Monday, August 3, 2009

An interview with Revolutionary Muni Tarun Sagarji

Munishree Tarunasagarji Maharaj, the Digambara Jain Saint, is called as the Revolutionary Saint as he is known for hard - hitting discourses. He is the first Saint to address the Nation from the premises of Red Fort in Delhi.

The following is the excerpts from the interview:

Why are you called the Revolutionary Saint?
Religion itself is a revolution. We are a miniscule part of this universe. Revolution is the important means to achieve progress in the country. But I am not propagating a blood revolution. My ideas for social and intellectual reforms are being dubbed as revolutionary. I am striving to bring together the factions of Jain community — Digambaras, Sthanakvasis, idol worshippers and Thera Panth — under one banner and I believe, I will succeed.

Why revolutionary discourse? What does it mean?
Earlier, I used to deliver discourses in soft, sweet and pleasing tones. But the listeners treated them as lullabies and forgot. There is a need for words, which can whip them up from deep slumber. Only harsh truth should be told by the Minister to his King, by a doctor to his patient and by a Saint to the society. You Mysoreans have been feeding the Nation the sweet Mysore Pak. I have come here to give you a taste of “Neem Pak” the other taste of sweetness, because too much sweet causes diabetes.

Why are the principles of peace and sacrifice of Bhagawan Bahubali not accepted universally? Why is Bahubali projected as the God of Jain community alone?
The saying “Open mind is the abode of God” is as true as the saying “Idle mind is devil's workshop”. Bhagawan Bahubali is standing in the open with an open mind. Bahubali does not belong to Jain community alone. But the Jain community has not attempted to effectively project Bahubali universally. That is why Bahubali is the hero in my discourses.
The masses have not understood Bahubali correctly. A man needs five years to become rich, 15 years to become a scholar, 10 years to become a doctor or engineer and 20 years to become a scientist. But to become a Yuga Purusha (man of destiny) like Bahubali it takes thousands of years of Sadhana (efforts). Bahubali's principles are tough. Karnataka Government should strive to include the statue of Bahubali at Shravanabelagola in eight wonders of the world and show to the world what Bahubali means.

What are the main differences between Shwethambaras and Digambaras? Why the Jain community, the propagators of peace, has two factions?
All the five fingers are not equal in size. Similarly, there are different practices and thinking in the community — which has a history of thousands of years. My discourse also aims at bringing these factions together.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Munishri Tarun Sagarji

Munishri Tarunsagarji is the revolutionary Jain Monk of 21st Century. He does not give his Pravachans in Jain temples. He says, "I want to escape from the temples. That is why I have stopped giving pravachans in your temples. I give Pravachans in the squares of roads, because I want to see Mahavir out of temples. My only wish is to free Mahavir from the hands of Jains, and want to spread his thoughts in masses". He is doing what he says. Jain Munishri Tarun Sagarji shows the world how a Muni could spread Jainism in masses without showing any miracles.

Muni Tarunsagarji

Munishri Tarunsagarji discourses are attended by the masses of every religion because he speaks the truth for the welfare of society. The highest number of the people was 5 Lakhs when he delivered pravachan from Red Fort of Delhi. Munishri Tarunsagarji addressed the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment on September 21, 2005. Perhaps Munishri Tarunsagarji is the only first saint who received the Guard of Honor by Indian Army. During his visit to a small town, having population of just 5000, his pravachans were attended by 40,000 people every day for one full week. All types of people, including common people and politicians, Jain and Hindu monks, teachers and students, intellectuals, journalists, businessmen etc, attend his discourses.

Muni Tarunsagarji in Maratha Infantry
Munishri Tarunsagarji addressed The Maratha Light Infantry Regiment on September 21, 2005.

Each of his Chaturmas is observed in different states. He has planned to visit all the states of India and also Nepal. Until now he has visited Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and now he is in Nashik, Maharashtra. Probably he is the only saint whose discourses are arranged by all sects of Jains with equal participation. He has brought all Jains together and out of temples and sthanaks. He has modern views of Jainism. He does not hesitate to say the truth even if it is not digestible to the Jains. He is Jain Munishri Tarunsagarji. People involved in miracles should see how a Muni could spread Jainism in masses without showing miracles!
Munishri Tarunsagarji introduction at a glance

Birth Name........ . Pawn Kumar Jain
Birth .................. June 26, 1967, Village Guhanch, District Damoh, (M.P.)
Parents ............. .Mother- Smt. Santi Bai Jain : Father- Shri Pratap Chandra Jain
Chullak Diksha ... January 18, 1982, Alkatra (M.P.)
Muni Diksha ...... July 20, 1988, Bagidora (Rajasthan)
Life..................... Adopted Sanyas at the age of 13 years.
....... Digambar Muni Diksha at the age of 20 years.
....... Addressed to the nation from Red Fort of Delhi at the age of 33 years.
....... Received 'Rastrasant' honour at the age of 35 years.
....... Begins a new tradition of 'Guru Mantra Diksha' at the age of 37 years.
Achievements...... Munishri Tarunsagarji was the only Digambar Jain saint after Acharya Kunkund
who adopted Sanyas at the age of 13 years.
...... Munishri was the first muni who addressed to the nation from Red Fort (Delhi).
...... Munishri was the first muni who propagated Lord Mahavia Vani to 122 nations
through a historical TV prasaran by G.TV
...... A first saint to address the Indian Army.
....... First time after Independence, addressed the VIPs at Government Palace Banglore.
Pad Yatra ....... Begins Pad Yatra from January 1, 2000 to protest against cows and animals
slaughters as a 'National Ahimsa Andoan' and again protest marches for Peace,
Ahimsa, Nationalism and Social Integration. His Pad Yatras includes -
Hariyana - 2000, Rajasthan - 2001
Madhya Pradesh - 2002, Gujrat - 2003
Maharastra - 2004, Karnataka - 2005-06
Now in Maharastra from July 08, 2007 .......
Literature ........ More then 36 books are written by Munishri. The most popular books are:
Karve Pravachan, Part 1, 2, 3, 4 ( now translated in 6 languages and more than
4 lakhs copies are sold now)
Munishri Tarunsagarji is the only Digambar Jain saint who was honored by M.P., Gujarat, Maharastra and Karnataka states as a 'State Guest.' Munishri Tarunsagarji is the only Digambar Jain saint whoes pravchans are attended by millions people.