Sign boards with `moral messages` a hit in Jodhpur town

While commercial hoardings increasingly dot neighbouring townscapes, Peepad city here is full of signages with moral lessons.

Last Updated: Feb 02, 2011, 15:27 PM IST

Peepad city, Jodhpur: While commercial
hoardings increasingly dot neighbouring townscapes, Peepad
city here is full of signages with moral lessons.

"Correct path and right behaviour in life," is among
various other moral instructions that are fighting for space
with movie posters, paan stains and advertisements on walls.

The unique initiative is being undertaken by the Jain
community here on the occasion of 100th birth anniversary of
the religious leader Acharya Shri Hasthimal.

"We decided to popularise the teachings of Acharya
Hasthi, whom we follow, on the occasion of his 100th birth
anniversary because these messages are so practical that it
can bring a shift in life if followed honestly," said
Dhanendra, an office bearer of Jain Ratna Shravak Sangh here.

"We strongly believe that this initiative can improve the
quality of life. No message can go unnoticed and the idea
would prove beneficial especially for youngsters in developing
high moral standards required to lead a very moral life," he
said.

Carrying instructions that range from how to attain
wisdom and knowledge to the need to live in peace and harmony,
these signages are proving to be a hit among the masses.

"150 sign boards were placed in the market here. We have
covered all the key places with the teachings of the Acharya
in a systematic manner. We found it an impressive way to
impart his teachings and it has proved to be popular among the
people here," said Rajendra, a local shopkeeper, who has
joined the "moral campaign."

`Wisdom is better than money because money wants
protection and wisdom protects you,` `Calm down your wishes if
you want calmness,` `problem cannot stay longer before
him/her` are among other messages written on the sign boards
and walls.

"It`s a distinct idea to motivate people, and visitors
feels good on seeing these impressive messages. It can work in
building positive thoughts and approach to life," said Yash
Solanki a tourist from Jodhpur.

PTI