Journey into Jainism ► Preliminaries ► Preface

Posted: 05.09.2017

Man is constantly engaged to gain material prosperity and in the process has lost touch with himself. Only a few people pay attention towards upliftment of human and spiritual values. Acharya Shri Tulsi is one of them. He is a great Acharya of Jain religion. He always thinks about the moral and spiritual development of the masses. This is why he sponsored Anuvrat movement for cultivating moral values. He also started "Preksha Meditation" in order to relieve mental, physical and emotional tensions, and "Science of living" for developing an integrative personality.

Moreover, he is very conscious about Jainism. Though monks and nuns are making incessant efforts to propagate Jain religion but due to their rigid code of conduct, they are bound to travel on foot only. Therefore, Acharya Shri Tulsi felt a need to start a new order called "Saman Order" who could travel abroad. This order was started in 1980 at Ladnun in Rajasthan.

I was one of the first few to get the golden opportunity to be initiated in this group. I spent my twelve years in the Saman Order. Not only did I study Jain canonical literature but also undertook journies abroad in order to spread the message of Lord Mahavir. With this mission I went to many parts of Europe, America, Canada, Hong Kong, Thailand, etc. When I was in London and America I found that children took great interest in the Jain historical stories. I used to tell them lots of stories and they suggested to me to put them down in a book form. At that very time I decided to write the stories. I thought that stories are a good media to make them understand our history, culture and the principles of Jainism.

I would like to thank Miss Sunita (D/o Mool Chand Singhi) who lives in New Jersey (America). She read the stories carefully, asked many questions about them and took up the praiseworthy task of editing them. Special thanks to Mahendra Muni who went through the stories and made them authentic from the historical point of view.

Finally, I am very grateful to Gurudeva Shri Tulsi, Acharya Shri Mahaprajna and Sadhvi Pramukha Kanak Prabhaji who are the very source of my enthusiasm in every walk of life. I pray Acharya Shri and Yuvacharya Shri may bestow their blessings so that I may further improve in my endeavours.

11/4/94  Jaipur

Sadhvi Vishrut Vibha

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