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					            SHREE RAJ SAUBHAG SATSANG MANDAL
                       SAHITYA SATRA

        SAHITYIK ADHIVESHAN – LITERARY FUNCTION

One more activity has been added to Shree Raj Saubhag Ashram’s various
humanitarian activities. Sahitya (Literature) and Art has direct connection
with sensitivity and the inner soul. Art and literature is one form of sadhna
(spiritual perseverance). Param Krupaludev who has attained His Atma (Self
Realization) has guided several mumukshus on the spiritual path through
literature.

As a result of Param Pujya Bhaishree’s vision and deep understanding, a
beautiful function ‘Sahitya Satra’ was held on 4th and 5th November 2007 in
the Ashram Premises. This function was held in collaboration with
Gujarat‟s famous Literary Organization „Gujarati Sahitya Parishad‟
which was headed by Mahatma Gandhi and Writer Govardhanram
Tripathi. Well-known writers of Gujarat attended this function and stayed in
our Ashram for 2 days. The main aim and subject of Sahitya Satra was
spiritual devotion. It was a tremendous opportunity to learn about the lives
and works of various noble souls.

An exhibition of Param Krupaludev’s life, Shree Raj Saubhag Ashram’s
activities, spiritual books and things made by Aashirwad Trust For The
Differently Abled was put up alongside the function.

Shri Narayanbhai - Gujarat’s famous follower of Mahatma Gandhi,
inaugurated the function. Students of L.M. Vora Girls High enthralled
everyone by their splendid dance performance on a welcome song and on a
prayer. The first session included inauguration, welcome dance and related
speeches. Initially, Brahmnisht Vikrambhai welcomed all writers and invitees.
Shrimati Anilaben – minister of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad gave a basic
introduction. Shri Raghuvir Chaudhri gave an interesting speech on the
Tradition of Devotion. Pujya Bhaishree explained the relation between art -
human sensitivity - human life - literature and its significance for the
progress of a nation. He also spoke of the aim of this Satra and briefly
described various humanitarian activities of our Ashram. Shri Narayanbhai
gave an inspirational speech and laid emphasis on revolutionizing sahitya. He
expressed his concern on various matters such as the negative impact of
television on our society, caste differences, environmental destruction and so
on. He stressed on using sahitya for social benefit. Shri Kumarpal Desai -
head of the Parishad spoke of various aspects of Bhakti Sahitya and the
Tradition of Bhakti. The uniqueness of this Sahitya Satra was that the past
head of the Parishad Shri Raghuvir Chaudhri, present head Shri Kumarpal
Desai and the newly selected future head Shri Narayan Desai were all
present for this function. Shri Chandrakantbhai Vyas directed the sabha.
The afternoon session was dedicated to Middle Age poetries and
tatvadarshan (philosophical reflection). There were 2 sessions. Shri
Bholabhai Patel was the head of the first session. He gave an introduction of
Bhakt Narsinh Mehta, Meerabai and Dayaram. He said that the poems of
Middle Age were free from differences. He envisaged poetry as a mixture of
Bhaktiras (Nectar of Devotion) and Gnanras (Nectar of Wisdom). Shri Vinod
Joshi explained with examples minute details of poems written by Narsinh
Mehta. Shri Nitin Badgama spoke on the life and literature of Bhakt Meerabai.
With the help of Meera’s bhajans, he gave a very interesting speech on
premlakshana bhakti. Shri Harikrishna Pathak beautifully explained the
significance of the poems written by Dayaram and said that his poems were
applicable to all ages that is old age, middle age and also in the present
period. Shri Narottam Palan was the head of the second session. He gave an
introduction of Anandghanji Maharajsaheb, Dasijivan and Brahmanand. Shri
Labhshankar Purohit gave a speech on poems written by Anandghanji
Maharajsaheb. He not only spoke but also sang some parts of the poems
written by Anandghanji. Audience became engrossed in this vivid mixture of
speech and music. Shri Nathalal Gohil gave a speech on Dasijivan and Dr.
Ramesh M. Dave spoke on the poems written by Brahmanandji.

From 8 to    9 in the night, the activities of Shree Raj Saubhag Ashram were
shown on      projector along with Br. Vikrambhai’s explanation in a very
melodious     tone. Thereafter, famous singer Shri Niranjan Pandya sang
devotional   songs from 9 to 12. Shri Raghuvir Chaudhri inaugurated a book of
devotional   songs ‘Adhyatma Kavya Sarita’ published by Shree Raj Saubhag
Ashram.

On the second day, the morning session was dedicated to ‘Shrimad
Rajchandra – Sadhak and Sarjak (Creator)’. Shri Kumarpal Desai was the
head of this session. Br. Vikrambhai and Br. Minalben provided us
tremendous insights on the life and sadhna of Shrimad Rajchandra (Param
Krupaludev). They also sang Shrimad Rajchandra’s songs. They very
beautifully conveyed the depth and elegance of Shrimad’s writings. It had a
profound impact on the audience. The entire environment became spiritual.
Shri Rajendra Patel spoke on Shrimad’s literature and Shri Priti Shah spoke
on Shrimad’s poetry. Their speeches reflected deep study on Shrimad’s vast
literature. Shrimad’s writings depict Lord Mahavir’s teachings. Everyone
realized that Shrimad’s writings were a result of His Self Realization and that
His words came from the depth of His Soul. His writings were free from
differences and were unbiased.

Shrimad has left behind a profound spiritual legacy and His living example,
both of which can transform our spiritual destinies. Those who came in his
contact, often much older than him, were impressed by the depth of his
understanding and scholarship. He was only 16 when he composed a book
explaining simply and lucidly the essence of Jain teachings. He also
composed the Mokshamala (Rosary of Moksha) of 108 lessons which even
today provides wonderful insights into a true spiritual life, Jain teachings and
the meaning of certain practices. Even today it provides inspiration to
thousands of aspirants. Following a request from Saubhagbhai, he composed
the Atma Siddhi Shastra within 90 minutes in the town of Nadiad. This
composition of 142 stanzas explains the path to Moksha. Besides being
highly spiritual, it is also a Classic of Gujarati Literature and has been the
subject of numerous translations, commentaries and is also studied at
universities for doctorates in philosophy even today. People were drawn to
him by his publications and they even communicated through letters. Indeed
it is through his letters compiled in a volume called ‘Shrimad Rajchandra’ also
popularly known as ‘Vachnamrut’ that we have come to know his message,
his inner thoughts and a glimpse into his spiritual state. As these letters were
written to intimate acquaintances they were always very personal and
honest. While at times being compassionately stern, guiding the reader away
from materialism, they also offer much practical spiritual advice. Shrimad
met some monks who were deeply impressed by his understanding of the
scriptures. Shrimad had composed the ‘Letter of Six Fundamentals’ (Chh Pad
No Patra).

Shri Kumarpal Desai spoke on the relation between Shrimad Rajchandra and
Mahatma Gandhi. Shri Labhshankar Purohit inaugurated the book „Shrimad
Rajchandra and Mahatma Gandhi‟ written by Shri Kumarpal Desai and
published by Shree Raj Saubhag Ashram. It is a matter of great surprise
that the world in general, and in particular, Jain community, knows
so little of Shrimad Rajchandra (Raichandbhai), the great Jain whose
influence on Mahatma Gandhi transformed the destiny of the Indian
nation. It was His inspiration that opened the eyes of the world to
peaceful and compassionate ways that evolved the philosophy of
Satyagraha. Gandhiji said of Him in 1921, “Many times I have said
and written many times, that I have learned much from many lives of
many a person, but it is from the life of poet Raichandbhai, I have
learned the most. I must say that no one else has ever made on me
the impression that Raichandbhai did. The noble lesson of
compassion I also learnt from His life…He has taught me such a law
of compassion that I should be affectionate even to my killer. This
noble teaching I repeatedly received from Him to my heart‟s
content.”

The last session was dedicated to ‘Jaibhikkhu Centenary Offering’. Shri Vinod
Adhvaryu was the head of this session. He spoke of various aspects of
Jaibhikkhu’s personality and literature. Shri Balvant Jani described Jaibhikkhu
as ‘Karmshil Sarasvat’, Shri Pravin Darji described Jaibhikkhu as
‘Charitrakar’, Shri Ramniklal Maru described Jaibhikkhu as ‘Novelist’ and Shri
Yashvant Mehta described Jaibhikkhu as a ‘Child Writer’.

In the end, Shri Bharti Dave – publications minister of the Gujarati Sahitya
Parishad, expressed her gratitude to everyone whereas Br. Minalben thanked
everyone on behalf of Shree Raj Saubhag Ashram.
At 5 pm, all the guests and mumukshus went to Sayla village. Pujya
Bhaishree, Shri Kumarpal Desai, Shri Bholabhai Patel and Shri Raghuvir
Chaudhri inaugurated the ‘Jaibhikkhu Marg’. All writers visited Aashirwad
Trust For The Differently Abled and various places of our Ashram. All writers
were given a gift and a kit of books.

In this way, the 2 days function got over amidst devotion, spirituality and
literature. These celebrations help us to see the insights on the path provided
by the great saints. It enables us to become closer to and more acquainted
with the noble qualities of great souls. It facilitates our transformation and
purification. Shree Raj Saubhag Ashram’s various spiritual and humanitarian
activities had a deep impact on all the invitees. It was truly a mixture of
literature, perception and spirituality.

				
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