Acharya Mahapragya : A Journey to Wisdom
Acharya Mahapragya (1920-2010) -- the tenth acharya of the Jain Swetambar Terapanth -- was a divine presence. One of the most revered...
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Acharya Mahapragya (1920-2010) -- the tenth acharya of the Jain Swetambar Terapanth -- was a divine presence. One of the most revered Jain thinkers, he was often hailed as a 'modern Vivekananda'. He delved deep into the inner world and devised Preksha Meditation, a scientifically tested system to know the self. He was also a scholar of Indian and Western philosophy and religion, a prolific writer and the brain behind the Jain Vishva Bharati University. Born in a village in Rajasthan, he became a monk at the age of ten and received his education under Acharya Tulsi, who launched the Anuvrat Movement in 1949 to rid the world of hatred. Acharya Mahapragya himself undertook the Ahimsa Yatra in 2001, traversing more than 1,00,000 km on foot. This remarkable feat at the age of eighty-one won him the Communal Harmony Award in 2004. Acharya Mahapragya: A Journey to Wisdom traces his growth from little Nathmal, who would fly into a rage and refuse to eat, to his asceticism, which earned him the name of Mahapragya -- the very embodiment of wisdom and inner peace. It offers insights into his thoughts on science and spirituality, and the philosophy of anekanta. It is a much-needed examination of a towering figure whose relevance is not confined to the faith he belonged to.
About the Author
S. L. Gandhi is the international president of the Anuvrat Global Organization (Anuvibha), a centre for peace and nonviolent action associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. He has been at the forefront of national and international campaigns for disarmament, interfaith harmony, nonviolent conflict resolution, vegetarianism, ecological and environmental ethics and regeneration of moral and spiritual values. Dr Gandhi has travelled extensively, presenting papers and delivering keynote addresses at a number of international conferences held in various parts of the world. He was invited as a panel speaker by the then president of the UN General Assembly at an interactive hearing with civil society on the occasion of a high-level dialogue on inter-religious understanding held at the UN headquarters in October 2007. He currently holds the rank of an Honorary Professor of Peace and Nonviolent Studies at the Intercultural Open University Foundation. He has received numerous honours, including the Scholarly Achievement Award by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy, Tokyo (1988), IOU Peace Award (2000) and Acharya Tulsi Anekanta Samman by the Jain Vishva Bharati University, Ladnun, and Mahadeo Saraogi Foundation, Kolkata (2002).
|Author||S. L. Gandhi|
|Publisher||Harper Collins Publishers India Ltd|