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Acharya Tulsi - A Peacemaker Par Excellence: A Monk Today: An Acharya Tomorrow

Published: 07.04.2013

Venerable Kalugani, eighth Acharya of Terapanth Dharm Sangh, came to Ladnun in 1925 (Vikram Samvat 1982). The child Tulsi had already completed 11 years then. His visit to Kalugani aroused in him a strong desire to become a Jain monk. In less than a month young Tulsi was initiated into the Terapanth Dharm Sangh at the benign hands of Acharya Kalugani. Though he was young in age, venerable Kalugani visualized in him the seeds of genius, manly courage and great fortune. It was in a sudden and dramatic way that both Guru (master) and Shishya (disciple) were seized with a feeling of oneness. His elder brother Muni Champa Lai had become a monk only a year before. His process of education began under his super­vision with the direct patronage of the Acharya himself. He achieved mastery over the Sanskrit language in just seven years. With it began the period of a thorough study of Jain Agamas and Jain philosophy. During this period he performed an astounding feat of memory by learning about twenty thousand Sanskrit slokas by heart. He also began to write poetry in the Rajasthani language, besides having acquired the knack of delivering discourses. Everyone felt fasci­nated by his melodious voice and accomplished resonance. He moved about in the three districts of Rajasthan for eight years along with revered Kaluguni. The young monk Tulsi accompanied him when he visited Jodhpur, Udaipur and Malwa during the last three years of his life. When Acharya Kalugani fell seriously ill during his chaturmas at Gangapur, a town near Bhilwara in Rajasthan, in 1936 and when he was nearing his end he nominated young Tulsi as Yuvacharya (successor). It happened only four days before his death. He was only twenty two years old at that time. He was entrusted with the responsibility of leading a large religious order consisting of 500 monks and nuns and lakhs of shravaks (votaries) spread all over the country. It is an unprecedented incident in the history of religious orders. It significance increases all the more since the Terapanth constitution stipulates that there must be one Acha­rya and a uniform pattern of discipline.

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Editor, Translator, Publisher: S.L.Gandhi Courtesy: Dr. Prem Nath Jain, B Jain Publishers Ltd. 1. Edition: 1987
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  1. Acharya
  2. Acharya Kalugani
  3. Agamas
  4. Bhilwara
  5. Chaturmas
  6. Dharm
  7. Discipline
  8. Gangapur
  9. Guru
  10. Jain Philosophy
  11. Jodhpur
  12. Kalugani
  13. Ladnun
  14. Malwa
  15. Muni
  16. Rajasthan
  17. Rajasthani
  18. Sangh
  19. Sanskrit
  20. Shravaks
  21. Slokas
  22. Terapanth
  23. Tulsi
  24. Udaipur
  25. Vikram Samvat
  26. Yuvacharya
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