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Shrimadji composing Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra
Great Ones are
Living Scriptures.
And they create
new ones,
throbbing with their
Being,
for posterity to decode
and follow...
And become like Them.

Simple, crystal clear and directed solely at the seeker's internal growth, Shrimad Rajchandraji's teachings have been incessantly illuminating the spiritual path for thousands of seekers over the years. Religion, according to Him, is to realise the true innate nature of the soul. His teachings therefore emphasise a conduct in accordance with the spiritual and ethical norms, and the necessity of a Spiritual Master, a Guru, whose personal guidance is invaluable for one's spiritual advancement. He also emphasises an important precursor to the inward journey - single-minded focus towards the goal of self-realisation.


At a time where the true meaning of religion had receded into the background, Shrimadji actively preached
the gospel of liberation and the Eternal Truth as enunciated by Bhagwan Mahavira.
Classification of Teachings
Shrimadji's preachings are expressions of that which is unfathomable, inexhaustible and almost inexpressible - the experience of the ultimate reality of the Self. His prolific writings can be classified as follows:

1.Treatises :

Shrimadji authored several texts/treatises-some in prose,some in verse. Of these the principle ones are:
His prolific writings can be classified as follows:


Creation of Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra
a) Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra
Considered as the Atma Upanishad, Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra is the prime jewel amongst His writings. The quintessence of His wisdom, these 142 verses are compact yet profound in content. Composed in a single sitting of only one and a half hours, in Nadiad, Gujarat, at the young age of twenty-eight years, this magnum opus in philosophical literature, deals with the Soul and its existence, its eternal nature, its acquisition of karmic bondage, the consequences of that bondage, liberation from bondage and the path of attaining liberation. The difficult task of expounding such profound philosophy in a short composition such as this has been accomplished with mastery by the genius of Shrimadji in Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra in a simple question-answer format, discussed between a disciple and the Master.
b) Mokshmala
This text combines philosophy with ethics, blends lucidity with simplicity and presents a straightforward exposition on the true nature of Jainism. 108 lessons on liberation have been authored in the short span of three days by Shrimadji at the tender age of sixteen years and five months.
c) Bhavnabodh
This small book inspires the seeker to cultivate twelve sentiments or attitudes in order to remain non-attached to the material world.
d) Pratimasiddhi
Shrimadji found worshipping the Jina idols extremely helpful in attaining self-realisation. Expressing His beliefs He wrote a small manuscript called Pratimasiddhi. Unfortunately, only the parts with the initial preface and conclusion are available. The main content of the text is unavailable.
2. Poetic Compositions

Composition of Apurva Avsar
Shrimadji also penned close to twenty poetic compositions of spiritual content, reflecting the intensity of His endeavour for self-emancipation. Though most of them are in Gujarati, a few have also been composed in Hindi. His compositions serve as windows to His Inner Self, reflections of His exalted state. Each word exudes the nectar of His wisdom and guidance along the path of liberation. While some of them elucidate the importance and greatness of the Sadguru, some espouse inner detachment and reveal the path of self-realisation. Spiritual in content, these exquisitely crafted compositions induce detachment and self-awareness. His words have the ability to inspire spirituality even in the hearts of those hankering after material happiness.
Some of the popular compositions which are regularly recited in many hearts and homes are:
  • Apurva Avsar Evo Kyare Aavshe
  • Mool Marg Sambhlo Jinno Re
  • Bina Nayan Pavey Nahi
  • Hey Prabhu! Hey Prabhu! Shu Kahu
  • Yam Niyam Sanjam Aap Kiyo
  • Ichche Chhe Je Jogijan
3. Translations and Commentaries

Shrimadji writing commentaries
For the benefit of seekers, sections of many Jain sutras and scriptures have been translated by Shrimadji into Gujarati. Notable amongst these are:
  • Shri Ratnakarandshravakachar
  • Shri Uttaradhyayan Sutra
  • Shri Dashvaikalik Sutra
  • Jnanarnav
  • Panchastikay
  • Dravyasangrah
He has also written commentaries on certain sections of some important religious literature.
These are:
  • Swaroday Jnan
  • Navtattva Prakran
  • Jivatattva Sambhandhi Vichar
  • Samayasarnatak
  • Aath Yogdrashtini Sajjhay
  • Anandaghan Chovishi
4. Articles

Shrimadji has written various articles. Some articles are titled, 'Muni Samagam', 'Jainmarg Vivek', 'Mokshsiddhant'; however, for the most part, either the complete article is unavailable or has been left incomplete.

5. Aphorisms

About 1116 moral and spiritual aphorisms compiled under various headings, such as, 'Pushpamala', 'Bodhvachan', 'Mahaniti', 'Vachanamrut' etc., have been written by Shrimadji, offering an insight into His deep rumination on universal subjects like conduct, correct thinking, ethics, straightforwardness, discrimination etc. Some address the readers as words of advice, some as preachings and others as general definitions. All of these reflect Shrimadji's profound interest in spirituality.

6. Personal Notes

These are profound narratives which encompass His autobiography till the age of twenty two, His deep contemplation on metaphysical subjects, His unfathomable intrinsic state, beautiful poetic compositions as well as His thoughts on the various manuscripts He had intended to write. All these are included in the following works:
  • Samucchayvayacharya
  • Rojnishi
  • Nondhbook
  • Haathnondh

7. Letters

Shrimadji's Priceless Letters
A large part of Shrimadji's extant literature comprises of letters imparting spiritual guidance to devotees, which speak volumes of the exalted spiritual state He had attained. In addition, they beautifully expound profound topics such as the virtues of the Soul, the importance of an Enlightened Guru, the necessity of devotion, and much more. Some letters are also direct responses to queries or problems faced by aspirants, divulging effective techniques to combat them. These letters are a crystalline reflection of the pure philosophy of Bhagwan Mahavira, solely aimed at the welfare and bliss of every individual.



8. Preachings Transcribed by Devotees

Vachanamrutji
On His travels to the areas of Kathiawad and Charotar, in Gujarat, Shrimadji would grace devotees and their homes with His august presence. Preachings and discussions on philosophy would ensue, often taking the form of question-answers between the Guru and His devotees. These pearls of wisdom would be cherished and later penned, based on memory by the gratified devotees, sometimes even shown to Shrimadji Himself who would then fondly make the necessary corrections to the notes. These were then collated into four volumes entitled:
  • Updeshnondh
  • Updeshchhaya
  • Vyakhyansaar-1
  • Vyakhyansaar-2
Thus, an integral part of Shrimadji's literature also includes these transcriptions made by His devotees.

All the aforesaid teachings have been incorporated in a spiritually uplifting text entitled 'Shrimad Rajchandra', lovingly called 'Vachanamrut', which till date continues to quench the thirst of thousands of seekers, bestowing invaluable guidance on their journey to self-discovery.

Contribution

Shrimad Rajchandraji
Shrimadji had an aspiration to re-establish Jain religion as propounded by Bhagwan Mahavira, in its pristine glory. He wished to restore the splendour of the religion that had been eclipsed by sectarianism and ritualism prevalent during His times, weakening it at its very roots. At a time where the true meaning of religion had receded into the background, Shrimadji actively preached the gospel of liberation and the Eternal Truth as enunciated by Bhagwan Mahavira. As a rejuvenator of Jain religion in the light of His own experience, Shrimadji's contribution is truly unique.


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