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HereNow4U - Living Jainism Tour 2006 - 03.4 Taranagar - Star City Cable

Published: 08.02.2007
Updated: 01.04.2013

20th November 2006, 14:25

Karuna Jain paying respect and talking to Yuvacharyashree. Left: Ratanlal Chopra, right: Swami Dharmanandji.

In the courtyard, we met Yuvacharya Mahashraman by chance. Karuna bowed down and saluted him by saying, “Vande, Yuvacharyashree!” which Yuvacharyashree accepted with a wonderful smile. Again, we experienced inspiration and got into high spirit by a short encounter. That is what the sheer presence of a saint is bringing about.

Swami Dharmanandji's sister, Smt. Ratni Devi Surana, his brother-in-law, Vinod's father Sri Bhanwarlalji Surana, Swami Dharmanandji, Aprigraha, Nortanmal Ranka, son of maternal uncle of Bhanwarlalji Surana, Sushil Surana, younger brother of Vinod, Kanchan Pugalia, sister of Vinod Surana, Punam Chand Lunia, younger brother of Swami Dharmanandji, Babulal Ranka, younger brother of Nortanmal, Ashok Surana, youngest brother of Vinod.

For us it now was time for lunch in the house of Swami Dharmanandji's sister and brother-in-law, Vinod's parents. The whole family Surana was around, parents, sons and daughter. Their son Sushil had come from Kolkata for Guru Darshan with his maternal uncle, Swami Dharmanandji's youngest brother. He stayed some more days and took care of us. We had a very good time with him in Taranagar, as will be reported in the coming articles.

It was a delicious meal and a very happy company; Karuna had enjoyed their hospitality already seven years ago and was happy to meet again with all of them and to present Aparigraha to them.

Opposite their house, on the way to our accomodation, we discovered a part of Taranagar's splendour of the past. During our sojourn in Taranagar, Swami Dharmanandji stayed with us in the ground floor of a house temporarily uninhabited, but furnished and surrounded by very friendly neighbours. We refreshed and followed Swami Dharmanandji to Terapanth Bhawan, where we also met Vinod.

Suddenly someone asked if he might take our interview for local TV. 3 years ago, Uma Shanker Sharma has founded Star City Cable (English translation of Taranagar: Star City!) and broadcasts local news for one hour daily. Together he and his cameraman decide on which news they will report the same day, collect and revise the material and then broadcast it.

Uma wanted to know what brought us to Taranagar and how we learned of Ahimsa Yatra. During their stay in Taranagar, Star City Cable reported on all events related to the saints and to those who have come to pay respect to them. Therefore, he and his cameraman were the whole time around Terapanth Bhawan to keep their audience informed on the latest news, events and most important visitors. When we wondered why people are watching TV instead of coming themselves, he referred to the many housewives who were just about to prepare the evening meal, while following our discussion.Swami Dharmanandji kindly responded on our behalf to all questions in local language.


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