On the 23rd and 24th May 2016, we organised two evening lectures in association with Veerayatan UK. The lecture theme was “Transforming Your Life”, by Pujya Sadhvi Shri Shilapiji Maharaj.
Pujya Sadhvi Shri ji captivated the audience with a mixture of stories, anecdotes, scriptural knowledge and a Q&A session. The lectures were truly outstanding and reached out to a varied audience of adults, young and old, who benefitted from the guidance which she was able to give on how to change our mind-set and behaviour and become positive at all times.
Pujya Sadhvi Shri Shilapiji Maharaj from Veerayatan, a leading NGO in India, has travelled around the world, giving inspirational discourses and talks to spread Tirthankar Mahavir’s messages to tens of thousands of people, both young and old. Her mesmerising presence, the unique way and the clarity with which she conveys Tirthankar Mahavir’s message has touched many hearts. With her intelligent, but effective approach to the tenets of Jainism she dispels our lack of courage and by her unflinching faith in the power of change, she gets to the true essence of this inspiring religion.
Pujya Sadhvi Shri ji started the talks by saying that people like to obtain spiritual knowledge either by reading or by listening to many spiritual talks. This she said was all very well, however she emphasised the importance of taking small practical steps ourselves to move towards the spiritual path, to internalise the knowledge obtained. The main message was to open the friendship centre within us and thereby see the good in people, and develop harmony at home and with all living beings. Citing incidences from Mahavir Swami’s life, she encouraged people to reduce negativity and more importantly develop a positive mind-set. To achieve this she emphasised the need for daily introspection on our thoughts, actions, attitudes, reactions and recognise where changes are needed within us.
On the second evening OAUK and Veerayatan acknowledged and celebrated Pujya Sadhvi Shri ji’s twenty years of diksha.