Interreligious/ Interfaith Harmony

We live in an age where the scientific view of the world becomes more important every day and where religious interpretations are more and more contested, often because of what the modern science teaches us. The religious ways of understanding the world has become old-fashioned, outdated, outmoded. The stressful relationship between, on one hand religious knowledge and, on the other hand, scientific knowledge is one of the most important issues in the world today. We have to understand how scientific knowledge slowly but surely emerged out of pre-existing religious knowledge. Scientists do not develop their ideas in a fight against religious philosophies, but by extending and amending and thoroughly testing ideas that come into the world as religious revelations. As early as humans expanded beyond hunter- gatherer groups, religion was the glue that held societies together. Religion created civilizations. There is a need to understand religion in its real sense and make the masses understand the essence of religion. Religion should be studied as social science. Religion brings us together, it does not create difference. There is no place for violence and hatred on the path of religion. We can solve every problem through dialogue. It is necessary that we respect others existence and view point as we respect our own others existence and view point. There can be difference of opinions but not difference in hearts. Indian society is based on pluralist culture. Unity in diversity is its unique feature. Interfaith dialogue is its key. Nonviolence, Peace and harmony begin from here. When Religious Gurus, Political Leaders and people from different walks of life will give the message of peace and harmony from one platform it will definitely leave an impact.


Ahimsa / Non Violence


Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti Organisation is an endeavour to spread the message of Peace, Harmony, Non-Violence and Brotherhood, to encourage human values worldwide. In the absence of non-violence, peace and harmony cannot be established in society. Nonviolence is also important because violence does not solve any problem. Violence raises counter violence. Through dialogue, every problem can be resolved through non-violent style. Many great spiritual leaders of India, Lord Mahavir, Lord Buddha, gave emphasis to non-violence. It is often seen that religious leaders preaches, but they themselves cannot follow those teachings. This does not apply to great leaders like Mahavira, Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi. All these three men understood the importance of non-violence, walked on its path and asked others to follow this path on the basis of their own experiences. Mahavira and Buddha were contemporaries; both were opposed to the sacrifices offered in the Yagna. Gandhi carried forward these same principles of Mahavira and Buddha. Gandhi said that not just by deeds but also try not to do violence by mind and words. He did Satyagraha and Fasting to prevent the occurrence of such violence. With the strength of non-violence, gave India freedom from the British rule. World standing on the volcano of destruction can only be saved by adapting the path of non-violence. People living in the shadows of terror can be saved by Ahimsa. The path of non-violence and harmony is extremely important to overcome the suffering of today's human beings. Nonviolence does not mean cowardice. There is a need for experimental training of non-violence. Nonviolence can create a healthy society. World peace and harmony is possible only through the path of non-violence. Nonviolence is the medium for development of humanity. Non-violence will create world peace.


Peace Education


World peace can be achieved only after achieving peace of mind and soul. The factors responsible for mind's unrest have to be identified and solution should be searched. It is a scientific fact that animal brain is present in human brain, where animal instincts are born. Neo-Cortex layer is also present where human and divine instincts are born. The root cause of unrest, violence and terror is that when a person's animal brain is awakened, then he is involved in such brutal tendencies. Peace Education should be linked with present education system so that Neo-Cortex layer is awakened and animal brain sleeps. Present education system should be value based. It is necessary to focus on mental and emotional development along with physical and intellectual development. After an intense study & experiments of 25 years, Acharya Dr. Lokesh has evolved a method called PEACE EDUCATION which is a combination of ancient meditation, yoga & new science. This method is very helpful to eradicate the bestial tendency & bring alive the divine thought in human mind to build a peaceful society. It is mentioned in U.N.O. constitution "War, germs first in mind then fought in battle field." Keeping this in mind. Acharya Dr. Lokesh has prepared a unique scientific technique to guide the human brain towards peace. World peace can be achieved only in the presence of freedom, equality and justice. Equality ensures the prevention of oppression of individuals and groups on the basis of class, gender, religion, colour or region. Freedom allows people to express their views, equality and justice help in removing the grounds of conflict. World Peace can be achieved only when we are able to resolve conflicts. In present international scenario each and every person or we should say every citizen of the global family, ought to be committed to adapt the path peace.


Environment Conservation


World is faced with the problem of climate change. Glaciers are melting, temperature is rising, the hole is created in Ozone layer this harms the living beings by exposing them to ultraviolet rays from the sun, environment pollution is increasing. Global warming & depleting natural resources: The underlying causes for these disabling developments are: 1. our lack of concern about air /water/ mineral resources and plantation; our greed; rapid consumerism, extravagant lifestyle and convenience. Mahavira’s doctrine of Shatjivanikay i.e. living beings of six types of body formation i.e. mobile (2 to 5 senses and can move on their own) and one sensed living begins of five types namely water bodied, earth bodied, air bodied, fire bodied and plant bodied living beings is a masterly concept along with the practice of ahimsa towards all these living beings (and not just human beings). Mahavira always emphasized compassion, equanimity, forgiveness, and love towards all living beings. He further exonerated us to exercise utmost care in consuming natural resources or polluting our environment as doing so will kill the living beings with air water wire and plant bodies. Indeed for our survival we need to use these and hence Mahavira talks of minimisation of the use of such resources by adopting the attitudes of carefulness (samiti) and self restraint (sanyam) and the fifth vow called parigraha parimana or limiting possession of durable and non-durable material wealth. He said ‘So on earth, be like, śramaņa, liberated recluse, seeks food pure, with caution due, offered wilfully by a devotee donor’ shows us the path to be careful in consumption. Even Mahatma Gandhi said ’The earth has enough to satisfy the needs of all living being but not enough even to satisfy the greed of one human being.’ Selfish activities of humans are responsible for this imbalance in the environment. Nature and religion are the pillars of healthy, happy and comfortable life. When humans subjugated by selfish interest and greed go against nature and religion healthy and happy life is disturbed. Person’s uncontrolled greed and selfish desires leads to rampant cutting of forests, extraction of minerals etc. Extreme materialistic lifestyle is harming the nature. Save Girl Child Campaign against Female Foeticide Rising imbalance in male female birth rate is a matter of great concern. If it is not controlled within time, then the moral and character values in society will decline . Mental disorders will increase, violence will increase and ultimately chaos will arise in society. The solution cannot be reached only by law, Female feticide can be stopped only when people's attitude, women change their attitude towards other females. Religious Leaders and Social Organisations have to come forward for this. Government should implement the law strictly; religious Gurus and social organisations create social awareness about Saving Girl Child. Female foeticide have been in practice for centuries especially for the families who prefer only male child. Various religious, social, financial and emotional reasons are also there. Time has been changed now to a great extent however, various reasons and beliefs are continuing in some families. Some key reasons of female foeticide are: • Generally parents avoid girl baby because they have to pay a big amount (more than their strength) as a dowry at daughter’s marriage. • There is a believe that girls are always consumer and boys are producer. Parents understand that son earn money for them whole life and care their parents however girls will get married a day and go away. • There is a myth that son will carry name of family in future whereas girl have to carry husband’s family. • Parents and grandparents understand their honor while having boy baby in the family whereas shame having daughter. • There is a pressure on new bride of the family to give birth to a male child thus she is forced to go for sex determination and abortion if girl baby. • Illiteracy, insecurity and poverty of people in society are main reasons of girl baby burden. • Technological advancement in the science and utilities has made this very easy for parents. There is need to change the social attitude and empower females and women of the country.


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प्रखर चिन्तक, लेखक, कवि एवं समाज सुधारक आचार्य डा. लोकेश मुनि प्राकृत, हिंदी, अंग्रेजी, गुजराती आदि अनेक भाषाओं का ज्ञान है | आपने अनेक पुस्तकें गद्य एवं पद्य दोनों ही विधाओं में लिखी है| समसामयिक विषयों के समाधान एवं आधुनिक दृष्टिकोण के कारण आपका साहित्य अत्यंत उपयोगी व लोकप्रिय है, इसका अनेक भारतीय और विदेशी भाषाओं में अनुवाद हो चुका है|


अजन्मा अभिशाप (उपन्यास ) :-


:- कन्याभ्रुण हत्या के खिलाफ ओपन्यसिक शैली में लिखा गया यह ग्रन्थ अनेक भाषाओँ में अनुवादित होकर प्रकाशित हुआ | मूल हिंदी भाषा में लिखे गए इस ग्रन्थ की प्रथम प्रति तत्कालीन राष्ट्रपति A.P.J. अब्दुल कलाम ने जारी की | अंग्रेजी भाषा में अनुवादित ‘Unborn Curse’ व गुजरती में प्रकाशित ग्रन्थ की प्रशंसा श्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने की | भूमिका श्री लाल कृष्ण अडवाणी एवं श्री शिवराज वि. पाटिल|


मूल्य मुस्कान का (पद्य) :


समसामयिक विषयों पर लिखि कविताओं का संकलन है जिसकी प्रथम प्रति तत्कालीन राष्ट्रपति श्री शंकर दयाल शर्मा ने जारी की | भूमिका प्रख्यात विधिवेता डा. लक्ष्मीमल्ल सिंघवी एवं प्रख्यात कवि बालकवि वैरागी ने लिखि |


मूल्य माटी का (पद्य) :


समसामयिक विषयों पर लिखि कविताओं का संकलन है | ग्रन्थ की भूमिका प्रख्यात विधिवेता डा. लक्ष्मीमल्ल सिंघवी एवं प्रख्यात कवि बालकवि वैरागी ने लिखि है |


मूल्य जीवन का (आलेख) :


समसामयिक विषयों पर लिखे आलेखों का संग्रह है


संघर्ष की विजय (उपन्यास) :


इसका लोकार्पण राष्ट्रीय राजधानी दिल्ली के उपराज्यपाल श्री वी.एल. जोशी, एवं तत्कालीन केन्द्रीय मंत्री श्रीमती गिरिजा व्यास ने किया |


English: Terrorism a Global Challenge


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आस्था के दर्पण (पद्य):


समसामयिक विषयों पर लिखि कविताओं का संकलन


उपन्यास :


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