Becoming a Jain Sadhvi In today’s modern society it is rare to find souls who seek liberation versus worldly desires and pleasures. Most of the society is driven towards economic, social and career success. It is difficult to find spiritual seekers in such a society, especially in western countries; therefore, it's even rarer to find souls who wish to dedicate their life to the spiritual path fully, renounce the world, family, and possessions, endure difficult sadhana to burn karma, to lead a disciplined life, and put all efforts to attain the three jewels of right vision, right knowledge, and right conduct to eventually become liberated.
To become a Sadhvi, a female monastic, does not mean to take up an easy lifestyle or escape social and self-responsibilities. Rather it is the opposite. It is a lifetime vow of self-improvement, self-observation (being aware of all the activities of the mind such as emotions, thoughts, sense-pleasure, etc.), self-inquiry through pratikraman, and taking self-responsibility for past and present deeds, while at the same time inviting and burning karma through intense sadhana, tapasya and dhyan, studying deeply about soul and how to liberate it, and being disciplined and guided by the Acharya and guru on a daily basis.
It is a special occasion that deserves much attention, celebration and recognition when a soul decides to enter the monastic life and become a Jain Sadhvi.
On July 9, 2016, Tania Máynez will take her Jain Sadhvi Diksha.
About Tania Tania, 33, was born in Mexico to a hard-working, loving, highly principled and cultured family who instilled in her the values of integrity, loyalty, tenacity, hard work,selfless service, generosity, and compassion. At the age of 12, she moved with her family to Houston, Texas to establish a new life.
Tania is highly educated. She worked full-time while attending college full-time to pay for her own college education. She graduated from the University of Houston with Cum Laude honors and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing degree, a Minor in French, and an Advanced Certification in the Program for Excellence in Selling. After college, she pursued a demanding professional career where she was responsible for the growth and development of a $2.2 million territory for the company. Tania has traveled the world, having visited many countries in South America, Europe, and Indian subcontinent. She also spent two months volunteering in Mexico helping the indigenous community.
In need of a spiritual retreat, when she was 29, Tania visited Siddhayatan Tirth, where she met His Holiness Acharya Shree Yogeesh and was introduced to the Jain Shramanic system. At that point in her life, she was seeking clarity on how to lead a purpose-driven and meaningful life of spiritual growth and serve humanity. During her 7-day retreat under the direct guidance of Acharya Shree, she learned the significance of living a non-violent spiritual life and various forms of sadhana. She was inspired to become vegetarian and after her retreat began a rigorous daily sadhana including reciting the Namokar mantra, doing pranayama, practicing meditation and yoga.
After studying and practicing the teachings for over a year at home, traveling to Nepal with her guru, and visiting Siddhayatan Tirth on a monthly basis, she gained more clarity and received her soul’s calling. Tania expressed her desire and realization to become a Sadhvi under Acharya Shree and at the same time he accepted her for training. In February 2013, Tania moved to Siddhayatan Tirth to begin her Sadhvi training.
Tania's Training & Progress Since moving and training at Siddhayatan Tirth for 3 years, she completed her studies of the Dashvaikalik and Uttradhyan sutras, learned how to read, write and speak basic Hindi, manages ashram affairs including administration, guest relations, social media, graphic design, and recently created an artistic book full of inspiring spiritual quotes by Acharya Shree. In April of this year, she organized four successful events in Mexico where nearly 200 people had the opportunity to meet Acharya Shree and be introduced to the teachings of Tirthankara Mahavira, nonviolence, vegetarianism and the shramanic teachings for the first time. It was the first time in Mexico’s history a Jain Acharya and Sadhvi visited.
Acharya Shree Yogeesh's Words About Tania Acharya Shree says, “Anubhuti is a very bright, intelligent, hard-working, humble, respectful, devotional soul, with exceptional spiritual growth. She is ready to take a stunning twist in her life. Her full potential is to help humanity, spread the messages of spirituality, nonviolence, and especially kayotsarga (dhyana). She is ready for Diksha after successfully passing all of her training. Now it is her soul’s special time to take the most important step a human being can ever take.”
A Beautiful Wish Tania wishes to dedicate her life to spreading the teachings of the Tirthankaras and Acharya Shree worldwide. With the full support of her family, she will publicly take Diksha where her heart and soul’s deepest desire will be granted.
YOU ARE INVITED
Acharya Shree Yogeesh, Sadhvi Siddhali Shree, Chelo Máynez (mother), Carolina Máynez (sister), Carlos Peña Máynez (brother), Miles O’Sullivan (monk-in-training), Cody Deveny (monk-in-training), and the entire Siddhayatan Tirth community, invite you to this auspicious ceremony and special occasion.
**~~ DIKSHA CEREMONY PROGRAM DETAILS ~~**
[ Friday, July 8 ] 7:00pm
Mehndi, Bhajans, and Bhavana ~~~
[ Saturday, July 9 ] 3:00pm - 6:00pm
**~~ Tilak Ceremony ~~** (with Sangeet & Bhajans)
**~~ Pravachan ~~** (Acharya Shree Yogeesh)
**~~ Pravachan ~~** (Sadhvi Siddhali Shree)
**~~ Sadhvi Chola ~~** (Dress)
**~~ Diksha Paath ~~** (Initiation)
**~~ Pratham Sambodhan ~~** (Speech by new Sadhvi)
**~~ Dinner & Dessert ~~**
* LOCATION *
Siddhayatan Tirth 9985 E Hwy 56, Windom, Tx 75492
Diksha Ceremony and Dinner are sponsored by dedicated Siddhayatan Tirth members: Vanita, Sanjeev Jain and Family of Dallas, Texas.
How to Attend
RSVP by calling (903) 487-0717 or replying to this email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Include your name, how many family members, and on which date you will attend.