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Call for volunteers for the Diksha sangh August 31, 2009

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Though we have many friends helping us to organize the yatra work, we need more hands. After all, remember, it is 600 people travelling for the event – exciting, but we need a strong team :):

1)     Those who would like to volunteer are welcome – whenever free, please report to Sampat Nursing Home, Mylapore, Chennai. 3rd floor, after 8 p.m. We need help with dispatch of tickets, attending to emails, tele-calling – regarding guest travel confirmation, call centre work to collect original IDs, allotting of travel seats for onward and return journey, preparation of tags, stores – luggage stickers, catering arrangements, enlistment of volunteers, follow-up of interaction with guests, handling guest feedback and special requests, return journey arrangements to Chennai and non-Chennai, co-ordinating stay for guests, special arrangements for disabled and senior citizens, translation works of general letters from English to Hindi, proof checking, and to help organize entertainment and games while traveling…………yes, I know its LOOOOOOONG, but imagine the pleasure of working together.

2)      We require volunteers on November 2nd at Chennai Central to help for Registration / guests seating / Water & Precooked food loading arrangements.

3)      Helping hands needed from Oct 25th to Nov 2nd at Mylapore central stores – for gathering materials, packing in cartons, arranging compartment-wise, and transportation to station to respective compartments.

4)      We need a team to take charge of the stage program on Nov 5th at Raipur – singers, actors, writers – come on, here is your chance to share your talent!

Itenary from Chennai to Raipur August 31, 2009

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The Diksha sangh to Raipur will travel as follows:

ONWARD JOURNEY: Chennai to Raipur

FROM STATION: CHENNAI CENTRAL

Train No. 2851

Train Name: Chennai-Bilaspur Express

Date of Departure: Monday, November 2, 2009

Time of Departure: 9.10 p.m.

Reporting Time: 7.30 p.m.

RETURN JOURNEY: Raipur to Chennai

FROM STATION: RAIPUR JN

Train No. 2852

Train Name: Bilaspur-Chennai Express

Date of Departure: Sunday, November 8, 2009

Time of Departure: 10.30 a.m.

Reporting Time: 8.30 a.m.

Arrival in Chennai: Monday, Nov 9, 2009; 8.55 a.m.

Dr. Dhariwal set on pilgrimage August 30, 2009

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The Jain monks travel only by foot – barefoot. Yes, this may seem incredible, but it is true.  So once a person has embraced monkhood, his travel becomes restricted since all modes of transport are given up.

Before becoming a monk on Nov 6th this year, Dr. Dhariwal wishes to seek the blessings of many senior Jain monks in various parts of India. Along with this wife Chandralekha, Dr. Dhariwal has set on this pilgrimage. He is currently at Raipur, his native place.

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The nuns who are in Raipur now are HH Charitraprabhiji, HH Prabodhshriji, HH Hitaishishriji and HHRuchirashriji. After taking their blessings, Dr Dhaiwal will travel to Howrah on 31st, Royganj on 1st, Guhati on 2nd, Kanpur on 4th, Jaipur on 5th and Bikaner on 6th of September to seek the blessing of the other saints.

DIKSHA in Raipur August 29, 2009

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The Jainas worship Lord Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara. He established the Jaina system as it is practised today. He propounded the four-fold congregation on monks, nuns, laymen and laywomen. Dr. H.C. Dhariwal of Mylapore, Chennai is renouncing the world to join the Jaina order of the Monks on Nov. 6th 2009. This diksha ceremony is a grand event which will be held at Raipur, Chattisgarh. This blog is an attempt to share this event.

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