Posted: 18.10.2017
 
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Posted: 15.03.2016
 
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Posted: 08.02.2016
 
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Posted: 20.02.2015
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Entry to the conference Christian Geerdes, Carla Geerdes, Manish Kuhar, member of organisation team These volunteers were welcoming the participants with the traditional Indian welcome by marking their fronts with saffron paste and putting flower necklaces on. In Jain events flowers are replaced by man-made flowers or beautiful dry fruits and ribbons because of Ahimsa From 26. - 28.09.2014 Anuvrat International...
Posted: 13.02.2015
By Editor Carla Geerdes
The day before the conference, after a short tour around the campus of Adhyatma Sadhana Kendra, we made a quick stop at the office of the conference organising team. All there were concentrated on completing the preparatory tasks in time for the opening of the conference. When we tried to sneak off the room someone hold us up to present us to a very special person. ASK site plan in 2014-09 Bhikshu Auditorium,...
Posted: 07.02.2015
By Editor Carla Geerdes
This morning since getting up we were looking forward to the interviews Muni Mahendra Kumar ji, Muni Kishan Lal ji, and Muni Kumar Shraman ji had agreed to grant us at the full hour between 09:00 and 11:00h. We were more than happy that the monks had integrated our meeting into their busy schedule. Likewise Sadhvi Chaitanya Prabha, Sadhvi Pramukha Mahashramani Kanakprabha, and Sadhvi Mukhya Niyojika Vishrut...
Posted: 30.01.2015
By Editor Carla Geerdes
After a short, but refreshing sleep we again set out after breakfast for the daily route already familiar to us from the hotel to ASK. The hotel’s security staff doing service at the gateway on the roadside had become habituated to our custom to look for a three-wheeler taxi, get into it and start to the always same destination. One had become acquainted to each other and exchanged the usual morning...
Posted: 26.01.2015
By Editor Carla Geerdes
At the occasion of the historical gathering of different Digambara Sanghs the day before in Model Town Christian Geerdes got acquainted with Shamlal Jain, member of Trilok Teerth Organising Committee. Trilok Teerth is the name of a Digambara Jain temple under construction near Badagaon, Uttar Pradesh (UP), approximately in 40km distance from Delhi. Trilok or Triloka is the name in Jainism for the 3 worlds or...
Posted: 15.01.2015
By Editor Carla Geerdes
At the time appointed a driver already known to us from driving to Delhi Mehrauli Dadabari Jain Temple came to our hotel and picked us up. It was a Sunday, and we noticed much to our relief that there was not yet much traffic on the streets. Even the usual traffic jams from Southwest Delhi in direction of the centre were missing when we came along. To get from our hotel in Mehrauli in the Southwest to Model...
Posted: 01.01.2015
 
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Posted: 19.12.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Still rather frequented: The dining hall about 13:00 h For this day we had no further plans than to make clear how to get next morning to the north eastern edge of Delhi where we wanted to participate in a meeting of Digambara saints. This was a very simple task, as our hosts already had organised a car with driver and only wanted to know some details as time of departure and exact destination. Sometimes things...
Posted: 12.12.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Muni Sumermal (Ladnun) (m) was about to leave the stage of the assembly hall, affectionately accompanied by two monks of his group, when we arrived this morning. It was Muni Sumermal (Ladnun) who had delivered that morning’s lecture instead of HH Acharya Mahashraman. Sometimes HH confides this important task to Muni Sumermal (Ladnun) who had given Muni Diksha at the novice’s age of 11 to the present...
Posted: 28.11.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Surprisingly the same afternoon the opportunity was offered to us to visit Delhi Mehrauli Dadabari Jain Temple. The temple is situated in the same south-western area of Delhi, in Mehrauli, as ASK, not far from the airport. Car and driver were already waiting for us as we were told by our friends of the conference organising team. Of course we did not miss the chance, and shortly thereafter we sat in the car...
Posted: 19.11.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
When we reached Adhyatma Sadhana Kendra after the morning lecture by three wheeler again we did not know what compelling events lay ahead. The time of arrival was well chosen for encounters with monks and nuns, and perhaps even HH Acharya Mahashraman, we supposed. Muni Kishan Lal still was busy with other visitors, as there was some time left until our meeting. So we wanted to find out if Muni Kumar Shraman was...
Posted: 16.11.2014
 
15.11.2014 This morning errors occured in the "News" sector. All content entered the headline and caused little chaos and confusion. We are working on the problem and will get it fixed in short time - we hope. HereNow4U team 16.11.2014 Last format errors were fixed.
Posted: 07.11.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2014 is the year of Acharya Tulsi for the Sangh of Jain Shvetambara Terapanth, as in October was his centenary. Since November 2013 the many facets of this great personality’s work were presented and recognised in numerous functions all over India and abroad. 65 years ago he founded Anuvrat Movement which people irrespective of nationality, creed or gender are invited to join and to take 9 ethical vows. These...
Posted: 08.08.2014
 
Berlin, 25.07.2014 We learned by Mr. Ajit K. Benadi (Jain Association International Germany e.V.) that Mr. Veerendra Heggade and family members are in Germany and specially in Berlin on this day. We also knew that author Hermann Kuhn and Mr. Veerendra Heggade know each other since years - so we had a spontaneous meet, nice talks and a splendid time together. Mr. Veerendra Heggade and family visited Hamburg &...
Posted: 29.05.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
When we arrived in our room at Karnataka Jain Bhawan in the afternoon before departure to Trivandrum we found all our gifts from Shravanabelagola neatly batched on a small table. The president of Karnataka Jain Association, Mr. Jitendra Kumar, and its general secretary were awaiting us already. The latter was very helpful in organizing a licensed taxi to the airport at the scheduled time, as only those taxis...
Posted: 22.05.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
After a fretful night we woke up rather early in the guesthouse of Mysore University. Christian Geerdes still had a temperature of 37,9°C, after it had stopped raising about midnight. So antibiotic had started to be effective, but we nevertheless planned to decide after breakfast if and how we would be able to follow our schedule. In the kitchen opposite the dining hall the friendly lady was about to prepare...
Posted: 15.05.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
This morning we had to take farewell from Shravanabelagola. Our Bangalore friends already had departed for their destination last eve. It was planned that our little round trip ended in Karnataka Jain Bhavan Bangalore, from where we wanted to fly to Kerala after having collected our gifts. Shortly after breakfast a driver with car would come and take us to the next destination. Master of kitchen Shantiraj (m),...
Posted: 08.05.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Before descending Vindhyagiri Hill our hosts focused our attention on an arcade open to the square in front of the monolith beside the temple entry. There was a straight row with statues of Tirthankaras or Saints. It began with a stone block with an inscription on its major part and a depiction on its smaller upper part of 01. Tirthankara Rishabhanatha. The Tirthankara was sitting in meditation beside his...
Posted: 02.05.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
The statue of Bahubali on Vindhyagiri Hill in Shravanabelagola with its 17m height is the highest artwork made from a single block of stone, a monolith, worldwide. In 10th century CE a Jain ruler of Karnataka had commissioned the monolith on top of the Vindhyagiri Hill. The order had been put into action immediately and completed after some years only. In August 2007 the monolith of Gommateshvara, the Lord on...
Posted: 24.04.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
After lunch all of us took rest. Then we met again in a room furnished with sofas and chairs on the ground floor of our guesthouse. In a car we were brought to National Institute of Prakrit Studies And Research (NIPSAR), which we had passed already on our way to Shravanabelagola and where our companion Dr. Shanti had boarded. It was a sunny afternoon; the farmers worked on their fields, and the tropical...
Posted: 22.04.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Abhisheka of all 24 Tirthankaras, Video: Puja celebrated by Professor Hampa Nagarajaiah. Mantras recited by His Holiness Karmayogi Swasthishri Charukeerthy Bhattaraka Mahaswamiji. Abhisheka of 24 Tirthankaras was celebrated at Bhanadara Basadi Temple, Shravanabelagola at the auspicious date of 14.01.2014, in India known as Makar Sankranti, in honour of German online journalists Carla & Christian Geerdes...
Posted: 18.04.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
About 10:30 h our friend Prof. Dr. Nagarajaiah Hampana came to our lodging with his spacy car and driver. Very soon thereafter we started. The driver was familiar with his city. Showing this by driving us safe and easy through all kind of narrow streets to NH48 to Mangalore, on which Shravanabelagola can be reached best from Bangalore. During our journey through some ancient quarters of the city not yet touched...
Posted: 10.04.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Early afternoon of 12th January we arrived in Bangalore. Temperatures were at nice 26°C, in the middle of the recently constructed highway exotic plants were installed, and our destination, Karnataka Jain Bhavan, was in a distance of 40km from the airport into town, which we reached without any detour after a 90-minutes’ drive across the city grace to the excellent familiarity with all locations of the...
Posted: 03.04.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
The morning of 9th January Shivani Bothra picked us up and took us to the Bothra family’s home by car. We looked forward to relaxing days with our friends. Only when we had recovered by sleeping until lunch we got aware that the days behind us were not only eventful, but also tiring. We knew all members of the Bothra household from former stays, four years ago was the last. In the meantime Shivani Bothra had...
Posted: 27.03.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Exhausted from the journey we staggered out of the busses into the dawning day. Very soon the light had succeeded over the night, and for us there were about three hours left to relax. Volunteers kindly directed us to the bedrooms. At our destination scarcely anybody had assumed a possibility to recover from the night in the bus. The happier we were, and in some ways for some of us the day was saved. Anyway,...
Posted: 15.03.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
This morning Dr. S.L. Gandhi was the chairperson of the first plenary session on this day, the seventh altogether. It was under the theme “Anuvrat as an Instrument of Change for a Better World”. The theme suited very well to Dr. Gandhi, Anuvibha President for several years and speaker in demand for the subject of Anuvrat. The four ladies presenting their aspects of the subject to the participants of ICNPA...
Posted: 10.03.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
When waking up the second day nearly felt like routine. Schedule and locations were familiar, and so had become the other participants after encountering them repeatedly. Afterwards some memories are present, whereas others faded away. Mostly encounters are kept in mind in some respects out of the ordinary. So it was that morning, when I saw Mayumi Mezaki entering the podium. Since several years we are friends...
Posted: 05.03.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Directly after lunch the first plenary session started on “Nonviolence - Perception, Practice and Concept” in the afternoon. All plenary sessions had the same structure. The chairman asked the speakers to deliver their lecture, but to fit it please into the time table. When all lectures of a plenary session had been delivered, the chairman summed them up. All this was supposed to happen in 90 minutes. Time...
Posted: 28.02.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
The clacking of plates accompanied by soft chit-chatting are sounds one has no objections against to be wakened. After some time it was joined by the fragrance of coffee. So breakfast was awaiting us, and we voluntarily followed. This morning it took place in a room not far from our room on 2nd floor, perhaps because the big hall was prepared for the inauguration ceremony of the conference. In its back side...
Posted: 20.02.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
The next day we had planned to travel by train together with Swami Dharmananda to Jaipur. The organisers of 8th International Conference on Peace and Nonviolent Action (ICPNA) had asked the participants to arrive in Jaipur in the afternoon of 4th January already to use the opportunity to meet in the eve of the conference for a Welcome Dinner. Not without labelling the accommodation as “Ghandian style”,...
Posted: 13.02.2014
By Editor Carla Geerdes
New Year just had started, still giving some strange impression when writing its date, when we started packing our suitcases for a four-week India trip. On Friday, January 3rd, before the first weekend of the New Year, we arrived in Delhi about 07:30h. We noticed the usual “Delhi aroma” missing, but in spite of the seasonal morning dust darkness had vanished and a sunny day made its promises, which were...
Posted: 12.02.2014
By Cris Aparigraha Jain Geerdes
Jai Jinendra dear Reader, Back in Berlin from our January India Tour the days just flashed by: Time lag, technical cleaning up the office equipment (new wires, switches etc.), answering emails, updating HN4U magazine… Our thoughts are permanently rushing back to an India, where the wind of change is blowing stronger than before, to the people we met and those who cared for us and to the very south of India we...
Posted: 27.12.2013
 
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Posted: 20.12.2013
 
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Posted: 08.09.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Next morning after breakfast we continued our talk where we had reached our limits because of fatigue. Our friends are leading a very spiritually oriented life and meditating up to 3 hours daily in the morning and in the evening in separate rooms used for meditation only. Rajendra Bengani during our talk Further Rajendra Bengani observes the rule followed by monks and nuns, not to take in anything after sunset...
Posted: 03.09.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Invigorated we focused our attention on Dubai Mall. Fortunately we felt revitalized. What we saw now, in a certain way recollected stories on fanciful hallucinations by those who went astray in the desert and suffered of acute water deficiency. Dubai Mall is no fanciful hallucination, but made of very stable, high quality materials one can touch and see, and even go shopping inside. KaDeWe in Berlin is the...
Posted: 29.08.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
This day started at 07:00 h in the morning for us. At 07:30 h we left our friends’ home. Some minutes later we got a taxi with a nice driver who only made a small detour to show the area to us. Practically this meant that he dropped us at the backside of the building complex. To get a booking on short call for a visit to the world’s largest building appears rather challenging. Our friends not only succeeded...
Posted: 26.08.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
After a relaxing afternoon we started into the evening activities. Christian Geerdes had a very interesting discussion with Vikas Garg, whereas I took a nap. Together the three of us started about 19:30 h. Vikas was so kind to accompany us to the boat, while our hosts had other obligations. Vikas feared that it was not enough time until departure of the boat. But we did not worry, as our friends’ apartment...
Posted: 21.08.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Four Terapanth Acharyas in a row (f.l.): 01. Acharya Bhikshu, founder of Jain Svetambara Terapanth Sangha, 09. Acharya Tulsi, 10. Acharya Mahapragya, 11. Acharya Mahashraman, present head of Terapanthi The next morning, when we sat with our friends, the photo above immediately caught our eyes. It hangs on a wall of the living room overlooking the whole salon. The first and the present Acharya are framing two...
Posted: 16.08.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
In Delhi, where we had started our 2013 India Trip we also left the subcontinent. Our flight to Dubai was in the morning, and as scheduled we landed there in early afternoon. Our friends Vijaya and Rajendra Bengani are living since 12 years in Dubai because of business conditions. Personally we got to know each other 8 years before in Ladnun during our stay there (Ladnun - Jain Vishva Bharati - 2005 Trip To...
Posted: 16.08.2013
 
Save Cows article as Readers Reply on Article ‘A Perspective on Panjarapoles (Animal Shelter) of India’ by Mr. Brett Evans. A very nice article has been written by Mr. Brett. And we really appreciate all pain he has taken. Kudos. From his survey we have learnt that condition of animals needs attention & also that Jain animal activist, other animal welfare volunteers do have hardcore compassionate feeling...
Posted: 14.08.2013
 
When one uses word ‘Jain Vegan’, technically it should mean that person won’t drink dairy milk apart being strict vegetarian. ‘Jain vegans’ also means that a person won’t eat root vegetables, a person will drink boiled filtered water, a person won’t eat after sunset, a person won’t attend late night parties, a person wont drink anything called as vine (as vegans have vegan wine too) & indulge in...
Posted: 09.08.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
On NH65 we drove back in direction to Jodhpur, but turned after 18km to the right and stopped after some meters in front of an open gate, which was inserted in a, as it seemed hastily erected large wall. On first view we believed to be in front of an undeveloped real estate. But on closer examination the impression was different. The iron-made entry gate had an unusual shape and was decorated with Jain symbols,...
Posted: 08.08.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
This Sunday was the last day of our stay in Jodhpur. The following Monday in early afternoon was our flight to Delhi where we stayed overnight and took farewell from our friends there. Tuesday morning Swami Dharmanand ji accompanied us to the airport, and from there we took the flight to Dubai, our last destination before returning to Berlin. But back to Jodhpur, there we met again with the Surana family this...
Posted: 02.08.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
This Saturday we resolved to visit Mandore Garden. Before the completion of Fort Mehrangarh and the foundation of Jodhpur making it HQ of the Rathore clan the rulers of Marwar resided there. Mandore Garden is in a distance of about 9km from Jodhpur station from where nearly in front, in a side street, our hotel was situated. Opposite the hotel was a big taxi stand, and we fast agreed upon a package price with a...
Posted: 26.07.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
In the afternoon we visited the other building, situated on a hill high above the town, Mehrangarh Fort. The 122m elevated solitary hill on which the fortress has been constructed immediately attracted the attention of King Roa Jodha 550 years ago when looking for an appropriate location for the head quarter of his clan. Mehrangarh Fort means “Fortress of the sun”. Since centuries this building surmounting...
Posted: 24.07.2013
 
25.07.2013 Flickr announced: Heads up! Flickr will be down for planned maintenance this Thursday from 4 PM PDT to 10 PM PDT and won't be available during that time. [UTC - 7 hours] 20.561 photos in this magazine will not be available during this period.

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