Posted: 25.08.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Dear Readers, 7th day of bright half of Indian month Magh. Thursday the 25th January 2007. Main Event of 143rd Maryada Mahotsav in Gangasahar was well in progress. MC of the festivities, Munishri Mohjeetkumarji did us all a big favour and requested Acharya Pravar to address the congregation and HH started his address soon after 14:30hrs by showing the Maryada Patra Maryada Patra 1 Maryada Patra 2 written by...
Posted: 17.08.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Dear Readers, Yuvacharyashri concluded his address on Maryada by reading out an open letter written by Gurudev Tulsi to all monks and nuns of the sangh on occasion of historical Chadwas Maryada Mahotsav. All monks and Nuns attending 133rd Maryada Mahotsav in presence and under leadership of Acharya Mahaprajna!!! All of you have come there (Chadwas) by walking hundreds and hundreds of kilometers. You have done...
Posted: 26.07.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Dear Readers, after making a wish to be lead/ruled by Acharyashri Mahaprajnaji for krod diwali (ten million diwalis/years), Yuvacharyashri shifted his lecture to importance of Maryada ( religious self discipline). In this context he said, “The road to progress becomes smooth for the organization which is alert and aware about discipline, proper arrangements and Maryada. Our former acharyas applied their...
Posted: 19.07.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Dear Readers, it is said that true measure of a man's wealth is what he has invested in eternity. I am glad that with every passing hour in Gangasahar, I was becoming somewhat wealthier in that sense because I was investing that time in eternity. Being in proximity of wealthiest – pujya pravars, monks and nuns – who had invested their entire lives in eternity - was an extra bonus for me. After...
Posted: 12.07.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Dear Readers, after the important speech by Sadhvipramukhashriji, Yuvaacharyashri started his address. He said, “Jain canons say that even if a disciple becomes omniscient, he should serve the acharya. An omniscient can not have any ego. This clearly shows the importance an Acharya is given in Jain canons – where even the omniscients are directed to serve and follow the acharya.”...
Posted: 07.06.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Dear Readers, as a followup to Maryada Mahotsav Report No. 20, for the benefit of our non-hindi speaking brothers and sisters, hereunder is approximate English translation of the letter written by Ganadhipati Tusli to his able successor Acharya Shri Mahaprajnaji on 8th February 1997. [At that time Ganadhipati Tulsi was in Ladnun and Acharyashri Mahaprajnaji was in Chadwas (for Maryada Mahotsav], My Utmost...
Posted: 01.06.2007
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
Those who visited Terapanthinfo.com during Maryada Mahotsav 2007 were surely happy to watch the video coverage daily on their website. The videos were available online till April this year. We are thankful to receive the original videos from the Terapanthinfo team for a permanent documentation. The material gets cutted into sequences of video clips - event by event, title and content description added with help...
Posted: 24.05.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Dear Readers, once a question was asked in a gathering, what is sweet but not edible?? The winning answer was “History” Yes. Delving in to history is really a very sweet and exciting. When the history is well documented, the experience becomes so much more enjoyable and realistic. Terapanth has many historical documents - starting from Maryada Patra - the very basis of Maryada Mahotsav, written by...
Posted: 10.05.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Dear Readers, there is a saying, “ If we stand tall, that is because we stand on shoulders of many ancestors” . Jainism is a beginning less religion. It has always been there. So theoretically, we Jains have infinite number of ancestors on whose shoulders we do stand and look tall today. Terapanth has a proud history of appx 250 years spread over ten generations. The creator of Maryada Mahotsav...
Posted: 04.05.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Thursday the 25th January 2007. Seventh day of bright half of Indian month Magh. Dear Readers, a branch of Indian philosophy which believes in creator God states that God created this universe on this day of Indian Calendar. That’s why this day is known as achla saptami (earth seventh) or surya saptami (sun seventh). Jains do not subscribe to the creator god theory. But what is a well known fact that on...
Posted: 18.04.2007
By R.K. Bengani
An assembly of people is known as ‘ sabha ’ and a grand assembly is known as ‘mahasabha’ . A sabha becomes very meaningful when the primary purpose of that sabha is to help organize and/or promote religious matters. Jain Shwetambar Terapanthi Mahasabha is apex body of various terapanthi organizations. Appx 460 sabhas established and working from all over India, 2 sabhas working from foreign soil (one in...
Posted: 10.04.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Dear Readers, afternoon session of Acharya Padarohan Samaroh was about to reach it’s zenith. After about three hours of lectures, songs, poetry, couplets and various other forms of presentations which the public digested with zest, the programme shifted to even higher zone of devotion and anticipation when the time came for Acharyashri to address the gathering. Inspite of fast approaching gochari time,...
Posted: 27.03.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Dear Readers, it is said that one should not judge the day by the harvest he reaps but by the seeds he plants. Gurudarshan can be easily said as combination of both. Gurudarshan is possible only when good karmas come in to fruitation so this part can be compared to reaping the harvest. Plus the efforts made for Gurudarshan and the act of Gurudarshan result in binding of new good karmas…, which can be...
Posted: 23.03.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Wednesday the 24h January 2007 was 13th accession day of Acharyashri Mahaprajnaji. Acharya is also commonly referred as Guru. The importance of a guru cannot be denied if one were to excel in any field in life. It is more so in the field of spiritual/religious practices. Gu denotes darkness and ru means block/withhold. So a spiritual guru is essentially a person who blocks/withholds the darkness (lack of...
Posted: 22.03.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Dear Readers, by now it is quite clear that why Maryada Mahotsav is not a mere ‘utsav’ (festival) but a Mahotsav (grand festival). The nature, importance, values, number of programs etc are some the factors that make it a mahotsav. Clearly, several side programs also take place during all these days of festivities. It is really difficult to write separates notes on each event. But it is equally...
Posted: 12.03.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Dear Readers, people dream. In fact all of us dream. Majority of our dreams take place when we are asleep. It is difficult to interpret those dreams and generally speaking most of such dreams are valueless. Then there are dreams, which we see when we are awake. Such types of dreams are also equally valueless - unless they are followed up with required action, hard work and all other ingredients, which are...
Posted: 08.03.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Dear Readers, next agenda of the main program on 23rd January was “Alankaran Samaroh” (Investiture Ceremony). Words of praise always make the sweetest sound. Blessed are the people who are honored and praised by none other than Acharyapravar. Honor is such a peculiar thing which one can get only if is given by others. As all of us know, people do all sort of things and go to great lengths to get honor...
Posted: 07.03.2007
By R.K. Bengani
After announcement of appointments for Sewa Kendras , the program shifted to next phase. Good number of people - sadhus, sadhvis, samaniji and laypersons were eager to share their thoughts by way of speeches, songs and other available means. The pressure on MC - Munishri Mohjeetkumarji was understandable because within the available total time, he wanted to give chance to as many persons as possible. This was a...
Posted: 02.03.2007
By R.K. Bengani
After placement Maryada Patra at designated place by Acharyashri and after chorus singing of Maryada Geet led by Munishri Dineshkumarji, two munishris sang a geetika meaning “we will honor and respect every single letter written in Maryada patra; this is our determination and vow”. A request was then made and accordingly Acharyashri announced formal commencement of 3 day long 143rd Maryada Mahotsav...
Posted: 01.03.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Amid loud chanting of spiritual slogans, the Ahimsa Yatra reached Acharya Tulsi Samadhi Sthal at a very auspicious time - 11:55 hrs on Tuesday the 23rd Jan 2007. “Sarwarthsidhiyog” indicating successful conclusion of the project just started. Acharya Tulsi Samadhi Sthal Pujyapravars went to Samadhi Sthal for prayers and meditation, the main courtyard already had hundreds of people - so called early birds...
Posted: 23.02.2007
By R.K. Bengani
In India, we have a saying “mahajana gatah sa pantha” (the direction in which a great man heads is the right road). Dear readers, when that ‘great man’ is Acharyashri Mahaprajnaji, a follower of Acharya Bhiskhu and able successor of Acharya Tulsi, no wonder you get thousands of people trying to follow him on the ‘right road’ The heat and light coming from mid day sun was...
Posted: 22.02.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Tuesday the 23rd Jan 2007 was first day of three days long 143rd Maryada Mahotsav festivities. Dear Readers, presence of auspicious signs have a very positive and strong psychological effect on most people’s mind and this positive effect not only inspires but often propels people towards success of the task at hand. Different cultures / societies consider different outwardly symbols as auspicious. A water...
Posted: 16.02.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Dear Readers, SUCCESS happens when preparations meet luck. I knew that people of Gangasahar were lucky. Without luck, they could not have got the chance to host an important event like Maryada Mahotsav. I had no doubt about the success of festivities. Luck and successes always prevail in holy presence of Pujyapravars. Nevertheless, I wanted to learn about the level of preparations, which really have to be in...
Posted: 15.02.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Contents of “Agams” are held in highest esteem by all followers of Jain religion – whether be monks/nuns or laypersons. Agams represent original sermons delivered by omniscients. After nirvana of Lord Mahaveer, for hundreds of years, there was a practice of memorizing the sermons verbatim by various monks and the knowledge used to be verbally passed on to next generations. Then there was a...
Posted: 14.02.2007
By R.K. Bengani
Dear Readers, first thing an outside visitor in any place needs is accommodation. When the event is all-important festival like Maryada Mahotsav, arranging accommodation for several thousand guests can be daunting task in a medium sized town like Gangasahar. Nevertheless, the people of Gangasahar did achieve total success on this count. With the importance of accommodation reigning very high in my mind, I...
Posted: 13.02.2007
By R.K. Bengani
WikiMapia Gangasahar Three day programme for Maryada Mahotsav was scheduled on 23-25th Jan 2007. People planned their trips well in advance. This correspondent took a flight from Kolkata to Jaipur on evening of 21st Jan and by the time the plane landed in Jaipur, it was learned that there were more than 10 people heading to Gangasahar even on that particular flight. I tried to do a mental calculation of people...
Posted: 09.02.2007
By R.K. Bengani
WikiMapia Gangashahar The immortal and invaluable disciplinary guidelines forming basis of Maryada Mahotsav were penned by none other than the 1st terapanthi acharya – Shri Bhikshu Swami over 200 years ago. The functions and festivities of ‘Maryada Mahotsav’ – literally meaning – “Grand Festival of Religious Self Discipline” – were started by Jayacharyashri (4th...

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