Happy Birthday Pujyashree!!!

Saturday May 7, 2022

Happy Birthday Pujyashree!!!

We all know that the country of India is a country of spirituality. For centuries, this sacred land has born countless saints and Gnanis (the Enlightened beings), under whose care, the country’s cultural and ethical fabric has taken shape and with whose nurture, people’s inner urge for spiritual progress is invoked and inspired. May 9th is the birthday of one such Atmagnani, born in this great country. A mere glance of His makes everyone pray, ‘By observing You, May I become as Humble as You!’

On His birthday, He, despite being an Atmagnani  revered by all, bows down with utmost humility before all of us and seeks our blessings for carrying out the work of salvation of the world, assigned to Him by Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan and Pujya Niruma, until His last breath, with complete purity. This gesture is quite overwhelming, as we get to see an outright reflection of His humble being!

He is so divinely blessed that whatever He wishes or prays for, His prayers are answered in no time!! Yet, He bows and asks for blessings from all of us. Such is the Humility that forms His core, and that is why everyone loves Him more and more!

We all may have heard, “Namey te sahu ne Gamey”, meaning ‘Everyone likes a person who is humble’

While explaining what being humble means, Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says, To bend down completely to the other person, even before that person has gestured to bend down a little, to bend down even if that person is arrogant or inflexible with him. Otherwise, what is human nature like? To retaliate and show arrogance, if the other person is being arrogant. But to yield in at that time is a sign (of humility that suggests) he is heading towards ultimate liberation.” This is exactly how Pujyashree is.

Any Seva without anger, pride, greed and deceit, goes towards the side of liberation (Moksha)

The service of imparting knowledge of the Self to the spiritual seekers and resolving their queries such that they can reach their destination, is rendered by Pujyashree very much without anger, pride, greed and deceit; with all the nobility, humanity and commitment, maintaining total sincerity and utmost purity. That’s the reason why even the most elderly want to follow Him!

Pujyashree Deepakbhai explains:

“When a tree gets fruits on it, do the branches start bending or do they stand upright? They bend…. As the person develops, he becomes more humble, more courteous. The ego then does not interfere and meddle. Even when one has the authority and power, he does not exercise it. He would always believe, ‘I am smaller than everyone here.’ A person with good values is full of humility.”

Anyone who Sees Him wants to Become like Him!

 But how? Pujya Deepakbhai teaches how we also can develop this virtue of humility:

“It is very simple. If we see someone being rigid, not bending, at that time, we should not see his mistake or get agitated that, ‘what type of a person is he?. He is a useless person.’ We should not look at his faults. On the contrary, we should think, ‘Oh! We do not like what he is doing. But in case something similar happens to us, do we also do the same (behave in the manner the other person did)?’ We should check that! Then we will find that even we tend to make similar mistakes as him. If we look within and repent for our mistake, then we will be rid of that mistake. And if someone is straightforward, humble and down to earth, we must feel, ‘He has such good qualities.’ By appreciating these qualities in others, we too will acquire them!”

Pujyashree Deepakbhai is called an Atmagnani because He dwells in the experience of the Soul. And for us, the followers of Gnani, Gnani verily is our own Soul! So on this day, when it is Pujya Deepakbhai’s birthday, with absolute humility and oneness, to Him let us all pray, ‘By observing You, May I become as Humble as You!’ And with His gracious blessings, we shall surely get there!

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

Thursday May 5, 2022

Happy Mother’s Day!  

A very Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely Moms in the world!

As you may know, every year, the second Sunday in May, is specially marked as the International Mother’s Day for the celebration of motherhood.

Mother is the person who has done more for us than anyone in the world!

The contribution of hers is unparalleled, for she is aware of her child’s needs more than anyone else.

To start with, she is the one who brought us into this world! And even before we came into this world, did we have to worry about any of the arrangements to be done? No!

She provided us the shelter and took good care of us while we were cosily residing in her womb. And when it was time for our arrival on this Earth, it was our Mother, who meticulously made sure that everything that was essential for us was made available to us, in time – our baby-cap, the hand-gloves, the socks, blankets, bib, diaper, the maternity ward and the rest – everything was kept all ready, isn’t it?! And then, it was this mother that taught us how to talk, walk and going ahead, face life.

This is the reason why the Mother holds a special position in every child’s life!

Mother’ happens to be the most naturally secured abode for any child. The warmth of her love is like a hard shell wherein the child feels very safe. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan has beautifully described how the love of a Mother is the highest form of worldly love.

A mother herself may be illiterate, but the efforts she takes for her child’s education is nothing less than a well-educated mother. Similarly, where the family is not financially sound, the mother has the expert knack to manage the household expenses such that she always has enough for her child’s education and other basic needs and to fulfil her child’s wishes too, somehow. Even in the cruellest of circumstances, a mother does not crumble, only so that her children should not feel the void. She holds her ground strongly so that her little ones can soar to great heights.

In every struggle of life, the blessings of mother play a crucial role. Whether she is present or has passed away, she is before our eyes or away from us, her blessings walk along with her child, always!!

The prime responsibility of grooming the child is assigned to the ‘Mother’

This role of mothers is not at all easy. Yet, every mother, in her own little ways, tries her best to help her child grow into a good human being. And the sacrifices that she makes for this purpose cannot be expressed in words. In the lullabies she sings when her child is in the cradle or the stories of saints and Enlightened Ones she narrates when her child is growing up, at every step of life, she is guiding and directing her child to do what’s right from the religious, or still better, the spiritual standpoint…. just like Jijamata left no stone unturned to mould Shivaji into a brave warrior and like Ma Jashoda who, although had not given birth to Krishna, but nurtured Him with such love and warmth that her Baby Krishna grew up into the most revered Vasudev Krishna!

So come, let’s do something special for all the Mothers of the world, this year!

Let us all children make a Mother’s day special prayer to God, “Dear God, Please bless our Moms with the strength to render this special role of ‘Mother’ that has been conferred upon them, in the best possible manner; such that they are able to successfully build a strong foundation of strong ethical and moral values while bringing up their children - making them truthful, courageous, fearless and virtuous and then graciously gift these children for the service of society and the salvation of the world!”

Lord Simandhar Swami is the Living Tirthankar (a Living God). ‘Tirthankar’ is a very rare and the ultimate status that one can attain in this world!

A Tirthankara is One, who in his penultimate human birth, harbours an extraordinary strong intent that of ‘Sarva Jeev Karu Shaasan Rasi (May I inspire every living being towards salvation)’. The energy of this intent is so strong that he ends up creating the most auspicious Tirthankar-naam-karma.

A Living Tirthankar’s power is such - by his mere Darshan, a deserving person attains Keval Gnan!

To grace people with Keval Gnan (the final spiritual state of absolute Self-knowledge) is the sole privilege of a Living Tirthankara only, no one else can!

But as we all know, Lord Mahavir, the 24th Tirthankar of the present time half-cycle, has already attained Nirvana and has reached Moksha almost 2600 years ago. In fact, all the 24 Tirthankars have left this Universe before the end of the 4th era and have become Siddh Bhagwan now. Namo Siddhanam! We offer our heart-felt obeisance to all the Siddhas!!!

So Bharat Kshetra today is without any Living Tirthankara and it shall remain so until the next Tirthankara will be born at the beginning of the third era of the next time half-cycle, which means almost another 81,500 years. Consequently, one cannot attain Keval Gnan (Absolute Knowledge) and then ultimate liberation (Moksha), from the Bharat Kshetra (where we live today) in the present time.

Although no Living Tirthankar is in Bharat Kshetra, 20 Tirthankars are alive in Mahavideh Kshetra

Today is the Janma Kalyanak of all the 20 Tirthankars, living in the Mahavideh Kshetra. And of these, Shree Simandhar Swami Bhagwan is the closest to our Bharat Kshetra. Also, he has a subtle bond with our Kshetra as a result of his past karmic deeds. Hence, by praying sincerely to this present Tirthankar, Arihant Simandhar Swami, we, the living beings residing in this Bharat Kshetra right now, can certainly go to him in our next life and with his grace, attain Keval Gnan and ultimate Nirvan. Namo Arihantanam! We offer our heart-felt obeisance to the Arihant Bhagwan!!!

Moreover, Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan always said that when Lord Simandhar Swami's idols and images shall be placed in every home and when these idols and images will be worshipped with deep reverence and His aarti be sung in every home, when His temples are constructed all over, there will be heaven on Earth!

Gnani Purush (the Spiritual Master) is the precious link that takes us to Lord Simandhar Swami

In the present condition, here in the Bharat-Kshetra, Aatma-Gnan can be received only from the Living Gnani! And after receiving Aatma-Gnan, when we finish our karma of the Bharat-Kshetra, thereafter one more birth remains, which happens near Lord Simandhar Swami. There, when we finish all our karmic accounts, we reach Keval Gnan i.e. the Absolute Knowledge of Pure Soul. And when that life ends, we attain Nirvaan, the ultimate salvation, after which there is no birth and rebirth.

Thus, the Living Gnani Purush is our primary link today for our ultimate salvation. Our heart-felt obeisance to the Living Gnani!!!

Our present Human life is invaluable

We are already in the 5th Era. And the 6th Era is the next to come, when there will be neither religion nor anything like humanity shall exist at all.

Therefore, now that we have got this precious human life and since we’ve been fortunate enough to have received these important learnings in this life, which help us know that:

  • there is Moksha (the ultimate liberation),
  • there is this Living Tirthankar, Lord Simandhar Swami, born in the Mahavideh Kshetra, through whom we can receive Keval Gnan (Absolute Knowledge) and reach to Moksha and
  • there is this Living Gnani, through whom we can receive Aatma-Gnan and reach to Lord Simandhar Swami,

 Let us absorb these learnings deep into our heart and make it our goal that:

  • this human life is for the purpose of attaining the Soul from Gnani and by following his words finishing all our karmas of Bharat-Kshetra,
  • and not for living a life doing raag-dvesh(Attachment and Abhorrence), or doing yours and mine, or indulging in good and bad, in Moha (Illusory attachment) and Kapat(Deceit), in jealousy and envy, or remaining engrossed in passions of anger, pride, deceit and greed.

So come, on this auspicious day, let’s pray with all our heart to Shree Simandhar Swami that, ‘Oh Lord Simandhar Swami, May all meet Gnani’s grace in this life and with His grace, may we become worthy enough to reach You soon!’

Happy Mahavir Jayanti!

Tuesday April 12, 2022

Happy Mahavir Jayanti!

Mahavir Jayanti is also known as the Mahavir Janma Kalyanak!

Janma Kalyanak refers to the event when the Soul of a Tirthankar is born; ‘Janma’ meaning birth and ‘Kalyanak’ meaning an auspicious event for all the living beings in this world. So today is an auspicious day, celebrated across the world, in the loving memory of the birth of Bhagwan Mahavir, the 24th Tirthankar!

Tirthankar is the greatest title in the world. Tirthankar means the founder of the Tirth (a crossing place or ford), meaning He helps people cross the sea of innumerable births and deaths in the world!

Although every moment of the life of Tirthankar is auspicious, the five Kalyankas (the Panch Kalayanak), namely Chyavan Kalyanak, Janma Kalyanak (marks the advent of the Soul of Tirthankar into this world), Diksha Kalyanak (renounces all his worldly ties), Keval Gnan Kalyanak (becomes fully Omniscient) and Nirvana Kalyanak (the Tirthankar’s Soul is absolutely free of all karma and thus liberated from the worldly existence forever), signify the most auspicious events in His life!

As and when these events happen, the heavenly Gods come down to Earth and celebrate each Kalyanak with great pomp and splendour, in worship of the Tirthankar Lord, with enormous reverence, faith and devotion.

Lord Mahavira was born in the early part of the 6th century BCE, in a royal family in Bihar, India. When He was in his mother’s womb, wealth, prosperity, peace, harmony, everything started increasing tremendously. Hence, the royal parents named their little prince as Vardhamana, meaning, ever increasing!

He was born with the symbol (laanchhan) of a lion on His body. His skin was golden in colour and His exceptional divine beauty enchanted the hearts of every being that saw Him. When Trishala Mata was resting with her new-born by her side, just then, the celestial Gods and Goddesses arrived and with great devotion and happiness in their hearts, they silently carried the baby to the Meru Mountain to celebrate the Janma Kalyanak Mahotsav. They performed the first abhishek of the little Lord with the purest water collected from various rivers. Even today, devotees perform the Snatra Puja, a ritual signifying the Janma Kalyanak, in which the idol of Tirthankar is bathed, symbolising the Indra doing Abhishek on Tirthankara on Mount Meru after the birth of Tirthankar.

When the celestial Gods began to pour the water onto the baby, ShakraDev, in whose lap the little Lord was seated, got a bit worried that how would such a small baby bear so much of water coming onto him. Lord Mahavir, sensing the celestial God’s concern, pressed the mountain down with his toe, demonstrating his strength! Seeing this, Shakra Dev sung a hymn in the praise of Lord’s glory.

‘Vardhamana Mahavira’ - a name, just listening to which, one feels happy and overwhelmed

One day, while observing Lord Mahavir in meditation, Indra Dev (the Chief Celestial God) exclaimed, "There is no one as brave and fearless and as serene and equanimous meditator as you. You are Mahaveer (meaning ‘most courageous’)!"

During his lifespan, Bhagwan Mahavir helped numerous people attain Kevalgnan and Moksha and many others, in His shelter, made incredible progress on the path of liberation.

One can attain ultimate liberation from this world, only and only in the presence of the living God, not otherwise. The 24 Tirthankara of Jainism have become Siddha. Therefore now, the Living Gnani is the only link, with whose help, we can attain Self-Realization and reach the living Tirthankar, Shree Simandhar Swami. Lord Simandhar Swami is the living God, the Vartman Tirthankar!

So on this day of the Mahavir Jayanti celebration, our prayer to Lord Vardhamana Mahavir is, “Dear Lord, May every being in this world meet the Living Gnani Purush, who will hold our hand and help us attain Moksha, like You did.”

Happy Mahavir Jayanti!!!

Pujya Niruma’s Punyatithi

Wednesday March 16, 2022

Pujya Niruma’s Punyatithi

We have always heard from our elders that live your life in such a way that you are remembered forever!

To be remembered forever means to have accomplished something that stays in the world even after one’s mortal body has departed. On 19th March and every year, thousands of people across the globe, remember Pujya Niruma for her love that resides in every heart.

Dr. Niruben Amin, lovingly addressed as 'Niruma', was a prominent disciple of Gnani Purush Ambalal Patel, who is reverently known as “Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan” or “Dadashri”. Under His guidance, she became an accomplished Spiritual Master and continued His work of introducing people to the phenomenal science of Akram Vignan

The journey of becoming Pujya Niruma (the Mother of the world) did not happen overnight!

Having completed the medical studies, her father had plans to build a hospital for Her. However, the Doctor Niruma had a different plan in her mind. She thought, ‘As a medical doctor, I can only alleviate physical ailments of people. And if I were to serve the Gnani, I can help so many people suffering from mental, emotional and worldly ailments, as Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan would be able to liberate them from their sufferings with this unique knowledge of Akram Vignan. There are so many doctors to help people with their health, but there is only one Gnani Purush to liberate them!' Thus, She resolved that there could be nothing better than spending her life helping Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan spread this knowledge that instilled peace and liberated people from worries and suffering.

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan clearly understood her unflinching desire for the salvation of the world. He started grooming her and like a sculptor, molded her from all angles, carving away all the weaknesses and imperfections within her, to reveal the underlying idol of purity and love, that was perfect for the purpose of Jagat kalyan. Niruma too accepted and yielded to this process with utmost humility and complete surrender; and remained in constant oneness with Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, knowing in her heart that any undertaking by the Gnani is always for her ultimate salvation. Staying in His service for 20 long years not only transformed her into a divine human being but it also prepared her to take up a bigger role of becoming the Mother of the whole world.

In 1987, greatly satisfied with Niruben’s progress, Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, in His final days, declared, 

"I am very pleased with you Niruben. This Niruben is a great instrument for the world's salvation. Niruben, you will have to become a mother to the whole world. Whenever Niruben wants, Dadashri will speak from within."

Thus, Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan blessed Niruben with His special spiritual powers so that she too could grace others with Self Realization and continue His work. She in turn, dedicated her life to serve Gnani & for Gnani’s mission of world's salvation and in course of time became an icon of pure love.

On March 19 2006, as Pujya Niruma passed away in a state of absolute Samadhi, Her final message to us was, "Live with Love! Promise?"

When physically present, her unconditional love touched the hearts of people at large. And even today, everyone actually feels the spiritual presence of Pujya Niruma in Simandhar City, and are assured that the moment they pray to her heartily, She is always there to help!

So come, on this occasion of Pujya Niruma’s Punyatithi, let us all take special blessings from Pujya Niruma & Pujyashree Deepakbhai, and make a hearty prayer to them that, “Please give us strength to serve Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan’s mission in our own little ways and bless us all that, may we also become an icon of pure love as You.”

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