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Learn about Jain Master Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanuji – his biography

In Jain on June 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Want to learn more about Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanuji? Here is his biography, he is 90 years old and still travels the planet from India to the United States to offer his teachings.

Biography of Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanuji

DSCF8792Gurudev Chitrabhanu is a man of vision and the pioneer who as the first Jain Master in more than 2500 years brought to and established Ahinsa and Reverence for Life, the heart of Jain Dharma, in the Western World  in 1970.  His life story is an inspiring  account of how he touched thousands of lives in a new land.

Vow of SilenceFor five years he took a vow of silence (Maun), moving in the mountains, woods and villages of India. He experienced silence that stills logic of the mind and awakens from within the deepest intuition of the spirit.

 ChitrabhanuHis books and poems stirred people’s good feelings. His poem Maitri Bhavanu (The Immortal Song), written under the pen name of Chitrabhanu, became very popular.  His books abroad aroused considerable interest in Ahinsa and Jain Dharma.  In Bombay, many foreigners came from various countries to study meditation and Jain Dharma and that is how his teachings became known abroad.

He is a world-renowned author of over twenty-six books which reflect his philosophy of world peace and nonviolence, emphasizing the need to appreciate the sanctity of ALL life and to build solidarity in the larger family of mankind.

 Transformation When the directors of The Temple of Understanding in India invited him to attend The Second Spiritual Summit Conference to be held in April 1970 in Geneva, Switzerland, he searched deeply within his heart to decide: What was his duty? What was his choice? He felt that it was important to involve all other religions and spiritual groups of the world and to make people aware of the blessings of Ahinsa. He attended the conference in Geneva and his inspiring message was received with a standing ovation. This led to the invitation from the Dean of Harvard Divinity School in America in 1971, and in the prestigious Boston Globe the Staff Writer said, “Munishree Chitrabhanu…was the “Hit speaker of the day….Explained the four basic tenets and that they do not  depend on God, but upon themselves.” Invitations came from Paris, Munich, and even from the Secretary of the Vatican for an audience with Pope Paul VI in Rome.

His Work —  He was the first to celebrate Mahavir Jayanti at The U. N. Chapel and he was the first Jain Master in 1973 to found a Jain Meditation International Center in Manhattan, New York City, near the United Nations.  In his lecture tours to arouse people’s awareness of the beauty of ahinsa, the  nectar for mankind’s survival, he spoke at various academic and learning institutions, such as Princeton, Sarah Lawrence, Yale, Cornell and State University of New York. He visited many other centers in other countries: England, Africa, Japan (Kobe), Singapore, Hongkong, Muscat, Dubai, Berlin and India.

His stay in USA inspired Jains to create centers from the East Coast to the West Coast in the U.S.  He guides the Jains and foreigners in sowing the seeds of nonviolence, reverence for life and self-realization, and nurtures them like a gardener.

 Compassion What draws people to him from all walks of life is his healing and compassionate nature that flows from an understanding of human everyday existence derived from long years of deep meditation and practical living.  Any man’s suffering pains him. “Never stand to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.”

JAINABecause of his vision, he inspired Jains to have a federation of Jain associations and founded JAINA: Jain Associations in North America – the umbrella organization that has more than 100,000 members and 67 centers.

The new generation of Jains migrating to or born in North America has found Gurudev’s teachings inspiring. The bubbling energy of the youth as shown in the roaring success of YJA: Young Jains of America, an arm of JAINA, gives hope that the seeds he has been sowing have taken roots in fertile soil and are blossoming with fragrant flowers.

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Five Aspects of Healing – Jain Master Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanuji

In Jain on May 27, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Five Aspects of Healing with Jain Master Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanuji
Lighthouse Center, Inc, Whitmore Lake, MI – USA
June 23, 2012

The introduction includes a beautiful dance, enjoy the teachings…

Website link for sharing: http://youtu.be/Qc2FuZcq6So

Lovingly Submitted,
Tana Dean
Lighthouse Center Inc.
Internet Manager

Jain Master Gurudev Chitrabhanu’s message about MILK

In Gurudev Chitrabhanu on May 10, 2013 at 9:13 pm

May 9, 2013
A message from Jain Master Gurudev Chitrabhanu to the Lighthouse Center, Inc.

gurudevanddogNature’s bounties, beauty and wonders are limitless.  She has blessed mankind in abundance; but with certain inherent control mechanisms.  She has her own rules and regulations, which man needs to follow, for his own well-being and spiritual growth.  She has also been kind enough to give intelligence and discretionary powers to man.  But, man in his greed, many a time, does not understand nature’s checks and balances.  Nature then is forced to checkmate him, for his own good.  For example, if man succumbs to his palate and becomes its slave, he loses control over his thoughts, speech and actions, and also suffers ill-health.

Many of us are vegetarian.  We eat plant-based food.  We believe in ‘Ahinsa’ which is non-violence or having reverence for all forms of life.  We not only believe in ‘Ahinsa’, but we are practitioners of ‘Ahinsa’.  We have minimised our needs by becoming or remaining vegetarian.

Though being vegetarian is excellent for man’s physical as well as spiritual health, it is not enough.  We have realized, over the years, that being ‘vegan’ is far superior and a much more complete practice of ‘Ahinsa’.  Veganism does not allow the intake of milk or dairy products for human consumption or use.

cowMilk does not grow on plants.  Milk is one of nature’s most beautiful wonders.  We can say MILK stands for Mother’s  Infinite  Love and  Kindness.  Milk is produced in a human or an animal Mother.  Only when a female, either of a human being or an animal, becomes pregnant and is to give life and birth to another being, her blood gets transformed into milk.  This is simply because she takes upon her the work of the Creator.  She nurtures, protects, takes care, loves the new being in her own self, forgetting her own discomfort and pain and gives shape to and creates and gives life to the new creation.  Her love, compassion and kindness flow into the new creation and that naturally transforms the required quantity of red blood into white milk when her creation comes into the world.  Milk is only for the new creation of the mother and that too for a limited period of time, for the nourishment and early growth of the new-born.  Milk is a gift of nature for the helpless baby.  The red blood turning into white milk for the baby is a miracle of nature.  As long as the child does not get teeth, the mother gets milk, and the child grows in strength by consuming mother’s milk.  When the child grows to the stage when he gets teeth, the milk takes its original form and colour, i.e. it gets transformed back into red blood.  At that time, even if the child wants mother’s milk, it cannot get it as it no longer needs it.

It is made so clear by this law of nature that milk belongs only to the baby.  None of the species, other than human beings, consumes milk when it grows beyond a stage, when it is too young.  Human beings, unfortunately in their ignorance, start having milk of other species once they grow beyond this stage, little realizing that it is a calf or an off-spring of some other species who is deprived of its dues.  It is in fact inhuman and against the principles of non-violence and non-stealing when humans have milk of cows or other species, belonging to their offspring.  Where will the helpless calf go for its nourishment?  The animal baby starves and remains under-nourished.  As though this sin is not enough, a bigger crime follows.  If the offspring is a male, it is sent away to the veal industry in Western countries and to the slaughter house (surreptitiously in the early hours of the day) in India.

Now-a-days, everywhere, since the bull is not required by humans, either for farming or carting, they indulge in these inhuman activities to suit their selfish ends.  Thousands of bulls go to butchers for slaughter.  This unfortunate slaughter and the use in veal industry take place on account of the consumption of cow milk by humans.

In addition to these atrocities caused, as the babies are taken away from their mothers, the mother has to undergo the pain of separation which she suffers in silence, without any revolt, as she practices non-violence.  The cow cries silently, as the new-born is taken away, since for nine months she had nourished the child and when it is born, it is separated from her.  The silent agony of the cow creates certain vibrations.

These selfish acts perpetrated by human beings, due to their greed, result in the following three consequences :

  1. When we take the milk which belongs to the off-spring of the cow, the suffering vibrations of the cow and the calf would boomerang on us and might create some separation in our lives.  As we plant the pain in others, the vibrations received would result, as a ‘karmic’ consequence, into separation from our dear ones.
  2.  The cow’s normal life span is twenty-five years.  Humans reduce this longevity by slaughter or use in veal industry.  The ‘karma’ of taking away the longevity of a living being influences our life span and results in reduction of our own life span or of our dear ones.  Also the end of the life may not be natural and it may be by accident or some unknown disease or some permanent disability may take place.
  3. We snatch away or steal the off-spring from the cow, as well as its milk for the calf.  The milk and the child are taken away ruthlessly by us without the permission of the cow.  This is ‘adattā dān’.  This is a charity not done by the donor.  It is acquisition of someone’s belongings without consent.  One should therefore be ready to face consequences of losing one’s own property, wealth or dear ones.

The simple principle of ‘As we sow, so we reap’ also applies here.  Our wrong actions would boomerang on us and we have to go through the consequences thereof.

The cow has milk, but it does not give it.  It stops eating, being separated from her offspring.  Machines are used to milk and for artificial insemination.  A lot of suffering is inflicted on these peace-loving creatures by the humans for their greed.  In about seven years, due to their exploitation, the cows become useless for humans and they are sent for slaughter.  Our glass of milk results in the cow being eventually slaughtered.  The cow undergoes physical torture and the agonizing feeling of separation, for human well-being.

It would be clear to any intelligent, caring and compassionate person that it is not logically, medically, morally and spiritually right to drink milk of other species, once the natural period of having our own mother’s milk is over.  To satisfy ourselves and for our nourishment and well-being, we may have milk from several alternative sources like plants or nuts such as soya, rice, almond, coconut etc.

As Bhagwan Mahavir had said, “Non-violence and kindness to living beings is kindness to oneself.  For thereby one’s own self is saved from various kinds of sins and resultant sufferings and is able to secure his own welfare.”

Submitted by:
Mukta Tana Dean
LHCI Web Systems Manager