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SHATAVDHAN - A glimpse at the power of the soul

 



How often have been embarrassed because you could not remember names of people you met at a party or a business meeting? Have you had difficulty recalling birthdates of your children? What would you give to have a better memory? While most people can remember 8 or 10 events sequentially, ancient Jain literature is replete with references to Jain scholars and sadhu bhagvants called SHATAVDHANIS demonstrating their ability to remember 100 things or more - a talent acquired by deep meditation or power of pure soul. Such achievements were demonstrated among other historical figures by Shrimad Rajchandra Ji in 1887 and by Shri Dhirajlal Tokershi Shah in 1957.


Muni Shri Ajitchandra Sagar Ji (Munishri) took diksha at the age of 12 under Anuyogcharya Naychandrasagarji. Today at the age of 22 Munishri has been observing silence (MAUN) for the last six and half years– speaking only to his Guru Ji in his quest for intense meditation and swadhyay – study of Agams and memorizing thousands and thousands of gathas (stanzas). During those years of silence, he has demonstrated his ability to observe and retain 100 facts such as list of proverbs, rivers, mountains, religious festivals, nations, sentence in any world language etc or glimpse of photographs of monuments or famous people or mathematical problems – all randomly selected by the members of the audience. To the amazement of all present, Munishri would than recite all hundred items sequentially, in reverse and also in random order.



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