Media Coverage | 26-03-2021
Acharya Shri Mahashramanji expressed views during special discussion with Sakal Jain Samaj national president Vijay Darda
Lokmat News Network
Nagpur, March 25
Stressing on the need for paying greater attention to dietary habits, the pioneer of “Ahimsa Yatra”, Acharya Shri Mahashramanji of Terapanth Dharma Sangha, said it was important to promote vegetarianism if the culture of violence is to be checked in the society at Anuvrat Bhavan, Hivari Nagar, in Nagpur on Thursday.
“It is also essential to instill good moral and cultural values among children right from the childhood days”, Acharya Shri added.
Acharya Shri expressed the noble ideas during a special discussion with Sakal Jain Samaj national president Vijay Darda.
Darda expressed concern that while children abroad are getting ‘sanskars’, but in our own country they are forgetting the time-honoured values. So, what is the solution for this?, Darda sought to know from Acharya Shri.
In his reply, Acharya Shri said children need to be exposed to rich ethical and cultural atmosphere since childhood.
Darda also wanted to know from Acharya Shri as to how he viewed Jain community in the present context.
In reply, Acharya Shri said there is solidarity in the Jain society all over the country. All Jains are trying to advance the principles and human values of the community. Presently, there is a need to propagate these principles and values among children living in the country and abroad also through the online system.
Darda said there are many people who are not able to take the virtuous benefits of his saintly guidance and hence the question arises as how to make them do so? On this query, Acharya Shri said an effort is made through a bi-annual conference of Jain institution in America. The community can be awakened through such conferences in India also. Local organisations should reach out to all and propagate the religion, Acharya Shri told Darda.
Prominent among those present on the occasion
Acharya Shri Sansangh Chief Munishree Mahavirji, Munishree Kumar Shramanji, Kirti Munishree, Bistrut Munishree, Akshay Munishree, Yogesh Munishree, Dinesh Munishree, Gaurav Munishree, vice president of Sakal Jain Samaj, Anil Parekh, former president of Indian Jain Organisation, Prafulla Parekh, general secretary, Nikhil Kusumagar, office-bearers Santosh Pendhari and Atul Kotecha, Dilip Ranka, Surendra Lodha, Jain Club president Dr Sunil Parekh, president of Sarva Manav Samaj, Subhash Kotecha, Shri Jain Swetambar Terapanthi Sabha president Sunil Chhajed, vice-president Vijay Ranka and Sanjay Pugalia, secretary Rakesh Dhariwal, joint-secretary Vinod Daga and Vikas Bucch, treasurer Pawan Kumar Jain, outgoing president Kanhaiyalal Baghel, guide Arun Bhandari, Kamal Singh Chopra, Gulabchand Chhajed, Srikant Challani, Mahendra Achalia among others.
Request to hold Chaturmas in Nagpur in 2024
Sakal Jain Samaj national president Vijay Darda, exhorted Acharya Shri to perform Chaturmas in Nagpur in the year 2024. Darda told Acharya Shri that Chaturmas is scheduled in Mumbai in the year 2023. Since Nagpur is the heart of the country, the Chaturmas conducted here will carry Acharya Shri’s blessings across the country.
Darda also informed Acharya Shri about the four grand Chaturmas ceremonies held in Nagpur. Darda also said that Jain community got the status of minority community through hard and persistent efforts. He urged Acharya Shri that if he exhorted every community member to use Jain as their surname, then the community will look very organised.
At present, the budget for the community is less. If the budget is increased, then the poor and underprivileged of the community will benefit and their status would be uplifted.
Darda also gifted Acharya Shri his book, “Public Issues Before Parliament” and “Mazi Bhint”, written by Rajendra Darda, the editor-in-chief of Lokmat Media. On the occasion, the Munishrees informed that Acharya Shri has taken the initiative to celebrate the ‘Savantsari’ at the same time among the Jain community. Vijay Darda was also felicitated on behalf of Shri Jain Swetambar Terapanthi Sabha.