Name: Param Pujya Shree Chandrashekhar Vijayji Maharaja
Birthdate: Samvat. 1990, Fagan Sud Pacham, Date:18-1-1934
BirthPlace: Irla, Mumbai
Native Place: Radhanpur, Gujarat
Sansari Name: Indravadan
Sisters: Manjulaben, Niruben
Study: 10th Standard (Metric)
Diksha Day: Samvat 2008, Vaisakh Vad-6, Date:15-5-1952
Diksha Place: Motisha Jain Temple Rang Mandap, Bhaykhalla, Mumbai
Gurudev: Siddhantmahodidhi Pujya Acharya Prem Suriji Maharaja
Grahan-Aasevan Sikshadata: Vardhman Taponidhi Pujya Acharaya Bhuvanbhanu Suriji Maharaja
Vadi Diksha: Samvat. 2008, Asaadh Sud -14, Date:6-7-1952 (Mumbai)
Vidya Data: Acharya Shree Gunanand Suriji Maharaj Saheb, Pandit Shree Ishwarchandraji, Pandit Shree Durganathji Za, Pandit Shree Prabhudasbhai Parekh
Gani/Panyas Pad: Samvat 2041, Magsar Sud-10, Date:2-12-1984 (Tapovan, Navsari)
First Shishya: Muni Chandrasen Vijayji Maharaj Saheb
Last Shishya: Muni Ghyanhans Vijayji Maharaj Saheb
Total Shishya/Pra Shishya: 94
Gruhastha Paryay: 18। years
Sanyam Paryay: 60। years
Ayushya: 78।। years
First Chaturmas: Bhaykhalla, Mumbai
Last Chaturmas: Ambawadi, Ahmedabad
Total Chaturmas: 60
Panyas Padarudh Shishyo: 11
First Book: Sadhana ni Pagdandi E
Last Book: To Bharat No Uday Chapti Ma
Total Books: 261
Ghyan Ganga Prasar Channel: Muktidoot, Virtidoot, Tapal Dwara Tatvaghyan, Ghar betha Tatvaghyan
Adhyananpayogi Pustak: Nyaysiddhant Muktavali, Samanya Nirukti
Sanskruit Sarjan: 1 lakh slok praman jeev samas vruti (Amudrit)
Ghyan Sampada: Vyakran,Nyay, Karma Grantho, Prakran Grantho, Darhanik Grantho, Aagam Grantho Thos Abhya, 20000 sloko swnamvat kanthastha
Darshan Sampada: Parmatma Bhakti ma Tarbol Bani Anekvar Prabhu Virah thi Vyathit thaya hata
Charitya Sampada: Chirtracharo nu suvisuddha palan, Potana matrushi same pan jota nahi, Punjva Pramajva nu Adbhut Palan, Mahavrato ni Adagta, etc.
Shasha Prabhavakta: Vyakhyano, Shibiro Dwara anekoa ma Jain Sasan ni sthapna kari
Tirth Raksha: Antrikshji Tirthrakshathe 3-3 chaturmas karya. Sammet sikharji, Girnarji, Makshiji Tirtho ni raksha mate kamar kashi ne prayatno karya
Jeev Raksha: Dushkal vakhate karodo nu fund kari abol jeevo ne abhaydaan, nutan 56000 katalkhana thata atkayvya, devnar katalkhana nu adhunikaran atkavyu, Bundelkhand Dushkal, Flood, Sunami, Earthquake vakhate prerna kari danveero na daan ne ane yuvano ni yuva shakti ne jeev raksha the jodya
Vishista Guno: Gurupaartantrya, Saralta, Paapbhiruta, Suvisuddha Brahmacharya, Sashtra Nistha, Shraman Ghadtar, Suddha Prayschit, Sasan Prabhavakta, Antar Mukhta, Nirmal Parinati, Vairagya, Sasanrag, Nidarta, etc.
Kaldharma Day: Samvat 2067, Shravan Sud-10, Date: 8-8-2011
Kaldharma Time: 12-40 PM
Kaldharma Place: Ambawadi, Ahmedabad
Samadhi Place: Tapovan Sanskar Peeth, Ahmedbad
All children are Gift of God but few of them are “the choosen one”. Since very childhood pujya Gurumaa possessed all the qualities that made him unique from the other kids.His was named Indravadan by his parents, Kanti bhai & Subhadra ben. He was probably not looking like Indra but his Punya, dignity and satva was never less than Indra (the king of all angels). The family earned very well so much so that a normal man can expect for the entire life. His forefathers were “Raav Bahadur” of Radhanpur and Indravadan was unparallely Bahadur (strong). He started preaching Jain religion from an early age. Gurudev used to say in pravachan that his mother never allowed him to have lunch before he served a chapatti to a stray dog. Many of these small deeds and teachings made him a legend.When he was in school, he was quite brilliant. But, he used to avoid his P.T. class. The reason being he had to exercise on grass at the school ground. He immensely feared doing Sin and Dosh from the childhood. He used to hide under a bench to avoid the P.T. exercises and when his sir or colleagues carry him to the ground, tears would roll down his eyes. His conscience made him feel guilty to hurt even the smallest creature in the green grass under his feet. This absolute Jivdayaa(Mercy for all living being) at such an young age shows that he possessed exclusive elements of Tirthankar(purest developed state of one’s soul) in him.When his mother would sell any unwanted material of his house to get a vessel or little money in return, he would grab that money and donate them to the beggars sitting outside the temple. His heart was full of Karuna(Mercy) and sympathy.At the age of 12, he asked his mother to become a priest and this demand was unanimously rejected by his entire family. But, legends never rely on the world as they create their own world inside and outside. In the same passion, Indravadan continued to feed his willingness by performing many fruitful acts.Ultimately, his strongest will showed him a way. He met one of the most Vairaagya deshnaa daksh Gurudev, Pujya Bhuvan Bhanu suri shwarji maharaj saheb. Saheb’s shibir(sessions of lectures) were the revolutionary events in the history of Jain shashan and pujya guruma was one of the kids attending these shibirs.He used to listen for hours and even after the completion of shibirs, he used to seat at the corner of the shibir hall and cry for hours and hours. The will and desires that were created in previous birth strongly, became quite clear and brawny. He announced his decision of Sansaar Tyaag at home and as usual faced terrific opposition from his family. The specialty of Gold is that the more you burn it, the stronger it becomes. Guru maa was such Gold. He wanted to swim against the flow of water and was ready to face any problem.In the age of 18, everyone has to surrender in front of his strengthened personality and Mumbai witnessed one of the biggest Varsidaan Yatra of the Boy who was going to change generations. Param Pujya Aacharya Shrimad Vijay Prem Surishwarji Maharaja gave him Rajoharan which turned a raw material into fully finished and furnished entity.
He used to listen for hours and even after the completion of shibirs, he used to seat at the corner of the shibir hall and cry for hours and hours. The will and desires that were created in previous birth strongly, became quite clear and brawny.He announced his decision of Sansaar Tyaag at home and as usual faced terrific opposition from his family. The specialty of Gold is that the more you burn it, the stronger it becomes. Guru maa was such Gold. He wanted to swim against the flow of water and was ready to face any problem.In the age of 18, everyone has to surrender in front of his strengthened personality and Mumbai witnessed one of the biggest Varsidaan Yatra of the Boy who was going to change generations. Param Pujya Aacharya Shrimad Vijay Prem suri shwarji Maharaja gave him Rajoharan which turned a raw material into fully finished and furnished entity.Normally, it is one’s luck to take Diksha oath in Jain shashan, but it was a real luck of Jain shashan that this Lion took Diksha at an early age.
The moment Indravadan became Chandrashekhar vijayji maharaj sahib his entire existence changed drastically. He was counted as a dull student in school but immense Guru bhakti and dedication towards Pujya Premsuri Maharaj saheb gave him a new birth in Gnaan Praapti.For the fourteen years of Muni jivan, he never turned to see even his relatives or shraavaks. He was not only the favorite shishya of his Guruji but also was considered as the lifetime best student by the Kashi Vidyapith Nyaay Guruji. It was always a question for the people to judge that his efforts were more or his intelligence? While studying the most difficult Nyaay Granth, he used to write down so many books of homework.Swaadhyaay is said to be the heart of Saadhu Jivan and Pujya Guruma lived the life quite dominantly in this field. Raatri swaadhyaay wa one of the favorite activity of Pujya Prem suri maharaj and to please his Guru, he used to have 4 hours of Raatri swaadhyaay after pratikraman.Gurudev was King of knowledge as he was the owner of 20,000 shloks in his mind. He was also having amazing grip in Tatva Gnaan. His earlier books expose his exclusive depth of Shaastra Gnaan.He was having great nature of being Bold and revolutionary. Whenever he finds anything wrong, he used to oppose it with full force let it be outside or within himself. He was a great confessionary. He used to confess his smallest sins in front of thousands of people which truly require guts inside. Despite of being one of the great names in the history, he was so simple and down to earth personality that whenever he seats with children, no one can separate him from them. He was a forever child.Gurudev was guru of 84 shishyas but he never had a feel of that for a second in life. So many times he used to cry in front of his shishyas by saying that, “Tame moksh ma jaao tyaare aa paapi chandrashekhar ne tamara pag no angutho pakadva dejo!!”He was almost a perfect definition of an ideal Muni jivan. He never requires words to convince someone because his behavior was a mobile pravachan for the world. Panyaas shri Chandrashekhar Vijayji touched all the aspects of Jain shashan with utmost mastery.Samyag GnaanHe himself earned massive Gnaan, he taught people with the help of Tapovan and Sanskrit Pathshala.
His pravachan were always an eye opener for the people and he passed on incredible and unparallel Gnaan dhaara with quite a unique vision and dimension.Samyag DarshanNo one can ever beat the shradhha and Khumaari of Gurumaa in the world. Someone rightly said that,“We are having facilities to have Blood test, Glucoma and Sugar test but if we would have the Khumaari test in Blood, Gurumaa would have been the highest scorer in the world”.All these Khumaari and purity was byproduct of his implausible and explosive Shradhha towards Parmatma Vardhmaan. The Shashan Geet of “Gaaje Gaaje chhe Mahaveer nu shashan Gaaje chhe” written by him is one of the best compositions ever. He was never involved into “Samudaay difference”. One of his hit statements of those days was,“If your Guru says that the Sanvatsari is on Monday, do it on Monday. If they say on Tuesday, do it on Tuesday. If all guru bhagwants agrees to make a consensus, I am ready to do it on Wednesday. Jagda khatam karva sanvatsari aave chhe ane aapne sanvatsari mate jagdaa kariye chhe. Niyati ne Salaam!!”These statements are showing greater inner clarity towards samyaktva.Samyag ChaaritraChaaritra Paalan was the highlighted quality of Pujya Guru Maa’s Jivan. The use of Muhpatti, Rajoharan and strictness in Nav Vaad in his life was heroic. He was not only an Aaradhak but also was the best Prabhaavak. This fact can be seen with the fact that all of his shishyas took these qualities in heredity. His shishya parivaar was quite distinctive from all the other sadhu bhagwants as they had got the master of “Vaachna” on their head.Gurudev was never indulged in any controversy but he never was feared of it. In his life span he has given “Bhav Aalochna” to more than 50,000 people which can be a record. “Paapo ni Shuddhi” was the base slogan of his life.He was truly a master creation of God. The earth is really lucky to have such an amazing person for 78 years and so we are.Pujya Chandrashekhar Vijayji na Muni jivan ne dhanya ho!!
Param Pujya Shri Chandrashekhar Vijayji Maharaj Saheb was just like a tree which used to give shade to the people who do not even demand it. In our shasstriya language this quality is said as “Nishkaaran Bandhu”!! To help became a nature of him.He never took the “Aachaarya” post in his life but he earned more than an Aachaarya respect in his life due to his simple and superb living. The greatest example for the same is that All the Aachaarya bhagwants used to make “Guru Vandan” to him. He was accepted by everyone and every samudaay.The “Tran thoy” samudaay never allow any of other samudaay to seat on their Paat in Tharaad, Gujaraat. But, when Gurudev was passing by Tharaad, their shraavaks requested Guru Maa to come and offer a pravachan by seating on their Paat. This example shows that he was accepted by each and every Jains and non-jains.Thousands of other caste people have accepted Vegetarian food for their entire life just by listening to this “Yug Purush”. Many Muslims left killing animals just by the darshan of him. He gave a new dimension to Ramayan and Mahabharat by adding them into his Shibirs.
He also used to give pravachans on “Bhagwad Geeta” which were appreciated immensely by Hindus.“Akhil Bhaartiya Sanskruti Rakshak Dal” was the group that made the entire Jain shashan enriched by the force of youngsters. “Vardhmaan Sanskruti Dhaam” and “Veer Sainik” was the later organizations that are working as lifeline for entire Jain sanghs of India. He also was founder of “Tapovan Sanskaar Pith” which can be considered as heaven for children.Aarya Culture was mixed in each and every drop of his blood. Lord Macaulay was the set target of him for the entire life as the education system drawn by him is making our youth a mere dumb. Westernization in religion was never accepted or allowed by him. Despite of being so reputed and respected, he never initiated for any Sangh, Pratishtha or Updhyaan. His entire focus was on Jivdayaa and Anukampaa.His vision was quite far sighted. His work for the religion, nation is uncountable. No one can describe them in the small desk board. We hereby salute to this “Urjaa Purush” whose vibration will make pure to the generations to come. Hats off to the revolutionary fighter who can never die.
It is said that Karunaa is mother of all the Tirthankars and Guru Maa was undoubtedly the soul of an Arihant, so Karunaa in his heart was flowing 24×7 and 365 days a year. Gurudev was quite curious and attached to the poor people even in his childhood. The habit drawn by his Mother, Subhadra Devi to feed a Chapatti to Dogs before having food had worked amazingly. Gurudev was full of Karunaa for the entire world. In the late 80’s when there was no rain for land and no grass for the animals in Gujarat, Gurudev took initiative and came to Mumbai. He kept the target of getting 2 Lakh rs. Per day and fulfilled all the requirements of Gaushalas of Gujraat quite successfully.Once he was in Tapovan and a Dog was crying in the late night. The very early morning he called upon all the trustees and cried in front of them by saying that “Chandra shekhar Vijay na jivan ma dhul padi..e ena jivan ma ek kutra ne pan radtaa atkaavi na shakyo!!” He cried in upashray for the entire night for offering condolence to that Dog. There are numerous examples like this.Before 16 years he announced open war against Chimanbhai Patel, the chief minister of Gujraat for the legislation for Gau Vansh ban in the state. After huge oppose and immense awareness in the people, the Chief Minister had to give up.Here is the statement of Chimanbhai Patel to the state, “ I am going to ban Gau Vansh Hatyaa from my state now onwards. I am aware that it will affect immensely to my Muslim Vote Bank but still Chandrashekhar Vijay Maharaj saheb and his huge caliber has left no option for me. He made the entire Government helpless against him. We are at knees to the strength of a Jain monk”!!Even when the BJP Government was in the rule, the Planning Commission planned to create 54,000 new slaughter houses all over India. When the ears of a Karunaa saagar Gurumaa heard it, he immediately announces that if the Government will accept these proposals, he will march towards Delhi and will take a Fire Bath in the streets of Chandni Chowk. His warning and Signature Campaign worked. By just one strong statement, this saint saved millions of animals. Even when Deonaar was on the eve of modernization, Guru Maa came to Mumbai and asked Jains to come on the streets to stop this cruelty. Ultimately that proposal also went to the dustbin.The saga of Guru Maa’s Karunaa is endless. We can just say that it is great Karunaa of Lord Vardhmaan that we were able to see, hear and touch the Karunaa-full personality of the world, Guru Maa….
An illiterate can see present, an educated can see tomorrow but a Gitaarth can see day after tomorrow. Gurudev was such a Gitaarth. The heroic proof to prove this statement is the activity of “Paryushana Aaradhna” by Veer Sainiks. Nearly 35 years back, Gurudev thought that the number of Saadhu Saadhwiji is quite lesser than the number of Shraavaks. Also they can not reach to distanced places where the Jains are located. By inspiring Karunaa towards these remote located Jains, Gurudev decided to prepare teams of Veer Sainiks who can read Paryushana Pravachans by following strict rules set by Gurudev.This was again a revolutionary step and every revolution is attached by huge oppose. One Mantra that Gurudev used to repeat in his Pravachan was..He not only said that but he practically lived like this. Inspite of huge contest, the roar of this Lion never got lower. He started sending the team and gradually Jain Shashan was able to see a dynamic change globally. So many centers from out of India started to call upon such Veer Sainiks and they managed to follow their religion at least 8 days a year with the kind blessings of Guru maa.There are thousands and millions of people who are beneficiary of this Paryuhshanaa aaraadhnaa activity and all credit goes to one and only Guru Maa.
One word that can never be separated from Gurudev’s life is “Youth Upliftment”. We can say that he was born for this purpose only. We used to say that a single man can do nothing. But, this Lion of Jain Shashan, changed the entire generation single handedly.After 16 years of Diksha, when Gurudev gave his first Pravachan, no one could have imagined that this Muni will turn into a revolutionary. He was not throwing words from his mouth, he used to throw fire. It was said in 80’s that if you listen to Gurudev and your life remains the same, you need to have a heart check up with the doctor!!He gave a new vision to the youth to understand that modernization and Christianization of India. One of the Maharaj saheb has rightly said that “If you subtract Chandrashekhar Vijayji from Mumbai, this Mumbai might have become Mombasa”!! He prepared a force of youth under the name of Veer Sainik.In those days Guru Maa used to say that “if Balasaheb Thackeray is proud of his Shiv Sena, I am proud of my Veer Sena.” His pravachans on Jain Ramayan and Jain Mahabharat were exceptional. During his “Ravivaariya Shibir” in Mumbai, all the trains were leading to the pravachan place, white and white was the Dress code for the Mumbai youth and all the foreheads were decorated by a big yellow Tilak to indicate the Jains. Despite of having illness in body, Pujya Guru maa used to take four to five injections at a time to make the youth aware of the evils of westernization. His pravachans were mesmerizing. 10 to 15 thousand people were attending his pravachans and none of them can go dry. Today, we are able to see black haired youth in temples and upaashrays only because Jain Shashan had Chandrashekhar vijayji. Pujya Ratnasundar Vijayji once said that whenever I see a guy dancing for Bhagwaan, I see a Chandrashekhar Vijayji in him because if this legendary man would have not took the Shibirs, the youth would have never come out of pubs and disks.He was, he is and he will be forever young in our hearts and this Jain shashan and entire world will never forget the great works done by him for the youth Upliftment.
There are many child specialist doctors available in the world but there was only one child specialist who not only cured their bodies but also improved their present and coming births. Obviously, his name was Chandrashekhar Vijayji Maharaja. “Tapovan is a hospital which will not only offer a safeguard to your child from westernization but also is a vaccination that will keep all the ill wills far from the childrens”, this was said by Gurudev when he came up with the revolutionary idea of Tapovan. Huge oppose came within Jain shashan but Gurudev loved swimming against the flow. He managed with all opposes and finally gave this Jain shashan one of the greatest gifts of history, Tapovan. Saamuhik Ashta Prakaari Puja is another activity that turned around not only the children but also their entire families. Again it’s a gift from this God, Guru maa.
Today in the entire India, hundreds of sanghs are offering this Baal sanskaran Abhiyaan and are finding greatest results. Gurudev had a remarkable vision. He loved children amazingly and the children were dying to meet their mother, Guru maa. This name “Guru maa” is a gift from Tapovan. He was really the mother of all those children as the love, affection and feel that he was giving was unmatchable. The “Prabhu Milan” also is the gift of this Tapovan and Baal sanskaran. Gurudev has left no age, no person to touch his vision and to get them attached to Jain shashan. We have never seen the Saadhna of a Tirthankars, we just say that they strongly try to fulfill “Savi Jiv Karu Shashan rasi” thought but Gurudev showed us the practical example by living such an awesome life.
Gurudev and Bramhacharya were synonymous words. Both these elements were fulfilling each other. The way gurudev talks and behaves, it sounds quite unique and amazing. None of the female personality can come closer to him in entire life span. The height of his strength could be that his sister maharaj also could not come to talk with him in noon time or odd time. The bramhacharya of Gurudev was so pure that he could talk with some sensitive topics quite easily in public. It was his effort that saved so many youth from following trend blindly. Many of the people have experienced that just by taking Guru maa’s name, their female attraction melts immediately.
The Vaachna of Guru Maa was full of Vairaagya and Saiyam. Not only youth of colleges but also the young Saadhu Saadhviji bhagwant were inspired by Guru Maa’s Nirvikaari approach. His purity reflects in his words and attitude. If he or any of his Shishya is present in Upashraya, no female can visit after pravachan. His strict restriction saved so many sadhu sadhviji bhagwants of all the different samudaays. “Kyaare Banish hu Saacho Re Sant” was the most favorite stavan of this pure saint. Here, we feel proud of being the follower of the entity who has never allowed bad thoughts to stand near to him.
We pray to his soul to give us purity, power and strength to fight with this materialistic world.
There is a saying that you get whatever you have given. We can reverse the thing to understand why Gurudev is having huge and vast followers? It is quite simple, he was a great “Guru Bhakt” and therefore he earned such Guru bhakti from the world.His guru Prem Suri Maharaj saheb was one of the strictest guru bhagwants of that time for “Aachaar paalan”. “Swaadhyaay” was one of his favorite activities and Gurudev therefore started to focus on the same. For the 16 consecutive years of his Diksha, gurudev closed his eyes and mind for any other things except swaadhyaay and Guru bhakti.Before Diksha, he was not that brilliant in studies but after Diksha, he served his guru in such a unique manner that all the shower of “Guru krupa” fell on him. To prove his excellent Guru bhakti this quote from his Guru bhaai can be the most effective one, “In the entire muni jivan, he has never argued with his guru maharaj”.To please guru maharaj, he used to learn 70 gathas in just 7 hours. He totally devoted 20 thousands shloks to his gurudev. Pujya Prem suri maharaj saheb liked “Raatri swaadhyaay”. Gurudev became King of Raatri swaadhyaay. Daily he used to do it for four hours in night and during this 240 minutes, he used to swaadhyaay 4 thousand Sanskrit shloks. The highlight of his “gnaan aaradhna” was Sanskrit and Praakrit Vyaakran, the most difficult Grants of Pujya Yashovijayji and Pujya Haribhadra suri maharaj, Nyaay Granth, 45 aagams, Prakaran Granth and many more.He was learning all these scriptures just for a smile on the face of his guru. Even after starting Pravachans, he used to say so many times that “I am blessed with my Guru’s krupa and I can see my guru right beside me even after his Kaaldharma.”No one can ever describe his Guru Bhakti and the best part of his Guru Bhakti was that he lived the life in such a way that his Guru must be feeling proud of himself.
Guru Maa ni Guru bhakti ne laakh laakh Vandan !!!
Vairaagya means non-attachment to the worldly things and Gurudev probably had it from the very childhood. Despite of having immense wealth and all the possibilities to live like a King, he used to fulfill his needs, not luxuries. He has written in one of his book that he loved to offer food to poor and to help them with the money he ever gets in school time. The shibir of pujya Bhuvan Bhanu surishwarji Maharaja boosted his vairaagya a lot. He used to cry for hours after listening shibirs. The moment he committed to become a priest, he left eating “Ghee”. After his desperate efforts, his family gave permission and Indravadan became 11th shishya of Pujya Prem suri maharaj saheb.During his entire muni jivan, the use of “muhpatti” while speaking was quite a visible and notable thing. It became a set action that whenever he starts speaking, the Muhpatti automatically comes near to the face. His Vaachna to sadhu saadhviji changed thousands of lives. His vairaagya reflected in his thoughts and the strongest will to obey the orders of Vardhmaan and the approach of “Simply not done” to the sins was fabulous and unparallel….
He was an idol and idle for the people wish to live a vairaagi life. He is the best inspiration for the Mumukshu preparing for diksha. His body might have died but his “Vairaagi Jeevan” will live for ever in the minds and lives of his followers. Salute to the legendary man…
There are masters in the world for numerous segments but rare of the people are Masters of All and Guru maa was one of those rarest. His childhood was quite innocent, his Teen age was quite spiritual, his Muni jivan was quite dedicative, his Pravachans were quite aggressive and his Shashan bhakti was … (out of the dictionary range of words).