Uttar Pradesh - The Land of 48 Jin Kalyanak - Jatra 2019

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January 2019 Jatra (pilgrimage), took participating Raj Saubhag mumukshus to the Northern State of Uttar Pradesh, to the cities of Allahabad, Kaushambi, Varanasi, Ayodhya, Ratnapuri, Shravasthi and Lucknow, janma bhumi of 12 Tirthankars of current chovisi and their 48 Jin Kalyanak Tirths.

Uttar Pradesh, the land of Tirthankars

A land mass that holds utmost importance to Jain Mythology, where non-violence, peace and truth have been understood and practiced for thousands of years, where 17 of the 24 Tirthankars of current chovisi, were born and is home of 67 Jin Kalyanak Tirths. The innumerable Jain Shrines that dot the state of Uttar Pradesh speak of a myriad of intimate associations with the lives of Jain Tirthankars. A power-house of spiritual energy that has attracted and moulded sentiments of millions of people across the nation and around the world.

Tirthankara, (Sanskrit: “Ford-maker”) also called Jina (“Victor”), in Jainism, a saviour who has succeeded in crossing over life’s stream of rebirths and has made a path for others to follow.

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There are 5 kalyanaks (auspicious events) in life of a Tirthankar:

1. Chyavana Kalyanak: When the soul of Tirthankara enters mother's womb.
2. Janma Kalyanak: Birth of the Tirthankara.
3. Diksha Kalyanak: When a Tirthankara renounces all worldly possessions and becomes an ascetic.  
4. Kevalgnan Kalyanak: The event when a Tirthankara attains Kevalgnan, absolute knowledge. A divine samavasarana (preaching hall) appears, from where the Tirthankara delivers sermons.  
5. Nirvana Kalyanak: When a Tirthankara leaves their mortal body, it is known as Nirvana, the final liberation, Moksha.

48 Kalyanak Tirths:  

Kaushambhi Tirth:  Padmaprabhu Swami 4 kalyanaks
Purimtal:             Adinath Bhagwan 1 kalyanak
Bhelupur:        Parshwanath Bhagwan 4 kalyanaks
Bhadani:      Suparshwanath Bhagwan 4 kalyanaks
Chandrapuri:     Chandraprabhu Bhagwan’s 4 kalyanaks
Sinhapuri:       Shreyansnath Bhagwan’s 4 kalyanaks
Ayodhya:               19 Jin kalyanaks- Adinath Bhagwan (3), Ajitnath Bhagwan(4), Abhinandannath Bhagwan (4), Ananthanath Bhagwan (4), Sumatinath (4)   

Ratnapuri:    Dharmanath Bhagwan’s 4 kalyanak
Shravasthi:     Sambhavnath Bhagwan 4 kalyanak

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“બધાનાં અંત:કરણની અંદર ભગવાન પ્રત્યેનો ખૂબ ખૂબ ભક્તિભાવ જાગવો જોઈએ કારણ કે જે તીર્થભૂમિ પર જઈએ છીએ, તે તીર્થભૂમિ અને ભગવાનના જે કલ્યાણકો થયાં હોય એની જે સ્પર્શના છે એ આપણા શરીરની અંદર નવી ઊર્જા ઉત્પન્ન કરે અને અપૂર્વ ઉત્સાહ અંદરથી જગાડે કે જેમ ભગવાને આ ભૂમિ પર આત્મકલ્યાણ સાધી લીધું તેમ હું પણ મારું આત્મકલ્યાણ સાધી લઉં.”
— Param Pujya Bhaishree

Day 3: 02.01.19 - Allahabad

Visit to Triveni Sangam
Early morning start, 6:00AM, to visit Triveni Sangam. As mumukshus made way to the boats to reach holy Sangam, heavy fog obscured view of Kumbh Mela 2019 setup. Millions of tourists arrive annually for a sacred dip in the confluence of two physical rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and the subterranean mystical river, Saraswati. In Hindu mythology taking a bath in the holy Triveni Sangam is said to cleanse the soul of its sins, setting it free from the cycle of rebirth. The sight of the confluence of water of River Ganga (brownish) with Yamuna (slightly greenish), along with the flocks of chirping migrating Siberian birds flying over the boats, jostling for space for a holy dip, along with the pilgrims, is truly a mesmerising sight. Bhaishree likened the confluence of rivers to the sadhna he has blessed the mumuxus with.

The origin of Kumbh Mela was transcribed by the 8th-century philosopher Shankara. The founding myth of the Kumbh Mela points to the Puranas (compilation of ancient Hindu legends). It recounts how heavenly angels and demons fought over the sacred pitcher, the Kumbh of Amrit, the nectar of immortality called the Ratna of Samudra Manthan. It is widely believed that Lord Vishnu, disguised as the enchantress ‘Mohini’ whisked the Kumbh out of the grasp of the covetous demons who had tried to claim it. As he took it heavenwards, a few drops of the precious nectar fell on the four sacred sites which are now known as Haridwar, Ujjain, Nasik and Prayag. The fight and the following pursuit is said to have lasted twelve divine days which is equivalent to twelve human years and therefore, the Mela is celebrated every twelve years, staggered at each of the four sacred sites in this cycle. The corresponding rivers are believed to have turned into Amrit at the cosmic moment, giving pilgrims the chance to bathe in the essence of purity, auspiciousness and immortality.

Once again, we can liken the fight of devas and asuras as that of Arhat conquering the four inner enemies to attain the inner nectar or the eternal bliss.

Kaushambi

Visit to Jain Shwetambar Tirth
Post breakfast, Yatris departed for Kaushambi Tirth, home of Padmaprabhu Swami’s 4 kalyanaks (chyavan, janma, diksha and kevalgnan). Immersed in bhakti bhaav, mumukshus had opportunity to do puja and chaityavandan with Pujya Bhaishree.

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Visit to Shri Prabhash Giri Tirth Kshetra Pabhosa, Ancient Gardens of Kaushambi

Next, the Sangh headed to Prabhashgiri tirth - Pabhosa, for darshan at Digambar Derasar built in 1834 with mulnayak, Padmaprabhu Swami. Digambars believe Padmaprabhu attained diksha & Kevalgnan here.

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Mahavir Bhagvan accepts food (boiled unsplit black beans) from Chandanbala and breaks 5 months & 25 days fast

Mahavir Bhagvan accepts food (boiled unsplit black beans) from Chandanbala and breaks 5 months & 25 days fast

There is also a life size idol of Chandanbala giving alms to Bhagwan Mahavir. Chandanbala was enslaved and taken to Kaushambhi. After facing several trials and tribulations with equanimity and forgiveness, she was freed when Mahavir Bhagwan accepted alms from her.

Prabhash giri, small hill, near the Digambar temple has a cave (9ft by 7ft) and a small Derasar. Padmaprabhu is said to have spent large part of his life in the cave.

Prabhash Giri

Prabhash Giri

Bhagwan Mahavir had also visited Kaushambi many times, His samavarsan was also setup here. Legend also has it, Shri Krishna and Balram visited gardens of Kaushambi (Pabhosh) after the burning of Dwarka. It was here Lord Krishna, resting beneath a tree was mistaken as a deer and fatally wounded by the arrow of his brother Jarakumar.

Day 4: 03.01.19

Varanasi (Kashi, Benares) - 16 Jin Kalyanak  
Sprawling city along the banks of River Ganges, Varanasi dates back to 11th century B.C., one of world's oldest inhabited cities with a maze of narrow alleys leading to its 88 ghats. A unique symbiotic relation exists between its diverse culture & heritage, spirituality and rituals, new and classical, all coexisting in sublime harmony.

For Hindus, Kashi is ultimate pilgrimage point, to wash away sins in the sacred waters of Ganga, to cremate loved ones, or to simply die here, in order to fast track journey to moksha. Along with Hinduism, this city of lights, is a magnet for Jains and Buddhists.

For Jains, Varanasi is a home for 16 Jin Kalyanak, 4 kalyanak each (Chyavan, Janma, Diksha & Kevalgnan) for Bhagwan Parshvanath, Suparshvnath, Chandraprabhu and Shreyansnath, respectively.

Varanasi : Chintamani Parshvanath Temple, Ramghat
Ancient temple of Chintamani Parshwanath, over 2,500 years old temple, built over three floors. Mumukhsus had opportunity to do seva puja and darshan of the several prachin murtis before settling down for Parshva Padmavati pujan.

Mulnayak Shri Chintamani Parshwanath Bhagwan

Mulnayak Shri Chintamani Parshwanath Bhagwan

Shree Shantinath Bhagvan - Shree Parshwanath Bhagvan - Shree Ajitnath Bhagvan

Shree Shantinath Bhagvan - Shree Parshwanath Bhagvan - Shree Ajitnath Bhagvan

Ancient murtis

Ancient murtis

On the ground floor of the temple, a beautiful idol of Lord Parshwanath atop Padmavati Devi has been installed, at the Kamath Yagna Sthal, the very spot where the first interaction between Kamath and Bhagwan Parshwanath occurred.

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Legend goes, once Prince Parshva, passing by this area, witnessed a mendicant named Kamath conducting yagna outside the city. Coming closer to yagna sthal, the Lord noticed some logs of wood burning around the mendicant. Inside one of these logs was a pair of serpents, writhing in pain from the intense heat of the flames. Overcome by compassion the prince requested the mendicant to remove the log, "Burning a five sensed being in fire, what sort of self improvement do you strive for?" To that the mendicant replied angrily, "Prince! You are a child; go and enjoy your princely games. It is mendicants like me who know about religion not you."

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When all efforts to persuade him were in vain, Parshva ordered his attendants to pull out the particular log from fire and split it open. As soon as the attendants did that, a pair of partially scorched serpents, fell on the ground writhing in pain. Realising that they were about to die, Prince Parshva asked them to remain equanimous during the last moments of their lives and not to have hatred towards the ignorant mendicant. He then recited the Namokar Mantra. With equanimous bhaav and hearing the Namokar Mantra in their final moment, the pair of serpents, after death were born in heaven as the king and queen of the Nag Kumar clan (Dharanendra and Padmavati - yaksh & yakshini of Prabhu Parshvanath).

Parshva Padmavati Pujan
Mumukhsus settled for an uplifting Parshva Padmavati pujan lasting about 3 hours.

The pujan was led by Bhaishree, comprising of mantras, stuti & prayers officiated by Hiteshbhai, and augmented by soulful bhakti rendered by Deepbhai. The power of the mantras with mind gripping bhakti and aatma bhav of the devotees, the entire temple reverberated with pure, divine energy. A truly profound experience.

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Visit to Trailinga Swami Math
After pujan, mumukshus headed to the nearby Trailinga Swami Math (Ashram).

Trailinga Swami, was a Hindu Saint from Benares recognised as an Avadhuta, a great Saint, by Ramakrishna, Yogananda, and other Saints of his time. Referred to as the “The walking Lord Shiva of Varanasi”, he was believed to live for around 280 years, 150 of which residing in Varanasi. Ramakrishna had said that Trailinga Swami had exalted state of knowledge, and no body-consciousness, a real paramahansa ("Supreme swan") illuminating Benares.

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Day 5: 04.01.19

Visit to Shwetambar Parshavanath Bhagwan Tirth, Bhelupur

The day started with visit to Shankeshwar Parshavanath Shwetambar Tirth in Bhelupur. Located in south of Varanasi town, Bhelupur Jain Tirth is dedicated to Lord Parshwanath where 4 kalyanaks are located.

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A charan paduka (a sacred rock having the foot impressions) of Bhagwan have been installed to mark the sacred spot. Mumukshus had opportunity for seva puja, darshan and chaityavandan with Bhaishree.

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Kashi Vishwanath Temple Visit
In the afternoon, yatris visited the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple, also known as the Golden Temple, due to the massive gold plated dome on 15.5 meter high spires, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Revered Hindu pilgrimage site, the Temple enshrines one of the 12 jyotirlingams of Lord Shiva. Shiv devotees believe one who prays and worships Vishweshwar, the “Lord of All”, with devotion will attain liberation.

Evening Ganga Aarti Cruise
An amazing Ganga Aarti cruise was organised for the evening. Mumukshus boarded the boat from Assi Ghat, the southernmost Ghat in Varanasi. Hindus believe that it was at Assi Ghat that saint Tulsidas left for his heavenly abode.

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The cruise enabled a beautiful view of the sunset, with its hues adding a delicate tint to the river, as well as the opportunity to witness, from the boat, the Ganga Aarti  – a daily ritual of offering devotion to the holy river Ganga – held at several ghats almost simultaneously. The entire experience was simply divine, just magical.

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View of Aarti from the boat

View of Aarti from the boat

Pujya Bhaishree’s inspiring message after the aarti,
“Ganges gives nourishment and life to all beings from one sensed to five sensed. We are indebted to the Ganges for inspiring spirituality to so many people and we see them doing aarti with so much ‘bhaav’. This devout aarti looks much more stunning from the river than from the ghat. The Ganges is such that it takes peoples’ dirt and sinks it into the ground and in return gives them it’s pure water. We should take inspiration from Mother Ganga, it is our duty to strive hard to progress on our spiritual path and for inner purity. We should have unshakable faith and devotion for the path given to us.

Every house in Varanasi has a temple, be it small or big! There must be some reason behind it. We must take inspiration from this.”

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Mumukshus returned to the hotel feeling exhilarated.  

Day 6: 05.01.19

Bhadaini Tirth

Morning visit to Bhadaini Tirth, also known as Jain Ghat, home of Suparshwanath Bhagwan’s 4 kalyanaks. After puja and chaityavandan mumukshus settled down on the terrace for Bhaishree’s swadhyay.

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Bhaishree reminded mumukshus of their good fortune, to be able able to be present on bhumi of 4 kalyanaks of Tirthankar Bhagwan. He then explained the Suparshvanath Bhagwan stavan by Devchandraji Maharajsaheb. Devchandraji described Suparshavnath Bhagwan as ‘Avyabadh sukh na Swami’ (Master of unimpeded happiness). For a striving sadhak,  observation of such “sukh”, would trigger within him, a desire to awaken the same sukh (eternal bliss) that is dormant within him.

Sarnath

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Sarnath is a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Jain devotees alike.

It is an immensely important Buddhist pilgrimage site. It is also referred to as Isipatana, a city mentioned by the Buddha as one of the four places of pilgrimage which his devout followers should visit. After enlightenment in Bodh Gaya (528 BCE), Buddha traveled to Sarnath. Delivered his first sermon to his 5 disciples teaching the “four noble truths” and setting in motion “The Wheel of Dharma”. Emperor Ashoka had also erected magnificent stupas and monasteries and engraved pillar here, in 3rd century BC.

Visit to Wat Thai Sarnath Temple
Referred to as Thai Temple, the Hinayana Buddha temple built in 1933, is located amid lush and manicured gardens. There is a statue of a laughing Buddha just before the main Thai temple and on the right side is an enactment of Buddha delivering a sermon to his disciples. There are other statues of Buddha in various mudras.

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Visit to Sinhpuri Tirth
Birthplace of Shreyasnath Bhagwan and home for 4 kalyanak (Chyavan, Janma, Diksha and Kevalgnan). A beautiful temple complex with a Samavasaran with paduka of Bhagwan at the top.

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Visit to Chandrapuri Tirth
Onwards to Chandrapuri Tirth, birthplace of Shree Chandraprabhu Swami and home for his 4 kalyanak (Chyavan, Janma, Diksha and Kevalgnan).

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Day 7: 06.01.19

Ayodhya Tirth Kshetra -19 Jin Kalyanak Bhumi
Day spent travelling from Varanasi to Ayodhya. Important pilgrimage center for Hindus, Jains & Buddhists, alike. Name derived from Sanskrit ‘A’ and ‘Yudha’, meaning place of no conflict; the invincible, “one which cannot be conquered by vices”.

River Saryu, that flows through Ayodhya, has been a silent witness to great personalities that once walked the earth here.  

Besides association with Hindu mythology, Ayodhya has also nurtured spiritual values from Jainism. It is place where five Tirthankars, were born and preached the profound Jain values and is home for 19 kalyanaks.

Bhagwan Mahavir and Gautam Buddha too had visited this pious city many times.

Shree Ajitnath Shwetambar Jain Tirth, Ayodhya
Early evening arrival for a night stop at the Dharamshala within Derasar campus. Derasar is located in Katara mohalla near banks of Sarayu & Ghaghara rivers.

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Evening spent with aarti and mangal divo at the temple, presiding deity Ajitnath Bhagwan in copper colour, and visits to Shri Digamber Jain Derasar and to Kanak Bhavan.

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Day 8: 07.01.19

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Ratnapuri Tirth
The Derasar has a beautiful chaumukhi (idol facing in all 4 directions) within shikharbandi stupa. The 4 Kalnayaks of Bhagwan Dharamnath (Chyavan, Janma, Diksha and Keval Gnan) took place here.

Four corners of the temple compound are anchored by Shree Dharmanath Bhagwan’s 4 Kalyanak Mandirs.

Four corners of the temple compound are anchored by Shree Dharmanath Bhagwan’s 4 Kalyanak Mandirs.

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The temple is mentioned in Acharya Shri Jinprabhusurishwarji’s book, " Vivid teerth Kalp" written in fourteenth century of Vikram Samvat. The ancient temple is associated with number of miraculous stories. Temple pujari talked about sound of temple bells ringing in the night and of saffron rain falls. Stains, dried droplets of a recent rainfall were visible on temple campus paving.

After seva puja & darshan, yatris settled down, mumuksus at the ground level, and Bhaishree, Brahmnishts Minalben and Vikrambhai up above near mandir doorway, to revere the Lord with bhaav pujan (chaityavandan), stavans and garbas.  

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Sravasti Tirth, Shravasthi   
After lunch at Ratnapuri, the sangh proceeded towards Shravasthi, to Sravasti Tirth. A sacred historic place celebrating 4 Kalyanak of Bhagwan Sambhavnath, (Chyavan, Janm, Diksha and Keval Gnan). A beautiful Derasar of white marble, with a white pratimaji of Sambhavnath in padmasan posture.

Shantinath Prabhu had also visited Shravasti and Mahavir Swami had spent several chaturmas here with Samosaran erected for Him on number of occasions. First meeting between Keshi Muni and Gautam Swamiji occurred here. Goshala had struck Mahavir here with tejoleshya (lightening ray produced out of his body).  

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After aarti and mangal divo mumukshus retired for evening at the hotel.

Day 9: 08.01.19 - Shravasthi

In the morning mumukshus gathered at the Derasar for final seva, puja, darshan and chaityavandan.  

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And thus ends, a spiritually divine jatra. 9 days spent in presence of Param Pujya Bhaishree on the revered bhumi of the Tirthankars, enabling a unique opportunity for spiritual development, steadiness of mind, meditation and eternal peace.

Mahavir Janma Kalyanak 2019

Live Swadhyay Broadcast

Param Pujya Bhaishree's Satsang on Janma Kalyanak of Bhagwan Mahavir

Day: Tuesday 16th April 2019

Venue: Bhalani Residence (Ghatkopar W)

Time: 8:30pm to 10:00pm. (Indian Standard Time IST)

We will be broadcasting this live on the day for those who cannot attend in person. Click on the link below to view on the day:

"The greatest mistake of a soul is non-recognition of its real self and can only be corrected by recognising itself", preached Lord Mahavir.

Lord Mahavir's Janma Kalyanak is on the 17th of March, Param Pujya Bhaishree's swadhyay for the same will be on Tuesday the 16th of March.

So let us come together to rejoice this momentous and pious occasion.


On this day we celebrate the birth of the 24th Tirthanker Shree Mahavir Bhagwan (Mahavir Janma Kalyanak).

The Kalpasutra text cites Kundagrama as the place where he was born. This site is believed by tradition to be near Vaishali, a great ancient town in the Gangetic plains.

After Mahavir was born, the god Indra came from the heavens, anointed him, and performed his abhisheka (consecration) on Mount Meru.

After he gained Kevalgnan, or supreme enlightenment Mahavir Bhagwan taught that the observance of the vows ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truth), asteya (non-stealing), brahmacharya (chastity), and aparigraha (non-attachment) is necessary to spiritual liberation. He gave the principle of Anekantavada (plurality of view points), Syadvada and Nayavada. The teachings of Mahavir Bhagwan were compiled in the Jain Agams.

The inner path of self-realisation that Bhagwan Mahavir practised, realised and taught, remains alive today in the hearts of enlightened teachers. They illuminate the path and help us: understand the essence of Mahavir's teachings and recognise the inner state of Bhagwan Mahavir, the supreme manifestation of the pure soul, our own true nature.

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IVY Swadhyay - March 2019

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Only the purity of our souls is permanent, everything else is temporary. Material things can never become ours forever, they belong to us today, will belong to another tomorrow. But the qualities accumulated by our Atma remain with us in this birth as well as future births.  This corrupt mind lulls us into a false sense of ownership of all things external. Only when an Enlightened Master holds our hand and removes the delusion from within, does a disciple actually awaken and start correcting his misconceptions!! It is the harmony of Guru’s words and actions that instils the faith in HIS sermon.

Learning is the Raising of Character by the broadening of Vision and the deepening of feeling. Our actions and conduct is a reflection of our thoughts

So, how do we listen to his swadhyay to gain the most and the best? Brahmnisht Minalben shared some meaningful ways to help us absorb the Guru’s words and connect with him better; and encourage grasping true knowledge from any source or setting.

  • Be attentive to the Guru’s guidance and teachings – his words have divine wisdom filled in them

  • Feel the flow of his consciousness and not just the words – the guru speaks from his experience and awareness of inner self

  • Know that Guru wants you to succeed – When you reach a karmic block don’t be embarrassed to ask for his guidance

  • Follow his lead and inner guidance to move past the test of Karma

  • Persevere until you feel assured that you have attuned to His consciousness.

  • Use this awareness to build your confidence and strength for the spiritual journey

Pujya Bhaishree’s recent Holi swadhyay shed light on the immense value of gratitude so closely related to kindness, and so did the next chapter from ‘Pinnacle of Spirituality’ narrating one incident between Shrimad and judge Dharshibhai. Chapter 14 illustrates an incident when as a young boy, Shrimad overhears that his uncles plotting to kill Dharshibhai. His compassionate heart would not rest until he found a solution for this impending heinous crime, which would immerse his uncles’ in a sea of bad karmas. He alerted the judge and saved the situation. Gratitude is very closely related to Kindness.

Daya dharmnu mul chhe’ – Shrimad Rajchandra

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thoughts creates profoundness/depth and Kindness in giving creates love. Try injecting little bit of kindness everyday with the intent of making it not just a habit but an effortless part of our nature and conduct.

Kindness and mindfulness are like two wheels to reach the heights of everlasting joy. Minalben and Vikrambhai shared different ways in which all of us can do our act of kindness everyday.

  • Say hello to everyone you meet

  • Give directions to someone who is lost

  • Provide water to stray people

  • Don’t interrupt when someone is explaining themselves

  • Simply say sorry when you have done wrong

  • Let someone in the queue go ahead in the line

  • Hold the door open for someone else

  • Compliment the first three people you meet in the day

  • Everyone is important – Learn their names

  • When everyone in a group are gossiping – remain silent

  • Feed a meal to someone

  • Forgive someone and never bring up that issue again

  • Help an elderly person

  • Try to ease the worry of your household help or someone who helps us daily

  • Feed/Save animals

  • Be kind to your family members

  • Refrain from focusing on to the weakness and shortcomings of your family members. Constantly referring to them leads to dissatisfaction and bitterness

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Vikrambhai says kindness also means making an effort to achieve greater good and spreading joy. He shared two inspiring incidents:

  1. Trustee of Gadge Baba Mission, Gunvantbhai, a simple and modest man, would clean the floor wherever he would go. He would himself bend, pick up and arrange shoes and footwear of other people even when nobody was looking.

  2. Prabhashankarbhai would go house to house, collecting old newspapers, then carry large bundles of discarded newspapers to sell. The money that he collected from this back breaking work would be used to help poor farmers in villages.

It is human nature to be kind and soul’s nature to love and be happy. And there is joy in giving. So, shall we begin being Kind from Today?

Holi - Burning Ungratefulness & Igniting Thankfulness


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Holi 

Burning Ungratefulness, Igniting Thankfulness

March 21, 2019

Falgun sud Poonam marks the Gujarati calendar as the day of Dhuleti, the day of colours, day of the triumph of good over the evil. Aligning in the same pursuit 97 mumukshus of Shree Raj Saubhag Ashram, Sayla had gathered at Saffronstays at Karjat to celebrate this festival with their beloved. Saffronstays at Karjat is a picturesque location with a European styled villa and a lush green lawn.

Armed with devotion in hearts, marigold in hands, excitement in the air mumukshus were all set for yet another auspicious welcome of the divine. The lyrics of 'Utsav Aaya' adorned the near complete atmosphere. No sooner the eyes lay on the physical manifestation of divine, hands started clapping, legs left the comfort of the ground.

Beloved Sadguru was welcomed with overwhelming hearts, tilak and garland. 

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After a hearty breakfast, mumukshus gathered in the hall of the villa with great anticipation.  

"Badhane Jai Bhagwan, badhane Holi Mubarak", greets Param Pujya Bhaishree to all the mumukshus in his inimitable quirky style. Bhaishree expressed his pleasure for the beautiful place that all were in and thanked the almighty. Thus setting the tone for the swadhyay. Topic of the swadhyay was Gratitude.

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Param Pujya Bhaishree drove home few and extremely crucial points with the help of interesting and humourous stories. One line that stayed with most of the mumukshus from the first story is,
"મારા માલિકને છેતરી શકું, પણ અમારા બેયના માલિકને શી રીતે છેતરી શકું? ને ધારો કે એનેય છેતરું, પણ મારા અંતરાત્માને છેતરવાનું તો અશક્ય છે ને!"
(I can dupe my master but how can I dupe the master of both of us? And imagine I dupe even Him but duping my soul is definitely impossible.) 

Few initial tales culminated into a moral as - When we are in adverse or bad situations we should not be disturbed, on the contrary we should thank God for not making it worse. Another pearl of wisdom shared was 'If we want to be unhappy we should compare ourselves with the ones who are more fortunate than us and if we want to be happy we should compare ourselves to the ones who are less fortunate than us'.

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Second point Bhaishree made was 'Happiness lies in contentment'. It has little to do with the material possessions and things that we hoard thinking they will make us happy. A glaring example is the simple lives of villagers. Toiling in the sun, eating simple food, little to no material comfort but praising the Almighty with song and dance each day surely pegs their quality of life much higher than most of the city dwellers. Bhaishree pierced the hearts of everyone when he stated, 'If we could acquire happiness with wealth and things, the materialistic we are, we would not have let it remain for anyone else'. 

We should be grateful and content for what we have in life. 

Third point Bhaishree elucidated is that feeling of gratefulness should be expressed not only for the Almighty or circumstances but also for our near and dear ones. He talked about couple of trivial situations in marriages which could have been made better just by simple acts of acknowledgement or heartfelt 'Thank-you's.

He asked us to be grateful also for the things which others do which they are anyway responsible for. Leading by example Pujya Bhaishree promptly thanked the organisers of this event then and there. He explains living without feeling of gratefulness is like living without sunlight. It's not impossible as people can still survive in darkness but living with light is a different deal altogether. 

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Thankfulness is the mother of all virtues. 

Without it we gradually become insensitive. 

Bhaishree stressed at the point that 'Happiness is born out of depth of realisation, simple living, high thinking, testing times and lending your helping hands to others.' He says thanking God is not for Him, for he is going to provide for us irrespective. Thanking is for us. This feeling of thanking softens our heart, sensitises us, keeps us in positive frame of mind and it's also a cause of other virtues. 

He quoted Swami Shivanand expressing that 

the biggest terror is the lack of gratefulness in our routine life. 

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Bhaishree, the visionary and compassionate that he is, saved the best for last. He says if the stream of gratefulness constantly flows from our life, if we practice gratefulness in everything we do, while eating, working, sleeping it will slowly but surely culminate into Bhakti (devotion). Anybody who follows Param Krupalu Dev knows what's the importance of bhakti in each one of our spiritual journeys. If somehow we are able to do this, there won't be much left for us to do then. Bhaishree concluded the swadhyay on this note. By now mumukshus were drenched in the colours of wisdom and water of devotion.

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Swadhyay was followed by raas garba and the sacred tilak on each mumukshu's forehead by Bhaishree. Few mumukshus were seen practising what they had just been preached - Thanking each other. This was a sight to relish. 

The property boasted of a huge cricket ground and the men were in no mood to disappoint it. Men took to the ground and started the game. Teams had men as experienced as 75 years and as young and exuberant as 10 years. Well, this took the day into lunch. 

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After a short siesta there was an interesting session conducted at the hall. Selected mumukshus came up to the centre and quoted Param Krupalu Dev. All the others were required to give reference to the context in which these torch-bearing, life-changing words have been said.
"માર્ગને પામેલો માર્ગ પમાડશે."
"આત્માની અનંત શક્તિઓ છે."
"અમે જ્યારે વીર પ્રભુના છેલ્લા શિષ્ય હતા તે વખતમાં લઘુશંકા જેટલો પ્રમાદ કરવાથી અમારે આટલા ભવ કરવા પડ્યા."
were a few that were discussed in detail.
This fascinating and engrossing session gave the mumukshus an insight into the situations which inspired these timeless words of wisdom. This marked the end of day at Saffronstays.

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Entire group then paid a visit to a local Jinalay. Mumukshus got the privilege of doing chaitya vandan in Naminath Jinalay in the august company of Param Pujya Bhaishree.

Finally the day of colours of happiness, the triumph of gratitude over ungratefulness, celebration of devotion saw its end.

On this blessed occasion it's only befitting that we thank our Guru who's taught us Thankfulness.
પરમ પૂજ્ય ભાઈશ્રીના ચરણોમાં કોટી કોટી વંદન.

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Raj Mandir & Shrimad Rajchandraji Pratishtha Mahotsav

Pratishtha Ceremony of 108 inch Pratimaji of Param Krupaludev Shrimad Rajchandra in Shree Raj Saubhag Ashram Sayla*

4 - 10th March 2019

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Video recordings of Pratishtha Events


The most mesmerizing Pratistha

Only an ardent disciple can truly understand what it means to consecrate the Lord, the Guru and the faith in the innermost realms of his heart. The most holy days of March 2019 witnessed the Pratistha Mahotsav of the simply awesome, jaw-droppingly majestic Raj Mandir and breathtakingly divine pratimaji of Shrimad Rajchandra in Sayla.  This much awaited program spanned over 7 days, was presided over by eminent heads of various ashrams, and infused thousands of disciples with overwhelming devotion.

On the beautiful morning of 4th March, after morning meditation and nityakram, mumukshus participated in soulful bhakti and swadhyay. Pujya Bhaishree gave an insightful discourse on Updesh Chhaya 9. He made special mention of the devotion of the gopis for Shri Krishna. Even while going about their daily chores, their whole being was immersed in devotion for the Lord. Similar should be the devotion of every mumukshu aiming to reach their ultimate goal – enlightenment or samkit. The Panch Kalyanak Pujan in the afternoon and audio-visual film – ‘Divya Jyoti no Amar Prakash’ in the evening, brought in the first devotion filled day of the 7-Day Pratistha Mahotsav.

On the 5th of March, among the special programs were Atma Siddhi Pujan and transformation message delivered through comedy by well-known performer Shahbuddin Rathod. By some divine co-incidence Pujya Fulchandbhai Shastri, founder of Adhyatmik Sadhana Kendra in Umrala arrived in Sayla on the very day and time when the Atma Siddhi Pujan was being conducted. He graced the occasion with his presence, arriving in ashram in the morning hours, accompanied by other mumukshus. During the afternoon swadhyay, Pujya Bhaishree gave a discourse on Vachnamrutji letter 569.  

On the 6th of March, the entire day was filled with swadhyay, agna bhakti, meditation, collective recitation of the Atma Siddhi shastra and ultimately devotional bhakti by Shri Ashokji Pandey and his immensely talented troupe from Varanasi, which filled the Raj Mandir hall with melodious bhajans and lingering notes of musical instruments.

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The triple day special fest 7th-8th-9th March saw a flurry of celebrations – from the ceremonial procession of the Pratimaji, along with visiting dignitaries, all seated in magnificent chariots. The whole parade of devotees leading and following the chariots brought to memory, the holy rath-yatra of Bhagwan Mahavir’s diksha ceremony as described in the Kalpa Sutra. So divine was the entire occasion, that it drew a candid comment from Pujya Gokulbhai: “The entire event is reminiscent of Mahavideh Kshetra. So palpable is your devotion, O mumukshus, that I suggest all of you extend your stay in Sayla.  Follow up your sadhna. Strike while the iron is hot just now. You will surely reach your goal of Samkit, and make this human birth successful.”

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Parshwa Padmavati Pujan was conducted by the well known pujakaar – Shri Hiteshbhai, who explained the meaning of many shlokas which helped in fully engaging the participants during the entire 4-hour ceremony. With every consequent event matching up to the excellence of its predecessor; there remained one more cherry on the cake: a 35-minute dance performance by trained classical dancer-mumukshus from London, Nilpa and Naitika. So emotively was the message conveyed in their performance on Shrimadji’s composition – ‘Bahu Punya Kera Punj Thi’, that the audience was held spell bound. The entire moksh marg, the pitfalls on the way, the shelter provided by an enlightened master and value of this priceless human birth were explained through dance, drama, dialogue, music and emotions. Their perfectly coordinated steps along with the hand and eye movements were a delight to watch.

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On the auspicious day of 8th March (Fagun sud 2, birthday of Param Pujya Bapuji), after the ceremonial procession, was the Pratistha ceremony of Bhagwan Mahavir and the inauguration of 3-D images of the lineage of enlightened masters of Sayla.  All the visiting dignitaries from different ashrams in India then gave their discourses and sent good wishes and blessings.



Below are excerpts from the discourses of visiting heads of ashrams:

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Pujya Chandanaji said: “So beautiful and divine was the collective bhakti bhaav that I was unable to remember anything else, or feel anything else. I felt that I was present in the Samvasaran. I have experienced such magnanimity, inclusiveness and large-heartedness in Pujya Bhaishree that he is able to unite so many different people and different streams of thoughts within him, that I shall pray to the Lord that he is able to connect people in all four corners of the earth and unite them through love and compassion. This bhakti marg will surely overcome all the hatred and jealousy that is released into societies at the behest of religion. Thank you Bhaishree, for inviting me to experience this divinely uplifting occasion. Thank you again and again, and I also send my love to all the mumukshus.”  

Pujya Ben Prabhu said: “There is always an objective or goal in every event conceived by an Enlightened Master.  So when a colossal sized pratimaji of Shrimadji is planned to be consecrated in this equally large Raj Mandir, there is surely a divine message that accompanies this occasion. When I attempted to connect to Pujya Bhaishree’s vision, four points came to my mind as significant factors:

  1. Make your vision large; reach for the sky, reach for enlightenment, rather than groping for insignificant things like wealth, power, family ties etc.

  2. Expand your thoughts and discussions to ‘Who am I? Where have I come from? Whence forth my journey?’; rather than narrow, lowly thoughts about politics, food, women or government.  

  3. Become large-hearted; inculcate qualities of brotherhood, forgiveness, understand the perspective of the other person.

  4. See the big picture in every incidence of your lives.  Auto-suggest to yourselves ‘this too shall pass’

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After the Pratistha, Pujya Ben Prabhu said the bhaavs of all the the mumukshus were extremely elevating. “I am sure that the planning for this 7-day occasion was backed by 7-year vision, consolidated by numerous years of sadhna of an enlightened master – Pujya Bhaishree.  And all of us were able to participate, witness and experience this divinity due to the compounded punyas of 7-births. The whole event was complete. When a combination of bhakti and satsang lead to an inner stillness, an inner silence – the entire journey radiates completeness.  I have never witnessed such a Pratistha before.”

Pujya Gokulbhai said: “This Atma is the knower of all pleasure and pain, it does not feel the hurt, sting or discomfort of pain and neither does it experience any excitement or thrill from worldly pleasures. The great Atma is completely unmoved and a witness of external events. This is the path of total non-attachment.”

Pujya Gangjibhai said: “Always remain aware that you are the powerful soul. Every activity, every action must be done with awareness. The bhakti bhaav of every mumukshu that we have witnessed during this Pratistha reminded me of the incidence in Shrimadji’s life when mentioned to Laghuraj swami that in the entire day he was reminded of the satsang he partook in when he was the disciple of Bhagwan Mahavir.  In the same way, all of you mumukshus must have inculcated this bhakti bhaav in your previous births, such that in this birth too, all of you are drenched with devotion.

The ashram trustees and mumukshus expressed heartfelt gratitude and felicitated architect and interior designer Shri Devenbhai and civil engineer Shri Chandrantbhai Jasani and their entire team for their selfless service in the construction of the spectacular Raj Mandir.

Shri Ashishbhai and his group immersed the audience in devotional bhakti towards the end of the evening.

9th March – Fagun Sud 3 (also inauguration day of the Ashram and Jinalay (temple) in Sayla)

The Sattar Bhedi Puja was conducted from 6.45 am on the artificial turf outside the Raj Mandir.  Mumukshus gathered for participating in the puja as well as changing the Dhaja (Jain flag over the temple). This ceremony is a veneration of the 5 holiest beings – Arihants, Siddhas, Acharyas, Upadhyays and Sadhus in the entire universe. At 10. 45 am, was the climax of the entire occasion – Pratistha of Shrimad Rajchandra’s pratimaji in the new Raj Mandir. To the uplifting music of bhajans and chants, disciples danced in gay abandon, deeply grateful to be part of this most holy event.  So breathtakingly beautiful and mesmerizing was the inauguration of the Pratimaji, that every eye turned moist and every heart overflowed with pure devotion. The nectar-clad image of Shrimadji seemed like the very replica of Bhagwan Mahavir in the Samvasaran. A deep silence descended in the auditorium filled with 2000 people and every soul was overwhelmed.


Video Recordings

Day 1 - Mon 4th March

Day 1 - Swadhyay & Bhakti - Shrimad Rajchandra Vachanamrut Updesh Chayya 9.

Day 1 - Panch Kalyanak Pujan

Day 2 - Tues 5th March

Day 2 - Atma Siddhi Shastra Pujan

Day 2: Swadhyay - Shrimad Rajchandra Vachanamrut Letter 569.

Day 2 - Bhakti, Video of November Amrutotsav and Shahbuddinbhai Rathod’s Pravachan

 

Day 3 - Wed 6th March

Day 3 - Morning Swadhyay

Day 4 - Afternoon Swadhyay

Day 3 - Bhakti Programme with Ashokbhai Pande and Group

 

Day 4 - Thurs 7th March

Day 4 - Morning Swadhyay - Shrimad Rajchandra Vachanamrut Letter 469 explained by Param Pujya Bhaishree. Following swadhyay was the changing of the garlands ceremony in Kalyan Hall.

Day 4 - Parshvapadmavati Pujan

 
 

Day 5 - Friday 8th March

Shobha Yatra

Unveiling of outside front plaque, opening of Raj Mandir doors, Unveiling of Guruvariyo Plaques and Bhagwan Mahavir idol Pratishtha Ceremony

Sant Sabha and Swadhyay

Day 5 - Dance & Bhakti with Shree Ashishbhai and group

Day 6 - Sat 9th March

Day 6 - Satarbhedi Pujan and changing of the Deraser Flag ceremony

Day 6 - Pratishtha ceremony of Param Krupaludev Shrimad Rajchandra’s 108 inch Murti in Sayla Ashram

 

Day 7 - Sunday 10th March

Day 7 - Shanti Puja

 

Param Pujya Bhaishree's Amrutotsav 2018

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Param Pujya Bhaishree, spiritual head of the Raj Saubhag Ashram, Sayla, has lovingly and masterfully guided disciples for 25 years as their guru.  He also turned 75.

Param Pujya Rakeshbhai (Bapaji) of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur, Param Pujya Ben Prabhu of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Delhi, Param Pujya Sarmishtaben, Param Pujya Gokulbhai and Shri Kurmapral Desai, Param Pujya Acharya Chandanaji, Pujya Sadhviji Sanghmitraji, Pujya Sadhviji Chatanaji and Pujya Sadhviji Vibhaji of Veerayatan graced the festivities which marked these two anniversaries.

On the first of the five days, there was a wonderful and uplifting Sidhhachakra Pujan, followed in the evening by an inspiring session of Bhakti performed by the band called “Sparsha”, formed by followers of Shri Pappaji of Parli Ashram.  On the second day, a wonderful Gautam Swami Puja was performed, followed in the evening by Bhakti performed by the renowned Sachit Limye and his wife Ashitaben, followers of the Art of Living. Sadhviji Sanghmitraji also presented some glorious bhakti that evening.

On the third day, the full moon of Kartik, the birth anniversary of Shrimad Rajchandra, there was a morning procession and installation of a plaster cast model of Shrimad installed in the nearly complete Raj Mandir Hall. Sanghmitraji shared half an hour or so of Bhakti that day. In the evening, Shrimad’s poem Mula Marg was presented in dance form and the innovative and moving play Tejovalay was performed. On the fourth day, Bhaishree’s birthday, there was the performance of a play on the life of Dadu Dayal and further dance presentation.

The performances of the 3rd and 4th evenings were by Raj Saubhag members.  It was also wonderful to witness the tremendous teamwork, behind the scenes of so many Ashram members, a great sense of empowerment and dedication.  A number of the visiting dignitaries and other guests remarked on this favourably..

Throughout the course of the 5 days, Bhaishree and the other saints and speakers gave inspiring swadhyays or expressions of their feelings.

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Param Pujya Bhaishree had visited Pujya Ben Prabhu at the Shrimad Rajchandra Mission in Delhi, during a Jatra in January 2015.  Ben Prabhu has translated all of Shrimad’s poems into Hindi. She inspires introspection about our mental inclinations and thought processes, which can lead us to an inner focus.  The thoughtful, devoted, disciplined, Ben Prabhu analysed various types of Bhakti, and explained how the eternal, unchanging soul can be seen in the midst of the the ever-changing world by means of devotion.  

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Pujya Gokulbhai has often met Bhaishree at the Ashram and on various Jatras.  A striver, a yogi, with vast scriptural knowledge, he has purified his life with reflection, meditation and penance. Focused on the Nishchay (absolute) point of view, he brings a strict and precise interpretation which often awakens the audience in a striking way.  Gokulbhai described the soul as independent while karma bears its fruits, but that we surrender that independence by identifying and engaging with the fruits of karma.

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Pujya Rakeshbhai, founder of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission, Dharampur, has inspired a large number of youngsters in India and abroad, bringing them closer to a life of contemplation and purity.  He fondly remembered Bapuji, to whom he was greatly attracted, and expressed the great impact on all of us of Saubhagbhai of Sayla, Shrimad’s soulmate. In his humorous and analytical style, he covered a wide variety of examples, and differentiated between suffering and pain, describing pain as the fruition of inauspicious karma, but suffering as self-inflicted, the result of negative reaction and feelings towards that pain.

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Unfortunately, Pujya Atmaandandji of Koba was not able to join us, but we were graced by the peaceful, motherly, spiritual prsence of Sarmishtaben, his spiritual and life partner, whoread out a message from Pujya Atmaandandji in a gentle and peaceful style.  

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A recipient of the Padmashree, author, scholar and friend of the Ashram Kumarpalbhai Desai, has ancestral connection to the village of Sayla, and has long been associated with the Ashram.  He spoke of attaining the vision to see the invisible by grace of the True Guru, and to rise above the dependence we have on external material things, adopting a much greater perspective.

Acharyaji Chandanaji had first heard of the village Sayla in 1962, when she was in Rajkot, but had not been able to come here.  Param Pujya Bapuji, the previous guru of Raj Saubhag Ashram had visited Veerayatan a number of times, and in January 2018, Param Pujya had visited Rajgir and stayed at Veerayatan with several hundred pilgrims.  It was at this time, that he had personally invited Acharyaji, especially during these celebrations. Vikrambhai of Raj Saubhag Ashram had fondly called her Ma in Rajgir as well as in Sayla, likening her to Mother Teresa.

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Acharyaji expressed her feeling of delight at being there.  She said that she would direct anyone looking for heaven to come to Sayla.  In her own sweet and loving style, Acharyaji explained that Bhakti cannot exist where the notion of “I” persists, that such Bhakti can be attained at the shelter of a True Guru.  She expressed her revolutionary ideas of service (seva) as striving (sadhana) and that God can be seen (and served) in those less fortunate than ourselves.

She was keen for Veerayatan and Raj Saubhag to cooperate, meet and work together. Among the Sadhvijis accompanying her Pujya Sanghmitraji sang bhajans in her supremely  melodious voice. Needless to say, she set the mood each time she took the mike.

Param Pujya Bhaishree was fecilitated for his many years of continuous service to seekers and to those suffering materially. He was noted for his tremendously tolerant, open-hearted nature. This could be seen by the wide variety of viewpoints shared during the celebrations. On various days, he took swadhyay on verse 129 of Atma Siddhi, describing the True Guru as the highest doctor, capable of curing the disease of delusion by compassionately prescribing contemplation and meditation in his agna.

On some of the days, the audience was privileged to hear Bhaishree speaking personally about his own experiences on the path.  He expressed much gratitude to Param Pujya Bapuji, his guru, for opening his eyes to the beauty and depth of the message of Bhagwan Mahavir, and to the teachings of Shrimad Rajchandra.  He opened Bhaishree’s eyes to Saubhagbhai of Sayla, Shimad’s soulmate: to understand Shrimad, one has to understand Saubhagbhai, and Bhaishree was grateful to connect to the living tradition and lineage of Saubhagbhai in Sayla.  Bhaishree also spoke fondly of the late, Param Pujya Gurumaa, who was a leading disciple of Bapuji and anointed at the same time as Bhaishree. He spoke about Bapuji’s fondness for her striving and character. How she progressed swiftly and silently.

The five days of celebration allowed Raj Saubhag Ashram and its members to come closer to the love, care, service, devotion, spirituality, and scholarship of the noble guests, forming deeper connection, gaining inspiration. Ultimately, we learned yet more about our beloved Bhaishree, through the praise and respect accorded to him, through the experiences of other saints and scholars, and through the precious opportunity to observe him closely, deeply equanimous and tolerant throughout the five days of celebration.

Let the divinity of the enlightened saints grace the world!


Gallery of photos

Day 1:

Ashirvad viklang mobility aid distribution and sewing machine distribution

Siddhchakra Pujan

Bhakti evening with Sparsha Band from Shri Pappaji of Parli Ashram

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Day 2:

Shri Gautamswami Pujan

Sant Sabha, Satsang and Swadhyay

Bhakti evening with performance by the renowned Sachit Limye and his wife Ashitaben, followers of the Art of Living as well Sadhviji Sanghmitraji soulful bhakti.

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Day 3 (Kartik Purnima - Shrimad Rajchandra’s Janma Jayanti):

Morning procession and installation of a plaster cast model of Shrimad in the nearly complete Raj Mandir Hall.

Sant Sabha, Satsang and Swadhyay

Sanghmitraji’s Bhakti

Evening cultural programme included: Shrimad’s poem Mula Marg was presented in dance form by Nilpa and Naytika Shah, and the innovative, moving play ‘Tejovalay’ was also performed.

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Day 4: (24th Nov - Param Pujya Bhaishree’s Birthday:

Sant Sabha, Satsang and Swadhyay

Evening cultural programme included the film presentation of Bhaishree’s spiritual journey: ‘Niranjan, In love with Truth’, the performance of a play on the life of Dadu Dayal, and further dance presentation.

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Day 5:

Sant Sabha, Satsang and Swadhyay

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Swadhyay Videos

23rd November 2018 - Param Krupaludev Shrimad Rajchandra’s Janma Jayanti

23rd November 2018 - morning

On the occasion of Param Krupaludev Shrimad Rajchandra’s Birth Anniversary, the sabha held in Sayla Ashram had swadhyays by Pujya Ben Prabhu, Acharya Chanadanashriji and Param Pujya Bhaishree.

23rd November 2018 - afternoon

On the occasion of Param Krupaludev Shrimad Rajchandra’s Birth Anniversary, the sabha held in Sayla Ashram had swadhyays by Pujya Ben Prabhu and Acharya Chanadanashriji.


24th November 2018 - Param Pujya Bhaishree’s 75th Birthday Amrutotsav

24th November 2018 - morning

On the occasion of Param Pujya Bhaishree’s 75th Birthday Amrutotsav, the sabha held in Sayla Ashram had swadhyays by Pujya Ben Prabhu, Param Pujya Gokulbhai, Param Pujya Rakeshbhai (Bapaji), Shree Kumarpal Desai, Acharya Chandanashriji and Param Pujya Bhaishree.

24th November 2018 - afternoon

On the occasion of Param Pujya Bhaishree’s 75th Birthday Amrutotsav, the sabha held in Sayla Ashram had swadhyays by Shree Kumarpal Desai, Param Pujya Gokulbhai and Acharya Chandanashriji.


25th November 2018 - Param Pujya Gurumaa’s Birth Anniversary

25th November 2018 - morning

Param Pujya Rakeshbhai (Bapaji), Param Pujya Gokulbhai and Param Pujya Bhaishree’s swadhyay on the final day of the Amrutotsav, also the birth anniversary of Param Pujya Gurumaa, Shree Sadgunaben C U Shah.

A State of Tranquility - Samadhi bhaav - સમાધિભાવ


We celebrate Param Pujya Bhaishree's divinity through the wonder of his virtues. Each month a different writer has captured the inspirations drawn from Bhaishree's life that shed light on these beautiful virtues and help us recognise his inner being.

This month we explore Param Pujya Bhaishree's virtues of a State of Tranquility - Samadhi bhaav


Samadhi bhaav - A State of Tranquility

Deha chhataa jeni dashaa varte dehaateet,
Te gnaani naa charanmaa ho vandan aganit
— Shrimad Rajchandra

Samadhi : The restfulness of the inner state of Shri Jineshwar is called samadhi and the  restlessness of the inner state is called asamadhi; experiential knowledge indicates this to be absolutely true.

Steady (yourself) without getting stuck in circumstances, samadhi is to experience the indivisible joy of  awareness of the enormous knowledge every moment. 

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Tranquility amidst inactivity  

Retracting the senses from external objects and experiences, a self-realised soul – gnani - stays absorbed  in the effervescent bliss of his soul. The substratum of his existence is the soul, not the body. Having attained supreme spiritual awakening self-realised souls inhabit the body and yet reside outside it. In the sublime glory of their inner experience, they attain immortality. 

Evolved in their practice these gnanis can instantly and easily free themselves from their karmic baggage. Their meditation works as a bonfire, that reduces karmas to ashes. Their soul then shines brighter and purer in its manifest consciousness. Having attained supreme spiritual awakening, they are then detached from  all those things which, when living in a mundane realm could  be called as theirs. Dwelling in the bliss of their soul, every activity is performed only as a knower and not a mere observer .

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The only experience they are conscious of is that of the self. All appendages of the external self – the senses, mind, intellect, ego – are inactive; they are not subordinated to the self, they just cease to exist in the real sense. 

There is only one truth into which all distinctions, relations, delusions and myths melt. ‘Aham bhojanam naiva bhojyam na bhokta’ – I am not the meal or the one who consumes or the consumed meal. The experience, the experiencer and the experienced all dissolve in the highest realm of knowledge that becomes the sole wakeful reality for the seer. The seer is free of the restraining shroud of the body and the mind. Cognition, volition and emotion fade before the expression of the truth in the knower.

If there is, there is only the unbounded experience of the self, which forms the sum total of the seer’s knowledge. The experience of this knowledge is the highest stage of consciousness - that which is experienced by the Siddha Bhagwan.  As devotional poet Narsinh Mehta said, “Brhama latkaa kare Brhama paase (Brhama hangs around Brhama).”

In an environment that is free and complete, and where nature is plentiful, the fear-free soul of a gnani dwells joyfully in the spring of knowledge coursing within him.  Param Krupaludev Shrimad Rajchandraji has said in his moving piece, ‘Apoorva Avsar’ that when a gnani encounters a tiger and lion, he sees them as dear friends (and not as fearsome beasts to flee from). This is the state of refinement of the peace and tranquility that a gnani finds within him.

Tranquility in activity

A gnani lives undeterred and undisturbed in the midst of adversities of the body, mind and circumstances. The fulcrum of his existence is inner peace. The tranquility he feels within himself is independent of external factors. The richness of his inner experience endures, stable, undiluted and unaffected. In the thick of activity, he has no doership. He has no desire, no expectation, no opinion. He lives in the present moment unlike most others who either rue the past or worry about the future. His outer life is merely a harmonious acceptance of what life has in store for him. 

Every activity of his is gentle and compassionate. He is aware and alert, and has overcome most shortcomings of temperament and nature such as anger, ego, attachment and greed. That does not mean, however, that a gnani neglects his duties and obligations in this world; in fact, he takes full responsibility for his dependents and for his actions. Yet, he has no attachment to the action or the fruits of the action, no cheer at a task well done, no disappointment at a setback. All is welcomed with dispassionate acceptance.

A gnani aims to level his karmic scores with everyone intended so that he can rest uninterrupted in his other world where he is the knower and the known.  Even though he remains absorbed in his self-experience, his divinity shines through in every single thing that he does, and is evidently discernible to a seeker.

A gnani has no sense of ownership towards anyone. Rather, he radiates selfless and compassionate love for one and all equally. His life demonstrates the spiritual arc from detached abstinence to supreme knowledge.

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The samadhi of Bhagwan Mahavir – supreme transcendence 

For 12 and half years, Bhagwan Mahavir did rigorous penance - he did not sit on the ground even once and slept merely for 48 minutes in all these years, and he ate on only 349 days.

His transcendental spiritual evolution was the outcome of his state of supreme tranquility. In ‘Chamar na Adhikaar’, he tells one of his foremost disciples, Guru Gautam Swami, that dwelling in his soul he spent 11 years of this period in continuously fasting two days at a stretch, cautiously, in relentless penance and renunciation, travelling from one place to another with utmost awareness and care, shrinking the legs and stretching the hands, bending the body slightly forward and down, detaching from mind-speech-action, dissolving all senses and with meditative focus on one single object.

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It was by living in such a pure effectless state of samadhi that Bhagwan Mahavir freed his soul of the densest of karmas and attained keval gyan (the highest state of pure knowledge). 

The tranquility of Shrimadji

A gentleman called Bhanji Makanji decided to test Shrimadji’s asceticism. He arrived at the place where Shrimadi was seated with his disciples and began shouting angrily at him. Everybody present was shocked at this inexplicable behaviour and some felt angry with him. Shrimadji’s face, however, bore the same expression of love and compassion as it had before Bhanjibhai’s outburst. His inner tranquility remained unperturbed. When Bhanjibhai saw Shrimadji’s evolved state of being with his own eyes, he felt remorseful. Laying his turban at Shrimadji’s feet, he sincerely asked for forgiveness. An epitome of tolerance, Shrimadji turned a foe into a friend. In a textbook case for strong reaction, he did not flinch or deviate from his inner tranquility even for a moment. 

‘Ame shareer chhe ke nahi te yaad kariye tyaare maand yaad aave chhe’. 

That I reside in a body,  is something I remember with great effort.
— Shrimad Rajchandra

Whenever Shrimadji stayed in holy retreats such as Idar or places in Charotar area, he would slip into such sublime bliss as if he were devoid of body. A mosquito menace or an approaching tiger would not bother him in the least. He would have little recollection of the fact that he had a body or his surroundings. Such was the grandeur of his inner experience that come bone-chilling cold or scorching sun, he remained indifferent. When he walked in Idar, powerful chants would rent the sky stirring up a highly elevating spiritual ferment in listeners. 

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An extraordinary road to samadhi - Param Pujya Bhaishree

At the instance of Param Pujya Bapuji, Param Pujya Bhaishree turned his eyes away from the world and into his self. The soul, which was previously occupied outward, began getting pre-occupied with itself.  The faculties that were involved in understanding and adjusting to the world began to understand and experience the inner realm. The discontent, restlessness, and turmoil of the outer world transformed into contentment, restfulness and peace as his energies shifted to the soul. The change in goalposts changed his life, and over time, the lives of several thousands of his disciples.

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With his capable grasp of the subject and a life of discipline that remains his calling card, Bhaishree shifted his experiential knowledge from the known to the knower. That called for monumental work but he demonstrated that it is possible. 

Nobody has ever seen Bhaishree unhappy or sorrowful. His peacefulness, contentment and self-discipline are evident to all. Everything he does is measured and meaningful; there is never any fluster  or bluster around him. He eats, walks and talks calmly, deliberately and only as required. At 75 years of age, he lives a busier and tougher life than people half his age because benevolence and public welfare are the two pivotal oars of his lifeboat. Bhaishree wears the burden of running the myriad activities of an organisation as vast as Shree Raj Saubhag Satsang Mandal lightly. There is never a crinkle of worry or fear on his face; he is always radiant and cheerful. A mere contemplation of his inner tranquility has the heft to elevate our spiritual status.

Important points to attain samadhi

Protection of Satdev, Satguru and Satdharma

Spiritual evolution begins with unwavering faith in these three elements. This faith is the foundation of samyak gyan, darshan and charitra (true knowledge, experience and conduct).

Veneration of worthy people

The ability to spot good qualities and virtues is extremely beneficial for spiritual seekers. One has to go to the extent of worshipping virtues in others if one wishes to dissolve one’s ego and rid oneself of the vice of willfulness. Finding delight in another person’s qualities is a surefire way of always staying happy as it nips negative emotions such as jealousy in the bud.

Pure mind

Samadhi stems from knowledge of the soul. Unless the mind is disciplined and controlled, the soul remains out of reach. It is only when the mind is still and pure that it dwells steady in the soul. Hence, an constant vigil on the mind is the key to spiritual awakening.

Penance to reorient wayward tendencies towards the self

Penance and samadhi are inter-woven. The body is the singlemost source of delusion and attachment while the mind is forever engaged in keeping the body happy. Once the attitude towards one’s body changes, the body becomes an instrument for undertaking penance. Penance causes the mind to stop disposing all tendencies towards the body and direct them towards true knowledge.

Revulsion and repentance for one’s sins

True repentance for one’s sins and mistakes programs the soul to ensure it does not repeat them. Once restlessness recedes, the soul is capable of achieving a restful poise even in the flurry of activity. 

Retired life

A person who desires to stay steady in complete samadhi should retire and shift to a quiet location, in the lap of nature, eliminating his awareness of the body and consolidating his awareness of the soul. This attempt to live in solitude, away from binding circumstances such as objects, place, time and emotion, can eventually strengthen his detachment and make him immune to the world like a lotus in water. 

સમાધિભાવ 

દેહ છતાં જેની દશા વર્તે દેહાતીત,
તે જ્ઞાનીનાં ચરણમાં હો વંદન અગણિત.
— શ્રીમદ્દ રાજચંદ્ર

સમાધિ: શ્રી જિન આત્મપરિણામની સ્વસ્થતાને સમાધિ અને આત્મપરિણામની અસ્વસ્થતાને અસમાધિ કહે છે; તે અનુભવજ્ઞાને જોતાં પરમ સત્ય છે.

સંયોગોમાં ન અટવાતા સ્વભાવમાં સ્થિર રહેવું, વર્તમાનની દરેક ક્ષણે પ્રચંડ જ્ઞાનભાવના અખંડ આનંદને અનુભવવો તે છે સમાધિ.

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નિવૃત્તિયોગ મધ્યે સમાધિ 

સર્વ પરદ્રવ્યથી  વૃત્તિઓને  વ્યાવૃત્ત   કરીને, અવધૂત યોગેશ્વર, એવા મહાજ્ઞાનીપુરુષો ધ્યાન સાધનામાં આત્મલીન બની જાય છે. પરબ્રહ્મસ્વરૂપ થયેલા, તેઓ દેહ છતાં દેહાતીત છે. પ્રશમરસ નિમગ્ન વીતરાગભાવમાં  તેઓ અમરત્વને પામ્યા છે. સર્વ દુઃખથી મુક્ત થવાનો આ અનન્ય ઉપાય છે. ધ્યાન સાધનામાં જયારે તેઓ આવી દશા પ્રાપ્ત કરે છે ત્યારે સહજતાએ અનંત કર્મોની નિર્જરા થતી રહે છે. ધ્યાનભઠ્ઠીમાં ઉદિત અને અનાગત કર્મો ભસ્મીભૂત થતા રહે છે. આત્મા વધુ નિર્મળ અને તેજોમય બને છે. સર્વે પરદ્રવ્યથી પોતે અસંગ અને નિર્લેપ છે. જગત છે જ નહિ, માટે અહીં કેવળ જ્ઞાતાભાવ છે, કોઈ દ્રષ્ટાભાવ નથી. આત્માજ્ઞાન સિવાય કોઈ બીજો અનુભવ નથી. ઇન્દ્રિયો, મન, બુદ્ધિ બધું જ નિષ્ક્રિય છે. ધ્યાતા, ધ્યાન અને ધ્યેય; જ્ઞાતા, જ્ઞાન અને જ્ઞેય;  બધું એક થઇ ગયું છે! કેવળ જ્ઞાનાનંદનો અમર્યાદિત અનુભવ. આ દશા એ સિદ્ધસ્વરૂપી દશા છે. જ્ઞાનનું જ જ્ઞાન થઇ રહ્યું છે. નરસિંહ મહેતા કહે છે તેમ “બ્રહ્મ લટકા કરે બ્રહ્મ પાસે.” 

નિવૃત્તિ ક્ષેત્રે, પર્યાવરણની વચ્ચે, જ્ઞાનીપુરુષોનો નિર્ભય આત્મા, જ્ઞાનની મસ્તીમાં મસ્ત હોય છે. અપૂર્વ અવસરમાં પરમ કૃપાળુ શ્રીમદ્જીએ કહ્યું છે તેમ વાઘ અને સિંહનો સંયોગ થાય તો જાણે પરમ મિત્રનો સંયોગ થયાનો ભાવ જાગે છે! શાંતિ અને સમાધિની આ ઉચત્તમ દશા છે.

પ્રવૃત્તિયોગ મધ્યે સમાધિ

આધિ વ્યાધિ અને ઉપાધિઓ હોવા છતાં તેઓ વિક્ષેપરહિત વર્તે છે. આત્મશાંતિ જ તેમના જીવનનો ધ્રુવકાંટો છે. તેમની સમાધિને કોઈ બાહ્ય કારણો આધારભૂત નથી. તેમની આ સમાધિ પોતાની છે, સહજ છે અને તેથી તેમના  આત્માના પરિણામો સદૈવ સ્વસ્થ રહે છે. પ્રવૃત્તિ યોગ મધ્યે તેઓ અકર્તૃત્વ ભાવે અને આત્મઉપયોગે ઉદયને અનુસરે છે. ના કોઈ ઈચ્છા કે ના કોઈ અપેક્ષા, કેવળ ઉદિત કર્મને સમભાવે નિર્જરી જવાનો અખંડ પુરુષાર્થ છે. ઉપયોગ યોગથી છૂટો છે, યોગ દ્વારા પ્રવૃત્તિ થાય છે અને તેથી યોગમાં ઉપયોગ જોડાય છે પણ છતાં લેપાતો નથી. સતર્ક અને સભાન છે. ઋણાનુબંધ પૂરા કરવાનો ભાવ છે. ઈંદ્રિયો સંયમિત છે. કષાય બહુ ઉપશમિત થયાં છે. તેમના દરેક વ્યવહારમાં કરુણા અને કોમળતા રહ્યાં છે. આકાંક્ષાઓ, અપેક્ષાઓ કે અભિપ્રાયો - કશું નથી. વર્તમાનની પળ એ જ એમનું જીવન છે. કોઈ લેવાદેવાની કડાકૂટ નથી રહી. આત્મમગ્ન તેઓ અનેક ગુણોના સ્વામી છે. તેમનું એ દિવ્યચારિત્ર, તેમની જ્ઞાનગંભીરતા બધું અવ્યક્ત હોવા છતાં ધર્મજિજ્ઞાસુ માટે વ્યક્ત છે! સૂર્યનો પ્રકાશ જેમ ઢાંકી શકાતો નથી તેમ કાર્યે કાર્યે તેમનું સંતપણું વિદિત થાય છે. ભલે સાધારણ મનુષ્યની જેમ તેઓ ખાય છે, પીએ છે, ચાલે છે, બેસે છે, સૂએ છે, બધી દૈહિક ક્રિયાઓ કરે છે પણ છતાં, તેમના દરેક કાર્યમાં અસાધારણપણું રહ્યું જ હોય છે.

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કોઈ પ્રત્યે મારાપણાનો ભાવ નથી અને છતાંયે આ જગતના તમામ જીવાત્માઓ પ્રત્યે તેમને એક સરખો પ્રેમ છે. આસક્તિ નથી પણ છતાં નિર્મોહી વાત્સલ્ય ભાવ વહેતો જ રહે છે. તેમની અમી દ્રષ્ટિમાં સમદર્શિતા છે. વૈરાગ્યથી વીતરાગતા સુધીનો આખો માર્ગ તેમના જીવનમાં દ્રષ્ટિગોચર થાય છે.

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ભગવાન મહાવીરનો સમાધિભાવ - પરમ વીતરાગતા         

સાડા બાર વર્ષ ભગવાન મહાવીરે તપ કર્યું. તેઓ ભૂમિ ઉપર એક વાર પણ બેઠા ન હતા. આટલા વર્ષોમાં માત્ર 48 મિનિટ તેઓ સૂતા હતાં. 349 દિવસો જ તેમણે ભોજન ગ્રહણ કર્યું હતું. આવો પ્રચંડ પરુષાર્થ તેમણે કર્યો!!

તેમની વીતરાગતા એ તેમની પરમ સમાધિનું ફળ છે. ચમરના અધિકારમાં તેઓ ગુરુ ગૌતમ સ્વામીને સંબોધીને કહે છે. “હે ગૌતમ ! તે કાળ અને તે સમયમાં  છદ્મસ્થ અવસ્થાને, હું એકાદશ વર્ષની પર્યાયે, છટ્ઠ છટ્ટે, સાવધાનપણે, નિરંતર તપશ્ચર્યા અને સંયમથી આત્મતા ભાવતા, પૂર્વાનુપૂર્વીએ ચાલતા, એક ગામથી બીજે ગામ જતા, જ્યાં સુષુમારપુરનગર, જ્યાં અશોક વનખંડ બાગ, જ્યાં અશોકવર પાદપ, જ્યાં પૃથ્વીશિલાપટ્ટ પર અષ્ટમભક્ત ગ્રહણ કરીને, બન્ને પગ સંકોચીને, લાંબા કર કરીને, એક પુદગલમાં દ્રષ્ટિ અડગ સ્થાપીને, અનિમેષ નયનથી, જરા શરીર નીચું આગળ ઝૂકી રાખીને,  યોગની સમાધિથી, સર્વ ઇન્દ્રિયો ગુપ્ત કરીને, એક રાત્રિની મહા પ્રતિમા ધારણ કરીને, વિચરતો હતો.” 

નિર્વિકલ્પ સમાધિમાં રહીને ભગવાને તમામ ઘાતી કર્મોથી પોતાના આત્માને મુક્ત કર્યો. ભગવાન કેવળજ્ઞાન પામ્યાં.       

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પરમ કૃપાળુ દેવની સમાધિ દશા

ભાણજી મકનજી નામના એક ગૃહસ્થે, શ્રીમદ્જીના સંતપણાની પરીક્ષા કરવાનું નક્કી કર્યું. મુમુક્ષુઓની સાથે, જ્યાં શ્રીમદ્જી બેઠાં હતાં, ત્યાં તેઓ આવ્યા. શ્રીમદ્જી સાથે વેર હોય તેમ, તેઓ ક્રોધે ભરાઈને ઝેર ઓકવા લાગ્યા. ત્યાં બેઠેલા બધા ડઘાઈ ગયા. તેમાંના ઘણાંને ભાણજીભાઇ પ્રત્યે રોષ જાગ્યો. શ્રીમદ્જીના ચહેરા ઉપર એ જ પ્રેમ અને કરુણા હતી. તેમનો સમાધિભાવ ખંડિત ન થયો. જયારે ભાણજીભાઈએ શ્રીમદ્જીને સ્વરૂપસમાધિ ભાવમાં જોયાં ત્યારે તેઓને પસ્તાવો થયો. શ્રીમદ્જીના ચરણોમાં પોતાની પાઘડી ઉતારી ખરાં અંતકરણપૂર્વક માફી માંગી. સહનશીલતાની મૂર્તિ એવા શ્રીમદજીએ ક્રોધની સામે ક્ષમા અને કરુણાના ગુણને આગળ કર્યો. વૈરીને પણ મિત્ર બનાવી દીધો. વિકલ્પરૂપ ઉપાધિની વચ્ચે હોવા છતાં, અવિકલ્પ સમાધિનું ધ્યાન ક્ષણવાર માટે પણ શ્રીમદ્જી ચૂક્યા નહીં!     

અમે શરીર છે કે નહિ તે યાદ કરીએ ત્યારે માંડ યાદ આવે છે. 

ઇડરમાં કે પછી ચરોતરના નિવૃત્તિ ક્ષેત્રે જયારે તેઓ ધ્યાન સાધનામાં સ્થિર થતાં ત્યારે સંપૂર્ણ  વિદેહી થઇ જતાં. મચ્છરોનો ઉપદ્રવ હોય કે પછી વાઘ આવીને નજીક બેઠો હોય, ત્યાંની ગિરી-ગુફાઓમાં ધ્યાનસમાધિમાં લીન થઇ જાય ત્યારે તેમને દેહ છે કે નહિ તેનું ભાન સુધ્ધાં ન રહેતું. આત્માની ખુમારી એવી હતી કે, ઠંડી હોય કે બળબળતો તાપ, તેઓને કશાની પરવાહ નહોતી. ઇડરની તપોભૂમિમાં ચાલતા હોય ત્યારે, ગગનભેદી ધૂનોનું ગુંજન એવું ચાલતું કે  સાંભળનારામાં ભેદજ્ઞાનની ધારા શરુ થઇ જાય!

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ભાઇશ્રીનો પરમ સમાધિનો અપૂર્વ પુરુષાર્થ  

સદગુરુ પરમ પૂજ્ય બાપુજીના અનુગ્રહે, જગત તરફની દ્રષ્ટિ ભાઇશ્રીએ આત્મા તરફ પાછી વાળી. આત્માનો ઉપયોગ જે પરકેન્દ્રિત હતો તે સ્વકેન્દ્રિત થવા લાગ્યો. જે જ્ઞાનશક્તિ જગતને જાણવામાં રોકાયેલી હતી તે હવે પોતાના સ્વભાવને જાણવા, અનુભવવા લાગી. અત્યાર સુધી બહારમાં ભટકતા રહ્યા માટે અસમાધિ, અશાંતિ અને અસંતોષની જ પ્રાપ્તિ થઇ. હવે અંદરમાં વસવાટ થતા શાંતિ, સંતોષ અને પરમ સમાધિ અનુભવાય છે. બાપુજીને મળ્યા બાદ ભાઇશ્રીના જીવનનું લક્ષ આત્મા બની ગયું. લક્ષ બદલાતા તેમની એકાગ્રતની દિશા બદલાઇ ગઈ. કાર્ય સહજ છે, સમજણ અને સંયમના સમન્વયથી સિદ્ધિ પ્રાપ્ત થશે એ ભાઈશ્રી જાણતા હતા. હવે માત્ર એક જ કાર્ય કરવાનું હતું, જ્ઞેય તરફ જનારા જ્ઞાનને, પુરુષાર્થ કરીને જ્ઞાતા તરફ વાળી, તમામ એકાગ્રતા અને વૃત્તિઓને ત્યાં જ ઢાળી રાખવી. 

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વર્ષોથી ભાઈશ્રી આપણી સન્મુખ છે. આપણે તેમને ક્યારેય દુઃખી કે ખેદ કરતા જોયાં નથી. જોનારને અનુભવાય કે તેઓ કેટલા શાંત, સંતોષી અને સંયમી છે. દેહ દ્વારા થતી તમામ પ્રવૃતિઓ લયબદ્ધ થાય. જરાએ ઉતાવળ નહિ. બધી જ પ્રવૃત્તિ વિચારપૂર્વકની. ખાય, પીવે, બોલે, ચાલે, વસ્તુઓ લે કે મૂકે, તેઓ બધું જ્ઞાનભાવમાં રહીને જ કરે. દેહના 75મા વર્ષે પણ તેઓ ઘણું વ્યસ્ત અને કષ્ટમય જીવન જીવે છે. પરોપકાર અને પરકલ્યાણ એ તેમની જીવનનૈયાનાં બે હલેસાઓ છે.  રાજ સૌભાગ સત્સંગ મંડળ જેવી મોટી સંસ્થામાં અનેક કાર્યો એક સાથે ચાલતા હોય પણ ભાઇશ્રીને તેનો કોઈ ભાર કે ભય લાગતો નથી. ફિકર-ચિંતા કશું નહિ, કેવળ પ્રસન્નતા અને આનંદ. તેઓના આત્માના પરિણામો કોઈ પણ પરિસ્થિતિમાં સ્વસ્થ જળવાઇ રહે છે. નરસ્વરૂપે રહેલા ભાઇશ્રીની આત્મસમાધિનું ભાવપૂજન કરતા આપણો આત્મા પણ સ્વસ્થ થશે.     

સમાધિ માટેના અગત્યના મુદ્દાઓ:

સતદેવ, સદગુરુ અને સતધર્મની નિશ્રા 

આત્મ કલ્યાણની શરૂઆત આ ત્રણ તત્વો પ્રત્યેની અવિચળ શ્રધ્ધા સાથે થાય છે. તે શ્રધ્ધા એ સમ્યક જ્ઞાન, દર્શન અને ચારિત્રનો પાયો છે.  

ગુણીજનોનું બહુમાન 

ગુણગ્રાહ્ય દ્રષ્ટિ બહુ ઉપકારી છે. ગુણોના પૂજારી બનવાનું છે. પોતાના અહંને ઓગાળવાનો તેમજ સ્વચ્છંદને દૂર કરવાનો આ ઉત્તમ ઉપાય છે. પરના ગુણોથી થતો હર્ષ જીવને સદૈવ આનંદિત રાખે છે, જેથી ઈર્ષા જેવા નકારાત્મક ભાવો ઉદભવતાં નથી.

પવિત્ર મન 

સમાધિભાવ એ આત્માની જ્ઞાનધારા છે. મન જ્યાં સુધી સંયમિત થતું નથી ત્યાં સુધી આત્મા લક્ષાતો નથી. મન શાંત અને પવિત્ર થાય તો જ તે સ્થિર થાય છે. માટે આપણું મન શું કરી રહ્યું છે તેનું સતત ધ્યાન રાખવું.  

વ્રતો આદરી વૃત્તિઓને જ્ઞાનભાવમાં પાછી વાળવી  

તપ અને સમાધિને ઘનિષ્ઠ સંબંધ છે. શરીર એ મોહ અને મિથ્યાત્વનું સહુથી મોટું નિમિત્ત હોય છે. શરીરને સુખી કરવામાં મન અનંતકાળથી રોકાયેલું હોય છે. શરીર પ્રત્યેનું વલણ સંપૂર્ણપણે બદલાઇ જતા તે શરીર હવે તપ આદરવા માટેનું સાધન બની જાય છે. જે વૃત્તિઓ શરીર તરફ વાળેલી હતી તે આત્માના જ્ઞાનભાવમાં વહેતી થતાં સમાધિભાવ ખીલે છે.      

પોતે કરેલા પાપ પ્રત્યે અંતરથી જુગુપ્સા ભાવ 

દોષો અને ભૂલો થઇ હોય તેની ખરા અંતરથી આલોચના કરતા આત્મા હળવો થતો જાય છે. તે ભૂલો પાછી ન થાય એવું જાગૃતિપૂર્વકનું જીવન તે જીવે છે. અસમાધિના પ્રસંગો તેથી ઘટતા જાય છે અને પ્રવૃત્તિ મધ્યે પણ તે નિવૃત્તિમાં નિવાસ કરી શકે છે.      

નિવૃત જીવન 

જેને અખંડ સમાધિભાવમાં સ્થિર રહેવું છે તેને નિવૃત્તિ લઇ નિર્જન સ્થળે, નિસર્ગની નિશ્રા લઇ, દેહ મટીને આત્મભાવે જીવન જીવવું જોઈએ. એકાંતમાં રહી દ્રવ્ય, ક્ષેત્ર, કાળ અને ભાવથી અસંગ થવાનો આ પ્રયત્ન છે. અસ્પૃશ્ય અને  અસંયુક્ત, તે જળમાં કમળની જેમ અલિપ્ત રહે છે. નારિયળનો ગોળો નારિયળથી જુદો છે તેમ તે દેહમાં રહ્યા છતાં આત્મસ્વરૂપે જીવન જીવે છે.


Moments of Insight:

A State of Tranquility - Samadhi bhaav -

Where am I? I am where my attention is.

Samadhi ... Dissolution of 'I' and 'Mine

Samadhi is defined as the inner tranquility experienced by a seeker, when the ray of awareness, emanating from the soul steadies itself in the infinite bliss and knowledge of the soul. In this meditative state when the mind is engrossed, absorbed and immersed within self, there is a dissolution of 'I' as well as 'Mineness' and a seeker, on experiencing his true self, identifies himself as a Soul.This is Samadhi Bhav. Only and only the soul exists in this state. Despite being surrounded on the outside by the transient worldly attachments, one is always detached. This Internal detachment of mind from passions and emotions, and renouncing worldly objects from within leads to cessation of all desires. He disassociates from all the peripheral, materialistic, mundane dilemmas and becomes entirely encapsulated within the unbounded, limitless, infinite treasures of the knowledge of Self. Samadhi means to dwell, reside in this everlasting, exhilarating ceaseless joy.

The ray of concentration that enables one to perform their tasks.

To know and observe  is an intrinsic nature of the soul. The ray of concentration  enables one to perform their tasks. 'This ray is called Upyog' in Jain terminology. ( Respected Philosopher Shri Gunvantbhai Barvadia)

Upyog means centering our intentness towards the goal.

'Upyog' is a characteristic of our Soul. The alertness, concentration, diligence, meditativeness of our consciousness is described as 'Upyog'. Objects illuminated by Sun's rays are self-evidently visible and discernible to us. Similarly, the serene, tranquil light of knowledge emanating from the Soul, which indiscriminately illuminates everything it perceives is known as 'Upyog'. The soul recognises only those objects on which this ray of focus attention steadies itself. This singularity of focus is Upyog.

Being focussed on Self while performing diverse tasks

Women-folk of the villages go to the river to fill their pots with water. While returning, they are cheerfully enjoying, jesting, clapping, ribbing each other all the way back home. Yet they are so judiciously focussed on the pots brimming with water, which are placed on their head, that not a droplet of water spills over.

Likewise, an acrobat is performing on a tightrope fixed high up in the air. He is encircled by onlookers, who have gathered below to watch his performance. His concentration is so well-developed that without getting distracted by the uproar and commotion created by an applauding audience, he executes his act unerringly.

Analogously, despite discharging our duties and being immersed in varied activities, our focus should remain converged either at our Lord's Feet or inwards towards our consciousness.

The ability to manifest the Self and NonSelf  

The specific attribute which distinguishes the Soul from the other five substances of this universe is its unique power of knowing and illuminating Self as well as non-Self. All the five senses and mind are receivers of touch, taste, smell, colour and sound. The engrossed indulgence of Soul in these five senses results in the form of dualities of likes-dislikes, comfort-discomfort, yearning-apathy etc. This continuous perceiving, knowing and indulging through the medium of senses is a hindrance to self-realisation. To revel in the five senses and believing them to be mine is destructive ignorance.  

Varte nij swabhavnu, anubhav laksh pratit,

Vrutti vahe nij bhavma, parmarthe samkit.


The Turning Around of 'upyog' is 'sadhana'

'Upyog' gets modified according to the disposition of mind, body and speech. Sadhana cannot happen merely by a change or improvement  in the extraneous sphere. It happens only when the upyog turns inwards and pivots towards the soul. Indulgence of senses may be on multifarious spheres and levels but at any given moment, 'Upyog', singularly dwells only in one. Soul, being the Knower, acquires the knowledge of everything that 'Upyog' manifests on.          

The miracles of Thought Power

It is only through thought power that one can transform a sansaric upyog to a soulbased upyog and then ultimately fine tune it so that it can strive towards identifying the soul.

A cleansed mind is capable of distinguishing between the right and wrong, the transient and the intransient. It can then identify the soul and attain immortality.

Param Pujya Bhaishree warmly welcomes us to pursue this divine inner migration of distinguishing oneself from the mind,body and speech by moving focus from the external form to formlessness and from outer attributes to inner awareness.

Come, let's get captivated

Introspective Bhaishree always encourages us to engage and drench our mind in spirituality. His divine soul keeps his mind incessantly engaged in good as well as pure thoughts and deeds.

Samadhi can be attained with considerable ease in the congruent presence of virtues like patience, tolerance, forgiveness and inner awareness. Thus, these form the foundation pillars of samadhi. We too can immerse ourselves in samadhi by beholding and being ceaselessly cognisant of the samadhi bhav of our living Lord, the ever blissful Param Pujya Bhaishree.

સમાધિભાવ

હું ક્યાં છું? હું ત્યાં છું, જ્યાં મારી એકાગ્રતા છે. 

સમાધિભાવ - દેહનું વિસર્જન  

આત્માનો ઉપયોગ જયારે આત્માના જ્ઞાનગુણમાં, અખંડ આનંદમાં સ્થિર થાય તેને સમાધિભાવ કહેવાય. ધ્યાનની સાધનામાં, મન જયારે સુલીન બની જાય છે ત્યારે આત્માનો અનુભવ થાય છે. દેહનું વિસર્જન થતાં, સાધક દેહ મટી આત્મા બને છે - આ સમાધિભાવ છે. સમાધિભાવમાં માત્ર આત્મા જ છે. આજુ-બાજુ બધું હોવા છતાં, કશું અંદર પ્રવેશતું નથી. જે બહાર છે, એ બધું ઉપાધિ છે. ઉપાધિઓથી સંપૂર્ણ વ્યાવૃત્ત થઇ, જ્ઞાનના અઢળક આનંદમાં સમાઇ જવું અને તેમાં જ રહેવું એ સમાધિભાવ છે.          

ઉપયોગ દ્વારા પ્રવૃત્તિમાં જ્ઞાનનું પરિણમન  

ઉપયોગ એ જૈન પારિભાષિક શબ્દ છે. જ્ઞાન એ આત્માનો ગુણ છે. આ આત્માના જ્ઞાનગુણનું પ્રવૃત્તિરૂપમાં પરિણમન થવાને ઉપયોગ કહેવાય છે. ( આદરણીય તત્વચિંતક શ્રી ગુણવંતભાઈ બરવડીયા )  

ઉપયોગ એટલે લક્ષ તરફનું કેન્દ્રીકરણ 

ઉપયોગ એ જીવનું લક્ષણ છે. ઉપયોગ એટલે આત્માની ચેતના, એકાગ્રતા, લક્ષ તરફનું કેન્દ્રીકરણ, સુરતા તેમજ ધ્યાન. જેમ સૂર્યમાંથી કિરણ પ્રગટ થાય અને તે જ્યાં પહોંચે ત્યાં પ્રકાશ પથરાય અને ત્યાં જે કંઇ હોય તે જણાય છે, તેની ખબર પડે છે. બરાબર એવી જ રીતે  આત્માનો ઉપયોગ જ્યાં સ્થિર થાય, ત્યાંનું જ્ઞાન આત્માને થાય છે. એકાગ્રતાનો આ પ્રવાહ એ ઉપયોગ છે.

કાર્યોની વચ્ચે પણ આત્મકેન્દ્રિત રહી શકાય  

નદીએથી પનિહારીઓ પાણી ભરીને ઘરે પાછી આવે છે. રસ્તામાં, બધી સહેલીઓ એકબીજાની સાથે રસિક વાતો તેમજ મશ્કરી કરે છે, હસે છે, એકબીજાને તાળીઓ દે છે, પણ છતાં તે પનિહારીઓની એકાગ્રતા, માથા ઉપર રહેલા બેડામાં બરાબર જળવાયેલી છે અને માટે તે બેડાઓ માથા ઉપર સ્થિર રહે છે. નાચ અને નાટકના ખેલ ચાલી રહ્યાં છે. નટનો ખેલ જોવા આવેલા, ત્યાં ઉપસ્થિત વ્યક્તિઓ અનેક પ્રકારના ભાવો પ્રદર્શિત કરી રહ્યાં છે, છતાંએ દોરડાં ઉપરથી નટનું ધ્યાન ચલિત થતું નથી. હાથમાં લાંબો વાંસ લઈને એ દોરડાં ઉપરથી પડ્યાં વિના ખેલ પૂર્ણ કરે છે. બરાબર આ જ રીતે અનેક કાર્યો કરતા છતાં આપણે પણ આપણી એકાગ્રતાને જિનેશ્વરના ચરણ તરફ અથવા તો પોતાના જ્ઞાનભાવ તરફ કેન્દ્રિત રાખી શકીએ છીએ.            

સ્વપરપ્રકાશ જ્ઞાન શક્તિ 

જ્ઞાન ગુણ દ્વારા, આત્મા પોતાને તેમજ પરને જાણે છે. રૂપ, રસ, ગંધ અને સ્પર્શને જાણી, જે ઇષ્ટ-અનિષ્ટપણું આત્મામાં થાય છે તેથી કર્મ બંધાય છે. જે ઇષ્ટ છે તેમાં રાગ અને અનિષ્ટ છે તેમાં દ્વેષ થાય છે અને આ જે રાગદ્વેષ થઇ રહ્યાં છે, તેની સભાનતા નથી તે અજ્ઞાન છે. દેહને આત્મા જાણી જીવન જીવવું તે અનંતકાળનું ઘોર અજ્ઞાન છે.      

ઉપયોગ બદલાય એ સાધના 

યોગની પ્રવૃત્તિ પ્રમાણે ઉપયોગ બદલાતો રહે છે. યોગની પ્રવૃત્તિ બદલવી એ સાધના નથી ઉપયોગ બદલાય, અંતર્મુખ બની, આત્મા પ્રત્યે વળે એ સાધના છે. એક સમયે ક્રિયાની વિવિધતા હોઇ શકે પણ ઉપયોગ તો એકમાં જ વર્તે છે. ઉપયોગ જે જ્ઞેય ઉપર કેન્દ્રિત થાય તેનું જ્ઞાન આત્મામાં થાય છે.

વર્તે નિજ સ્વભાવનો, અનુભવ લક્ષ પ્રતીત;

વૃત્તિ વહે નિજભાવમાં, પરમાર્થે સમકિત.

વિચારશક્તિના ચમત્કારો 

મનની વિચારશક્તિ જ, અશુભ ઉપયોગને શુભમાં અને શુભ ઉપયોગને શુદ્ધમાં પરિણમાવે છે. પવિત્ર મન યથાયોગ્ય વિનય અને વિવેક કરી શકે છે. આત્મા અને અનાત્માનો વિવેક કરી ભેદજ્ઞાન દ્વારા આત્મા અંતે પરમાત્મા બને છે.    

આકાર થી નિરાકાર, સગુણથી નિર્ગુણ, યોગ થી અયોગી સુધીની આ અંતર યાત્રામાં પરમ પૂજ્ય ભાઈશ્રી, સૌને આવકારે છે.

ચાલો નજરાઇ જઈએ 

વિચારશીલ પ.પૂ. ભાઈશ્રી એમ કહેતા હોય છે કે ચિત્ત અધ્યાત્મમય રાખવું. તેમનો આત્મા સતત તેમના મનને, શુભ અને શુદ્ધ ભાવમાં  તથા કાર્યોમાં ધરી રાખે છે. ધીરજ અને આંતર જાગૃતિનો જ્યાં સમન્વય સધાય ત્યાં સમાધિ સહજ પ્રગટે છે. માટે ધીરજ અને આંતર જાગૃતિ એ સમાધિના આધારસ્તંભ છે. પ્રસન્નચિત્ત પ.પૂ.ભાઇશ્રીના સમાધિભાવથી જયારે આપણો આત્મા નજરાશે ત્યારે આપણે પણ એ જ સમાધિભાવમાં સરી જઇશું.

Dubai Celebrates Param Pujya Bhaishree's Amrutotsav

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The community in Dubai, UAE, came together to celebrate Param Pujya Bhaishree’s Amrutotsav with the Tejovalay play on Friday 5th October 2018, hosted in the Indian Consulate and with the esteemed presence of Consul General Vipulbhai and many leaders of the Jain and Indian community.

The Tejovalay play was met with rapturous applause, emotional tears and an inner awakening in many of the audience. For a seeker of truth, happiness and spiritual enlightenment, the practical questions being asked and explored in the play really connected within.

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