|Born||14 th June 1920
Tamkor, Rajasthan, India
Acharya Mahapragya (Mahapragyaji, Mahaprajna) is tenth Acharya, supreme head of Jain Swetembar Terapanth group. He is a great Jain monk in India. A torchbearer of non violence, he runs a project called Ahimsa Yatra to promote Ahimsa, an Indian concept of non-violence. In 1995 he succeeded Acharya Tulsi as the leader of the Terapanth sect and Anuvrat Movement.
At the age of ten he became a monk and studied History, Philosophy, Logic, and Grammar under the guidance of Acharay Tulsi. He also studied Modern Physics and Bio-sciences, Ayurved (an Indian system of medicine), Politics, Economics, and Sociology, with the modern trends of Communism, Socialism, and Capitalism. He is a scholar of Jain Agamas, a critic of Indian and western philosophy, a co-ordinator of Science and spiritualism. Sambodhi, Ashruvina, Mukulam (in Sanskrit) and Rishabhayana (in Hindi) are some of his writings.
He is the re-discoverer of Jain Meditation, which he terms Preksha Meditation, meaning the combination of science and spiritualism. Acharya Mahapragya made a deep study of ancient techniques of Jain meditation, practised them and presented them to the world in scientific light. Jeevan Vigyan is another gift of Acharya Mahaprajya to mankind in which the Acharya provides an ideal way of life style. The Acharya have provided a detail course through Jeevan Vigyan to improve physical, mental, emotional health. Its a series of manuals with equal focus on practical.
Acharya Mahapragya is himself a great practitioner of meditation, spirituality, Mantras, Anekaant. Acharya Mahapragya has blessed mankind with his literature. His topics include Meditation, improving life through meditation, human traits and their possible deep rooted hidden reasons, ways to eradicate negative aspects from root, Jain history, Mahaveer, Anekaant, economics, sociology, Mantra and many more.
The daily discourse of Acharya Mahapragya is telecasted by Indian TV channels like Sanskar, Aastha. The Acharya delivers discourse in a pleasant and clear Hindi.
Name: Acharya Shri Mahapragya
Father's Name: Tola Ram Choraria (Jain)
Mother's Name: Baluji
Birth Place: Tamkor, Distt Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, India
Birth Date: 14 June 1920
Initiation into Monkhood (jain Asceticism): 29 January 1931, at Sardarsahar(Rajasthan). Named as Muni Nathmal.
Guru-Initiator: Acharya Shri Kalu Gani, The 8th Acharya i.e. the supreme head & preceptor of the religious order of Jain Shwetambara Terapanth
Guru-Educator: Acharya Shri Tulsi, The 9th Acharya of the religious order of Jain Shwetambra Terapanth.
Nomination as Successor-designate to Acharya Tulsi: 4 February 1979 at Rajaldesar, Rajasthan
Consecration as the 10th Acharya of Terapanth: 5 February 1995, Delhi.
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