Paryushan Mahaparva 2018

6 - 13th September 2018



Latest Paryushan Swadhyay

Day 6 - 11th Sept - Afternoon - Verse 111

 

Previous Days:

Day 1 - 6th Sept - Morning - Verse 105

Day 1 - 6th Sept - Afternoon - 105

Day 2 - 7th Sept - Morning - Verse 106

Day 2 - 7th Sept - Afternoon - Verse 107

Day 3 - 8th Sept - Morning - Verse 108

Day 3 - 8th Sept - Afternoon - Verse 109

Day 4 - 9th Sept - Afternoon - Verse 110

Day 5 - 10th Sept - Afternoon - Verse 110


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During the holy festival of Paryushan, we are inspired to reflect, seek forgiveness for transgressions and spend 8 days in quiet inner stillness.

Dushkrut Garha - sincere repentance for ones transgressions. The Jain religion summarises the desire of seeking forgiveness in two beautiful words, "Michami Dukkadam". Param Pujya Bahishree often descirbes these words when explaining the 'Panch Sutra nu Pehlu Sutra' sacred Jain text - 

MICHAMI DUKKADAM

MI : Stands for gentle at heart. One should cultivate a tender and humble heart.

CHA : Stands for giving up of transgressions

MI : Stands for always remaining within the boundaries of dharma

DU : Stands for cursing one's soul for all the offenses that it has committed in the past.

KKA : Stands for renouncing all the four passions (anger, ego, deceit and greed)

DAM : Stands for adopting equanimity and tranquility and thereby overcoming worldly existence.

મિચ્છા મિ દુક્કડં

મિ :  મૃદુમાર્દવપણા ના અર્થમાં છે, હૃદય કોમળ અને અહંભાવ વિનાનું કરવું 

ચ્છા : દોષનું છેદન 

મિ : મર્યાદામાં રેહવું, ધર્મની મર્યાદામાં રેહવું 

દુ : દુગંછા કરું છું, દુષ્કૃત્યો કરનાર મારા આત્માની દુગંછા, ઘૃણા કરું છું 

ક્ક : મરાથી કરાયેલા તે પાપ કષાયનો ત્યાગ કરી 

ડં : ઉપશમભાવથી આ સંસારને ઉલંઘી જઉં છું 

Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani visits Raj Saubhag on 72nd Independence Day

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Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani  visits Raj Saubhag on 72nd Independence Day

15th August 2018

The Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijaybhai Rupani visited Shree Raj Saubhag Ashram on 15th August, India’s 72nd Independence Day.

The purpose of the visit was to witness the Ashram’s achievements in the fields of education, social welfare, medical and ophthalmic services which are provided to the local community; as well as to honour and motivate the staff members who provide these services. Due to the quality of equipment used, the commitment of doctors and educationists, complete dedication of care givers and the services provided, these institutions have often been described as ‘centres of excellence’ and ‘unique, especially in India’.

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The Chief Minister and first lady were warmly welcomed by the spiritual head of Shree Raj Saubhag Ashram, Param Pujya Bhaishree (Shri Nalinbhai Kothari), along with Brahmanishts Minalben and Vikrambhai on the steps of Raj Mandir (the new hall which is nearing completion).

The column-less, brilliantly lit auditorium with its intricately carved marble and stonework has seating capacity for almost 2000 people, is an architectural masterpiece, which resonates divinity.

Raj Saubhag Ashram follows the teachings of Bhagwan Mahavir as explained by Shrimad Rajchandra. Outside the Jain community, Shrimad Rajchandra is better known as the spiritual guide and mentor of Mahatma Gandhi. Disciples of Raj Saubhag Ashram living in India and abroad spend days, weeks and even months in its hallowed premises pursuing their spiritual growth.

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Smt Minalben formally welcomed the Honourable Chief Minister and other invited dignitaries, as Pujya Bhaishree presented him with a crystal engraving of Shrimad Rajchandra as a momento.

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Compering the event, Minalben and Vikrambhai described the various humanitarian activities undertaken by the Ashram, and introduced the people in charge. Each head was called on the dais and honoured.   

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 Shri Chandrakant Vyas – Director of Prem Ni Parab Education Program

Shri Chandrakant Vyas – Director of Prem Ni Parab Education Program

 Dr Kamal Shah - ophthalmic surgeon at the Eye Hospital

Dr Kamal Shah - ophthalmic surgeon at the Eye Hospital

 Dr Vidhyut Shah - Opthalmic Surgeon at the Eye Hospital

Dr Vidhyut Shah - Opthalmic Surgeon at the Eye Hospital

 Shri Rambhai Jadav – director, Ashirvad Trust for the Disabled Children

Shri Rambhai Jadav – director, Ashirvad Trust for the Disabled Children

 Dr Dharmendra Sharma - Dental Surgeon

Dr Dharmendra Sharma - Dental Surgeon

 Dr Ambalal Raval - Community Health Centre  

Dr Ambalal Raval - Community Health Centre
 

Pujya Bhaishree then delivered his address. First, he expressed his extreme pleasure with the visit by the Chief Minister on the country’s Independence Day. He went on to explain that the Ashram was located at Sayla primarily because it was the hometown of Shrimad’s soulmate, Saubhagbhai and that the founder of the ashram, Late Shri Ladakchand Manekchand Vora (Param Pujya Bapuji) was also from Sayla.

Pujya Bapuji firmly believed that one should always give back to society and that spirituality cannot flourish in the absence of compassion. Inspiring kindness in the hearts of disciples who came to the ashram, welfare activities in the region bloomed.  Starting from a small scale, the humanitarian projects have grown exponentially, with women’s education getting a tremendous boost. Until some years ago, Sayla taluka was regarded as having an extremely low female literacy rate, now has over 1000 girls attending Raj Saubhag High School. Similarly medical and social welfare has grown tremendously, said Pujya Bhaishree while thanking the Chief Minister once again for his visit.

Responding with equal warmth, the Chief Minister said that it was his earnest desire to visit the ashram since he had heard so much about it. He conveyed greetings of the national Independence Day and spoke about a number of patriotic Indians right from 1857 to 1947, who had advanced the cause of India’s independence. He singled out Mahatma Gandhi for his courage, perseverance and above all, his moral ethics including ahimsa and aparigrah (living with less). These characteristics were inspired in Gandhiji by Shrimad Rajchandra.  He also spoke about Jain philosophy and illusory happiness, while giving an indication that there would be a 150th anniversary celebration for Mahatma Gandhi in a similar style to that of Shrimad Rajchandra.

The Chief Minister sincerely congratulated Raj Saubhag Ashram for its selfless service to the poor in the region, adding that in reality this was the duty of the government.  He added that the state government has been increasing its allocation for welfare activities, especially in the field of education and gave details about his government’s current education project ‘Mission Vidhya’, while highlighting the major contribution being made by the teachers in developing the education.  

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 Chief Minister having lunch with Bhaishree

Chief Minister having lunch with Bhaishree

The auditorium was live with the cheerful voices of over one thousand girls from Raj Saubhag School and college and over 900 teachers from schools in Sayla taluka. Leading members from various communities in Sayla were also present.

Link: Chief Minister’s facebook post on his visit to Raj Saubhag

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2062749413777968&id=320511514668442

News Coverage:

 Gujarat Samachar, dated 17 August 2018

Gujarat Samachar, dated 17 August 2018

 Fulchhab Newspaper, dated 17 August 2018

Fulchhab Newspaper, dated 17 August 2018

 Divya Bhaskar newspaper, dated 17 August 2018

Divya Bhaskar newspaper, dated 17 August 2018

Gurupurnima Celebrations 2018

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|| Akhand-mandalakaaram vyaptam yena characharam

Tatpadam darshitam yena tasmay shree gurave namah ||

Guru Poonam is the exhilarating celebration of the divine presence of an enlightened Guru in our lives. Just as the full moon embellishes the night, Guru’s gracious refuge has bought meaningful luster into this worldly darkness. He removes the endemic ignorance that is prevalent and gives us the light of knowledge. Surrounded by ephemeral things, the blessing of having an unbroken lifeline must not go without being paid homage to.

This year (2018), this purest festival of mentor-protégé lineage, was celebrated for 3 days in Ashram, 26th of July to 28th of July.

From the outset, the ambience in the ashram had a seraphic overtone. Day one was scheduled to have swadhyaay and bhakti in the morning, darshan at P.P Bapuji’s birthplace (Chorvira) & visit to L.M.V school in the afternoon and cultural program in the evening.

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If for seekers like us, Bhaishree’s significance on this inward journey is immeasurable, we can only imagine what importance Bhaishree’s heart would hold for P.P. Bapuji who not only showed him the path but also whose grace helped him reach great heights of spirituality. Such is the glory of an enlightened Guru and it is a privilege to worship this pure soul. So, with buses and cars occupying around 100 mumukshus, P.P. Bhaishree and brahmanisths, all left for chorvira. On reaching Bapuji’s home, P.P. Bhaishree lit a candle in front of Bapuji’s portrait and bhakti songs were sung.

Then the next stop was LMV School where 3 girls dedicated bhajan ‘Tu mane Bhagwan ek vardan aapi de’ to the Almighty, in Bhaishree’s presence and the humble Principal expressed gratitude towards Pujya Bapuji and Raj Saubhag Ashram and how their love for humanity feeds the hungry for knowledge minds and supports many vehement students.

While the afternoon was filled with reverential feelings, the evening was as devotional as cultural. The very first presentation was that of a 30 minutes film made on P.P. Bhaishree’s UK Dharmayatra (20th May to 7th June, 2018). With pictures and videos capturing candid euphoria and devotion of London mumukshus, to background music providing lyrical form to their raw emotions, each frame of the film gave a glimpse of how overjoyed mumukshus were to welcome P.P. Bhaishree, the eagerness to hear his golden-wisdom filled words and being able to spend quality time in his divine presence and connect with him so closely, be it through swadhyaay or spiritual retreats or talks or insightful games.

After the film, were beautiful solo and group dance performances, bhajan glorifying the importance of a true Guru and insightful play on Sulsa Sati and her virtues, through which mumukshus expressed their gratitude and vowed to completely and unconditionally surrender at guru’s lotus feet.

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Day two, the day of Guru Poonam, began early with Guru Welcome and Guru Ashirvachan, right after aagna-bhakti. Little later that morning, like every year was special dance performance by the students of Viklang Centre, card presentation by Dubai mumukshus and reading of gratitude filled messages from mumukshus from various parts of the globe. All requesting our Sadguru to help them get rid of the darkness and fill their lives with divine light.

Later that evening was Bhakti by professionals who reflected the devotion of mumukshu’s heart through their songs and brought all gopis from tapping their feet to dancing in ecstasy with the devotion–filled heart.

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Another key feature of this festivity was 9 mumukshus, over the course of 2 days, sharing their close encounters with P.P Bhaishree. Each and every story shared, illuminated the raw depth of Bhaishree’s virtues, his modesty, humbleness, perception, sagacity, his unconditional love & care, precious grace and his profound understanding. How cannot one fall in love with such pristine true self? 

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The next day, mumukshus had the privilege to hear Bhaishree’s swadhyaay in the morning as later that afternoon, P.P.Bhaishree and many other mumukshus departed for Amrutotsav celebration (Talk/Dance/Film/Play – Tejovalay) in Ahmedabad.

Over these three days, Bhaishree relentlessly elaborated on verse 98 of Aatmasiddhi and fervently focused on three pillars of spirituality all mumukshus must work on – Faith, Surrender and Devotion. Stronger the faith, deeper is one’s understanding; more pure your surrender, more humble you become and more devoted you will be, more virtues you shall develop. The biggest obstacle on this spiritual path is our ignorance. Thus, practice stillness, be more focused and observe peace. Actions and feelings go hand in hand. One ignites the other. Hence, re-direct your karma bhaav towards Moksh Bhaav. Do not hurry but do not be sluggish as well. Deepen your understanding and work single-mindedly towards your goal, Bhaishree says.

Bhaishree’s Ashirvachan on Guru Poonam complemented the same ardor as his swadhayas. Even then, he reminded us of our blessings and made only one entreaty – The shortest road to liberation is ‘Ashray’ and ‘Bhakti’. Be reminded of your blessings and make sure you strengthen your enthusiasm, firmness and passion for this path and uncompromisingly stay devoted to the true enlightened master.

Contemplate his compassion and unconditional universal love for each and every soul.

|| Manasa bhajore guru charanam, Dustara bhavasagara taranam ||

Do not just sing the glory of HIS divine grace but ensure that you never forget this matchless shelter that we have acquired. By all means, bow and surrender at HIS lotus feet and completely engulf yourself with HIS purity and divinity. This is the best way to celebrate not only Guru Poonam but also each and every day of this otherwise misused life. There is no cause for spiritual welfare as powerful as association with an enlightened master (Vachnamrut, letter 375). As, it is only through HIS refuge are we going to overcome birth-death cycle and its sufferings. While most vaporize in the blink of an eye, bowing at HIS lotus feet with gratitude & Faith and holding onto that with steadfast devotion is our only escape from the fear of being caught up in this worldly mess. O soul! Awaken! Make the most of what you have received.

Welcoming the marble that will gift us the idol of Param Krupaludev

ગુરુ કારીગર સરીખા, ટાંકે વચન વિચાર
પથ્થર સે પ્રતિમા કરે, પૂજા લહે અપાર
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“રાજમંદિર” એ પ.પૂ ભાઈશ્રીના હૃદયમાં રહેલો પરમ કૃપાળુ દેવ પ્રત્યેનો ઉત્કૃષ્ટ ભક્તિભાવ છે. મુમુક્ષુઓનાં કલ્યાણ અર્થે જે દાયકાઓ સુધી મદદરૂપ થવાનું છે તે અતિ સુંદર “રાજમંદિર” પૂર્ણ થવાના આરે છે. પરમ કૃપાળુ દેવની અત્યંત જીવંત પ્રતિમાજી ઘડાય અને તેનું અવલંબન પામી મુમુક્ષુઓ મોક્ષના માર્ગે વીતરાગ બનતા જાય એ ભાઈશ્રીનો પરમાર્થ મનોરથ છે. આપણે ભાગ્યશાળી છીએ કે બે વર્ષના અંતે દૂધ જેવો સફેદ આરસનો પથ્થર વિયેટનામની ખાણમાંથી મળી આવ્યો છે જેને તારીખ ૧૪-૬-૨૦૧૮ ના રોજ બહુમાનપૂર્વક, આનંદ ઉલ્હાસ સાથે વધાવી, આશ્રમના પ્રાંગણમાં સ્થાપવામાં આવ્યો છે.

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જોગાનુજોગ તે સમયે પ.પૂ. છોટાબાપુજી તેમજ પ.પૂ. બાપુજી સાથે જેમનો ઘનિષ્ઠ આધ્યાત્મિક સંબંધ હતો, તેવા ગચ્છાધિપતિ આચાર્ય માણેકસાગર સુરી મહારાજ સાહેબની પરંપરાના સાધુ ભગવંતો ગચ્છાધિપતિ પૂ. શ્રી ચન્દ્રસાગર મ.સા. (પૂ. આગમોધ્ધારક સૂરિ) વિહાર કરતા આશ્રમમાં પધાર્યા હતા.

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તેમણે અર્થપૂર્ણ પ્રવચન દ્વારા ઉત્તમ સમજણ આપી અને મંત્રોચ્ચાર દ્વારા તે એકેન્દ્રિય જીવોને ભાવપૂર્વક વિનંતી કરી કે, તેઓ કૃપા કરી મૂર્તિ કંડારવા માટે અનુમતિ આપે.

આપણી ઉપર તે એકેન્દ્રિય જીવો અનુગ્રહ કરે તે માટે આપણે નાનો પણ સંકલ્પ કરવો જોઈએ એવી પ્રેરણા સાધુભગવંતોએ કરતાં ત્યાં ઉપસ્થિત મુમુક્ષુઓએ મૂર્તિ પૂર્ણપણે ઘડાય અને તેની પ્રતિષ્ઠા થાય ત્યાં સુધી પોતાની ઈચ્છા અનુસાર પ્રતિજ્ઞા લીધી હતી.

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ભલે આપણે ત્યાં હાજર ન હતાં પણ આપણે પણ આ વાંચી આપણી શક્તિ અનુસાર સંકલ્પ લેવો જોઈએ. ઓછામાં ઓછું રોજ, ૫ માળા સહજાત્મસ્વરૂપ પરમગુરુ અથવા તો નમસ્કાર મહામંત્રની ગણવી એવી ભલામણ આ પુણ્યાત્મક પ્રસંગે ભાઇશ્રીએ કરી છે.    

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Vegan provision at Raj Saubhag Ashram

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The catering team led by manager Jayesbhai is helping to provide for vegan diets. The catering in the Ashram is jain vegetarian, however an increasing number of our mumukshus are also vegan.

There are many reasons for a vegan diet: animal welfare, health, climate change are to name a few. You can read about animal welfare in our maitri moves article by clicking here.

Although the ashram cannot guarantee to provide for vegan diets at all times, it is making an effort to do so.

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When you arrive at the ashram please speak personally to Jayeshbhai (Kitchen Manager) in the kitchen and let him know you are vegan and the duration of your stay. His mobile number is +918264250982.

Breakfasts:

Please ask for the khakhra without ghee. On most days breakfast is vegan. When there is upma then seperate vegan upma can be requested.

Lunch:

Lunches usually consist of rotli, dal, rice, shak. There is rotlis without ghee on all days and you can request for rotla without ghee too. On days that there is kadhi and a dairy based shak they will make you an alternative. Jayeshbhai will ensure that there is a vegan shak available to you on all days.

Dinner:

Dinner is usually lighter and mostly vegan. The kitchen will make you vegan idli and khichri without ghee on those relevant days, or a vegan alternative if there are other non vegan dishes on the menu.

Soya Milk

Jayeshbhai is also happy to order you soya milk from Rajkot and Ahmedabad. This is normally the sofit brand and costs approx Rs 110 - 120 per litre carton.

Fruit

You can order fruit from the ashram office. What is available depends on the season but the ashram staff will help you find what you need from Sayla town, and will often go and get it for you if they have time. Fruit is sometimes provided at lunchtimes. It is there daily during ekant maun shibirs, but at other times it depends on ashram members sponsoring the fruit. Depending on the number of people staying in the ashram this sponsorship may be from Rs 300 - 500 per day, so if you feel generous then you can sponsor fruit for the whole ashram.

This is a new initiative and a learning process for the kitchen. They welcome feedback and encouragement and appreciate your positive feedback too. This is something that the kitchen team have done from their own initiative and very welcome to the vegans among us so thank you to the team. Please ask for clarification at meal times if you are unsure of ingrediants, Jayeshbhai is the person to ask and he understands veganism well.

We would also recommend you keep some personal provisions in case you require them. Porridge, nuts, chocolate, fruit and dry snacks may be useful to keep.

* Please note that the milk and ghee used in the Ashram is from the Ashram cows which are very well kept and looked after. Dairy products may be necessary for some poeple in their diets for health and the Ashram is not advising this diet over others as these decisions are a personal choice.

Diwali 2017

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During the Diwali celebrations this year Param Pujya Bhaishree took the text: 'Maniratna Mala' by Shree Tulsidasji. Param Krupaludev Shrimad Rajchandra had instructed in Letters 435, 789, 796 and updesh chaya 11 that this text was important to read. It contains many outstanding examples and understandings of 'Moh' which is worth contemplating on. The text is made up of 32 Shloks or stanzas. The expanded explanation of these 32 shloks is in the form of 100 questions and answers.

We share the swadhyays with you here below. 

Paryushan 2017 - A time for reflection, discipline, penance and forgiveness

Paryushan Swadhyays

The video swadhyays from Paryushan 2017 will be uploaded day by day below for you to watch.

TOPIC:

YOG VASHISHT - VAIRAGYA PRAKRAN

Paryushan Swadhyay 1:

Friday 18th Aug 2017 - Morning

Paryushan Swadhyay 2:

Friday 18th Aug 2017 - Afternoon

Paryushan Swadhyay 3:

Saturday 19th Aug 2017 - Morning

Paryushan Swadhyay 4:

Saturday 19th Aug 2017 - Afternoon

Paryushan Swadhyay 5:

Sunday 20th Aug 2017 - Morning

Paryushan Swadhyay 6:

Sunday 20th Aug 2017 - Afternoon

TOPIC:

SHREE KALPASUTRA

Read by Br. Vinubhai Shah

Kalpasutra Swadhyay 1:

Monday 21st Aug 2017 - Morning

Kalpasutra Swadhyay 2:

Monday 21st Aug 2017 - Afternoon

Kalpasutra Swadhyay 3:

Tuesday 22nd Aug 2017 - Morning

Kalpasutra Swadhyay 4:

Tuesday 22nd Aug 2017 - Afternoon

 

Paryushan Mahaparva

18th - 25th August 2017

Paryshan parva is an 8 day Jain festival of reflection and seeking forgiveness for one's sins. Every evening pratikraman is undertaken during which one recounts not just the past day, week, fortnight, month but those transgressions and sins committed in the lasy year and beyond. One repents and asks for forgiveness. One reflects as to their root causes and makes firm resolutions to avoid them in the present and future. One disciplines the mind and the senses and stills one's awareness to reside within.

During this Paryushan Mahaparva we ask after all those tapasvis and wish them well in their sadhana and tapa.

Listen to the complete Shree Bruhad Alochana here. You can find the individual tracks and download options in our Bhakti Library