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Jains live the longest compared to other minorities in India

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Ahmedabad: Census data has revealed that Jains in India has the highest percentage of members in the above-70 age group, among major religious communities.Also, the percentage of above-70 Jains in Gujarat (6.66%) is higher than the community’s national average (5.55%).

The general percentage of the populace in the above-70 age group in Gujarat is 3.52%, less than the national average of 3.62%. The percentage of people in the same age group among Jains in the state is almost double the state average.

Jitendra Shah, director of LD institute of Indology, said, “I feel that simple lifestyle coupled with rules has led to increasing in lifespan of Jain community members. They stay away from unhealthy habits and even stop eating at night after a certain age. This helps them to reduce various stomach related disorders. The religion has a number of those such as respect to life, vegetarianism and practices like always consuming filtered water among others, that have played a major role in increasing longevity.”

Talking of other religious minority communities, Dr Hanif Lakdawala, a practising doctor and a social activist, said that the reduced lifespan of the members of minority communities is directly related to poor health services and poverty.

The Majority of the population stays in slums with unhygienic conditions. “The low literacy rate among the community leads to late detection of diseases, delayed treatment and early casualties.”

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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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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

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

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A Jain Temple in India. Pixabay
  • 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.

ALSO READ: The Concept of Divinity in Jainism: Where was God before the creation of the Universe?

“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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