Acharya Vidyasagar's book "Silent Earth" presented to President
New Delhi | Wednesday, Jun 15 2011 IST
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil was presented the first copy of "The Silent Earth", English translation of the Hindi epic poem "Mukmati" authored by Jain saint poet Acharya Vidyasagar.
Published by Bharatiya Jnanpith, the book was presented to President Patil by prominent Jain community leaders R K Patni, Abhinandan Jain and N K Jain at a ceremony in the Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday. On the occasion, filmmaker Anupama Jain said the book is an incomparable literary creative work which depicts essentially the religious philosophy and spiritualism in a graceful poetic style, It is the sensitivity of Acharya Vidyasagarji that he has adopted a submissive and troubled object like soil as the subject matter of the epic, she said. He has bestowed a voice to the silent painfulness and eagerness of the soil to achieve emancipation. Truly, this is the story of the downtrodden and underprivileged who aspire for upliftment, Ms Jain said.
Having recognised the eternal existence of the 'soil', the kumbhakar (potter-artisan), after crushing and sifting it and removing all the impurities makes it worthy of sacred "kalash" of the temple, she added. During the course of the 488-page work, references are made to modern scientific trends, about the destructive power of the atom and faith as the saviour. "Over and above, the machine is thundering, beneath it, the holy incantation is being sung, the one is a killer, the other is a saviour..." goes the poem.
She said it is a journey of liberation of souls from the karmic bondage while advancing towards the stage of perfect purification. Acharyaji is a revered saint of Digambar Jain Muni tradition.
He has written above 12 thought provoking, philosophical books which have been widely acclaimed and translated in English, Hindi and Sanskrit.
Silent Earth has been translated in English, Bangla, Marathi and Kannada. As many as 40 research scholars have chosen the epic for their PHD, she added.
Among the prominent Jain dignitaries present on the occasion were head of Digambar Jain Mahasabha Chakresh Jain, Rajesh Jain, MLA, industrialist Om Prakash Jain and Terapanth Women Committee head Sushila Patwar among others.
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