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Buddhisagarsuri

Buddhisagar Suri

Buddhisagarsuri was a Jain ascetic, philosopher and author of early 20th century.

Contents

  • Life 1
  • Works 2
    • Selected works 2.1
  • References 3

Life

Vijapur Jain Temple and memorial shrine where Buddhisagarsuri was cremated

He was born as Bechardas Patel in Hindu family of Shivabhai and Ambaben in 1874 at Vijapur in north Gujarat. He studied up to sixth standard. He met Muni Ravisagar, a Jain monk, and became his disciple. He studied at Yashovijay Sanskrit Pathshala in Mehsana, a school for religious studies. He took job of religious teacher in Ajol near Mehsaba. Upon death of Ravisagar in 1898, his spiritual quest intensified. Ravisagar's disciple, Sukhsagar initiated him as a Jain monk in 1901. He was given a new name, Muni Buddhisagar. He was conferred with informal title of Yog-nishtha, firm in Yoga. He was elevated to title of Acharya in 1914 in Mansa.[1][2] He established Mahudi Jain temple in 1917.[3] He was invited by royals of Baroda, Idar, Pethapur to preach there. He died at Vijapur in 1925.[1][2]

Works

He wrote more than hundred books. His first book was Jain Dharma Khristi Dharma no Mukablo, a comparison between Jainism and Christianity. He criticised Christianity and its missionary activities in Gujarat.[1]

He was involved in debates regarding icon worship during those time. He defended it and authored booklet Jain Sutro ma Murtipuja, Icon Worship in Jain Scriptures. He termed icons as a form of love and devotion.[1]

Selected works

  • Samadhi Shatak, hundred stanza on meditation
  • Yog Deepak, the guide on yoga
  • Dhyan Vichar, book on meditation
  • Adhyatma Shanti, spiritual peace
  • Karmayog, theory of karma
  • Adhyatma Geeta
  • Atma Shakti Prakash
  • Atma Darshan
  • Shuddhopayog
  • Samya Shatak
  • Shishyopanishad
  • Atmana Shasan
  • Anand Ghan Pad Bhavarth Sangrah, a collection of hymns of Anandghan, a Jain mystic poet, and its meaning
  • Shrimad Devchandraji, biography of Devchandra
  • Kumarpal Charitra, biography of Solanki ruler Kumarpal
  • Yashovijay Charitra, biography of Yashovijay
  • Adhyatma Bhajan Sangrah 1-14, collection of songs

References

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  2. ^ a b
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