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  • Rajesh Jain    04 September 2017 7:04 PM

    Mexican Lady Tania Maynez Becomes Jain Sadhvi

    It is a special occasion when a soul particularly, on foreign land decides to enter the monastic life and become a Jain Sadhvi. 

    Tania Maynez, 33 was accorded diksha by Acharya Shree Yogeesh. Diksha is the ceremony of initiation into monkshood. Tania Maynez, 33, was born in Mexico to a hard-working family who instilled in her the values of integrity and compassion. At the age of 12, she moved with her family to Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston with Cum Laude honors and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing degree, a Minor in French, 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 to become a Sadhvi under Acharya Shree Yogeesh and at the same time he accepted her for training. In February 2013, Tania moved to Siddhayatan Tirth to begin her Sadhvi training.

    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. In April of this year, she organized four successful events in Mexico where nearly 200 people had the opportunity to meet Acharya Shree Yogeesh 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. Tania wishes to dedicate her life to spreading the teachings of the Tirthankaras worldwide. Tania's diksha was a two-day event on July 8th and 9th, 2016. The diksha festivities began in McKinney, Texas at a Jain family's home for an evening of mehndi rasma, bhajans, and bhavana. The following day, the local Jain, Hindu, and Siddhayatan Spiritual community came together at Siddhayatan Tirth to witness a historic moment. She is the first Mexican to take Jain Sadhvi Diksha.

    In his address at ceremony, Acharya Shree said, "The diksha Tania is about to take is not an easy one. It takes a brave and courageous soul to leave the world and family behind. The vow she takes today is forever. Many think they can take this step and many desire spiritual monk life, but it is rare for someone to actually make the leap. I give a lot of credit to her. She has trained and worked hard on herself for three years. She left a successful life. She left her family. She is ready to endure the path of a Sadhvi. She is dedicating her life to find freedom. You must know, in order to share freedom, you must first have it yourself. It's not easy an easy thing to achieve, but it is not impossible. She will reach her goal one day. My question to all of you is, if she can renounce the whole world today, can you at least renounce one thing in your life that is causing harm to yourself or others?" He also stressed the importance of gender equality and that both women and men can achieve moksha-enlightenment and liberation--if they free themselves from karma and the cycle of birth and death. According to Acharya Shree, "Diksha is the first step towards liberation." As a newly initiated Sadhvi, Sadhvi Anubhuti delivered a inspiring speech. She first began by sharing a poem she wrote titled, "Let It Be." A few lines from her poem.

    If I am going to have courage, Let it be courage to face the challenges of the path.
    If I am going to feel pain, Let it be the pain of burning karma.
    If I am going to judge, Let it be to judge my intentions.
    If I am going to work, Let it be to work on myself.
    And if If I am going to move, Let it be to move towards eternal freedom.

    After her poem, she expressed, With Acharya Shree's blessing and guidance I wish for my soul to achieve four things.

    I would like to serve humanity and help those in need. With so many blessings in my life, I cannot turn my back against those living in fear, pain, and suffering. I would like to spread Acharya Shree's teachings and the teachings of the Tirthankaras because I know that this will help pave a road for those souls seeking liberation. I wish for my soul to inspire others to work on themselves, to find themselves, and to find the incredible things I've discovered through spirituality.

    And last, I wish for my soul to reach its highest potential in this life. Sadhvi Anubhuti concluded, If I live my life like this, then I will know that I lived a meaningful life. And if at least one person becomes inspired to do the same, then I will know that absolutely everything was worth it.

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