|Muni Shri 108 Tarun Sagar Ji Maharaj|
Shri Pawan Kumar Jain|
26 June 1967
Guhanchi, Madhya Pradesh
20 July 1988|
by Acharya Pushpadantsagar
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Muni Tarun Sagar (मुनि तरुण सागर) is a well known an unconventional Digambara monk. His lectures are termed Kadve Pravachan (bitter discourses) because they can be candidly critical of common practices and views. His lectures have been compiled and published in book series also titled Kadve Pravachan. Excerpts from his discourses are often published by newspapers. Unlike most other Digambar jain monks, his audience often includes a majority of non-Jains. His discourses often address family or society issues, topics generally avoided by other Jain monks.
Muni Tarun Sagar was born as Pawan Kumar Jain on 26 June 1967 to Pratap Chandra Jain and Shanti Bai Jain in a small village Guhanchi in Damoh, Madhya Pradesh, India. He was initiated as Kshullaka at the age of 13 and as a Digambara monk by Acharya Pushpdantsagar on 20 July 1988 in Bagidora, Rajasthan at the age of 20. He emerged as a prominent personality when GTV initiated a program called "Mahavira Vani".
While Jain monks often avoid associating with politicians, Muni Tarun Sagar has often met politicians and government officials as a guest. In 2000, he gave an address from the Red Fort, Delhi. After wandering through Haryana (2000), Rajasthan (2001), Madhya Pradesh (2002), Gujrat (2003), Maharastra (2004), he arrived in Karnataka in 2006 for the occasion of Mahamastakabhisheka celebrations at Shravanabelagola after having walked for 65-days from Belgaum. By this time he had emerged as a "progressive Jain monk" for his criticism of violence, corruption and conservatism, and his speeches came to be called "Katu Pravachan". He agreed to have his Chaturmas in Bangalore.
While he was in Karnatka, journalist Seetharam, in his column "Suttha Mutha" ridiculed Jainism and Jain muni Tarun Sagar in the eveninger Karavali Ale, who was charged under sections 153 (A), 153 (B) and 295 (A) of Indian Penal Code. He became very sick during his travels in 2007, but at Kolhapur, he resolved to remain a Jain monk. However he started using a doli for conveyance, rather than continue to walk on foot as required.
Although he belongs to the Digambar section, he promotes a non-sectarian outlook. In 2013 at Jaipur, he joined Shwetambar monks during the chaturmas. in 2014, he inspired a Dharma Sansad, which was attended by acharyas of Shvetambara Terapanth, Sthanakwasi and Murtipujak sects.
He was invited to an RSS Vijaya Dashami function in Nagpur in September 2009 where he pointed out that using leather belts did not reflect non-violence. Subsequently, leather belts in the dress of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh were replaced with canvas ones. He got the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan agreed not to open new liquor shops in Madhya Pradesh in June 2010. He also started a movement called Ahimsa Mahakumbh to stop export of meat and leather from India. He opposed the High Court's order to impose ban on Sallekhana.
On August 19, 2013, in Jaipur, a specially produced edition of his ‘Kadve Pravachan’ as the biggest book measuring 30x24 feet, and weighing 2,000 kg was released by Jyoti Amge, who was claimed to have been world’s shortest woman (below 25 inches).
His 2015 Chaturmas was in Shri 1008 Parshvanath Digambar Jain Mandir, Sector 16, Faridabad. 108 Jain Śrāvaka pairs welcomed Tarun Sagar by washing his feet with 108 kalashas in 108 plates over a 200 feet ramp.
Haryana Assembly Lecture Controversy
In August 2016, Tarun Sagar was invited to address the Haryana Assembly by both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress party members. He talked about social and political issues and evoked applause and laughter from lawmakers. The event caused a number of tweets critical of Muni Tarun Sagar because of his nudity. Most notable were the tweets by Vishal Dadlani, the musciaian and a leading AAP supporter, and the Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala. As a result, 27 police complaints were filed against Dadlani and Poonawala.
The AAP Chief quickly disassociated with Dadlani's comments stating "I met Shri Tarun Sagar ji Maharaj last year. Our family regularly listens to his discourses on TV. We deeply respect him and his thoughts...Tarun Sagar ji Maharaj is a very revered saint, not just for Jains but everyone. Those showing disrespect is unfortunate and should stop". Dadlani, realizing his mistake, vowed to quit politics and apologized 33 times on-line.
Muni Tarun Sagar has constituted a national award - Tarun Kranti Puruskar which was awarded to Baba Ramdev, Vijay Darda and JITO in 2012 by the then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi. He published his discources in a book series titled Kadve Pravachan (Bitter Discourse) starting inin 2003 in Ahmedabad. The series has had eight volumes. His discourses are telecasted and watched in over 100 countries by Jain community. Jyoti Amge, who is less than 25 inches tall, released Tarun Sagar's Kadve Pravachan (Bitter Utterances), a book measuring 30 feet by 24 feet and weighing 2,000 kilograms, on 18 August 2013 in Jaipur.
He has got many of his articles published in newspapers. Some of them are:
- Jealousy fetches you nothing
- Don't be egoistic because of your money!
- Dharma seems necessary?
- I am not Anti-Pandit but Anti-Hypocrisy
- Where there is bickering, there is hell
Muni Tarun Sagar said that Love Jihad is a conspiracy to convert Hindu girls into Muslims.
- Take care of death and god
- Don't fall into the trap of 100
- Mohan Bhagwat went for blessings of Saint
- Jain Muni told several important things in bitter manner
- Jain Muni asked people to stop Alcoholic beverage and Non-veg
Awards and titles
He has been declared a state guest in Madhya Pradesh (2002), Gujarat (2003), Maharashtra and Karnataka. He got the title of krantikari (revolutionary) at a religious gathering in Karnataka, and Rashtra Sant in 2003 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
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