October 7, 2008
Acharya Sri 108 Vidyasagar Maharaj (Jain Monk) – Aahara (food intake)
Manoj Jain (left in above image) lucky enough and had an opportunity to give aahar (offering meal) to Acharya Sri 108 Vidyasagar Maharaj (Jain Monk) during his visit to Ramtek, Dist. Nagpur, Maharastra.
The digamber muni takes aahara ( food intake ) once once in a day & that too in standing posture in their hand without ant utensils.. Jain muni’s are not allowed to enjoy the taste of offered food. A digamber monk concentrates least on the taste of food while accepting it and would not even utter a word while taking the food. The Aahar (food intake) of Digambar Muni is one of the most complex process that is being followed in Jainism.
Acharya Vidyasagar (आचार्य विद्यासागर) is the best known of the modern Digambar Jain Acharyas of the modern times.He has initiated more than 125 monks, a number unmatched in the past 9 centuries.
Because he is a wandering monk, he has no fixed address, except for the chaturmasa four months in the rainy season). 2008 chaturmas is now going on in Ramtek, Dist. Nagpur, Maharastra.
Acharya 108 Vidya Sagarji Maharaj was born on 10th October 1946 on sharad Purnima in Sadalaga, Dist. Belgam, Karnataka. Acharya Sri Vidya Sagarji has been a source of inspiration for the construction, development and renovation of Jain temples and Images all over India.Acharya Sri has also taken classes to teach his disciples different Granthas. More than hundred books articles have been written on Acharya Sri 108 Vidya sagarji by eminent scholars and dedicated devotees. Also a number of Cassettes, C.D.,etc. has been released on Acharya Sri Vidya Sagarji. Visit http://www.vidyasagar.net/
Life of a Jain Monk: Life of a Jain monk is hard. A Jain monk or nun lives away from his or her family and travels from one place to another on foot. To a Jain monk, the whole world is his family. Jain monks usually live in groups of five or six. They have very few worldly possessions. They do not keep any money. The senior monk of the group lectures every morning and many householders go to listen to his lecture. The monks eat the food offered to them by the householders. The monks study almost the whole day. They meditate two or three times each day. The monks do not go from one town to another during the rainy season. They also do not go out for food when it is raining. These practices are followed to minimize accidental killing of small insects. The monks observe several fasts in a year. Jain monks do not eat before sunrise or after sunset. This is because the number of living organisms in the atmosphere is reduced by sunlight. Many Jain householders also do not eat before sunrise or after sunset.