H.H. Shilapiji Maharaj SadhviJi

With her simplistic approach to the doctrines of Ahimsa, Love and Compassion, Pujya Sadhvi Shri Shilapiji Maharaj – a dynamic and inspiring leader – appeals to people from every faith and all walks of life. With an M.Phil in Comparative Religion from the University of London, she is the first Sadhvi in Jain tradition to have pursued overseas education.

A grand canvas of her work is embodied in Veerayatan Vidyapeeth Kutch,Gujarat (India) – a massive relief and rehabilitation project that she has initiated and nurtured for close to two decades. It stands tall today as a beacon of hope, creating numerous opportunities for the educational and professional development of the rural population.

Proficient in many languages, Sadhvi Shilapiji is known to be a learned scholar of Jain philosophy and has been invited to deliver lectures at Oxford, Harvard and other top universities. A great philosopher and orator, she has also spoken at global conventions like the World Religion Conference in Cape Town and Chicago as well as the Interfaith Meeting in Israel, among others. In pursuit of her vision of a unified and solicitous world, Sadhvi Shilapiji has travelled over 20 countries, touching millions through her sermons and igniting a light of change.

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