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...

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