Posted: 19.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
These little Primary School students came back from a short excursion on the campus of Jain Vishva Bharati. They had been to the park to admire some flowers and to draw them afterwards. Their way of walking in a group is one of the first exercises in non-violent behaviour. It is not easy to move fast in a group together as shown on the photo, without being harmed or causing harm to others...
Posted: 18.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
When our stay in Ladnun neared the end, we remembered a location worthwile a second glimpse, the ancient Jain temple below the Old Ladnun Jain temple. To get to this location, one important condition has to be fulfilled, the person with the key has to be present in the Old Jain Temple above the ancient one. We luckily descended to these vaults, unknown to scholars and researchers hitherto. As far as we got to...
Posted: 17.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
Mr. Bhaskar proved every single word by facts he was collecting from the field, as he did by proving the definite quality of his Rajasthani crop, called Batara by local people. It is a habit among him and his farmer colleagues, to work for amelioration of and to exchange crops. He was happy to contribute to this cooperation with his Batara seeds.
Posted: 17.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
One afternoon, Ashok Bhaskar, student of Jeevan Vigyan at Jain Vishva Bharati Institute in the final stage and yoga teacher, approached us with an invitation to his father’s farm for the next day, which we happily accepted. Punctually, at the appointed time, he came for us and took us to the farm by three-wheeler. The farm is situated 4 km north-west of Ladnun.
Posted: 16.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
The first thing catching our attention, was the modern water jar in the midst of ancient facilities, continuing the Rajasthani tradition, to offer fresh water to the guests in the moment, they are entering the house. This reminded us to an incident in another house, where we were asked how many water taps are in the ground floor of our house in Berlin. We were informed that this house gave access to 21 water...
Posted: 15.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
So far, no mention was made of the sky, gradually turning its colour into sulphurous-yellowish grey, accompanied by an increasing wind, transporting grains of sand. People seemed to be used to this kind of weather in Rajasthan.
Posted: 15.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
After the ceremony where the monks and nuns had renewed their vows to observe ascetic conduct, the atmosphere was different. It had undergone some kind of purification. The three Mumukshus (middle) hurried back to their training centre with smiling faces, one Sadhvi in the foreground talked to some worldly relatives. People were still impressed by the ceremony they had witnessed.
Posted: 15.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
The Sangh's attention was already focussed on the inner activities, even those sitting outside the circle, were following nearly breathlessly the ongoing activities. We did not know what was about to happen, but increasing silence among the audience made it not difficult to guess that something important was going to be watched.
Posted: 14.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
In the morning of Day 2, more people than usual rushed to the house, where Acharyashree and the monks were accomodated. Groups of Sadhvis and Samanis had come for Guru Darshan and morning lecture. Once, we were told that this kind of spiritual activities in presence of their Guru is like holidays for the saints.
Posted: 13.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
From 13th to 15th February 2005, the campus of JVB Ladnun resembled to a beehive. It was annual Maryada Mahotsav. The normally peaceful and quiet campus resembled nearly to a big city’s parking place.
Posted: 10.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
At second sight, it was clear that the former female aspirants also had vanished completely. Only the chains of flowers around their necks were indicating that they have something in common with them. No question, they had become different during the twenty minutes out of public sight. One after the other, they were bowing down in direction of H.H. Acharya Mahaprajna...
Posted: 10.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
The Samani-to-be then gave a representative speech to the audience. She had accepted to express the common thoughts of the female aspirants which had brought about their decision to dedicate their lives completely to spirituality and to leave behind all worldly relations and aims. They all had contributed to the speech which was no more showing a worldly individual addressing the audience, but an individual who...
Posted: 10.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
A babel of voices was announcing the arrival of Acharya Mahaprajna. Everybody craned his neck for catching a glimpse on him. The aspirants were the first on their feet, even Kamal's former brother-in-law, who had been in deep meditation one second before. The white clad saints on the stage seemed to float on the same white cloud, formed by their decision to dedicate their life to spirituality without attachment...
Posted: 10.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
The morning, when his new life was about to start, Kamal’s brother-in-law was sitting in deep meditation on the stage of the assembly hall at JVB Ladnun. He was sitting near to Yuvacharyashree Mahashraman who was finishing his administrative morning task. Like every morning, his amazing capacity of concentration enables him to complete his task in public, where others need separate offices.
Posted: 09.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
Like a symbol of the world, horseman and horse are about to head for other activities. The aspirants have reached their destination, the procession is now part of the reminisence of an extraordinary and decisive day in their life. A day that changed their lives, because they wanted to give another direction to it.
Posted: 09.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
A traditionally dressed equestrian participates in the procession, looking like the bridegroom on horse, being part of Rajasthani wedding processions. Instead of the bride in a wedding procession, a boy from an aspirant's family was admitted to sit on the horse for some short time. Generally, the Diksha processions in Rajasthan are arranged like wedding processions by the aspirants families.
Posted: 09.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
It is a pity that the sounds in the air of this February 2005 day cannot be heard while regarding the photo. The whole little town of Ladnun vibrated with drums and trumpets, when seven young persons were about to take leave from their worldly life. People were excited, pacing around the campus gates of Jain Vishva Bharati Ladnun, longing for the arrival of the procession criss-crossing the town, and at the same...
Posted: 08.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
Leaving the main building behind, one reaches the entrance of the kitchen after having traversed the terrace. In the evening, as soon as the doors are opened, the wild peacocks are very often the first to appear at the steps. They are looking inside, but do not enter. They are passing the area again and again, if 'by chance' some person known to them, might appear. Mostly, this person is known to them by...
Posted: 08.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
After entering the building by the main gates, one reaches a squarish entry hall. Another little corridor opens then into an octagonal hall, decorated with wonderful inscriptions on different coloured backgrounds. In the middle, two staircases are seen. The upper one is flanked by stairs, whereas the one in the downward direction is opening into one stair with walls, painted in blazing light green colour.
Posted: 08.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
The Tulsi Adhyatma Needam is located on the campus of Jain Vishva Bharati Ladnun since midst seventies of the last century. It was one of the first institutions, where the system of Preksha Meditation could not only be studied in theory & practice, but where the system also systematically was enhanced. Sadhaks and Shramans are welcome here; the gates are not only symbolically wide open.
Posted: 07.02.2005
By Paulo Roberto Soukup
Gumpalia Today I was scheduled for Gumpalia village with Indra Sherma’s Team. This is a bigger village than the others I have seen so far, 86 houses and somewhat more developed, some of the farmers have tractors and some of the houses are quite big and modern. Nevertheless, the situation is not much different from the other villages, open air sewage, no rubbish collection and only one harvest a year during...
Posted: 07.02.2005
By Paulo Roberto Soukup
After attending the International Preksha Meditation Camp in Ladnun, Rajasthan, I had plenty of free time to explore the surroundings and step-by-step get in touch with what I afterwards called “the real India”. Thanks to the kind invitation of the Department of Social Work of Jain Vishva Bharati Institute, led by Professor Musafir Singh and assisted by Professor Pratibha J.Mishra, I had the unique...
Posted: 06.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
When 3rd IPMC in Ladnun was finished, we asked Munishree if it would be possible to have meditation sessions with him during the five and a half remaining weeks. We were more than happy when he accepted.
Posted: 05.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
One day, we asked Munishree, if the process to reach deep concentration could be accelerated. His answer was, ‘Look!’ He raised his eyes, and rolled the pupils behind the eyelids, only his white eyeballs were visible. Immediately he had gone into deep meditation for thirty seconds. When he was back, he smiled encouragingly at us, and advised just to continue practise.
Posted: 04.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
Munishree Kishanlalji is a senior disciple of H.H. Acharya Mahaprajna; he got Diksha 52 years ago, in 1953, at the age of 17. It was good luck that Munishree was at the Adhyatma Sadhna Kendra in Delhi to teach Preksha Meditation to multipliers, when Karuna arrived there for her first spiritual trip to India in 2000. Since her first encounter with Munishree, she had a feeling to know him since ages. How true!
Posted: 03.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
When the IPMC was over, not everybody had left Ladnun. It was good luck that Mrs. Chandalia from Bombay, a fluently English speaking lady, still was present on the campus and invited to come with her and visit Sadhvishrees. We entered a house near to Sadhvishree’s HQ; in every room of the house one group of Sadhvishrees with five persons was staying. When we entered one room in first floor, we met Sadhvishree...
Posted: 02.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
Munishree Mahendra Kumar being a highly qualified scholar of Jain philosophy, natural sciences, Meditation, and Science of Living (Jeevan Vigyan) is busy from early morning to late night. Indefatigably editing and revising compilations, translating and authoring books, a brilliant lecturer, Munishree is also capable to express himself proficiently ready for print without manuscript.
Posted: 01.02.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
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Posted: 31.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
It was Munishree Mahendra Kumar who was the first to ask if Acharyashree had seen the results of our 18 months work. He provided special appointment with Acharyashree on this matter after having seen the offline version of HereNow4U, Edition 2 on our laptop.
Posted: 29.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
On a sunny midday in February, the day before we left Ladnun, Karuna had the opportunity to meet professor Musafir Singh, senior professor and head of department for social studies at Jain Vishva Bharati Institute, Ladnun. Until then we had missed to meet professor Singh, but had heard a lot of his views on social work by his students, seen some of his course papers, and were present when the excursion bus full...
Posted: 28.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
Our first encounter with Prof. Talesra was in the computer department of JVBI where we went to check emails. A very kind lady was working busily in front of the screen. When we entered, she looked up, gave a warm smile and welcomed us. We introduced ourselves and so did she. Already eager to know her because we had seen her name on a poster announcing her book ‘Educational Management - Innovative Global...
Posted: 27.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
We met Mrs. Sudhamahi Regunathan, vice-chancellor of JVBI since 06.09.2001, during our visit to JVB Ladnun. Although very busy, she received us on a sunny, but still cold morning in January in her office at JVBI in a functional and warm ambience. We met her nearly every morning after the interview, when all the three of us where on our way to H.H. Acharya Mahaprajna. One morning, when we arrived together,...
Posted: 26.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
The JVBI is situated in front of the same styled college building. Actually JVBI has nearly 5000 students, 400 students, Samanis included, are enrolled in regular courses, the main part of the students are following corresponding courses. Two senior professors, Hemlata Talesra and Musafir Singh, are heads of educational and social department. About 15 readers and 25 assistant professors, among them also Samanis,...
Posted: 25.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
The museum is directly followed by the university library of Jain Vishva Bharati Institute, named Vardhaman Granthagar. It has more than 50.000 books and rare collections of authentic scriptures and manuscripts tracing back to 1000 years. We went there after morning meditation with Munishree Kishanlal to deepen our knowledge on Jainism by studying relevant books and scriptures.
Posted: 24.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
The museum was definitely worth a second gaze. It was completed in the late eighties of the last century. Acharya Tulsi had the vision of a museum gallery where all the beautiful gifts offered to the Acharyas for Maryada Mahotsav by the Sangh could be exposed together with spiritual paintings.
Posted: 23.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
Having entered the main hall, the beauty of the location charmed us.
Posted: 23.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
These neighbours were sitting in front of the fire and had a little chat together. One of them just had arrived with the morning train and was happy to sit down with his neighbour after a cold night in the train.
Posted: 23.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
We were invited to visit this typical old town house and admired its hidden and surprising beauty.
Posted: 23.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
... we followed curiously the young man’s invitation to come near, expressed through sign language and smiles. The courtyard opened on the left into a nicely cultivated garden with flowers and a broad choice of tropical plants, just in front of the gate was the beautifully decorated entrance of Ladnun’s Hanuman temple.
Posted: 23.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
During 3rd IPMC, we had no time to visit Ladnun town. The first day-off was Sunday. After breakfast, we decided to use the opportunity to get an impression of our neighbourhood for the next weeks...
Posted: 23.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
The Russian, former Soviet education system does only rarely, formerly did not include the teaching of English language. Therefore the Russian group followed separate sessions. The initiators of the IPMCs were caring a lot for the welfare of the Russian delegation, keeping in mind that they should teach PM in their home countries.
Posted: 22.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
The last get-together assembled all persons having contributed to the successful completion of the 3rd IPMC either working, voluntarily and/or professionally, or participating in the sessions. The atmosphere was dominated by feelings of happiness and appreciation of benefits received. Many participants were invited by the organisers to express how they felt after having completed the camp. It seems to be one of...
Posted: 22.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
The last day, just after lunch, it was rumored that H.H. Acharya Mahaprajna himself would come to take Gochari from the kitchen of the IPMC. Sometimes he took Gochari himself, mostly he was looked after by some younger Munis. When he goes for Gochari himself, all monks of the order have to do so as well. It was said that he does so for reminding everyone in the order of this rule, because elder Munis are often...
Posted: 22.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
Early morning up to 10.00h a.m. proceeded like the previous days. Then all of us gathered in the big function hall where H.H. Acharya Mahaprajna used to give his morning lectures at this time. This morning we were asked to express our thoughts on the camp in presence of Acharyashree publicly. The cameras of Jain TV were positioned, and so we were, men on the left, women on the right.
Posted: 22.01.2005
By Samani Charitra Pragya
1. Objectives of Anupreksha 2. Spiritual Basis of Anupreksha 3. Scientific Basis of Anupreksha 4. Benefits of Anupreksha 5. The Process of Anupreksha
Posted: 21.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
Muni Dharmesh Kumar opposed Anupreksha to Preksha Meditation, the first being a concentration of perception, whereas Anupreksha is a concentration of thought. In Anupreksha autosuggestion and contemplation are applied for change of personality. When practised continuously for about six weeks, the aimed transformation is possible.
Posted: 21.01.2005
By Samani Charitra Pragya
1. Objectives of Sharir Preksha 2. Spiritual Basis of Sharir Preksha 3. Scientific Basis of Sharir Preksha 4. Benefits of Sharir Preksha 5. The Process of Sharir Preksha
Posted: 20.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
Mantra meditation was given by H.H. Acharya Mahaprajna himself. Muni Kishanlal opened the session with the statement: Body is the most important tool for nirvana which can be reached by humans only.
Posted: 20.01.2005
By Samani Charitra Pragya
1. Objectives of Jyoti Kendra Preksha 2. Spiritual Basis of Jyoti Kendra Preksha 3. Scientific Basis of Jyoti Kendra Preksha 4. Process of Jyoti Kendra Preksha
Posted: 19.01.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
Muni Kishanlal focused his discourse mainly on two mantras, Arham and Namokar Mantra.

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