Indo-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi paid tribute to the life of remarkable Jain poet, scholar, religious leader and philosopher Shrimad Rajchandraji in the House of Representatives.
Krishnamoorthi, in his remarks in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, acknowledged the many writings, especially his spiritual and poetic masterpiece, Atmasiddhi Shastra.
âBorn in 1867 in the Indian port city of Vavania (Gujarat), Rajchandraji was attracted from an early age to religious life. His spiritual odyssey led him to Jainism and his fundamental belief in ahimsa or non-violence (the ethical principle of not harming other living beings), âhe said.
Rajchandraji has reached great spiritual heights and demystified the path of self-discovery in an effortless way suited to the contemporary social environment, he said.
âEven in a short life of 34 years, Rajchandraji gave the world a rich heritage that continues to guide generations of scholars. His life and works have been compiled and published in a volume titled Shrimad Rajchandra, the content of which is an inspiration to turn inward and discover the eternal truths of life, âsaid the congressman.
In her early spiritual and philosophical writings, Rajchandraji wrote on the importance of female education and practices that cultivate the essential mindset of non-attachment and wrote extensively on spirituality and religious beliefs. jains.
âRajchandraji was a visionary who laid the foundations of Jain spirituality for a new era. He composed Atmasiddhi Shastra at the end of the 19th century to present the six spiritual truths and the path to self-realization. The poem is revered by many scholars as a masterpiece of enlightenment and spiritual guidance, âKrishnamoorthi said.
In 1891, Rajchandraji was introduced to a young Indian lawyer named Mohandas Gandhi, he said, adding that this meeting led to a long friendship and mentorship between Rajchandraji and the future father of modern India.
In his autobiography, Gandhi paid homage to his spiritual mentor by noting that “in my times of spiritual crisis, Shrimad Ji was my refuge.”
“Madam President, I also take this opportunity to congratulate Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshji, spiritual visionary and global humanitarian leader, who has dedicated his life to sharing the wisdom of Shrimad Rajchandraji through the work of the Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur,” he said. -he declares.
Krishnamoorthi said that Rakeshji’s impact in promoting peace and service to society, aligned with Rajchandraji’s philosophy, has been recognized by various prestigious forums and contemporary spiritual leaders around the world.
“Madam President, I would like to acknowledge the teachings of Shrimad Rajchandra Ji on the importance of non-violence, truth and peace, which are as relevant today as they were for Mahatma Gandhi over a century ago, as well as the guidance and comfort provided to his devotees by the epic masterpiece, Atmasiddhi Shastra, âadded Krishnamoorthi.
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