law. Current law provides for a meagre fine of 10-50 rupees for first-time offenders convicted of cruelty to animals. In a report prepared by PETA, it is recommended to multiply that number by at least 100 and provisions for the confiscation of vehicles used to illegally transport animals and jail time for repeat offenders. The notable signatories to the report are Dr V.N. Vishnupurikar, general manager of the Deonar abattoir; Dr V.T. Raikwar, veterinarian at Deonar abattoir; Moin Quereshi, chairperson of the Cattle Dealers Association; M.A. Quereshi, president of the All India Sheep and Goat Breeder and Dealer Association; Dr P.M. Naik, livestock development officer and deputy director of animal husbandry; Dr H.D. Gaikwad, deputy director of Animal Husbandry; R.H. Kadam, deputy regional transport officer and Dr A.R. Nageshkar, secretary of the Bombay SPCA.
'Now that even the animal dealers and transporters and slaughter industries are calling for stiffer penalties for abusers, what is the Central Government waiting for?' asks PETA research manager Poorva Joshipura. 'The woefully inadequate Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960 must be strengthened.' For more information, please visit
GOLD & SILVER COINS OFFERED BY BHAGWAN MAHAVIR DAKSHIN BHARAT JAIN SABHA
To commemorate the auspicious 2600th Janm Kalyanak of Dewadhidev 1008 Bhagwan Mahavir Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha is offering the most prestigious & auspicious set of two coins in its centenary year The set include Gold Plated Copper Coin 90 Grams & Silver Plated Copper Coin 90 Grams. The Cost is: Rs 325/- per set of two coins (postage extra Rs.60/- upto 3 sets) Booking available from 25th November 2002 to 31st December 2002 at Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha, 37,Mahavir Nagar,Sangali-416416.Ph:(0233)2623953. Fax:2623606. For further information, Please contact Ms. Asmita Kininge,
GAIA ANIMAL PROTECTION ORG. (BELGIUM) TO APPEAL AGAINST RULING
The animal organisations GAIA and Animaux en Péril are shocked by the acquittal of the seven cattle dealers against whom the public prosecutor had initiated proceedings before the magistrate's court of Dinant on charges of serious ill treatment of animals at the Ciney cattle market. Once again, the judge did not rule on the substance of the case, namely cruelty against animals. He acquitted the cattle torturers, considering that the video footage could not be accepted as evidence and that it constituted an invasion of the privacy of the cattle dealers.
GAIA will appeal against this ruling, which once again sends the wrong message to cattle dealers, namely: "don't worry if visual proof of your misdeeds is submitted to the public prosecutor, you will not be found guilty anyway, for as always, it is your law of cruelty that prevails". Moreover, there is no legislation that specifically forbids pictures taken with a hidden camera to be used as evidence in court cases.
25 LACS DONATION OFFER - FOR THE WELFARE OF COWS - S. B. CHORDIA TRUST' CHENNAI
In the memory of Shri Sayar Chand Chordia, belonging to Jodhpur, S. Badalchand Chordia Trust, 51, Erulappan Street, Sowcarpet, Chennai - 79 (Ph. 044-5293694) has announced a special donation of Rs. 25 lacs to be utilized for the welfare of cows all over India. Organisations and trusts involved in cow welfare activities may contact the trust for the release of the amount along with their registration certificates.
NEXT CHATURMAS OF UPADHYAY SHRI MANIPRABH SAGARJI M.S.
At the request of Mumbai Jain Swetambar Khatargachh Shri Sangh, Maniprabh Sagarji M.S. has accepted the invitation to stay at Mumbai during next chaturmas. Sh. Mangal Prabhat Loda communicated the invitation and secured his acceptance inspite of several other requests from other regions of Maharashtra. Information Courtesy: Sh Samrathmal Sonaji Ranka, Sri Jin Hari Vihar Dharamshala, Taleti Road, Palitana -364720 Gujarat.
1. Shri Dileep Bohra of Chennai was accepted to Jain order and accorded Bhagwati Diksha on the 25th November, 2002 under the Sthanakwasi Jain Sangh, Mysore by Shri Parshwa Chandra Ji Maharaj, disciple of Shri Shubh Chandra Ji Maharaj, belonging to Shri Jai Mal Ji's sect.
2. Shri Jitendra Kumar Tatia of Jodhpur son of Shri Prem Chand Ji Tatia belonging to village Aou near Bhojasan road in the Jodhpur district of Rajasthan was accorded Bhagwati Diksha on the 9th December, 2002 by Acharya Shri Champa Lal Ji Maharaj of Shwetambar Sthanakwasi sect.
3. Ms. Bhavita Parikh of Baroda daughter of Sh. Naresh Parikh and grand daughter of Shantilal Hemraj Parikh will be accorded diksha by Upadhyay Shri Maniprabh Sagarji M.S. on 22nd February 2003 at Baroda. Ms. Bhavita has completed 21 years of age. She is convent-educated and presently studying B.E. Engg. (Computers). She has also been honoured national level athletic awards in several sports events. Information Courtesy: Sh Samrathmal Sonaji Ranka, Sri Jin Hari Vihar Dharamshal, Taleti Road, Palitana -364720 Gujarat Ph. 02848-52653
1. Hemachandra. A Twelfth Century Handbook on Shvetambara Jainism By Olle Qvarnstrom Publisher : Harvard Oriental Studies, Vol. 60, Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 2002. This book is a translation of Hemachandra's Yogasastra into English. The Yogasastra, the most comprehensive treatise on Shvetambara Jainism, was written in the 12th century by the polymath Hemachandra. It is a systematic presentation of a set of ideas and practices originally belonging to the Shvetambara integrates innovations of his own as well as non-Jain elements o pan-Indian and Saiva provenance, attesting to a strong Tantric influence on mediaeval Jainism.
2. Teerth Darshan Publisher : Shree Jain Prarthana Mandir Trust. This publication is an illustrated encyclopedia of 256 selected ancient Jain pilgrim centres. The featured sites include some that are more than 700 years old, some which are associated with significant events in the lives of the Trithankaras, as well as some which are famous the world over for their art and architecture. For buying contact: Mr. U. Pannalal Vaid, E-Mail:
3. The Scientific Foundations of Jainism by Kanti Mardia Publisher: Motilal Banarshidass, Second Edition. This is a unique book which uses axioms to examine and analyses the scientific foundations of Jainism. Professor Mardia is an eminent Professor of Statistics at Leeds University an a dynamic and tireless founder of the Yorkshire Jain Foundation. This book integrates his mathematical and scientific knowledge with Jain wisdom and is a rare contribution to knowledge. For buying contact:
APPOINTED - DR. Ramesh CHANDRA Jain
Dr. Ramesh Chandra Jain, has been nominated Chairman of Indian Institute of Mass Communication, a premier management education institute run by The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. He is one of the most prominent and respectable name in the entire Jain community. In past, he held several key positions in business, educational institutions and religious organisations. Dr. Ramesh Chandra Jain is also Managing Trustee of the Bhartiya Jnanpith, Sahu Jain Trust and National President of Bharatvarshiya Digambar Jain Teerthakshetra Committee , All India Digamber Jain Parishad. He was also associated with The Times of India as Executive Director , Navbharat Times as Managing Editor, The Economic Times and Sandhya Times as publishers .We congratulate him for accepting this prestigious assignment. E-Mail
DR. ARUN JAIN, CMD POLARIS SOFTWARE ARRESTED in INDONESIA
The chairman of Polaris group, Mr. Arun Jain, has been arrested by the
Indonesian police over over a commercial dispute between his company and Artha
Graha Bank in Jakarta. Mr. Jain was detained on December 13 on a complaint of
the Bank which had signed a contract with Polaris and subsequently cancelled it.
His arrest sent shock waves in the entire IT industry. The reaction was so sharp
that a delegation of Nasscom called on IT minister Pramod Mahajan. The external
affairs ministry also took the matter with the Indonesian ambassador and lodged
a strong protest and demanded the release of Mr. Jain. The Polaris software had
entered into and agreement with Bank Artha Graha in June and August of this
year. The company claimed that the bank unilaterally terminated the contract,
which was to be completed by July 2003. Polaris objected the termination and
wanted to resolve the issue through talks. Mr. Jain went to Jakarta on December
13 to meet the bank officials at Jakarta and later arrested in the bank
Sources from industry say there is a sinister story
behind Mr. Jain's arrest. He went to Jakarta to settle the dispute. The bank
asked Polaris to pay damages and return the advance. The bank started putting
pressure on Mr. Jain to settle the dispute of payment before he could return to
India. Mr. Jain requested time to consider the request. He was willing to
consider this but the bank apparently asked for a "ridiculously large" amount.
The bank, which has closed ties with the Indonesian military got Mr. Jain
arrested. The entire Jain Samaj is both indignant and worried. Ahimsa
Foundation requests all the Business leaders of Jain community around the world
to come together and register a protest with the Indian and Indonesian
PROPOSAL TO START A DISCUSSION GROUP FOR LADIES (LADIES CORNER)
Proposals have been received from several viewers to introduce a separate section on ladies, on our web portal,
www.jainsamaj.org, high-lighting views from women in the Jain society, providing them with a forum for discussion and coming to know each other irrespective of their place of residence or country, religious sect which they belong to and social status. for example, They can discuss problems about children, women's education, religious thinking, vegetarianism and food and so on. Suggestions are invited specially from ladies about the usefulness of this section, topics which they would like to discuss or the subjects, which they would like to focus and the extent to which they would be interested to take part in this activity.
DEVLOK GAMAN - SADHVI LAD KUNWAR JI
Sadhwi-Pramukha Pravartini Mahasati Shri Lad Kunwar Ji Maharaj disciple of Acharya Shri Hasti Mal Ji Maharaj, belonging to Sthanakwasi Shwetambar Jain sect breathed her last after a prolonged illness on 14th November, 2002 at Jodhpur. She had taken the vow of 'santhara' (fasting till death) several hours before her expiry. A long procession was taken out through the entire city on the next day, carrying her body in a sitting posture in a palanquin. The news about her Devlok spread through out the country within a few hours and condolence meetings were arranged at various towns and cities.
Dr. K. R. Chandra, a veteran scholar of Prakrit and Pali and Ex. Head of Prakrit and Pali Deptt. Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, breathed his last on 15-10-02. He contributed a lot to the study of Prakrit and Jainology in General and to the editing of Shwetamber Jain Canonical Texts in particular. He has, to his credit, more than one hundred research papers and twenty books.
AHIMSA TIMES INVITES NEWS CORRESPONDENTS FOR HELPING IN NEWS COLLECTION
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