Soul Reflections

Samsara bhavana Jainism reflections

“Among the twelve reflections taught in Jainism, the 3rd reflection is called samsara. This means to move constantly up and down, down and up, in rhythmical motion like a Ferris wheel. When a person is motivated by greed for pleasure […]

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forgiveness michchhami dukkadam

Wonderful surprise seeing so many of our non-Jain friends celebrating Forgiveness Day by sharing this powerful phrase – “Michchhami Dukkadam.” It leads me to wonder how many actually understand the meaning behind this catchphrase. This question is what prompted me […]

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Santhara Sallekhana

My Badi Ma – my father’s elder brother’s wife – passed away in Santhara at the age of 87. There is no greater way to depart from this world. As Jains, we are taught to celebrate the arrival of death […]

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Jaina Guru Praveen Rishi Chennai

When a friend sent me a photo of Gurudev, I felt choked with emotion. The subject of the email “His Holiness with his ‘samsaari’ mother and sister” stirred something deep within me.   Looking at Gurudev, it is hard to […]

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Samvatsari Forgiveness Day & Michami Dukkadam

Why is forgiveness such an important ideal and a way of life in Jainism?   Forgiveness is deeply connected with and is considered another name for non-violence, which is one of the cardinal principles of Jainism. Forgiveness begets love and […]

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Hindi poem by Pratibha Jain

  पीछे मुड़कर देखो तो ज़ाहिर है कि सबसे गहरा नाता तो ‘शब्द’ के साथ ही जोड़ा है. और कोई साथ रहे न रहे, शब्द तो रहता ही है. चाहने वाले नाराज़ हो सकते हैं, दोस्त वक्त पर गायब हो […]

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Arihanta Janism Mahavira

“It is not the Mughals who have defeated you, it is not Akbar who has defeated you, it is not the lack of resources that has brought defeat upon you. O King! If you feel defeated, it is by your […]

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directions

In the bounty of Mother Nature, many magical secrets reside which the great seers have attempted to unravel. They have dwelled upon the mysteries of space and time so we can maximize the power of whatever we do. They have […]

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Praveen Rishi

An introduction to Gurudev – Upadhyaya Praveen Rishi – what inspired him to evolve a programme for couples who aspire for joyous parenting. Written by Pratibha Jain, this forms the PREFACE of Arham Pregnancy, a book for young couples who […]

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Inner Protection, inner peace

We must come to terms with our unprotectedness, known as Asharana Bhavana. As a habit, we keep looking for external protection, for someone to be our saviour. We feel secure when we believe that someone is taking care of us. […]

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Anitya Bhavana ~ Impermanence of Jainism

This parable sheds light on the Impermanence of Life, or Anitya Bhavana, as explained by the Jaina seers. The ardent seeker must contemplate upon this truth to grasp life in its myriad changes. An extract from “Jeevan ka Utkarsh” by […]

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Lootera sonakshi ranbir

  Why I liked Lootera movie: Because he took his chance for repentance. I have always thought that one of the wonderful things about life is that it holds a mirror to our actions and intentions, and often allows us […]

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Lord Mahavira of Jainism

(This article written by my father, Mr Dulichand Jain, and myself was published in the Vivekananda Kendra Patrika, Vol 31, Year 2002. Republished on this site on the occasion of Mahavira Jayanti.)   Who is a wanderer? The spirit, which […]

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Jain monk just before diksha

Right now, we are in the midst of Chaturmas – the four months when our monks and nuns stop their nomadic movements and stay in one place. This gives the lay persons an opportunity as well as an environment to […]

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Forgiveness Michami Dukkadam

On this day of Samvatsari Festival which is the festival of forgiveness and inner cleansing, these thoughts pour from the heart:   Can we trace the history of hurt?   How often have I said – I did not intend […]

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Hindi film 7-khoon-maaf

  So whose was the 7th murder in the film ‘Saat khoon maaf’? The butler who died of food poisoning! The housekeeper who died in fire! Some even say it is of Susanna by Dr Arun, her young admirer. And […]

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