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5,000 Jains in Hyderabad gather to Chant ‘Navkar Manthra’

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  • Five thousand Jains gathered at Ranigunj of Secunderabad for chanting “Navkar Manthra”
  • The event ‘Navkar Maha Manthra Jap’ targeted an initiative to build peace
  • 1,008 Jains with their monks will go on 8-day fasting, between July 17 and 24, in Ranigunj

Hyderabad, July 21, 2017: Five thousand Jains gathered at Ranigunj of Secunderabad for chanting “Navkar Manthra”- a major significant mantra in Jainism, which was chanted over thirty-six lakh times. They are under the patronage of under the patronage of Shri Vardhaman Sthanakvasi Jain Shravak Sangh in the city. The event took place earlier this week on Sunday, July 16.

The event ‘Navkar Maha Manthra Jap’ targeted an initiative to build peace and the event took place in collaboration with the Sri Jain Seva Sangh, which is an apex-body of more than three lakh Jains who have spread all across Secunderabad and Hyderabad, mentioned TOI report.

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Peace is something we must all work for, every day. It begins with smile. Love your religion, but hug other religions too,” said Jain monk Praveen Rishiji Upadhyaya. History of Jainism can be traced back to 7th century BC Eastern India and since then the believers of this religion is working to spread peace across the world.

President of Shri Vardhaman Sthankavasi Jain Shravak Sangh, Parasmal Dungarwal have mentioned that the Jain community will begin a new initiative targeting for building peace in the group. “1,008 Jains with their monks will go on 8-day fasting, between July 17 and 24, in Ranigunj. Along with them, 18 leprosy patients will also go on the fast. They will commence their fast in Chennai on July 17 and arrive in Hyderabad by flight on July 23 to join 1,008 Jains,” Dungarwal further added.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter @ElaanaC

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‘You Never Lamb Alone’: Indian Christians Raise Objections to Ad Campaign by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) Featuring Gods to Sell Meat

The advertisements feature Lord Ganesha, revered in India, Lord Buddha, Jesus Christ, Thor, Zeus and others seated at a table enjoying what is a sumptuous non-vegetarian feast

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Unite Over The Meat More People Can Eat | You Never Lamb Alone advertisement by MLA. Youtube

Mumbai, Sep 12, 2017: The Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) on Monday raised strong objections to a new Australian advertising campaign featuring revered Hindu and Christians gods and other mythical figures to ‘sell’ its red meat and meat products.

CSF Founder-General Secretary Joseph Dias said the latest advertising campaign by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) is “bad in taste and offensive to all” and sought boycott of MLA and a ban of their products.

The advertisements feature the elephant-headed God, Lord Ganesha, revered in India, Lord Buddha, Jesus Christ, Thor, Zeus and others seated at a table enjoying what is a sumptuous non-vegetarian feast.

The ads have reportedly made an oblique reference to Prophet Mohammed, who is not pictured but is heard excusing himself from the party through a mobile phone call since he has to pick-up a child from daycare.

What has hurt Christians is that the caricature of Jesus Christ who performs what is termed as a ‘reverse miracle’ by turning wine into water so a Grecian goddess, who is a ‘designated driver’ can drive home safely, Dias said.

“We have written to Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to take note of these ‘insensitive advertisements’ and raise the issue with the top authorities in Australia immediately. We also demand that MLA Chairman Michele Allan and MD Richard Norton withdraw the ads and tender an apology,” Dias told IANS.

Besides writing to Sushma Swaraj, the CSF has shot off emails to Australian Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai Martin Huber, Indian High Commissioner to Australia Harinder Sidhu and other top officials raising serious objections to the MLA campaign.

“The CSF has always protested against commercial exploitation of religious figures for profit, irrespective of which religion the figures belong to. The MLA ads have hurt not only followers of different faiths, but atheists and agnostics all over,” Dias pointed out.

He termed the campaign as ‘culturally insensitive’ to vegans and communities like Hindus, Jains or Buddhists and said Lord Ganesha is a vegetarian and meat is never offered to him, as depicted in the MLA ads.

Dias warned that unless MLA yanks off the offensive ad campaign and apologises, the global Catholic community would be compelled to boycott its products as “there are many alternatives available worldwide”. (IANS)

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Jain Humanitarian Organization ‘Veerayatan’ in USA takes Unique Projects to Spread Message of Peace

Jain humanitarian organization- Veerayatan spreads the message in U.S. about Palitana Project and Nepal Project

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A Jain Humanitarian Organization in US takes Unique Projects to Spread Message of Peace. Wikimedia
  • The organization, Veerayatan is made up of two words, ‘Veer’ for Lord Mahavir and ‘aayatan’ which means holy place
  • Palitana will be a university with a four-year program of studies, will include a study of Jainism and also science education, a modern curriculum with a spiritual base

New Jersey (U.S.A), July 28, 2017: There is an Indian humanitarian organization by the name Veerayatan, it draws inspiration from the Jain faith and is implementing some unique projects like a university for women aspiring into monkhood, with four years of study and a concerted effort to help Nepal to build a better life for its citizens.

The organization, Veerayatan is made up of two words, ‘Veer’ for Lord Mahavir and ‘aayatan’ which means a holy place. According to its website, it was founded in 1973, by Acharya Shri Chandana ji, and was inspired by the teachings of Tirthankar Mahavir and Rashtrasant Amar Muniji Maharaj. It describes itself as “a non-profit, non-governmental, socio-religious organization,” on its Facebook page.

5,000 Jains in Hyderabad gather to Chant ‘Navkar Manthra’

According to a TOI  report, Acharya Shri Chandanaji said, “the projects had been well received by the approximately 5,000 attendees,” at the JAINA Convention held in Edison, New Jersey, United States, from June 30 to July 4. Veerayatan was recognized as the Best Institution of the Year, by JAINA. It may be noted that Chandana was the first ever female Jain sadhvi  to have received the title of Acharya.

Acharya Shri Chandana Ji’s message at the Convention was that actions should replace talk about compassion and non-violence. “For thousands of years we have spoken on non-violence and compassion, but what is necessary is that- where we live and are surrounded by people who need food, whose eyes are filled with tears.  We should do something about that,” she said.

She added that one does not have to search for God. God will come to those who will do these acts. “Our organization is just a drop in the ocean in what should be a worldwide effort,” she said, noting, “JAINA Convention very patiently listened and our message was well received.”

On the ‘Nepal Project,’ Acharya Chandanaji said that They had been working in that country for the last 2 years and wants people from surrounding countries in the South Asian Subcontinent, the U.S., and around the world, to step forward and the Nepalese will achieve a better life and good governance. She found the people of Nepal, hardworking and gentle, who need and deserve help from people skilled in various areas of endeavor, and shared this message at the JAINA Convention.

“Our vision is that surrounding nations (and others) can help Nepal in the effort for development – both spiritually and to establish a good government,” Acharya Chandanaji said.

A Sadhvi being carried in Jain culture
A Sadhvi being carried in Jain culture. Wikimedia

The organization’s ‘Palitana Project ‘ named after the place where Veerayatan was first formed, seeks to create a center for Jain studies for sadhvis and those wanting to become one. This Project is led by Jainesh Mehta, a Texas-based longstanding IT software professional in the oil industry, and philanthropist whose Mehta Family Foundation is known for its charitable efforts. Mehta said that the vision is for Palitana to be a university with a four-year program of studies, will include a study of Jainism and also science education, a modern curriculum with a spiritual base. It is a place where education and worship go together. The campus would also offer- one day, one week, one month or other duration of courses to those needing them, he added.

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Last year alone, around 1,000 girls and women took Deeksha in Palitana, a vow by which worldly life is given up for an ascetic life. For this transformation, they have to give up their households to live in poverty but they don’t get an opportunity to have an education. “This project helps them live their life but also get this education. It is a one-of-a-kind campus being built,” to help fill the gap, Mehta indicated.

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According to its website, Veerayatan stands on the three pillars-  Seva (service to humanity), Shiksha (education for all), and Sadhana (self-development) to inspire and empower lives.

Its various activities include Seva Mandirs, which include medical camps, eye surgeries, and post-surgery care for the most underserved populace; schools, colleges, hostels, and vocational training; rehabilitation and emergency relief programs in the wake of natural calamities; Brahmi Kala Mandir, an art gallery comprising inventive media to better understand life, culture, and religion; guest houses and libraries; and prayer halls, spiritual retreats, and inspirational programs for all age groups.

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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Why Do You Ring a Bell at Temple Doorstep? Find Here !

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Ringing bell at the temple. Pixabay

July 23, 2017: Ever wondered why we ring a bell before entering a temple? It is not quite recently out of custom but rather it has a scientific clarification attached.

The majority of the old temples have a vast chime at the entrance, it is believed that since you are entering God’s home, you have to ring the vast chime similarly as somebody would do when they are at your doorstep.

It is said that when you ring the bell, you stir the Lord. The ringing of the bell delivers a divine sound “Om” which is the widespread name of Lord Shiva. It fills the psyche with peace and helps you to remember the enticing energy of nature (sarva-vyaapi).

The minute the chime rings, your psyche is discharged of all problems and you enter a condition of trance, where you become highly responsive. It gives you peace and prepares you for supernatural mindfulness when you enter the temple.

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The ringing of the bell delivers a sharp however yearning impact. The vibration or reverberate goes on for seven seconds which is sufficiently long to touch seven recuperating focuses of your body (chakras).

A chime is made of components, for example, cadmium, lead, copper, zinc, nickel, chromium, and manganese. Each of these metals is mixed in scientific proportion and after that, it is tried on the high-pitched quality sound it makes.

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Additionally, on ringing, a sound is delivered that has the mitigating and quieting impact on the cerebrum. The left and right half of the brain work in the union at that point.

The sharp sound of the bell clears our mind of any negative ideas. Bells and different instruments, similar to cymbals, have been utilized by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Christians and the Chinese since time immemorial.

According to the Agama Sastra, ringing a chime in temples prevents evil spirits, to be specific Yaksha, Paisasa, Rakshasa, and Brahmarakshasa, from entering the temple.

-By Staff writer at Newsgram