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Ahimsa Times - December 2003 Issue

Vol. No. 42

December, 2003

"WHAT YOU DESIRE FOR YOURSELF DESIRE FOR OTHERS TOO;
WHAT YOU DO NOT DESIRE FOR YOURSELF, DO NOT DESIRE FOR OTHERS TOO" - ESSENCE OF JINA DHARMA.

BBCI LAUNCHES JAINISM WEBSITE www.bbc.co.uk
BBC Religion and Ethics launched the Jainism website on 7th December 2003 which communicates the philosophy and culture of Jain Religion. The launch of the BBCI Jainism website is a pioneering development in communicating the essence of Jain culture. The newly launched website will allow people worldwide to appreciate and understand the Jain values of ahimsa, aparigraha and annekant as a highly relevant and essential part of modern living. Mr. Alan Bookbinder, Head of BBC Religion and Ethics speaking at the launch said "I am delighted that the values of Jainism including respect, compassion, tolerance and concern for all living beings are now visible allowing audiences to appreciate Jain values in today's world." Dr. Atul Shah, Executive Editor of Jain Spirit speaking at the launch said" The aim of the BBCI Jainism website is not to convert people or try to be" cool" but to inform people on the values of Jainism and how it is not just an old age philosophy but a way of living which is both modern and applicable to anyone, at anytime and at any place." The BBCI website launch also saw the UK launch of Jain Spirit's Photo Exhibition entitled Jainism: Ancient Tradition, Modern Values. It displays images of everyday life, which capture Jain values in a modern day setting. The photo exhibition will be going on tour around the country in 2004, dates will be announced at a later date. The BBCI launch was at the Jain Samaj Community Centre in Manchester and was co-organised by Jain Spirit magazine and Young Jains of Manchester.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF JAIN DOCTORS ON 3RD AND 4TH JAN. 2004 AT AHEMDABAD
Jain Doctors Federation, Ahmedabad, India branch has planned to hold an international conference of Jain doctors on 3rd & 4th January, 2004, at Koba - Gandhinagar, under auspicious nishra of P.P. Acharyashri Padmasagarji Maharaj. The topics likely to be covered range from Karmavad, Anekantvad, Reincarnation, Ecology, Ethics, Psychology, Scriptures, Jain Sculpture, Quantum mechanism, laws of Physics, Biology; all in the context of Jainism. The effect of Jain life style, food, attitude and particularly Penace (tapa) on human physiology, health & prevention of various new & old diseases will be elaborated. Importantly, unity of Jain doctors, brotherhood, ahimsak treatment (non-violence) & allied topics will be discussed. A Workshop on Jain meditation also will be conducted; followed by Bhakti-sandhya.We request as many doctors & their spouses to attend the conference. Contact: Dr.K.K. Shah (Surgeon), Chairman, 206-7-8 Sangini Complex, Near Parimal Railway crossing, Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad-380006 India. National Co-ordinators at Mumbai: Dr. M.M. Begani Tel:-(022) 22022288/ 22041141, Dr.C.L.Chouhan Tel:-(022) 22845787.

REPORT ON THE SECOND ALL INDIA JAIN DOCTORS CONFERENCE AT SRI MAHAVIRJI
Under the guidance of Upadhya Shri Gyan Sagarji Maharaj, Dr. D. C. Jain and Dr. S. C. Jain organised a "The Second All India Doctors Conventions - 2003" on 21st & 22nd November at Digamber Jain Atishay Khetra, Shri Mahaveerji, Rajasthan. The conference was inaugurated by Dr. J.P.Sethi of Jaipur and was attended by over 450 registered delegates and 1000 accompanying persons. Twenty research papers were presented in six sessions over two days. The topics included latest trend in the management of Hypertension, Coronary Artery disease, Prevention of heart disease and Jain way of life., Jain diet, Healthy eating habits, Scientific benefits of Vegetarian Diet, Irritable Bowl Syndrome, Bone health and diet, Medical Ethics and Doctors, Female Infanticide, Adolescent Sex Education, Anatomical basis of Vegetarianisrn, Stress management and Jain Philosophy, Yoga and Healthy way of living, Relevance of Jain principles and management of stress, Life Long good vision and how can you achieve it etc. Shri Gyan Sagar Ji Maharaj addressed the gathering and the explained the important role of doctors in the national development and in creating a healthy society. Conference was sponsored by Shri Karun Jain, Executive Director of Micro Group of Companies. Please Click any where on this news to read full report on this event.

FIRST JINALAYA OF ITS KIND FOR ADINATH BHAGWAN IN SAURASHTRA
Under the auspices and blessings of Sadhvi Charuvratasriji Maharaj, the old glory of Dhankagiri in Saurashtra, Gujarat is being revived. Earlier in ancient times, the Dhankagiri hills were part of Shatrunjaya and Vimalanchal region. The topography changed and Dhankagiri hills got separated from the Shatrunjaya and Vimalanchal region. Behind Girnar Hills, there is a place called Patanvav. It is at the foothills of Dhankagiri hills. It is at this place the very first of which kind in the whole world? "Shri Siddha Chakra Yantramaya Jinalaya" is coming up here, the construction, of which is carried out in accordance of the AAGAMA SHASTRA principles of Vasthu. The shape of this temple, inside and outside will be like a Lotus and the ariel view of this temple will look exactly as "Shri Siddha Chakra Yantra ". In this temple all the Gods, Goddesses, Grahas, Dusa-dikpal, Asthamangal, Siddhas, Tirthankaras, Arihants and Demigods will be manifested just as they are placed in Siddhachakrayantra. It is said that the Siddhachakrayantra has potential to usher in all types of prosperities and gains besides bringing happiness and peace to the whole region, state and country.

The holistic view and the aesthetic value were all generated from the inspiration, knowledge and wisdom of Sadhviji Maharaj. Ancient record reveals that this place housed several temples, which were built in Gold, and the statues were decorated with the precious and semi-precious stones. Historical events say that they were victims of looting and plundering from northwestern conquerors like Mohd. Gazani, Mohd. Gouri, Allahuddin Khilji, Nadir Shah and the like. Efforts are on now to bring the old glory of its place. Will history repeat itself? In order to give a clear position of the said project and also acquaint about the oncoming plans for implementing the existing projects, we have launched a website by name www.dhankagiri.org. We invite you to see the website and have the first hand information of the said project. Courtesy: Dr. Sulekh Jain.

PERFORMANCE OF JAIN CANDIDATES IN DELHI STATE ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS

Constituency Name of Jain Candidates Opposing Candidates

Margin

Sadar Bazar Sh. Rajesh Jain (Cong.) Won Sh. Raghuvansh Singhal (BJP) Lost 18079
Ballimaran Sh. Satish Jain- (Indep.) Lost Sh. Haroon Yusuf (BJP) Won 22791
Seelampur Sh. Sanjay Jain (BJP) Lost Sh. Matin Ahmed (BJP) Won 21712
Krishna Nagar Sh. Narendra Jain(Cong) Lost Dr. Harsh Vardhan (BJP) Won 14073
Wazirpur Prof. Rattan Jain (Cong) Lost Sh. Mange Ram (BJP) Won 2507
Minto Road Sh. Manoj Jain (BJP) Lost Tajdar Babbar (BJP) Won 18487

NATIONAL REGISTER OF JAIN MANUSCRIPTS BY NATIONAL ARCHIVES
On the occasion of 2600th centenary celebrations of Bhagwan Mahavir, the Ministry of Culture, Government of India has taken a decision to arrange for preparation of national register of Jain Manuscripts under the guidance and control of National Archives, New Delhi. Shri Kundkund Gyanpeeth, Indore has been selected as regional nodal agency and entrusted with the work of documentation and cataloguing in the selected districts of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhatisgarh and Uttar Pradesh. Based on the data so collected, E-catalogue will be prepared. Before taking up the actual cataloguing work, it is necessary to train people in locating the information, survey, documentation, indexing and protection and preservation of manuscripts. Kundkund Gyanpeeth has already taken up this work and training camps are being arranged. Three such camps have already been organised at Indore.

TV BROADCASTING OF JAIN PROGRAMMES ON SADHNA CHANNEL
The discourses by Acharya Shri Shanti Sagar Ji Maharaj belonging to Digambar sect are being broadcast over 'Sadhna channel' since 10th November, 2003 every day from 8.00 AM to 8.25 AM. The devotees would be happy to listen and view the programme and be benefited by the same.

SMT. POORNIMA ADVANI TO RECEIVE ACHARYA TULSI AWARD FOR DUTIFULNESS
Smt. Poornima Advani, Chairperson of National Women's Commission has been selected for this year's Acharya Tulsi Award for dutifulness. This award is being given by All India Terapanth Mahila Mandal for the last two years. Smt. Advani has been engaged in women's education, training and development activities for a long time. The award will carry a cash amount of rupees one lakh and an eulogical narrative. It will be given on the 18th January, 2004 in the presence of Acharya Mahapragya.

MORE GOVT. SCHOOLS FOR RURAL AREAS IN M.P. SAYS M.P. EDUCATION MINISTER, ALKA JAIN
Education Minister in the newly elected State Assembly of Madhya Pradesh Ms. Alka Jain wants more Govt. Schools to be opened in rural areas during the next five years. She said, the new Government in Madhya Pradesh will open more primary and secondary schools in rural areas to eradicate illiteracy. A detailed programme will also be chalked out to improve the standards of medical education. Ms. Alka Jain is the only Jain candidate elected in recently held state assembly elections of M.P. She is daughter of late Shri Nirmal Chand Jain, former Governor of Rajasthan.

KARNATAKA STATE OFFERS MINORITY STATUS TO SWETAMBER JAINS ALSO
Till now Karnataka state only recognised Digamber Jains as minority community but as per a recent notification of the state government all other jain sects have also now been included in the list of minority communities. Till now Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Uttranchal, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have already notified jains as a minority community.

UTTARANCHAL GOVERNOR VISITS J.N.S. JAIN VIDHYALAYA
Uttaranchal Governor, Shri Sudarshan Agarwal lauded the educational services rendered by J N S Jain Vidhyalaya Matriculatoin/ Higher Secondary School. He said the school education here followed the path of Mahatma Gandhi's trusteeship concept in providing quality education at modest fee. Mr. Agarwal was participating in the school's annual day celebrations. He advised parents to adopt a child, apart from their own ward, to provide education as an obligation towards the betterment of society. Earlier, a portrait of Nathmal Singhvee (Jain), founder of the the school, was unveiled by Sudharshan Agarwal.

RESEARCH IN NATUROPATHY CAUSES RENEWED INTEREST IN NATURE CURE
Nature cure is an art and science of healthy living and a drugless system of healing based on well-founded philosophy. It is a very old science and there are numerous references in our Vedas and other ancient texts. The fundamental difference between nature cure and other systems is that its theory and practice on holistic viewpoint whereas latter's approach is specific. Nature cure does not believe in specific cause of a disease and its specific treatment. It helps in correcting all such factors which are responsible for the disease, i.e. physical, mental, social, moral, spiritual and environmental factors, so as to make a person healthy. It believes in the concept that nature is itself the greatest healer. Body has a capacity to prevent itself from disease and regain health, if unhealthy.

Naturopathy teaches us how we should live, what we should eat and how our daily routine should be. The human body possesses great recuperative power. It is composed of five great elements (Panch maha-bhut) and imbalance of these five elements creates diseases. Treatment of the diseases by these elements i.e. air, water, earth, fire and ether is known as nature cure. There are several institutions in the country as well as elsewhere, which have taken up intensive studies and research in naturopathy. At Government level, Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy working under the Department of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy, attached to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been actively engaged in training and research investigations through its various centres. Many hospitals, like All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and others have been working over different projects to establish and improve efficacy of naturopathy system in curing many chronic diseases like Asthma, Ameobiasis, Anaemia, Neurosis, Allergic skin diseases, Cervical Spondylosis, Non-healing ulcers, Colitis, Diabetes, Eczema, Paralysis, Hypertension, Hyperacidity, Jaundice, Leucorrhoea, Leprosy, Osteo-Arthritis, Psoriasis, Scabies, Sciatica and psycho-somatic disorders. General treatment modalities and diagnostic methods employed in nature cure include diet therapy, fasting therapy, mud therapy, hydro-therapy, masso therapy, chromo-therapy and air therapy.

INSIDE THE LATEST ISSUE OF JAIN SPIRIT

Issue 17 presents a new range of fresh articles and images on Jainism, which will be a joy to read and view. This is now published by the Thomson Press of India and distributed worldwide by them. The new issue will be of better quality than before. Lavinia Plonka has written a wonderful piece on ‘workaholism' and there are beautiful pictures of Paryushan celebrations from all over the world. The size and number of pages of the magazine have also expanded.

CANCER-PREVENTION PROPERTIES IN HOUSEHOLD MATERIALS BY A JAIPUR PROFESSOR
Mr. Ashok Kumar, professor of Zoology at Rajasthan University, Jaipur has established through his research programme that house-hold materials, namely basil (Tulsi), (Pudina), aloe vera (Gwar patha) and mustard (Sarson) possess cancerous disease-prevention properties and their extract can be effectively used for this purpose. Use of these materials is widespread in Indian food. According to him, his research aims at developing a dietary supplement, capable of resisting and fighting carcinogenic substances and thus prevent cancer. An unrestricted cell proliferation happens due to alteration in the gene, which by the way of cell damages effects change in the DNA. This may happen due to 'free radicals' (unstable compounds) created in the process of metabolism or due to radiation or biological factors, which can be bacteria or a virus. Peppermint, which is a variety of mint has been found to give best results in preventing cancer and reversing cancer symptoms. In controlled conditions, it was found by him that cancer spread in a subject took five weeks while post-employment of peppermint increased the latency period to eight weeks. The number of tumours was found to have been reduced by 40%. The size and weight of tumours also came down. For his successful work, he has recently been awarded 'Kadota prize' at the third International conference on 'food factors' held at Tokyo. (Courtesy: Hindustan Times Dec. 18th, 2003).

THEFT OF JAIN IDOLS : A REGULAR FEATURE IN TAMILNADU
Panchaloha idols of old jain temples continues to be stolen in Tamilnadu. There is hardly any complaint filed for such thefts and export of these idols is going on continuously. There is not even a single Jain to act on this matter and police is also not usually acting on such issues for reasons best known to them. Smugglers are encouraged day by day. The theft and export of statues takes place in the gap of three months, when the smuggler makes copy of same idol and replaces in the original place with newly made idol so that public does not get any hint of it. Public (local villagers) gets impression that it is divine power which brings the idol back, but actually it is conspiracy of placing the duplicate idols after being copied from original. The original goes out of India after three months or so. Courtesy: E-Mail : koolsmart2002@yahoo.com

CENTURIES OLD JAIN TEMPLE RECOVERED NEAR RAIPUR
An ancient Jain temple of the first Tirthankar, Shri Rishabh Dev Ji supposed to be belonging to 4th or 5th century was recovered recently at Maheshpur vill. in the Ambikapur district of M. P. It is about 30 km. from Ambikapur on the Udaipur (M.P.) - Ambikapur highway, situated on the bank of river 'ren'. Excavations have revealed remains of Shaiv, Vaishnava, Shakti and Jain cultures spread abundantly in the whole region. The Jain temple found there carries a black stone idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev Ji, 104 cm. tall in padmasan posture. The remains of the temple show indications of two side doors, main temple hall, 16'x20' size, decorated with art figures. The idol has a 'srivatsa' sign on the chest, trile umbrella (chhatra) over the head and hair hanging over the arms. Eravat elephant is shown besides the chhatra. Under the seat, lotus flower, the sign of first tirthankar is engraved. All India Digambar Jain Maha sabha has taken a leading role in the survey and excavation work. Courtesy: Nav Bharat, 26/11/03 and Jain Gazette.

CENTURIES OLD JAIN TEMPLE RECOVERED NEAR RAIPUR
An ancient Jain temple of the first Tirthankar, Shri Rishabh Dev Ji supposed to be belonging to 4th or 5th century was recovered recently at Maheshpur vill. in the Ambikapur district of M.P. It is about 30 km. from Ambikapur on the Udaipur (M.P.) - Ambikapur highway, situated on the bank of river 'ren'. Excavations have revealed remains of Shaiv, Vaishnava, Shakti and Jain cultures spread abundantly in the whole region. The Jain temple found there carries a black stone idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev Ji, 104 cm. tall in padmasan posture. The remains of the temple show indications of two side doors, main temple hall, 16'x20' size, decorated with art figures. The idol has a 'srivatsa' sign on the chest, trile umbrella (chhatra) over the head and hair hanging over the arms. Eravat elephant is shown besides the chhatra. Under the seat, lotus flower, the sign of first tirthankar is engraved. All India Digambar Jain Maha sabha has taken a leading role in the survey and excavation work. Courtesy: Nav Bharat, 26/11/03 and Jain Gazette.

SORRY STATE OF AFFAIRS AT KESARIA JI TEMPLE NEAR UDAIPUR IN RAJASTHAN
The famous pilgrimage centre for all Jains, both Shwetambar and Digambar is in a sorry state after its management and control has been taken over by the Devasthan Department of the Rajasthan Government for the last few years in view of the continuing struggle between the two sects. Since then, brahmin pandas are found loitering all over the temple premises, both outside and inside. They pester every visitor entering the temple for darshan, trying to persuade him to conduct 'pooja' of all the idols with their help so that they are able to extract money from them. There is hardly any example of any Jain temple in the country where pandas are allowed to conduct or help in conduct pooja. It is a curse for the sacred temple to allow such a mal-practice to continue and virtually discourage the pilgrims to enter the temple. There are two separate offices (Pedhi), one belonging to each sect but the donations placed by the pilgrims in the temple box do not reach any of the pedhis. It is high time that both Shwetambar and Digambar sects settle their differences mutually and take back the control of the temple from the Devasthan department so that unauthorised persons do not occupy the temple and hold the devotees at ransom. It is now understood that a somewhat similar situation exists at 2200 years old Jain temples at Khandgiri and Udaigiri caves in Orissa, where local pandas have illegally occupied the temples and inspite of protests from all the sides, no action has been taken so far by the authorities.

FOURTH JAIN HISTORY CONFERENCE AT NIPANI, KARNATAK
Fourth Jain History Conference of Maharashtra Jain Itihas Parishad will be held at Nipani (Belgaum) in Karnatak on 31st January and 1st February 2004. Renowned Jain historian Hampa Nagarajayya is elected as the President of the conference. The conference will be inaugurated by another renowned Jain historian Neeraj Jain of Satna. The chief guest for the inaugural function is Mr. Arun Gujarathi, Speaker of Vidhan Sabha, Maharashtra State. For more details. Please contact: Mr. Shrenik Annadate, Editor, Teerthankar, D-6, Rajhans, Rajendra Prasad Marg, Tilaknagar, Dombivali East 421 201. Phone: 0251-2404149 Courtesy: Dr. Sulekh Jain, E-Mail : scjain@earthlink.net

RAJASTHAN ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA HOLDS FRESH ELECTIONS
The Association of Rajasthani people staying in North America, called 'Rajasthan Association of North America' at its general body meeting held recently elected the following persons on its executive committee:
1. President: Shri Navin Chandra Shah
2.Vice-President: Dr. Ajay Lodha
3. Treasurer: Shri Surendra Khajanchi
Members: Shri Arvind Bhandari, Smt. Chandra Mehta, Dr. Kailash Singhvi, Shri Kanak Golia, Dr. Pushpa Bhansali, Dr. Raj Jain, Shri Rajiv Jain, Smt. Sampoorna Jain and Smt. Sarita Shah. The new executive will assume charge from 1st January, 2004.

MANGAL PRABHAT LODHA ELECTED INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT OF 'MAHAVIR INTERNATIONAL'
In the annual convention held at Aurangabad, Mr. Mangal Prabhat Lodha was elected as International President of Mahavir International. The convention was attended by over 2000 members from India and other countries. Earlier Mr. Lodha also served the organisation as Chairman, Mumbai Centre. Mr. Lodha is son of Justice Guman Mal Lodha ( Ex. Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court and Member of Parliament). On the lines of Rotary and Lions, "Mahavir International" is an international organisation with 252 branches, in India and overseas and over 40,000 active members. The institution is focusing its activities mainly in the fields of health services, medical relief to the needy & education. It runs five hospitals in Delhi. Impressed by the dedication of its members and services offered by this organisation in Delhi, Shri. Sahib Singh Verma, present Labour Minister in Vajpayee Government & Ex. Chief Minister of Delhi donated his anchestral house to this organisation to be used as hospital.

MAHENDRA MEHTA HONORED IN COLUMBUS, OHIO
Mahendra Mehta of Mumbai has been honoured and awarded a purse of $100,000 by World of Children at Columbus, Ohio. He has been helping runaway children from streets of Mumbai by educating them and teaching them skills so that they return to society with respect. He also distributes artificial legs to handicaps. News source: Jaina Spectrum.

SUSHILA BOHRA RECEIVES HELLEN KELLER AWARD
Mrs. Sushila Bohra, an eminent social worker of Jodhpur has been honoured with Hellen Keller award this year. She is the Founder President of 'Netraheen Vikas Sansthan', a charitable institution for helping the blind children to lead a respectable life. She has dedicated her life to the cause of poor women and children. She was honoured with the NCPEDP-Shell Hellen Keller Award at India International Centre, New Delhi on 2nd December, 2003 on the occasion of World Disabled Day by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People. The award was given by Shri Shiv Raj Patil, Vice-Chairman of Lok Sabha. Courtesy: Dainik Bhaskar, 4th Dec., 03.

JAIN IRRIGATION OF INDIA TO INTRODUCE GREEN HOUSES, MICRO-IRRIGATION SYSTEMS
An Indian high tech agro company, Jain Irrigation will be introducing green houses and micro irrigation systems for the first time in Sri Lanka for growing fruits and vegetables. For this purpose the company and the Finance Minister of Sri Lanka Bandula Gunawardena signed agreement at Colombo. The project will be located in the Uva Province. The project involves US $ 100 million. It is funded under the Indian Line of Credit to Sri Lanka.

DR. VIKAS JAIN SUSPENSION EXTENDED BY MEDICAL BOARD, OHIO
The State Medical Board of Ohio has extended the medical-license suspension of ophthalmologist, Dr. Vikas Jain (36) and majority owner of Bloomberg Eye Center for five months because the doctor attacked a taxicab driver. His medical license was first suspended in 2002, because alcohol dependence had impaired Jain's ability to practice medicine.

DR. SANDEEP K. JAIN PREVENTS FAMOUS MAGICIAN SHANKAR TO USE ANIMALS IN HIS SHOWS
A famous magician Samrat Shankar was showing some animals in his show at Ludhiana in Punjab. As per Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 Section 22, No one can exhibit, train or perform any animal without registration of Prescribed authority i.e. Animal Welfare Board of India. Being Member of Board (under Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India), Dr. jain went to show and saw that a Python was being exhibited there. He immediately called up wildlife officials and got the Python confiscated and sent to M. C. Zoological Park, Chatt Bir (Near Chandigarh). Two persons were arrested and produced in court and charged with offences under Wildlife Protection Act 1972 as the python is endangered species and is placed in Schedule I of Act.The Judge fined them Rupees 20,000/-each. He has approached the higher authorities to again take this case to higher court for enhancement of sentence. For other details contact Dr. Sandeep K. Jain, E-Mail: jeevdaya@rediffmail.com

LATA MANGESHWAR AWARD TO MUSIC MAESTRO RAVINDRA JAIN
Famous song composer and music director Ravindra Jain, who is the vice-President of Digambar Jain Maha sabha has been selected this year to receive the coveted Lata Mangeshkar Award instituteed by the Government of Maharashtra in the year 1992. The award carries a cash amount of Rupees one lakh and a souvenir.

NEW BOOKS RELEASED
Jain Lakshanavali : is a comprehensive, dictionary giving original definitions of Jain technical terms, gleaned from a wide range of literature including almost all the ancient Jain works, both Digambara and Swetambara. It is a compilation of authoritative definitions carefully collected from some 400 works of Prakrit and Sanskrit.

Methodology. The Jain Lakshanavali consists of three volumes and can be obtained for Rs. 300 from HINDI GRANTH KARYALAY, www.hindibooks.8m.com, Hirabaug, C. P. Tank, Mumbai 400004 INDIA, Tel.+912223826739 +912223826739 , E- Mail :manish.modi@bol.net.

Jaina Method of Purification : by Munisri Nyayavijayaji - excerpts from a book Jaina Darsana, the piece covers 12 vows like restraining from violence, 14 stages of spiritual development, Jaina conception of Karma, Code of Conduct and 6 obligatory duties like eating rules, veneration of elders.

Atma Siddhi- Adhyatma Geeta and Atmoparishad : An English translation with commentary by Manu Doshi, Lake Forest, USA of the original book "Atma-siddhi" in Gujarati written by Srimad Raj Chandra. Published by Srimad Raj Chandra Adhyatmik Sadhna Kendra, KOBA, Dist. Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat-382007. Pages: 275; Price: Rs. 60/-; US $ 2.

Diwakar Chitra Katha : This set of 46 story books has been specially produced for children, which can be purchased from M/S Setu Enterprises, Bombay. All books contain 32 pages and printed in English. The books are authored by various Jain Sadhu-Sadhvijis. The entire set is useful for elementary Level of learning. The details of the books are as follows:
Vol-01 Pashwanath Bhagwan
Vol-02 Wisdom Stories Of Abhaykumar
Vol-03 Moral Stories Of Bhagwan Mahavir
Vol-04 Kshamadan
Vol-05 Bhagwan Shantinath An Incarnation Of Peace
Vol-06 Miracles Of Namokar Mantra
Vol-07 Fortune Rich Dhanna
Vol-08 & 09 Compassionate-Bhagwan Mahavir
Vol-10 Bhagwan Rishabhdev
Vol-11 Princess Chandanbala
Vol-12 Mahasati Madanrekha
Vol-13 Miracles Of Siddhachakra
Vol-14 An Inspiring Story Of Megh Kumar
Vol-15 Prince Shrenik
Vol-16 Bhagwan Mallinath
Vol-17 Play Of Fate
Vol-18 Young Yogi-Jambu Kumar
Vol-19 Sati Anjana Sundari
Vol-20 Bhagwan Neminath
Vol-21 Jagat Guru-Shri Heer Vijay Suri
Vol-22 Reap What You Sow
Vol-23 Awakening Of Karkandu
Vol-24 The Sting Of Word
Vol-25 Nand Goldsmith
Vol-26 Ajatsatru Kunic
Vol-27 Do Good And Derive Good
Vol-28 The Bird In A Cage
Vol-29 Heaven On Earth
Vol-30 The Web Of Desire
Vol-31 Five Gems
Vol-32 Gautam-The Ambrosia-Man
Vol-33 Arya Sudharma
Vol-34 Punya Shravak
Vol-35 Bharat Chakravarti
Vol-36 Sursundari
Vol-37 Shrimad Rajchandra
Vol-38 Saddal Putra
Vol-39 Udayan And Vasavadatta
Vol-40 Kalikala Sarvajna Hem Chandracharya
Vol-41 King Kumarpal And Hem-Chandracharya
Vol-42 Arya Sthulabhadra Part-I
Vol-43 Arya Sthulabhadra Part-II
Vol-44 Emperor Samprati
Vol-45 Dadaguru Shri Jina Kushal
Vol-46 Rishidatta

DIKSHA CEREMONY
Shri Kamal Kishore, belonging to Jammu was initiated to Jain saintly order in the Shwetambar Sthanakwasi (Acharya Sushil Muni sect) in the holy presence of Shri Vijay Muni, Amrendra Muni, Iswar Muni, Rang Muni, Kastur Muni and Darshan Muni. at Alwar, Rajasthan on 16th November, 2003. The Bhagwati Diksha ceremony was held in a solemn and serene atmosphere. A large gathering of followers, relatives and friends of the family to which Shri Kamal Kishore belonged, witnesses the programme. Shri. Chandra Swami also graced the occasion.

DEVLOK GAMAN- SAINTS
Shwetambar Jain Sthanakwasi Sadhwi Mahasati Shri Pramod Sudha Ji, honoured as Maharashtra Pravartika, passed away on the 19th November, 2003 after taking santhara (fast unto death) at New Delhi. Eminent persons from Jain community of Delhi joined together to pay homage to her and pray for her soul to be at eternal peace.

Shwetambar Jain Sthanakwasi Sadhwi Shri Kaushalya Ji breathed her last at the age of 75 years on 27th November, 03 at Veer Nagar Jain Colony, New Delhi. She was the disciple of Mahasati Shri Kesho Devi Ji Maharaj. Her body was taken in a procession and cremated at Nigambodh Ghat in the presence of hundreds of followers.

FREEDOM FIGHTER RAJMAL JALAURI JAIN DIES AT THE AGE OF 90 AT VIDISHA, M. P.
Noted freedom fighter, Rajmal Jalauri Jain died of old age here yesterday. Jalauri's health suddenly deteriorated and he breathed his last after efforts to survive him failed. Shri. Rajmal Jalauri was son of erstwhile Madhya Bharat Chief Minister, Takhtmal Jain. He was jailed for nine months for taking part in the 'Quit India Movement'. He also held many distinguished posts including President of Vidisha municipality, President of district Congress committee and Chairman of Khadi Gramodyog.

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