Happy Birthday Pujya Deepakbhai

Saturday May 8, 2021

Happy Birthday Pujya Deepakbhai

Today, 9th May, is a festive day for one and all, as it is the birthday of our beloved Pujya Deepakbhai!

Pujya Deepakbhai holds a very special place in every heart. What exactly is the reason for that?

Let’s find out by going through some interesting examples of Pujya Deepakbhai’s life.

Pujya Deepakbhai Desai was a young mechanical engineering student, studying at VJTI College, Mumbai when He met Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan for the very first time, in 1971. An introvert guy, who used to shy away from all public appearances, has today become a powerful inspiration for tens of thousands of people around the world. This lofty achievement was not achieved overnight; it’s a result of a sincere, dedicated and consistent effort over the years.

One of the virtues for which Pujya Deepakbhai is best known for is His SINCERITY

Pujya Deepakbhai says, “Sincerity means to ‘stick to’ it (the work you are responsible for). If you are slow, then work slowly. If you are fast, then work accordingly. But complete whatever work has been given to you…. My rule is, that sincerity starts from the time I open my eyes and from then on there is no slacking. (To my mind), the importance of work would be so much that my sincerity towards it would override the normal routine like eating, drinking, sleeping and going out.”

Such is the value of sincerity in Pujya Deepakbhai’s life!

Even Param Pujya Dadashri often praised this quality of Pujya Deepakbhai, “Deepak has a great virtue of sincerity. Whatever He does, He will do it sincerely, till the end. This sincerity will take Him to great heights!”

Pujya Deepakbhai sincerely believes, ‘If I remain sincere to my work, then even the work will remain sincere to me.’ One day, while sharing His experience of His early days of working as an engineer, He said, “I used to repair the machines with such sincerity that they shouldn’t get damaged when I am away for satsang for 3-4 months.”

Since the day He met Param Pujya Dadashri, one seva that has always remained with Him is the editing of books on Param Pujya Dadashri’s speech. “I plan my work in such a manner that it becomes convenient for whoever takes my place in the future. This way I am sincere towards the person and the work”, says Pujya Deepakbhai.

To be sincere to work, in a manner so that nobody faces any problem related to it, in future – this extraordinary gesture certainly highlights His foresight and vision related to the task he has been assigned, but at the same time, it also reflects upon the love, respect and commitment that He has for this important seva and for the people who are and who will be involved in future with this seva which He has been entrusted with.

Even today, Pujya Deepakbhai works relentlessly on any work that requires His approval to proceed ahead. “I never look for my own convenience, I work twice as hard, but Mahatmas should get the things at the right time. To keep up to their time is sincerity” - these are the words and feelings of our Revered Pujya Deepakbhai, who all the time, remains concerned about other’s convenience first!

Also, ever since He attained Gnan (Self-Realization) from Param Pujya Dadashri, he has always remained sincere to Gnan in all ways; that’s indeed the secret of His good progress and having attained great spiritual heights.

Friends, these were some small glimpses of Pujya Deepakbhai’s life, from which we come to know about His extraordinary Sincerity. Moreover, we got to learn that being sincere doesn’t only mean completing our task on time, it implies being sincere to everyone and everything one comes across in life, be it people, machines, work, knowledge, concern for others, anything. Thus, this sneak peek into Pujya Deepakbhai’s life has given us a much bigger meaning of this word.

Today, being the birthday of our beloved Pujya Deepakbhai, let us all wish Him a very long and healthy life, and may He continue to inspire millions of people around the world with His virtues, and help spread the priceless Gnan (Self-Realization) in every corner of the world, throughout His life!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Friday May 7, 2021

Happy Mother’s Day!

Who is that person with whom we are connected even before we are born?

Who is that person who stands by us no matter what?

Who is that person who can feel and understand us even without us sharing anything?

The list can be endless of such gestures of unique love.

No points for guessing, the only person who can love us unconditionally is our “Mother”. With her is our special relationship that effortlessly scores above all other known relations on this Earth. And Mother’s Day is an occasion to express our deep gratitude, respect and honor that we have towards her.

There are different forms and ways of expressing gratitude towards ‘Mother’ by the people around the world. However, these expressions are sometimes forgotten when one has had difference of viewpoint with her. Differences could be there, but these differences shouldn’t become so big that they end up hurting our mother and our relation with her, adversely.

Mothers are known to be a symbol of love and forgiveness. So she might forgive us for our wrongdoings, but the hurt will always remain deep in her heart.

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says, “Children who see faults in their parents will never be happy. They may have material wealth, but they would never be happy spiritually.”

How can we forget our duty and obligations towards our parents, who have always sacrificed, in order to give us the best in all ways?

Param Pujya Dadashri further says, “When children remain obedient and ‘aadhin’ (heartily surrendered) to their parents at all times, even if they don’t like doing so, they will experience peace and happiness from within.”

So if you want to be happy in life, the shortcut to it is to keep your parents happy by not seeing their faults or being rude to them or demeaning them in any way. Remember, this is the only bond that is strong enough to withstand all the ups and downs under any circumstances.

Hence, let us make this Mother’s Day a special day by paying an earnest tribute to our Mother, who is the reason for our very existence! Although a single day isn’t enough to recognize our mother’s contributions in our life, but special occasions like ‘Mother’s Day’ give us a chance to undo our mistakes by asking for her forgiveness from the bottom of our heart.

Shree Simandhar Swami’s Janma Kalyanak

When we recite the Navkaar Mantra, our first namaskar goes to the Arihant Lords - those who have annihilated all inner enemies of anger, pride, attachment and greed!

Arihants are the living Tirthankaras

Arihants are the living Tirthankaras, having a unique power to grant final liberation to those who sincerely and strongly aspire to be free! Only by doing the live, in-person darshan of a Tirthankara, can one become completely and permanently free from the cycle of birth and death.

There is no living Tirthankara on our Earth in this time cycle

After Lord Mahavir’s Nirvana (final liberation), our Bharat Kshetra has become devoid of the presence of living Tirthankaras, and it will remain so until Lord Padmanabh will take birth many centuries later and begin the next chovisi (the set of 24 Tirthankaras).

Those who have attained Nirvana are now worshipped as Siddhas, so whom do we worship as Arihant?

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan has revealed that Lord Simandhar Swami, presently in Mahavideh Kshetra, is a living Tirthankara, having strong karmic connections with beings of Bharat Kshetra! All those who worship Shree Simandhar Swami with the intent of attaining liberation and in the manner explained by Gnani Purush Dada Bhagwan, will become eligible to take birth in Mahavideh Kshetra, receive the Lord’s Darshan and attain Moksha!

So what is the correct way to worship Shree Simandhar Swami?

Not only does Shree Simandhar Swami, the Living Tirthankara, exist on a different planet, but also the time cycle there is very different from the time cycle here. Therefore, we must always pay our respect to Lord Simandhar Swami, with Gnani Purush Dada Bhagwan as a direct witness of our obeisance, in order to ensure that our namaskar reaches the Lord, wherever he might be, in the correct way, without any obstacles. This is because Dada Bhagwan has a direct and constant contact with Lord Simandhar Swami!

Accordingly, we may recite the following words every day, sincerely, at least 40 times a day:

‘Pratyaksh Dada Bhagwan ni sakshi e vartmaane Mahavideh Kshetra ma vicharta Tirthankar Bhagwan Shree Simandhar Swami ne atyant bhaktipurvak namaskar karu chu’

meaning

In the direct witness of Dada Bhagwan, I pay my highest obeisance to Tirthankar Bhagwan Shree Simandhar Swami,  who is presently in Mahavideh Kshetra.’

We can even do Lord’s Aarti to express our feelings of praise and reverence towards this Living Arihanta!

On the pious occasion of Lord Simandhar Swami’s Janma Kalyanak (Birthday), let us all pray to Him with utmost devotion that may all our weaknesses be overcome, may all the obstacles be removed and may we all get the incredible privilege to do the Lord’s Darshan in our next birth itself, so that we attain the ultimate liberation from birth and death!

As the second wave becomes nastier than the first wave in India, it has triggered many challenges for its healthcare system and its yet-to-recover economy. However, it has not restricted what humanity can do to give as much selfless relief as possible to the struggling COVID patients. This is being felt right now in Adalaj, a small town in Gujarat wherein the Dada Bhagwan Foundation (DBF) and its sister concern, the Amba Health Care and Hospital (AHCH) are serving both local and remotely located  patients across India 24x7.

With the tagline of “Manav Mandir ni Seva” meaning service to the human body that is considered a temple, and with the principles of compassion, purity, and sincerity, AHCH’s and DBF’s COVID relief measures are going on in full force. Nothing seems to shatter their hope or relief initiatives; not even the shortage of medicines or staff!

The frontline and secondary warriors, of which many are volunteers, just do not look for time, food, rest, and other basic needs; as they only focus on the effective recovery of the patients while motivating their families to pray and persevere.

Above all, their noble intent is: “Treatment first, cost secondary; even if we manage to save one life, the whole effort and cost are worth it.” Kudos to this team!!!

Medical & Social Care  

Social Care in the time of Covid

All residents are getting essential items at their homes. AHCH provides the facility of free home delivery of medicines to the people of The Townships. The local M.T.S Transport Service is also delivering 3 meals a day for the whole family at the doorstep as per the booking details received. Upon booking, even grocery is being delivered at the doorstep. This is done to prevent crowding anywhere in the Townships. 

Ambulance and MTS Transport facilities are provided to the residents of the Townships for COVID check-up and testing in AHCH. Daily RT and HRCT tests are done at reasonable rates for the people of Simandhar City, ATPL Township, and nearby areas for early detection. This ensures that the people of Adalaj do not have to travel to adjacent cities for these tests.

AHCH provides Day Care treatment when a  patient seems to have COVID ((low oxygen level and/or high temperature as symptoms) and is looking for assistance. Experienced doctors take care of such patients by giving timely treatment as well as guidance.

The doctors are relentlessly giving online free Telemedicine and Tele OPD consultation to the residents of  The Townships.

The AHCH team provides free essential health check-up devices such as pulse-oximeter, BP monitor, oxygen concentrator, and thermometer either free or on nominal rent.

A COVID Care Unit (CCU) with 25 beds has been set up recently in this small town, which is on the second floor of AHCH building. Here, severe COVID patients and those suffering from low oxygen are treated. Devices and equipment such as ventilators, high flow cannulas, and HDUs, oxygen cylinders are available. This unit has been set up with an aim of being self-sufficient in COVID treatments and giving homely treatment to the affected residents  in their locality so that they do not have to go outside for the treatment. For this purpose, specialized doctors and experienced paramedical staff have been recruited recently. The facility is planning to have more beds soon although dependent on various factors mainly, availability of doctors, intensivists, nurses, attendants, supply of medicines, oxygen, etc.

Medical Care

 

AHCH is providing home-based treatment with an oxygen concentrator, if required.

AHCH, a recognized COVID hospital, has recently purchased few liquid oxygen tanks so that it can provide piped oxygen when required. As the challenge is to have a regular supply of oxygen refills, there are jumbo oxygen cylinders and 80 oxygen concentrators as well. Despite facing the shortage of all types of essential COVID medicines and injections, dedicated teams are working around the clock to procure them.

For some cases that require additional care due to which they are treated outside AHCH, AHCH pays for the patient’s treatment. Once discharged and fully recovered, the patient or family may choose to reimburse AHCH in part or whole; this reimbursement is not mandatory.

Each COVID patient gets a daily call from her or his doctor or coordinator for follow-up and health updates.

Sankul bhaio & baheno (a team of celibate men and women) call the affected patients or families to give them moral or spiritual support. Even the neighbors and building coordinators provide social and emotional support. This is done to make them strong and stable in tough times while preventing the risk of developing psychological issues.

AHCH medical staff, the Sankul, young celibate boys and girls and all Mahatmas are working as a team. By supporting the patients’ local and remote relatives in this way and helping in getting all the medical essentials, the aim is to set the medical staff free so that they can concentrate on the patients.

Covidshield and Covaxin vaccination drives are being held regularly at the AHC Campus. Until now, around 2500 residents have been inoculated with the first dose.

Apart from the CME for doctors, AHC shares educational webinars, short videos, and useful literature to the community for keeping the residents updated on how to take effective care amidst the current COVID pandemic situation.

AHC doctors coordinate with renowned hospitals and their experts to handle critical COVID patients more effectively and stay updated about the COVID treatments. They have built a good rapport with various senior doctors.

COVID patients (mahatmas) are having SAMADHI MARAN (blissful death). A dedicated COVID Care team of youngsters has been set up for coordinating with their remote relatives and performing the final rites with heartfelt prayers.

Selfless Services Outside Adalaj

At different centres in Gujarat and other states across India, free Telemedicine support to COVID patients & Tele OPD Consultation for severe cases are being given. A dedicated team of professionals collects the basic data. Then, depending on the symptoms, some basic medicines are prescribed immediately. A quick review by doctors takes place and then a follow-up is conducted to know whether the patient needs more attention or not.

If it is required or the need of direct medical care is felt, the patient is advised to get admitted to a hospital in her or his city if adequate medical facilities are available. The patient is also asked to stay in touch with a local Mahatma doctor if possible. If facilities are insufficient in the patient’s city, the patient is requested to come to Adalaj AHCH. If more help is required, AHCH arranges for a transfer via an ambulance.

Facing Tough Challenges

Despite facing a shortage of different oxygen equipment, professional staff, infrastructure, and medicines, everyone at the AHCH is working hard round the clock for saving lives. While serving, even doctors and volunteers are becoming COVID positive. However, more and more volunteers are joining the selfless drive and are working for extended hours to ensure a quick recovery.  

As many activities are taking place such as vaccination, COVID testing, emergency (non-COVID), COVID day care, essential routine day care, essential routine OPD, dental, and optical; several DBF departments have been scaled down to minimum staff for addressing only essential consultation/services. The remaining staff has now joined this local anti-COVID drive. Thus, it does not seem that there is a shortage of manpower while the cases are rising daily.

With the divine grace of Shree Simandhar Swami, Param Pujya Dada, Pujya Niruma, Pujyashree, and Celestial Beings, the dedicated teams at work are overcoming challenges effectively and the complete infrastructure has been setup unexpectedly fast.

According to a volunteered doctor, “We doctors are actually doing what we should be doing, which is saving lives and doing our best for the patients without thinking about our own selves in such a tough time. To see a “recovered” patient  being discharged is a wonderful sight.”

The Ultimate Prayer for All the COVID Patients across the World

Pujyashree, our enlightened master, does vidhi (special prayers) for all COVID patients across the globe daily at 10 pm and one-to-one vidhi for those who are critical.

Happy Mahavir Jayanti!

Saturday April 24, 2021

Happy Mahavir Jayanti!

What are our common reactions when –

  • Someone insults/abuses us OR
  • We’re purposely hit by someone OR
  • When everyone at our workplace/home stands against us

Common reactions would be –

Feelings of blaming others, anger, despair, revenge, enmity, frustration, depression etc…

Such emotions are common to all. But rare are those beings who have risen above it all and won over enmity with love, insult with forgiveness, hatred with flawless vision …And that is why they come to be known as ‘Mahavir’ today. Mahavir means the Powerful One! Powerful, not in terms of strength or valor, but the One who has won over his inner enemies like anger, pride, deceit and greed.

Every year, millions of people around the globe celebrate the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir as ‘Mahavir Jayanti’. Lord Mahavir was born in 599 B.C. in Vaishali, in present day Bihar. At the age of 30, He left His family, the royal household and the worldly possessions and became a monk. Lord Mahavir spent the next twelve and a half years pursuing a life of hard penance to drive away His basic attachments. He strictly followed the principle of ahimsa (non-violence). He endured all the physical hardships of His ascetic life peacefully.

One of the biggest teachings of Lord Mahavir was ‘seeing the world as flawless’. Lord Mahavir had said, “The entire world is flawless, and whatever mistakes there were, they were my own, and they have been discovered.” Param Pujya Dadashri elaborates, “When is a person considered to be at fault? It is when the pure Soul of the person is making the mistake. However, it (pure Soul) cannot do anything.”

We quickly tend to see faults of others when things don’t go as per our will and this is the biggest reason of binding karmas and being unhappy in life. It is possible to attain the Lord Mahavir-like flawless vision only after attaining ‘Self Realization (Gnan)’. After Self-Realization, one resolves to not see the slightest of fault in others. Therefore, Param Pujya Dadashri’s Gnanvidhi is the starting point to see people as flawless.

On this day of Mahavir Jayanti, let’s strive to attain Self-Realization and practice ‘flawless vision’, and thus progress ahead on the spiritual path.

 

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