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`Society should pay obeisance to guru peethas'

By Our Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA, MAY 1. D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala, said here on Saturday that society should not only pay obeisance to "guru peethas" but also be loyal to them.

Addressing devotees at the "Panchakalyan" programme to mark the opening of the Bhagwan Sri Adinath Teerthankar Temple, he said the growing sorrow and disappointment among people was a direct consequence of deviating from the Dharmic path.

They lacked a guru (spiritual leader) as well as a guri (purpose), he said.

Noting that the growth of religious institutions should be in consonance with the growth of cities, Mr. Heggade said that if a handful of people developed righteous thinking and showed inclination towards religion, others would follow them.

He explained how Jainism gave prominence to inner purity and non-violence. But unfortunately, the teachings of the Teerthankaras had been observed more in breach, which had led to the gradual disappearance of the Jain culture.

Noting that weapons were totally absent in Jain sculptures, Mr. Heggade described this as a symbol of non-violence. There was a need to put in efforts to create a non-violent society.

He regretted that women, who were revered in Indian culture, were being projected in a vulgar manner by those influenced by Western culture. Woman was a symbol of cultural dignity.

Kamala Hampana and Hampa Nagarajaih, writers, P.C. Jain, president of Jain Samaj, Bhadravati, and Devarajappa, president of the samaj's Shimoga unit, were present.

Hemavathi V. Heggade released a souvenir brought out on the occasion.

Sri Bhuvanakeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji, Sri Dhavalakeerthi Swamiji of Arihantagiri, and Sri Bhanukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji of Kambarahalli graced the occasion.

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