Religious Biography

chandrakant-2Chandrakantbhai was born and raised in a religious family in Ahmedabad, India. He showed tremendous interest in spirituality at an early age.  He explains the concepts of Jainism using real life experiences and motivates the listeners to follow in our daily life. He has inspired countless people by his selfless service to the Jain community.  He is a well-respected Jain scholar who has provided a remarkable contribution to the Jain community of the United States and abroad by giving lectures, Fundraising speeches, Swadhyayas, Samuh Samayiks, and Shibirs. He has served as Member of Board of Trustees (BOT), Chairman of Board of Trustees for Jain Center of New Jersey and Director of JAINA. He was a  Co-Chairman of the $17 million Shikharbandhi Temple project in Franklin Township, New Jersey.

He is an international speaker and scholar.  All Jain traditions from Swetamber, Digamber, Sthanakvasi, Terapanthi and Shrimad Rajchandra Mission invite him for discourses on the application of Jain principles.  He received Awards of Excellence/Recognition from JAINA, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and various Jain Centers & Study Groups globally.

He has delivered inspiring lectures in America at Jain Centers, JAINA and YJA conventions, Interfaith Religious Organization, Hindu Societies, Sanatan Mandir Swadhyay Group, Senior Citizen Centers, Churches, High schools and at the 2600th birth anniversary of Mahavirswami in the Chapel at the United Nations, New york City.  He has given discourses in Canada, Hongkong, Singapore, Antwerp (Belgium), Kobe (Japan), Dubai (UAE), Bangkok (Thailand), Malaysia and many cities in India. He  is invited as a speaker for 2018 Paryushan celebration in Mombasa (Africa).  He has conducted over 200 Samuh Samayiks and Shibirs in New Jersey and other Jain centers of USA.  He does Laghu Siddh Chakra Pujan every day for past fiften years.

He taught “Tattvarth Sutra” granth, one of the most sacred literature of Jainism to a large group of students in New Jersey from 2013-2017. This was conducted as a college level course. He gave quizzes and exams regularly and conducted a graduation ceremony for the students at the end of 4 years.  His two part book on Tattvarth Sutra was published in 2017 which includes all the review questions, quizzes, exams and answer keys.  This two part book is available to anyone who wants to study Tattvarth Sutra.  His 83 videotaped lectures on Tattvarth Sutra have been uploaded on You Tube.  These lectures are also uploaded on the website (www.studyjainism.org)  Thousands of viewers around the world are watching on a regular basis from their homes.

He is currently teaching another great Adhytma Granth “Gnansar” using same tools (review questions, exams, etc) as he did for Tattvarth Sutra.  During the class he also teaches “Bhaktamar Stotra” & spiritual meaning of each Shloka.  Gnansar videos can be viewed through You Tube or the above website.   He has written a book on “Siddhachakra Aaradhana ane tena Rahasyo”.  This book is also uploaded on this website.

Chandrakantbhai came to the United States in 1970. He holds a Masters degree in Physics from India and a Masters degree in Nuclear Engineering from the United States. He and his wife did Shetrunjay Giriraj 99-yatra for five consecutive years. His wife Pravinaben wrote a book on “Amari Navvanu yatra no Mitho Anubhav”  (sweet experiences of our 99-yatra) in Gujarati. This book is also uploaded on this website.

Presently, Chandrakantbhai and Pravinaben live in Parsippany, New Jersey USA.  They feel blessed to have two married children and four grandchildren residing in Austin, Texas.

 

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