“Upadhyay Shri Rishi Praveen”
Life and Achievements
” Upadhyay Shri Rishi Praveen” is the founder and head of the Arham PurUshakar meditation and other courses that teaches you a way of discovering your inner self. He has discovered possibilities of achieving a sacred thread to overcome fears. Upadhyaya Shree was born on 7 October 1957 in Loni Factory to pious parents Smt. Champabai Desarda and Shri Dagdulalji Desarda (Ahmednagar, Maharastra). Shree Praveen Rishiji studied up to the tenth grade and had always been drawn to more in-depth religious beliefs, exemplifying the notion that great persons are not solely shaped by formal education. Over time, his interest in Dharma expanded exponentially and evolved into worldly apathy. On March 24, 1974, at the age of 16, he took the vows of a Jain monk (Diksha) at the lotus feet of Acharya Shree Anandrishiji of the Shraman Sangh in Bhusaval (Khandesh, Maharashtra).
As he began this noble path (Sanyam), he devoted the majority of his time to Gurubhakti and the study of the Aagams. Under the guidance of Acharya Shre Anand Rishiji, he spent eighteen years studying the Jain Aagams in great depth. He embodied dedication and devotion in his service to his Guru.
His curious temperament developed him into a complex individual. Possibly, for this reason, his sermons appeal towards the moment you realize, ‘I do not know,’ the longing, the seeking, and the possibility of knowing become a living reality. With his rational observations, Praveen Rishiji has renowned for transforming society’s conventional and superstitious thinking. One of his sermons is sufficient for a person to become a devoted devotee. Shri Pravin Rishiji practiced Divine Sadhana in the forests surrounding Indore in order to bake the clay of wisdom in the kiln of meditation (Madhya Pradesh).
In 2004, Acharya Shree Dr. Shivmuniji, the fourth Patthar of the Shraman Sangh, bestowed upon him the title of Upadhyaya in recognition of his enormous knowledge and Sadhana. People throughout Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka were inspired by his sage advice. To disseminate the teachings of Prabhu Mahaveer, he travels 2,000 to 2,500 kilometers annually on foot. Upadhyay Shri Rishi Praveen is possibly the first monk since 1992 to bring the life story and messages of Tirthankara Mahaveer in the form of the Mahaveer Gatha to life through his distinctive narrative style.
He walks us through the journey of the Trithankara’s life with a such profound intensity that listeners feel as though they have been transported to the same historical period. Along the same lines, he narrates the Uttaradhyayan Sutra, Mahaveer’s final discourses, with tremendous enchantment, making the experience unique. Through his efforts, he has enabled individuals to experience inner peace and the joy of a healthy body through a unique and powerful set of offerings.
All of his programs, despite being grounded on scripture and tradition, are designed to meet the requirements of and positively transform contemporary society. He has achieved this by striking a balance between tradition and modernity, religion and science, and theory and practice. His initiatives—Navkar Kalash and Gautam Nidhi—constantly alter the social landscape. His Karma Siddhanth (Secrets of Karma) sermons demonstrate the breadth of his understanding. Likewise, he has introduced a novel approach to the classic Samayik, Pratikraman, Tapasya, and Dhyan.
Each year, Upadhyaya Shree’s efforts to inspire spiritual transformation increase. Wherever he observes darkness, superstition, confusion, or inadequacy in the familial, societal, or dharmic domains, he shines the light of a workshop or program on the situation.
Through his Shivirs, he has impacted individuals of all ages, interests, and genders. These include, among others, Discover Yourself, Happy Married Life, Happy Home, Ashtamangal Dhyan Sadhana, Arham Garbh Sadhana, Arham Dharna, Arham Parenting, Arham Purushakar. Every program fosters the total development of the student. The approach and schedules followed are tailored to individual needs and more flexible than other programs, without diluting the potency of what is offered.
Among these is Upadyay Shri Rishi Praveen’s revival of the Aagams’ Arham Purushakar Meditation, a simple, easy-to-follow, one-of-a-kind, and worldwide meditation practice. This practice includes color treatment, mantra meditation, and form meditation. It facilitates internal transformation and self-purification, leading to divine self-realization, by aiding in the opening of one’s inner vision.