Thursday, September 30, 2010

ayodhya verdict's impact



Sajjan Raj Mehta

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Bangalore celebrates Mahaveer Jayanthi

Bangalore celebrates Mahaveer Jayanthi

Staff Reporter
BANGALORE: A colourful procession and programmes marked the Bhagawan Mahaveer Jayanthi celebrations here on Sunday in which thousands of Jains participated.

The procession led by the Jain Yuva Sangathan was flagged off by Assistant Commissioner of Police Jeetendranath from Town Hall, and went through Nagarathpet and Chickpet before reaching Freedom Park where a function was held. Tableaux depicting scenes from Jain mythology, the life of Mahaveera and unity among Jain sects were a part of the procession.

Among others, Vice-Chancellor of Visvesvaraya Technological University H.P. Khincha, Bangalore Central MP P.C. Mohan, Gandhinagar MLA Dinesh Gundu Rao and Police Commissioner Shankar M. Bidari were present.

Various Jain religious leaders attended the function.

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peace march and Jayanthi celebrations

Catholicy+tolerance=Jain community
PK Surendran
A manner worth emulating, some two lakh Jains in Bangalore took up the challenge thrown at them by the system, and emerged victorious earning a grateful salute from chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.
This is, however, the first time the Jain community has found to their chagrin Mahaveer Jayanthi, the holiest day of the year, coinciding with the civic elections. "We could not give up either," remarks Rajesh Bantia, president of Jain Yuva Sangathan. "And, we did both--celebration and voting took place." On its part, the government, in a show of magnanimity, made an exception to the Jains' peace march and Jayanthi celebrations and also ensured that the city police commissioner was present at the celebrations.
Some 20,000 Jains thus took part in the colourful procession where eight thematic tableaus conveyed the pivotal messages on 'Ahimsa' and 'universal brotherhood' Mahaveera taught humanity. Beginning from Town Hall, the procession wound its way through Nagrathpet, Chikpet via BVK Iyengar Road ending at Freedom Park. Jain Gurus including Hansrajji Maharaj, Vardhaman Sagarji Maharaj, Mallipragyaji, and others blessed the gathering.
The chairman of the Sangathan's media and its former secretary, Jain Sajjan Mehta says the community had decided to intersperse the celebrations and programmes with breaks, one each in the morning and evening, so that people could vote. "I voted at 7:10 am and came to the procession immediately. Thousands of community members did the same. My information is that 75% Jains voted in spite of the day-long celebrations with a potpourri of cultural programmes. "We wanted to show that we could take up the challenge and we did, thanks to the government and the election commission that made an exception to the poll day rules of not allowing processions or gatherings." Mahaveer Babel, vice-chairman of the Sangathan says Yeddyurappa had rang up the Jain leaders yesterday, urging them to bear it this time and also vote. "It was a great gesture," Babel says.
Meanwhile, the Jains' largest medical charity-Bhagvan Mahaveera Hospital at Vasant Nagar-- conducted a pooja in its foyer and distributed fruit and biscuits to all the in-house patients. The 200-bed super speciality hospital provides free surgeries and dialysis treatment to scores of poor people. When hospital president Parasmal Bhansali was asked what he felt about the elections happening on such an important religious day, he says though it was an inconvenience to Jains, "we don't wear the community tag on our sleeves."
Jain Yuva Sangathan has requested the state government to rename the Metro Station at Central Arts College ground as 'Kundalpur Nagiri' (The Birth place of Mahavira). This is the least the government and people could do to honour the entity that preached ahimsa to the world. Another request the Sangthan put forward to the government was to ban cow slaughter in Karnataka. The demand was put forth by the Cow Progeny Protection Force (CPF).

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Request for Passing the Karnataka Anti Cow Slaughter Bill 2010 .

The President of India
Rashtrapathi Bhavan
New Delhi

Subject: Request for Passing the Karnataka Anti Cow Slaughter Bill 2010 .

The Bhartiya Janata Party contested elections in Karnataka with a manifesto that if chosen to power, they would ban the slaughtering of cows and oxen.

Aware of this, the people of Karnataka put the BJP government into power. One must commend the BJP government for living up to their end of the bargain.

After introducing and getting the Prevention of Cow Slaughter bill cleared from the assembly, it was supposed to be signed by the governor and enacted as a law. Instead of following this normal procedure, the governor reverted it to the President of India.

Now, the President of India must decide on a number of issues, keeping in mind Chapter IV-A. Article 51-A (g) of The Constitution of India which states that "it shall be the fundamental duty of every citizen of India ... to have compassion for all living creatures." It should be noted that even the former Prime Minister, the late Indira Gandhi, had written to all State governments in 1982 suggesting a total ban on slaughter of cattle. Severe penalties have been incorporated in the legislation only to ensure effective enforcement. All the founding fathers of our great nation echoed similar sentiments. Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation rightly said that the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

When we take something from someone, we must return the favour. The cow has fed and nourished us with the same milk that she feeds and nourishes her baby with. This goes to say a lot. We have fed on her milk and now we must return the favour. It's a blot on our conscience to go to bed every night while innocent and noble creatures like cows are brutally and mercilessly slaughtered and hacked apart to death. Are creatures which have never wronged or harmed us but only served - only to be slaughtered for their service and love?

We ask the President of India to sign the Bill to show us, the people of Karnataka, her good faith; and to the rest of India that she cares about the debt owed by people to the dumb and useful creatures who enrich our lives in uncounted ways. After all, can any of us survive without the cow, cattle and other species? Could we at least spare them the hellish cruelty of merciless slaughter?

She was there when you needed her. Now she needs you.

Thanking you,

Your’s Truly

Sajjan Raj Mehta

President.Jain Yuva Sangathan


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Celebrating jain samvatsari

Who is a Jain?

The devotee of vishnu is called a Vaishnav; the devotee of Shiva is called a Shaiva; the follower of the Buddha is called a Buddhist: the follower of Christ is called a Christain. In the same manner, the follower of Jineshwer is known as a Jain. Hence, this dharma has become current, established and reowned under the name of the Jain dharma. One who follows the path shown by Jineshwer is a Jain.

Such a man is a Jain to whatever nation he may belong; to whatever sect or creed he may belong; in whatever philosophical context he might have been born or brought up. The Jain dharma is not a religious sect or creed. Anyone can adore and follow this dharma irrespective of his caste and creed. This living dharma is meant for all.

Fasting is very common among Jains and as a part of Jain festivals. Most Jains fast at special times, during festivals, and on holy days.Paryushan is the most prominent festival, lasting eight days in Svetambara Jain tradition and ten days in Digambar Jain tradition during themonsoon. The monsoon is a time of fasting. However, a Jain may fast at any time, especially if he or she feels some error has been committed. Variations in fasts encourage Jains to do whatever they can to maintain whatever self control is possible for the individual
Purpose of fasting

Monks, nuns and laity fast as penance and to control desires. Jains believe fasting purifies the body and the mind, reminding one of Mahavir's emphasis on renunciation and asceticism. Mahavir spent months fasting and in contemplation. It is not sufficient simply to stop eating when fasting; the person must also stop wanting to eat. Control over one's mind is a major goal. If one continues to desire food, the fast is fruitless..

Why is fasting essential ?

The body experiences weakness by fasting and hunger but that weakness is not caused by the absence of food but because the unclean stuff is cast off. After the body is purified strength returns to the body. It acquires freshness and agility. In this, there is no wonder. After the foreign, unwanted substances are removed from the body, health naturally appears in it.

Normally, in the body heat is always being produced. hence, there is always a certain degree of heat in the body. In the Jain terminolgy, this process may be given the, Taijas Sharir or Taijas Namkarma. To keep this process of the production of heat continuing, fuel is necessary. Most of the fuel is obtained from the carbohydrates and fats in our food. But during the period of Upavas fasting when the consumption of food has been stopped, the remaining oart of the food gets urnt and assimilated. Hence, during Upavas (fasing period) the fats soon decreases; and like fats the strength of the liver, the spleen and muscless also gets reduced but the brain never grows weak and never sustains even the slightest loss; so we get sound sleep. The thoughts become wholesome and pure. In the begining, the foul stuff found in the body may appear on the tongue; may come out in form of spittle; may cause giddiness etc., but gradually, everything gets all right.

Upavas is useful in getting rid of such diseases as fever, smallpox, measles, asthma, blood pressure, eczema etc. By means of Upavas the children of a doctor in America by name, Edward David, were saved from the dreadful disease of Diphtheria. In his book, The Non-breakfast plan and Fasting Cure, the doctor has written that during illness, it is far better to fast than to take fod or medicines because by that means, health can be soon recovered.

We are all human beings and as human buings the problems,humanity is facing today are our own.As a matter of fact,we ourselves are responsible for their consequences also.It is our earnest duty to ponder over their roots and causes, to suggest their solutions and to make their eradiction..Today we are celebrating SAMVATSARI, and each and every Jain according to his capacity does something towards fasting,swadhyay,samayik,jain readings & pratikraman..By pratikraman he or she asks or begs pardon for the carelessness in his or her movements and for the violence he or she caused to any creature,knowing pretty well that the fruit of non-violence is happiness and well being and that of violence is pain,grief and misery..

Fasting from one fast to 3,8.30& more fasting have been done by many and one of our Jain saint is going to do 95 shortly at Bangalore..If you feel like meeting her ,you can meet or contact who have dofasting for their good for their good..


Sajjan Raj Mehta


Saturday, September 11, 2010