Acharya Shri Mahashraman is the Eleventh Acharya of the Jain Terapanth Religious Order. His external and internal personality is encompassed with charisma.
Medium height, fair complexion with a broad forehead, an angular sharp nose, compassionate eyes and radiant visage are the special traits of his external personality. His devotees feel immense bliss jurt by getting his graceful blessings.
Bereft of worldly desires, unattached, unperturbed, humble, and loyal, full of spark, soft-spoke, generous, and Open minded - are just some of the words that can be used to describe his inner self. His Personality is integration of brilliance and forgiveness, spiritualism and leadership, ethicality and pragmatism. His demeanor full of love attracts everyone instantly, even those meeting him for the first time.Such a rare balanced personality is truly possessed by him.
His work and actions reflect his ocean knowledge, intellectual wisdom, atomic perception and far-reaching insight .
Despite being an Acharya of a religious order, his viervs are liberal and secular, He has a firm conviction to promote nonviolence, more values and principles. He derives satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment only from diligent work.
Impressed with your nore worthy efforts, Pacific University has taken pride in conferring you with the title 'Shantidood'. Indian Digambar Jain Pilgrimage Committee has adorned you as 'Shraman Sanskriti Udgata'. Yolt are diligent and industrious. Working tirelessly provides your heart immense satisfaction.
Birth - 13th May, 1962 / Vaishakh Shukla Navami, Vikram Samvat 2019, Sardarshahar, Churu, Rajasthan
Father - Shri Jhumarmal Dugar
Mother - Shrimati Nemadevi Dugar
Initiation - 5th May 1974, Vaishakh Shukla Chaudash, Vikram Samvat 2031, Sardarshahar
Intimate ColleagueIntimate Colleague – 16th February, 1986 / Magh Shukla Saptami, Vikram Samvat 2042, Udaipur
Primate - 14th May 1986, Vaishakh Shukla Choth, Vikram Samvat 2043, Byawar
Title Mahashraman – 9th September, 1989 / Bhadrapad Shukla Navami, Vikram Samvat 2046, Ladnun
Yuvacharya Post – 14th September, 1997 / Bhadrapad Shukla Baras, Vikram Samvat 2054, Gangashahar,
Acharya Padabhiskek – 23rd May, 2010 / Vaishak Shukla Dashami, Vikram Samvat 2061, Sardarshahar
'Viharcharya Isinam Pasattha' – an aphorism of Jain Aagam is truly practiced by Acharya Shri Mahashraman as he has devoted his life to travel remote places by foot, across hundreds of kilometers, visiting various villages, towns and cities, meeting and helping people and igniting a new enthusiasm within them. Crisscrossing the country by foot is one of his favourite tasks as he strongly believed that it is a powerful medium of altruism.
Acharya Shri Mahashraman is among those great spiritual leaders and seers who consider that it is not enough to convey religious teachings but is driven by the feeling of public welfare from within and has dedicated his life into it.
Till date, Acharya Shri has blessed several places such as Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar, Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala, Karnataka, Nepal and Bhutan with his auspicious visits. Many other places also await his presence. Acharya Shri has travelled on foot more than 50,000 kms and yet his enthusiasm is fresh as ever. His sprightly and swift walks is a testimony to it. He is always on the move, never bothered with the stony and thorny paths which he has to traverse during his journeys.
During the substantial 'Ahimsa Yatra' with H.H Acharya Mahapragya, covering almost 10,000 kms, hundreds and thousands of people has the opportunity to listen to the soulful discourses by him.
People lined the streets, hoping for a glimpse of the Acharya Shri, who always paused on his way, sharing inspirational words and encourages them to take life-transforming vows.
While on tour to the remote tribal areas, His Holiness explained the significance of principle of Ahimsa. Many tribal not only listened about and understood Ahimsa. But also accepted it practically by renouncing hunting, addictive substances, non-vegetarian food and killing of innocent beings.
More than 50,000kms of peregrination, for the welfare of mankind
Acharya Shri Mahashraman is an orator who touches the heart of his listeners and followers by his soft and mature style. His speeches are based on life's primary and personal problems. The audience is deeply moved by his words and the impact of his demeanor is easily reflected on their faces.
He is famous as an influential orator. Ignited by the luminous fire of his spiritual experiences, his speeches on spiritualism cast a lasting impression on the audience. He engages people from all strata equally – learned and sophisticated people on one hand, and villages on the other as a sermons are for the benefit of the whole mankind.
Race, class, color, community, creed, nationality and other types of discriminations have no place in his discourses. His preaching on Shrimad Bhagvad Gita and Buddhist scripture 'Dhammapad' speaks volumes of his solidarity and communion. He believes that texts, sacred notes, religious orders or Saints can be different but their learnings, experiences and facts are the same. And this is the reason why Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists among others, all respect and accept his preaching.
Jain Aagam is the backbone of his speeches. Through quotes and verses of Sanskrit and Prakrit, Hindi poems and stories, he concentrates on Jain Aagam's teachings and presents them in simple and lucid dialogue. His melodious inspirational songs spellbind the audience.
His Holiness communicates his message by narrating the lives of great people, motivating the masses to walk in their footsteps and experience the ideals of these outstanding examples.
Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists and various other religious followers have accepted your preachings with respect.
Acharya Shri Mahashraman is among the few Preceptors and Thinkers who have not only promoted the concept of worshipping the soul far and wide, but also live and practice it constantly. His Holiness is a great spiritual practitioner. He augments all the virtues of sainthood and he is known as a determined yogi and have waxed the honor of sainthood. He is well renowned as a Sthiryogi. He is a living examples of the concept of the 'Sthitapragya' as described in the Shrimad Bhagvad Gita. This is the reason who every person the presence of his aura experiences peace and solace.
The life of His Holiness is more social than personal. While proficiently leading the Jain Terapanth religious order, he is well-known as an Ideal Yogi among the crowd of thousands. His soft facial features which are filled with peace and serenity are a symbol of his persistent soulful determination. The maxim of 'Be Inside, Live Outside' can easily be seen fortuitiously in his life. His undivided concentration sustains even a clamorous environment.
His full focus and dedication towards the goal has strengthened his power of renunciation. His practice of self-discipline is excellent and unique. The driving force of India's Tradition of sainthood, the spiritual practice, is prospered by his quality of amiability, self-disciplined, sin-fearing and honesty. Due to the firmness of his internal austerity, H.H.Acharya Shri Mahapragya honored Acharya Shri Mahashraman as 'Mahatapasvi' or 'A Great Austere'.
His Holiness is an immaculate example of renunciation with vigilance. Practicing meditation in the peaceful ambiance at the dawn of the day is an important part of his daily life. Despite being engaged in activities and programs throughout the day, he always makes time for his spiritual embark.
One such seer, who does not require forest, ashram and solitude for spiritual practice. Whose aim is not to attain God but to attain thy soul.
Acharya Shri Mahashraman is tirelessly working towards the development of a healthy society. Self-development and welfare of society are two inseperable principles of his life and you have completely dedicated yourself towards the practice of same. His contemplative consciousness is always active, resolving the problems of society, country and the world.
He opposes social evils, superstitions and orthodox religious beliefs with great vigor. He says with conviction that “The society which is orthodox and entangled in false beliefs, and the leaders of that society don't think about its values, progress and control, the society doesn't remain a society but becomes equivalent to a cattle herd devoid of intellect and dignity. The faith or religion which doesn't improve a person's like, does not give peace is not faith at all but betrayal. Religious values should reflect in human behavior.”
He works endlessly trying to resolve the widespread problems which are faced by the society such as untouchability, casteism, betrayal, religious discrimination, addiction, dowry, female infanticide, feticide and other types of social evils. During his bare-imbibed by four pledges as follows:
- I shall believe in human solidarity.
- I shall not fight on the issues of caste, community and religion, shall not fight at home and shall live in peace.
- I shall practice to be honest in all my dealings.
- I shall practice to be addiction free.
His Holiness believes that by establishing nonviolence, compassion, peace and morality, our duty-centric society can be healthy. After getting inspired by his words and works, millions of people pledged to live an addiction-free life thus taking a step forward towards living a healthy lifestyle. People threw away packets of cigarettes, tobacco and gutka and made their promises to pave the way for creating a healthy dynamic society.
You have inspired more than 10 million people to lead an addiction free life.
You oppose social evils, superstitions and orthodox religious practices vehemently.
The rich heritage of World has given birth to many Saint Writers. They have made a huge contribution towards character building of the world. Through their futuristic thinking they have guided humanity of greater heights. Acharya Shri Mahashraman is one among these great thinkers.
His Holiness is a true multi-tasker, involved in a variety of activities, and the most important of which is writing. Through his prolific writings, he has contributed immense to the world of publication. Edition of Jain Aagams and Scriptures are being skillfully handled by Acharya Shri Mahashraman. His persistent hard work has resulted in the Dictionary of Jain technical words and its meanings, which is significant contribution to the world of scholars. Acharya Shri Mahashraman is playing a pivotal role in preserving the Rajasthani literary works by publishing holy books written by Acharya Shri Bhikshu, the first Acharya and founder of the Jain Terapanth Religious order in Rajasthani. His books are a synergetic compilation of ancient and innovative ideas which are a beautiful guide for readers. With simple language and deep meanings, the message of His Holiness is a ready reference for solving the problems of readers.
In his everyday's demanding routine, His Holiness takes out the time engaging himself in literary work. He is a great scholar of Hindi, English, Sanskrit, Prakrit and Rajasthani languages. He has composed hundreds of shlokas/verses in the Sanskrit language. His book 'Shemushi' has been included in the syllabus of the University. Hindi and Rajasthani poems also form part of his literary work. Your literary works are available in various region and foreign languages.
You are a proficient scholar of languages such as Hindi, English, Sanskrit, Prakrit and Rajasthani. Editing of Jain agams, a work of huge magnitude, is in progress under your noble mentorship.
In the tradition of 'One Guru, One Discipline' of Jain Terapanth Religious order, the 11th Acharya, Acharya Shri Mahashraman is known for his effective and proficient leadership. One can visualize endearment and dulcet in your discipline. With your refined thoughts and deligions you are ceaselessly taking Terapanth religious order to great heights. A special religious order of Jainism is Terapanth. Acharya Bhikshu, is the eighteenth century blue bugle of religious revolution, which is popularly known as Terapanth. Acharya Mahashraman has inherited the spiritual treasure troves of previous ten Acharyas of Terapanth.
He has a devoted and dedicated spiritual strength of more than 800 monks and nuns, who make rigorous spiritual pursuits and bear endurance, accepted the responsibility of developing humanity. The 'Saman Order' whose strength is of more than 100 is dissemination the words of His Holiness all over the world. For the purpose of academics they have established centres and universities in the foreign lands and are carrying out the vital task of spreading divinity and spiritualism in the world of materialism.
Jain Shwetambar Terapanthi Mahasabha and thousands of members associated with its 600 centers all around the world are committed to accomplish the vision of His Holiness. His blessings have generated a sacred vigor among them.
The spiritual young force of more than 40,000 youths of the Akhil Bhartiya Terapanth Yuvak Parishad, with more than 350 branches, undertakes various humanitarian activities for the upliftment of society. His Holiness is himself young and his one instruction brings a new lease of life to the huge youth wagon.
Under the divine leadership of His Holiness, the Akhil Bhartiya Terapanth Mahila Mandal of more than 50,000 women with 460 branches organizes myriad events and women empowerment programs, working towards strengthening the Indian culture and traditions. Under your spiritual guidance, more than 10,000 volunteers of Terapanth professional forum are involved in various philanthropical projects. Hundreds of thousands of people feel sacredly blessed by having Acharya Shri Mahashraman as their Guru. His Holiness is their divine shrine of faith. His spiritual guidance is ushering their way for progress.
800 and more monks, nuns, Shraman and shramani order 40,000 and more, youth volunteers 60,000 and more, female volunteers 10,000 and more professionals Millions of followers
Two Legendry Personalities
Acharya Shri Tulsi and Acharya Shri Mahapragya are the luminaries of the 20th century, who enlightened the entire world with their profound knowledge, in-depth insights and intuitive. These two extra ordinary visionaries blew the bugle of a new revolution in the world of faith and intelligence, and discovered a new sphere of spiritualism. The whole of humanity and is obliged to both for their great works. Acharya Shri Mahashraman is the exquisite creation of these two spiritual preceptors and sculptors. Both these masters not only shaped and enhanced his personality but also bistowed him with hidden secrets. With his spiritual practice, humility, simplicity, softness and service, he won the hearts of his mentors, his Gurus.
Gurudev Shri tulsi used to say 'Mahashraman is very simple, humble and very soft. Rather I say that he is an ideal saint'. Not only this, he felt immense joy and inner peace after appointing him on the post of 'Mahashraman'. Looking at his dedication for spirituality and disciplined, softness and other traits, Acharya Shri Mahapragya appointed him as his successor. For 24 years under the auspicious aura of Acharya Shri Mahapragya, he not only developed his spiritual wisdom but also with this gained vigor contributed tremendously in realising the dreams of his mentor. Beings a Yuvacharya, he was involved inseperably in all of Acharya Shri Mahapragya's work. Acharya Shri Mahapragya used to experienced 'oneness' with Acharya Shri Mahashraman.
Acharya Shri Mahapragya used to say, 'I consider it to be my good fortune that I got a successor like Acharya Mahashraman. His gentleness, patience and simplicity have attracted my mind. He is hardworking, unselfish, efforttaking and has conciousness of divinity.' Created and architected by two world renowned great Acharyas, Acharya Shri Mahashraman is dedicated and devoted firmly in carrying forward a legacy - a heritage of values and ideals of his gurus - Acharya Shri Tulsi and Acharya Shri Mahashraman and fulfill their dreams.
I say that the saint should be such - Acharya Tulsi
I consider it to be my good fortune that I got a successor like Acharya Mahashraman - Acharya Mahapragya
Acharya Shri Mahashraman, as an anuvrat anushasta, is skillfully navigating the anuvrat movement by spreading the message of 'self-restrained is life'.
The 'Anuvrat' movement came into existence on 1st march, 1949 by Acharya Shri Tulsi. The movement was initiated to establish moral values. The word 'Anuvrat' means a set of small vows developed to eradicate social evils like casteism, communal disharmony, Dowry, Cheating, Violence, etc. It is an elixir for humanity by Acharya Shri Tulsi. Anuvrat Presence the broad perspective of religion and faith to the society by transcending the boundaries of caste, state, religion, color and gender. A person of any caste, creed, color and religion can take pride in being and anuvrati. Anuvrat plays an important role in building character and moral in society.
Yugpradhan Acharya Shri Mahapragya not only elucidated the philosophical connotation of Anuvrat movement but also gave his full support in an inseperable way to Acharya Shri Tulsi. After the demise of Acharya Shri Mahapragya, this responsibility is now on Acharya Shri Mahashraman's potential shoulders.
The first president of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr Radhakrishnan, Jayaprakash Narayan, Anna Durai, Vinoba Bhave, C Rajagopalachari, Dalai Lama, etc. have mentioned that Anuvrat is a great tool for prosperity of our country and themselves became strong supporters of it themselves.
Under the spiritual guidance of Acharya Mahashraman, Anuvrat Mahasamiti and its more than 150 branches spread over India and abroad, Anuvrat Vishwa Bharati and Anuvrat Nyas through their various ventures have been trying to propogate the message of morality all over the world.
Acharya Shri Mahashraman, who has attained the true depth of contemplation through the practice of Preksha Meditation, inspires humankind for inner transformation. Acharya Shri Mahashraman, under the guidance of Acharya Shri Mahapragya, the Preksha Meditation pioneer, has soulfully as simulated the secrets of meditation for many years. Many then 5,50,000 of people from all over the world have experienced peace and happiness by the practices taught by himnin the Preksha Meditation camps.
The Preksha meditation technique is a rediscovery of the tireless efforts of Ganadhipati Tulsi and Acharya Shri Mahapragya, in 1975. This technique is a synthesis of traditional scriptures, modern science and experience. The meditation practices done by Lord Mahavira, carried on by Acharya Shri Mahapragya with a research study for 20 years, were presented in the form of Preksha Meditation.
Preksha Meditation is a practice by which thoughts and consciousness are made pure and is a process of self realization. In simple words 'Preksha' means 'To see Yourself'. To know and perceive subtle vibrations of body, mind and soul without attachment and aversion'. The objective of Preksha Meditation is – Purity of Consciousness. Preksha Meditation helps us in experiencing balance, happiness and peace. This technique facilitates to attain freedom from mental stress, transformation and recreation of energy, attitudinal change and behavioral modification and development of concentration. Preksha Meditation is the door for meditational tranquility, and relives from physical, mental ailments and emotional chaos.
Thousands of seminars and camps of Preksha Meditation have been organized in the country and all over the world. People from varied cultures have practiced Preksha Meditation and have experienced internal transmutation. This technique proves to be more successful with regular and consistent practice. With the guidance of Acharya Shri Mahashraman, it enlightening the human life.
550,000 people have experienced internal transformation by practicing Preksha Meditation. Continuous practice of Preksha Meditation improves it and it is proving to be a boon to mankind under the guidance of Acharya Mahashraman.
Science of Living
Science of Living, founded by the Lokmaharshi Acharya Shri Mahapragya, is now under the auspicious guidance of Acharya Shri Mahashraman is proving to be an important aspect in the development a spiritio-scientific personality. Science of Living teaches the art of living a life. It is a vital educational program for the integrated advancement of the next generation.
For a healthy society to be formed, building of a balanced personality is necessary. Development of intellect, mind, body and emotions are essential for the growth of holistic personality. In the present education system, emphasis is being put on the intellectual evolution. Science of Living instead concentrates on myriad aspects of personality development more than intelligence.
A planned syllabus with emphasis on practical lessons is designed for the evolution of personal of students through the transformation of the bio-chemical and bio-electrical impulses. According to former president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, 'Science of Living' is a very useful educational program to build the ideal human and society'.
Science of Living has already been introduced in the syllabus in several states such as Rajasthan, Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Under the pious guidance of Acharya Shri Mahashraman, the Science of Living program aims at complementing the present education system and helping students to build and enhance their overall personality.
Under the guardianship of Acharya Mahashraman, Science of Living is proving to be an important campaign in the creation of a spiritual scientific personality.
Among the humanitarian and societal programs executed by Terapanth Community, education has always had the topmost priority in list of activities undertaken by Acharya Shri Mahashraman. Under this movement, education from Primary to University level is organized.
Acharya Shri Mahashraman is consecrated as the 'Anushasta' of Jain Vishva Bharati University, the first Jain University across the world. Established in 1991 with the goal to promote oriental studies along with Jain studies, Nonviolence, Peace, Preksha Meditation and Science of Living, the University focuses on education, research, training and promotion of values. Students are offered 43 courses including the degrees of Bachelors, Masters, Certificate, M.Phil and PhD programs. Thousands of students are benefited by mode of Distance education.
In addition, the Terapanth Society is running more than 150 educational institutions. These schools and colleges across diverse states in India form channels to imbibe the rich heritage and cultural values in the upcoming generation.
Acharya Mahashraman has been consecrated as the Anushasta of Jain Vishwa Bharathi University. Under your spiritual guidance more than 150 educational establishments are under operation.