The Terapanth Yuvak Parishad is a youth forum that unites the Terapanthi youth from the age of 21 to 45 the world over. The formation of this organisation was due to the vision and able efforts of Acharya Shri Tulsi. It was his thinking that has led to this strong and rooted forum of Terapanthi youth. This organisation has a huge following of over 40000 youth across the world. The TYP has its wings spread all across the country with more than 325 branches which execute the vision of the present 11th Acharya of Terapanth His Holiness Acharya Shri Mahashramanji.
The vision of TYP is to generate opportunities and chances for the youth so that they can interact with the world. The organisation helps in strengthening the moral values of youth by creating opportunities to serve other people, state and nation through its various programmes, to network amongst themselves so that all can grow and a win-win scenario gets promoted and to inculcate in themselves the value of following the Jain philosophy. All this creates a platform for the youth from where the world see them as responsible citizens of the world.
ABTYP follows a missionary vision strategy wherein the missions are so aligned that the vision will only be achieved if the missions are followed well. Here the vision is the outcome of the missions. The first mission being that of service. The TYP pledges itself for the service of mankind and humanity. Under its service mission TYP runs and manages activities of social causes like Blood Donation Drives, Eye Check Up and Medical Check Up camps, De Addiction Programmes, helping the needy by timely distribution of needy things free of cost, setting up of pathology labs, giving services on days of national importance to the nation at large, supporting in times of national grief and natural calamities etc.
By its mission of empowerment the TYP pledges to empower the youth by inculcating the values of Jainism and Terapanth to the roots by way of having regular training and teaching camps and programmes. Inviting their services during the Chaturmas is another way of involving the youth to the philosophy of Humanity. Regular Meditation by means of Preksha Dhyan, Science of living (Jeevan Vigyan programmes), etc. are the ways in which empowerment of values in the youth is carried out. The mission of strengthening is basically to promote the feeling of fellowship among youth and enroute achieve a great network of Terapanthi youth all over the world. Facilities like encouragement to higher studies, hostel facilities in urban areas, talent hunt programmes,conducting seminars for personality and business development are the means by which the empowerment is generated in the youth and networking is promoted among them so that a youth is never out of resource and the hormonal links are established among the youth. Thus TYP intends to be a window of opportunities for the youth to interface with the world.
Jainism is an ancient religion of India that prescribes a path of non-violence towards all living beings. Its philosophy and practice emphasize the necessity of self-effort to move the soul towards divine consciousness and liberation. Any soul that has conquered its own inner enemies and achieved the state of supreme being is called Jina (Conqueror or Victor).
Jainism is also referred to as Shraman (self-reliant) Dharma or the religion of Nirgantha (who does not have attachments and aversions) by ancient texts.
Acharya Bhikshu felt the chaos and turmoil in the society by the various interpretations obsolete blind belief. He applied the larger responsibility to create a strong and simple way of delivering the principles of Jainism. He established the TERAPANTH realizing it as TERA (THY) PANTH (Path).
Acharya Bhikshu laid stress on the 13 religious principles, namely,
This practice of regulating the entire Panth by one Acharya only has become a characteristic feature of the Terapanth and an example for emulation by other Panths. It is noteworthy that all monks and nuns of the Terapanth scrupulously follow the orders of their Acharya, preach under his guidance and carry out all religious activities in accordance with his instructions.
TERAPANTH preaches the divinity of Jainism by simplifying its philosophy and understanding. It preaches the principles of Jain under the leadership of his holiness the enlightened one, the living Guru. In the 19th century when the social disorder and anarchy increased due to warring rulers, invading foreigners and reduced educational system, a sun rised in the form of Terapanth to enlighten the future of Humanity.
Acharya Shri Mahashraman took birth on the 13th of May 1962. Mahashramanji was honoured with the Yuvacharya title by Acharya Mahapragya.
Yuvacharya Mahashraman was hailed as the 11th Acharya of Terapanth Dharmsangh on the 23rd of May 2010 at Sardarshahar (Rajasthan) amid ceremonious celebrations.
Acharya Mahashraman has a great personality radiating both external and internal grace. His aura manifests softness, gentleness, kindness and compassion. He preaches commitment to non-violence, morality and social welfare. He firmly believes in respecting all religions, discarding the irrational and incoherent believes that have pledged society from generations.
His tremendous organizational and administrative skills have greatly benefitted the various organisations who work to promote the vision of Terapanth. He inspires allegiance to self-Discipline, progress of both self and others.
He is zealously dedicated to the creation of a healthy and prosperous society by removing the ills of society like rigid, oblivious blind beliefs and sacrificial rites. His mission for upliftment of society is to remove un- touch ability, casteism, cheating, intoxication, dowry, female feticide, and many such incoherent practices that have become a part of the society.
Acharya Mahashraman has travelled more than 20,000 KM on foot and meets more than 15,000 people per day during the annual chatrurmas, guiding more than 18,00,000 people in a span of just 4 months. On regular days he meets around 2500 people during his Ahimsa Yatra. This is an astonishing figure considering the strength of over 3,50,000 religious followers, such is the following of Terapanth.
Apart from this there are 700 Sadhus and Sadhvis (Monks & Nuns) who rigorously travel separately across the country approximately covering at least 200 centers a year, traveling 1,500 km in a group. This adds to total 4,000 centers, covering 3,00,000 km & touching millions of people. There are many centers spread across USA, UK, Russia, Europe, Middle East, Far East where the Saman & Samanis (Learned Teachers) show the Terapanth Philosophy to the world.