JAIN DHARMIK PATHSALA
is the hardest task in the world?
substance is negatively electric to that which stands
above it in the chemical tables, positively to that
which stands below it. Water dissolves wood and iron
and salt; air dissolves water; electric fire dissolves
air. What is it that is insoluble? Should not man
pursue that which is insoluble? Intellect, for knowledge
dissolves fire, gravity, laws, method, and the subtlest
unnamed relations of nature. Intellect lies behind
power, anterior to all action or construction. It
is intellect that takes us out from darkness and leads
us into the marvelous light of the day. It is intellect
that melts will into perception, knowledge into act.
Each becomes the other. Its vision is not like the
vision of the eye, but is union with the things known
and unknown. Thus the hardest task in the world is
to be an intellect, to gain knowledge and turn that
into a positive force.
religion without understanding the core facts underlying
the kriya is ineffectual. Genuine practice of religion
requires a through understanding of knowledge that
is visualized and poised within the soul.
soon as the Dramnath Jinalay was built, a need was
felt soon after for a religious school (pathshala).
A noble pair of brothers Shah Jivraj Leedhar and Mothilal
Leedhar, decided to fulfill the need by constructing
a patashal where the sangh members could study and
gain knowledge of the Jain religion. Jivrajbhai dedicated
the pathshala in the loving memory of his father Shah
Dhanji Leedhar, in the Vikram Samvat 1964 and donated
it to the Sangh. It was named Shah Dhanji Leeladhar
Deravashi Shri Cochin Jain Shala. A learned pandit
was hired for the purpose.
The First Board of the Patshala
the past hundred years of its history, the pathshala
had to be closed for a short while due to lack of
attendance by the students. Good fortune always supports
good cause. Religion is an all-important matter in
an individual's spiritual path. The essence of Jain
religious education is not that people should think,
but that they should believe as a logical culmination.
The bridge for which cannot be let to remain closed
samvat 2016, that is on 28th February 1960, the patshala
was reopened and made to function by a large sum of
donation from Shrimati Hirbhai Anandji Dand. A singular
hall especially to be used for the pathshala and for
other religious functions was constructed by Hirbhai
Anandji Dand. It was renamed as Shri Heerbhai Jain
Dharmik Pathshala. A pundit was not available immediately,
so smt Heerbhai Anandji Dand and Smt Velbai Megji
Malshi Dand, took charge, both being quite well versed
with scriptures of Jainism; took the mantle of imparting
knowledge to the seekers. Real charity is not donating
money, but when you give you give yourself to the
cause. We salute the services of such selfless individuals.
the last forty-four years the pathshala has being
functioning unhindered and growing multifold. At present
it has the strength of 150 students. The youngest
student being a two-year-old toddler and the oldest
being a seventy two year old lady. Smt Hiraben Moolchand
Parekh is the spiritual guide, respectfully called
"Ben" by the students. The Sangh appreciates
her commitment towards the students and bestows a
fair remuneration for her unflinching service.
teacher affects eternity; we can never tell where
his/her influence stops. The patashala has been blessed
to have the services of great teachers of the like
of Shrimati Premabhai Padamshi Lodaya and Shimati
Gulabben. Their names are taken here with pride and
first season us, then schoolmasters.
To impart spiritual knowledge
The rules of reason, righteous teachers
Have refined the conviction
Giving brilliance a better discerning
method, in which knowledge is transmitted from generation
to generation, is mostly verbal. The student is required
to remember the sutra, scriptures and other religious
rituals orally. No notebooks, the student is educated
and learned by rote, to radiate forever into their
mind, heart, and soul.
art of living purposely is the art of examining the
vast storehouse of beliefs, dropping the out-moded
ones, consciously choosing those that serve ones goals,
and carefully crafting new ones in greatest alignment
with the objectives. For which an examination is a
must. The students appear for the exams soon after
the Paryushan parv (the eight day jain festival).
Every individual has a different question paper, as
per what he has learned over the last one year. The
Sangh also awards those students that have done exceptionally
well in the exams.
the benefit of the young children and also housewives,
the pathshala is open from 8 am in the morning to
10 a.m and again in the afternoon from 3pm to 4:30
pm. Saturday and Sundays it functions for half day.
During the Paryushan parv and Ayambil Oli, it however
remains closed. On the very next day of Mahavir Janam
Vanchan day distribution of notebook and pen to the
students is regularly carried out by the pathshala.
Many such incentives are carried out routinely to
encourage the students. The Jain Dharmik Heerbahi
Pathshala is running smoothly today thanks to its
Jain Pathshala cochin is most unique in imparting
religious teachings, for it does not discriminate
and impose the doctrines of a single school of thought.
Knowledge is instructed by neither confounding the
persons: nor dividing the substance. The Anekantvad
principle in Jainism, yet again binds the community
together. As a result the students are taught according
to the Achhal Gachcha and Tap Gachcha Samachari, or
as wished by them. Hence Students may belong to different
sects of Jainism, but pathshala does not enforce any
one particular text.
a hundred flowers blossom along with different schools
of thought is the guiding principle for promoting
augmentation in the religious forbearance and a flourishing
socialist culture in our temple and land. In the fog
of good and evil affections it is hard for man to
walk forward in a straight line. This is where the
pathshala by teaching perfect knowledge guide the
student right from the tender age towards perfect
vision resulting in perfect character. Shri Jitesh
Arvind Vora a student of this pathshala paved ahead
on this very path and today he is Muni Jivbandhu Vijayji.
May many such buds blossom making the community proud.