About the author “Jain Acharya Param Pujya Bhuvanbhanu Surishwarji Maharaj”
A clairvoyant, academic genius, profound thinker, skilful orator, versatile writer, incredible mentor of approximately 250 disciples, great sage, and above all, humble devotee of Lord Mahavira and his religious order.
Surishwarji was instrumental in bringing about a revolution in Jainism during the early 20th century. His effective skills and sight, impactful words and acts shook the youth and brought their fast-paced worldly life to a momentary halt. It was a halt to think, reflect and contemplate upon where their current lifestyle was leading them….
Surishwarji acquired the prestigious GDA degree (Government Diploma in Accounting, equivalent to the current Chartered Accountants degree in India) from London. On his return to India, he renounced the material world and accepted Jain monkhood.
Along with following the strict code of conduct of Jainism, he sunk into the endless ocean of Jain literature.
He was a renowned scholar of Prakrit, Sanskrit and Gujarati, and had mastered every aspect of Indian philosophy.
After years of in-depth study of Jain scriptures, he could explain advanced concepts of philosophy in lucid language to the masses.
His motivating and heart-rending sermons created a magical effect on people from all walks of life. In a short span of 5 years, as many as 35 youngsters from affluent families of Mumbai renounced the material world and accepted monkhood.
He started a weekly magazine, Divya-Darshan, in 1952, which was published for 42 years.
Using his knowledge, logic, intelligence and convincing power, he was even successful in changing the thought process of a former Prime Minister of India on the subject of “Child Diksha”.
He invented the innovative concept of “Shibir “ (youth camps). These camps played a pivotal role in increasing the faith of the younger generation in religion, thereby providing them with a progressively satisfied and happy life.
There are no appropriate words to describe the transformation brought about by this legend in the first decade of the 20th century. Looking at his life, we understand that he lived many lives in one. He was not a jack of all trades but a master of all.
His unmatched ascetic legacy is now under the able leadership of Gacchādhipati Āchārya Shri Jayghośh Sūriswarji, who heads the world’s largest and most reputed group of Jain monks.
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