Millionaire leaves it all to become a jain monk

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AHMEDABAD: Delhi's 'plastics king', Bhanwarlal Raghunath Doshi, gave up his over 600-crore business empire to embrace Jain monastic life at an extravagant ceremony in the city on Sunday - that is how the Jains do it, a memorable send-off to the person becoming a monk. (That is about 100 million USD).


http://jaindiksha.com/index-english.aspx
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There is a also a detailed case in 'Maximum city'. A great book about Bombay.
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By God and Man, I have lost touch with India for sure.
The decision this man made, I sure admire his guts... but the glitz and pomp? If I had watched the video with no prior information, I would have bet he was entering a profitable profession such as a political appointment.
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Ah, this must be what Capt. was referring to when he said we could limit or control our desires. I prefer to have a 4k TV. I don't think I have enough money to buy my salvation..
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Renunciation (or Diksha) is considered the stepping stone to achieving kevalgyan (the one and only truth) and eventually moksha (salvation) in the religion. The send off ceremony is modeled upon the last tirthankar - Mahavira's. All the twenty four tirthankars were princes prior to their renunciation, per historical and mythological sources.

I remember reading about a recent, much more notable case of Nisha Kapashi, 27 year old fashion merchandiser for J Crew who left her job in NYC to return to India and renounce. Details here - http://www.mumbaimirror.com/mumbai/c...w/46091817.cms. Hers, like the case of Mansi, 28, is memorable because they are young and have a life unfulfilled ahead of them - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...ow/4544177.cms.

Back in the 90s though, there were some very noted and visible conversions amongst the diamond merchant community of Mumbai where the person renouncing would symbolically give away his wealth as gold coins, precious and semi precious stones (including diamonds) to those who followed the vehicle he was being carried on. These were very well attended events.

In Jainism, veetarag (detatchment) is an attribute of the tirthankar (ford - maker ; the ford is a symbolic channel between this world and a space where there is not a world any more, nor is there birth or death and consequently no pain of attachment). The monks are more detached than layfolk and hence venerated by the layfolk as an ideal that they too can aspire for - just like the state of moksha is the ultimate ideal for all.
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Jains make "deeksha" a joyous occasion. The males are dressed as grooms and the ladies are dressed as brides. Don't know about Buddhists, but among Hindus there will be opposition and lamentation. Generally people desirous of becoming sadhus will just disappear. Jains even have the 'death by wish' ritual, 'Santhara' or 'Sallekhana', generally the vow is taken by old people.

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was confused to read that Rs 25 crore was spent on the function related to renunciation...

Was this expenditure necessary? the amount could have been spent in the welfare of society, or some other way...
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The amount is being 'spent' and is therefore being given away. Hence it is construed as an act of self-abnegation while enriching others. There is no limit to the expenditure - he could have spent all he had!!

So, what others view as 'welfare' - say, an organized food distribution or shelter creation is not the only form of welfare. As long as the means are not spent on 'self' but on 'others' it is an act of sel abnegation and is not only permitted but extolled.
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Originally Posted by Aupmanyav View Post AHMEDABAD: Delhi's 'plastics king'


http://jaindiksha.com/index-english.aspx

Reminds me of Yul Brynner in Rogers &Hammerstein's musical King and I.
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Sallekhana when parsed is IMHO, "Sam + Lekhana" (writing your karmas yourself).
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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post was confused to read that Rs 25 crore was spent on the function related to renunciation...

Was this expenditure necessary? the amount could have been spent in the welfare of society, or some other way...
It is the family money, and now BL has no control over it. If they want to give a grand send-off, why should we complain? Moreover it is tradition. Hindus used to spend large amounts on feasts when people returned after char-dham yatra.
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post Ah, this must be what Capt. was referring to when he said we could limit or control our desires.
I remember reading something attributed to Buddhism.. have no clue whether that is true.. 'he who destroys craving overcomes all sorrow'

Powerful statement, that.
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A question? Do the Muslims also celebrate the return of their parents from Hajj?
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Yes, I have seen welcoming them at Airport and bringing back home in procession. They also feast the neighborhood to mark the occasion.

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