In the Parliament of the World’s Religions “Vidyoday” by filmmaker Vidhi Kasliwal will be shown, a biographical documentary film that captures the essence of the sublime Digambar (sky-clad) Jain monk Acharya Vidyasagar on his divine quest. It is the same prestigious platform that, when it was first published in 1893, Swami Vivekananda called for religious tolerance.
The film will be shown as part of the 8th Parliament of the World’s Religions Summit, which will be held virtually for the first time this year. It takes place from October 16-18 and features programs, presentations and religious customs from around the world.
In line with his 2021 theme “Opening our Hearts to the World: Compassion in Action”, Vidyoday shows the behavior of Acharya Vidyasagar, who follows the Jain philosophy based on the pillars Ahimsa (non-violence) and Kshama (compassion). . He adheres to these principles to the greatest possible extent, which extends not only to fellow monks and humans, but to all living beings, whether animals or insects, including stationary, single-minded beings such as rocks and plants.
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This captivating documentary traces the persecution of Acharya Vidyasagar, who has practiced sacrifice, simplicity, peace and non-violence in thoughts, actions and deeds for over 50 years. The film traces the journey of this Muni (philosophical monk) from his childhood to his monasticism and his elevation to acharya (leadership) together with his teachings, his school and literary works, his tapasya (penance) and his contributions to the Jain community there and society.
Vidhi Kasliwal, who directed the documentary and also produced under her Landmarc Films banner, says: “Acharya Vidyasagar ji has made a great contribution to Jainism, one of the oldest religions in India. It is only fitting that his thrifty but fulfilling life should be shown to the world through the Parliament of World Religions, which celebrates religious and spiritual communities committed to building a peaceful and sustainable world. “
“I am overwhelmed that ‘Vidyoday’, our humble attempt to tell its story while shedding light on the various facets of Jainism, is being shown on the same platform on which Swami Vivekananda left indelible marks. India is a rich spiritual cauldron and we need to keep celebrating that, ”adds Kasliwal.