15 May 2010
भगवान महावीर के निर्वाण होने पर गणधर गोतम भी विचलित हो गए थे। महाश्रमण ने कहा कि जितनी समता की साधना बढेगी उतनी ही वीतरागता नजदीक आएगी। आचार्य महाप्रज्ञ के पास बचपन से रहने वाले ज्येष्ठ मुनि सुमेरमल सुदर्शन ने कहा कि उनकी कृपा नहीं होती तो वे जीवन में आने वाले संघर्षों में कहां खो जाते कुछ पता नहीं। उन्होंने कहा कि आचार्य महाप्रज्ञ ने तेरापंथ के सभी आचार्यो के कीर्तिमान को स्थान दिया है।
मुनि महेन्द्र कुमार ने कहा कि आचार्य महाप्रज्ञ अमर थे, अमर हैं और अमर रहेंगे। मुनि किशनलाल ने श्रद्धांजलि व्यक्त की तथा मुनि श्रवण ने देश-विदेश के प्रतिष्ठित लोगों की ओर से भेजी गई संवेदनाओं का वाचन किया। मुनि योगेश कुमार, मुनि जितेन्द्र कुमार, बाल मुनि मृदुकुमार, साध्वी जिन प्रज्ञा, साध्वी पीयूष प्रभा, जैन विश्व भारती विश्वविद्यालय के कुलपति समणी डा. मंगल प्रज्ञा, समणी नियोजिका, समणी मधुरप्रज्ञा, समणी प्रतिभा प्रज्ञा ने भावांजलियां प्रस्तुत की।
14 May 2010
10 May 2010
मैं मेरे धर्मसंघ के सभी साधु-साध्वियों और समण श्रेणी की चित्त-समाधि के लिए प्रत्यन करता रहूंगा, यह मेरा संकल्प है। तेरापंथ धर्मसंघ के श्रावक समाज को भी आध्यात्मिक पोषण प्रदान करते रहने का संकल्प करता हूं। इसके अतिरिक्त जैन शासन और मानव जाति की यथासंभव और यथोचित सेवा करने का संकल्प करता हूं। इस कठिन परिस्थिति में हम सब मनोबल रखने का प्रयास करें और धर्मशासन की प्रभावना का प्रयास करते रहें।
- Mother Teresa National award of peace by Inter faith Harmony foundation of India in 2005
- Communal harmony award i.e. Sampradayika Sadbhavana Puraskar by Govt. of India in 2004
- Ambassador of Peace (London) by Inter Religions and international federation in 2003
- Lokmaharshi by New Mumbai Municipal corporation in 2003
- Indira Gandhi National Integration award in 2002
- D.Litt by Netherland Inter Cultural Open University in 1999
Mahapragya started writing when he was 22 and since then has never stopped. Mahapragya has written more than two hundred books in Hindi, Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Rajasthani languages. Contents include intense and in-depth treatments of meditations, mind, human psyche and its traits, root of emotions, manifestation of emotions through human behaviour, Mantra saadhana, Yog saadhna, Anekaant, Non violence, and Jain history.
In his book Art of Thinking Positive, he explores the root causes of negative thoughts, and provided methodology towards its transformation. Other book titles include Towards Inner Harmony, I and Mine, Mind beyond Mind, Mysteries of Mind, New Man New World, Mirror of Self. He has provided a great detailed analysis on hidden causes of the emotions, functioning of human psyche, manifestation of psyche through one's behaviour.
He also wrote many books on Preksha Meditation. In these books he as described various techniques of meditations and their effects, human psyche, human physiology, hormonal influences, endocrine system, nervous system.
He has done extensive work on Anekaantvad - the philosophy of nonabsolutism. He himself is a great follower of this philosophy propounded by Lord Mahaveer and affirms that there is no problem that can't be resolved with the application of Anekaantvad. He has explained how can it be useful in our daily life. He has shown the ways how one can improve his thought process towards Anekaant and use it for a peaceful life and co-existence. His book Anekanta The Third Eye discusses the details of the philosophy.
His writings on economics provide a detail model of economic structure which works for the benefit of each and every individual. He has given vision for a peaceful society free from evils. He has suggested conduct for people to lead a happy individual as well as a social life.
He has written many big books on Jain Philosophy providing a serious material on Jain beliefs and vision. Jain darshan: manan and mimaansha is one of those important creation and a research work in which he has brought out numerous deep facets of Jain belief system with detail interpretation. Another precise work is Philosophical Foundations Of Jainism. Shraman Mahaveer is biographical work on Mahaveer. Mahapragya has tried to depict Mahaveer through his experience and achievements in meditation. Sambodhi is a rhymic conservation between Lord Mahaveer and the prince-monk Megha Kumar, in which Mahaveer enlightens the later. Mahapragya has extensively written on lives and philosophies of Acharya Bhiksu and Acharya Tulsi
Mahapragya has made great contribution to Sanskrit through his poetry. Has also written poems and bhajans in Hindi. Ashruvina, Mukulam in Sanskrit and Rishabhayana in Hindi are some of his poetic creations.
Acharya Mahapragya writes in with great clarity. His sentences are short and his style direct. He only suggests, he never forces his view. He may assert his belief, but his language is conscious of relativity even in expression. He often resorts to passive voice. Between one full stop and the next sentence, a kingdom can be built. 
Mahapragya himself is a great practitioner of meditation, spirituality, Mantras, Anekaant, and nonviolence. He has written extensively on these topics. He is practicing meditation since his twenties. He also has high regards for Mantra chanting (recitation of special letters and words) and practice it daily. He says from his experiences that Mantra can help people in awaking his hidden powers.
Mahapragya observes silence (Mauna) for more than three hours during the evening hours.
Disciplines of Monkhood
Mahapragya took five major vows as a part of initiation to monkhood at the age of ten. These Mahavrata are Non-violence (Ahimsa), Truth (Satya), Non-stealing (Asteya), Chastity/Celibacy (Brahmacharya), and Non-possession/Non-attachment (Aparigraha). As a Jain Muni (monk), he has to travel only on foot and can't use vehicle unless and until he is incapable of walking. He does not eat after sunset and before sunrise. He does not cook food but has to go out for alms. He accepts only vegetarian food. He does not own a house. He cannot stay in a single place for long periods. He constantly has to change places and can only move in to a house with the owner's permission.
They eschewed violence and pledged to refrain from killing innocent creatures. Political leaders, social workers and spiritual leaders came to him for advice. He took his Yatra from Gujarat to Maharashtra, Daman, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, some parts of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Chandigarh. He passed through 87 districts of the country, and covered more than 2400 villages, towns and cities, where he held meetings with many spiritual and political leaders and appealed for communal harmony. 40,000 voluntary hands were associated with the various responsibilities in their local areas.
This Yatra allowed him to come in direct contact with farmers, common and poor people of villages. He stopped at the every small villages that came on route and held open mass meeting. Through this public speaking, Acharyaji created awareness on the broad perspective of nonviolence, unemployment eradication, leading a life free from drug addiction, bad habits, communal harmony, living healthy and harmonious social and personal life. Side by side volunteers spread into different directions and establish personal contact with the families afflicted with drug addictions, unemployment and stressful life. They stay behind and solve their problems. Verily the villages and towns trekked by the Acharya become centres of training in ahimsa.
The Yatra concluded 4 January 2009 at Sujangarh, the same place where it started.
President of India, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam's vision for a fully developed beautiful India with prosperous and harmonious life for its citizens, especially the youth, motivated enlightened spiritual and religious leaders who organized a Conclave under the aegis of Acharya Mahapragya at Surat on 15th October 2003, also the birthday of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The Action Plan discussed during the Conclave was documented and is known as 'Surat Spiritual Declaration' (SSD).
The SSD Action Plan envisages Five Garland Projects. The emphasis of four projects was on celebration of inter religious festivals, multi religious projects, healthcare and employment, imbibing value based education in schools and encouraging interfaith dialogue among religious/spiritual heads. In order to pursue these in sustained manner and to coordinate all activities, a national level independent and autonomous organization managed by religious/ spiritual leaders as well as scholars and Enlightened Citizens was set up. This organization was named "Foundation for Unity of Religious and Enlightened Citizenship' (FUREC). FUREC was launched by the President Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam on the birthday of Acharya Mahaprajna, the 15th June 2004 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
FUREC combines the objectives of the Surat Spiritual Declaration and President Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam's Vision 2020 and is a Non-profit organization set up by 15 spiritual leaders
Acharya Tulsi impressed with Muni Nathmal's (later Mahapragya) vision, intellect and genius honored him with the qualitative epithet of Mahapragya (highly knowledged) on 12th November 1978. On 4th February 1979, his appellation ‘Mahapragya’ was converted into his new name by Acharya Tulsi and he was also made ‘Yuvacharya’, successor designate to the present Acharya, the second highest position after the Acharya himself. With this event, he was now referred as Yuvacharya Mahapragya. As a Yuvacharya , Mahapragya became a close associate of Acharya Tulsi in all the major decisions and activities related to the sect.
In a mammoth public meeting on 18th February 1994, Acharya Tulsi declared that Mahapragya would now have the title of ‘Acharya’ also and that the former was renouncing this position forthwith. Subsequently, on 5th February 1995, Mahapragya was formally consecrated as the 10th Acharya – the supreme head – of Terapanth religious order in a big public meeting in Delhi. Mahapragya having taken over the reins of Terapanth, is now endowed with many responsibilities. Further intensification of the movements of Anuvrat, Preksha dhyan and Jeevan Vigyan now became his primary concern. A Vikash Parishad – development council – has been constituted by Mahapragya to give further fillip to all these movements and underline their importance. The forum of Terapanth is now actively involved in propagating these movements.
Acharya Mahapragya is the mastermind behind the conception of Jain Vishva Bharati University, Ladnun, Rajasthan. It was established under the spiritual patronage of Acharya Tulsi in 1991. Acharya Mahapragya is the Anushashta of this deemed University since 1995. The Anushasta is a statutory post of the Institute, empowered to discipline the Institute spiritually and morally. University's objective is to revive truths and values hidden in the ancient Indian traditions in general and in the Jain tradition in particular. It provides platforms and infrastructures for doing the research in various subjects and pursuing for Doctorate Degrees. One of the prime objectives of this University is to spread the literacy in subjects like Non-Violence and Peace, Jainology, Sanskrit, Prakrit, Yoga, Meditation, Literature, etc. Regular Degree Courses leading to Bachelors and Masters Degrees are being conducted.
Acharya Shri Tulsi nominated Muni Nathmal as the Secretary (Nikaya Sachiv) of Terapanth in 1965 at Hissar Harayana after being Group leader (Agraganya) for almost 21 years.
The family and child Nathmal used to be in regular touch with Jain monks. He got lessons on Jain philosophy from monks who visited the village. Regular contact with monks nourished the spiritual seed in the child. Nathmal then conveyed his wishes of getting initiated into monkhood to his mother. On 29 January 1931, he became a monk at the age of ten. Acharya Kalugani, eighth Acharya of Jain Swetambar Terapanth, initiated Nathmal to monkhood in the town of Sardarsahar (Rajasthan). With this, Nathmal became Muni Nathmal. Acharya Kalugani arranged for Muni Nathmal's studies under Muni Tulsi's classes, who later became Ninth Acharya. Nathmal started getting lessons in the monastery on various subjects of Jain philosophy.
Nathmal had a great learning capacity and a good memory. With Muni Tulsi, the child’s intellectual development got accelerated and he memorised thousands of sermons and verses in Hindi, Sanskrit, Prakrit and Rajasthani. His education at the monastery included history, philosophy, logic, grammar. He made an in-depth study of Jain scriptures became a scholar of Jain Agamas and a critic of Indian and western philosophy. By age 22, he was competent in Hindi, Sanskrit, Prakrit and Rajasthani languages and literature. In Sanskrit, he is also an expert impromptu or extempore poet and has demonstrated this skill in many gatherings of intellectuals. Thrust for knowledge made him also study physics, biology, ayurved, politics, economics, and sociology.
Acharya Mahapragya formulated Preksha meditation system in 1970s.
He is the supreme head of Jain Vishva Bharati University and also played a key role in its establishment. The University draws its spiritual strength and direction from Acharya Mahaprajna,who is above any sectarian bias. Anuvrat movement is also functioning under his leadership.
His discourses are telecast daily on Indian television.
09 May 2010
जन्म : आचार्य महाप्रज्ञ का जन्म विक्रम संवत 1977 (1920) में आषाढ़ कृष्ण त्रयोदशी को राजस्थान के झुंझुनू के टमकोर के चोरड़िया परिवार में हुआ था। पिता का नाम तोलारामजी एवं माता का नाम बालूजी था। आपका जन्म नाम नथमल था। बचपन में ही पिताश्री का देहांत हो जाने के कारण माताजी ने ही पालन-पोषण किया। माता धार्मिक प्रवृत्ति की महिला थीं इसी कारण उनमें धार्मिक चेतना का उदय हुआ।
दीक्षा : आपने 29 जनवरी 1929 अर्थात विक्रम संवत 1987 के माघ शुक्ल की दशमी को सरदार शहर में नथमल ने अपनी माता के साथ संत श्रीमद कालूगणी से दस वर्ष की आयु में दीक्षा ग्रहण की। इसके पश्चात्य उनकी पहचान धीरे-धीरे मुनि नथमल के रूप में होने लगी।
आचार्य तुलसी : आपने श्रीमद कालूगणी की आज्ञा के चलते मुनि आचार्य तुलसी को गुरु बनाया और उन्हीं के सानिध्य में रहकर विद्या अध्ययन किया। दर्शन, न्याय, व्याकरण, कोष, मनोविज्ञान, ज्योतिष, आयुर्वेद आदि शायद ही कोई ऐसा विषय हो जिस पर प्रज्ञासागरजी की पकड़ न हो।
गहन अध्ययन : जैनागमों के अध्ययन के साथ आपने भारतीय एवं भारतीयेत्तर सभी दर्शनों का अध्ययन किया है। संस्कृत, प्राकृत एवं हिन्दी भाषा पर आपका पूर्ण अधिकार है। वे संस्कृत भाषा के सफल आशु कवि भी है। आपने संस्कृत भाषा के सर्वाधिक कठिन छंद 'रत्रग्धरा' में 'घटिका यंत्र' विषय पर आशु कविता के रूप में श्लोक बनाकर प्रस्तुत किए।संस्कृत भाषा में संबोधि, अश्रुवीणा, मुकुलम्, अतुला-तुला आदि तथा हिन्दी भाषा में 'ऋषभायण' कविता को आपके प्रमुख ग्रंथ माने जाते हैं। आपने जैन आगम, बौद्ध ग्रंथों, वैदिक ग्रंथों तथा प्राचीन शास्त्रों का गहन अध्ययन किया है। जैनों के सबसे प्राचीन एवं अबोधगम्य 'आचारांग सूत्र' पर संस्कृत भाषा में भाष्य लिखकर आचार्य महाप्रज्ञ ने प्राचीन परंपरा को पुनरुज्जीवित किया है। आपके विभिन्न विषयों पर लगभग 150 ग्रंथ है।
महाप्रज्ञ की उपाधि : आचार्यश्री तुलसी ने महाप्रज्ञ जी को 1144 में अग्रगण्य एवं ईस्वी सन् 1965 विक्रम संवत 2022 माद्य शुक्ला सप्तमी को हिंसार (हरियाणा) में निकाय सचिव नियुक्त किया। उनकी अंतः प्रज्ञा व गहन ज्ञान से प्रभावित होकर गंगाशहर में आचार्यश्री तुलसी ने उन्हें महाप्रज्ञ की उपाधि से अंलकृत किया।
आचार्य पद : विक्रम संवत 2035 राजलदेसर (राजस्थान) मर्यादा महोत्सव के अवसर पर आचार्यश्री तुलसी ने अपने उत्तराधिकारी के रूप में उनकी घोषणा की। विक्रम संवत 2050 सुजानगढ़ मर्यादा महोत्सव के ऐतिहासिक समारोह के मध्य आचार्यश्री तुलसी ने अपनी उपस्थिति में अपने आचार्य पद का विर्सजन कर युवाचार्य महाप्रज्ञ को आचार्य पद पर प्रतिष्ठित कर दिया।
अन्य उपलब्धियाँ : 23 अक्टूबर 1999 को नीदरलैड इंटर कल्चरल ओपन युनिवर्सिटी ने साहित्य के लिए डी.लिट् उपाधि से सम्मानित किया। मानवता के क्षेत्र में महाप्रज्ञ की अनगिनत एवं उल्लेखनीय सेवाओं एवं योगदानों के संदर्भ में उन्हें युगप्राधान पद से सम्मानित किया गया। यह पद उन्हें 1995 में दिया गया।
The supreme head of Jain Swetembar Terapanth group breathed his last at Sardar Shar of rajashthan, sources said.
Acharya Mahapragya is known for promoting nonviolence. He also took out Ahimsa Yatra (Nonviolence movement).
Popular as Gurudev, Acharya Mahapragya, traveled over 10, 000 km on feet to spread the message of peace and harmony.
His sudden demise is a major lose for the country and his followers as well.
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Born on June 14, 1920 at Tamkor in Rajasthan was predecessor of Acharya Tulsi.