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Anavil Samaj Mumbai has great plans for future.
Please read this in the section of "Future Plans".

The disunited mind is far from wise; how can it meditate? How be at peace? When you know no peace, how can you know joy?

Today’s mania for speed strikes right at the root of our capacity for an even mind. How often we find ourselves locked into behavior and situations that force us to hurry, hurry, hurry! By now, most of us are aware that compulsive speed – “hurry sickness” – can be a direct threat to our physical health. But hurry has another alarming repercussion: it cripples patience.

When we lack patience, even a few moments’ delay, a trivial disappointment, an unexpected obstacle, makes us explode in anger. We are not hostile people; we are just in such a hurry that keeping the mind calm is impossible. Without peace of mind, how can we enjoy anything, from a movie to good health?

When we go slower, we are more patient, and when we are more patient, we are capable of enjoying life more. All these benefits can come from just learning to slow down.

From Eknath Easwaran's Words to Live By

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Extract from "Jai Anavil" magazine - April

Sneh Sammelan on Sunday 31/3/13 from 4:00 p.m. at Raheja College, Vidyanidhi Marg, J.V.P.D. North Juhu,

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Anavil History

Anavils originated from Suarat and Valsad districts of South Gujarat (India). This was a very fertile region and therefore, Anavil Brahmins were traditionally agriculturalists. Although they are called "Brahmins" they are actually a sub-sect or "grahasthi" i.e. they do not perform priestly duties in temples. The favorite diety of Anavils is Lord Shiva (see picture at top left of this page).

The Word "Anavil" is derived from two Sanskrit words "Un" and "Avil". "Un" means "not" and "Avil" is "dirty". i.e. "not dirty" meaning clean or pure. In all probability, the Anavils were pure vegetarians who kept themselves and their surroundings very clean. It could also mean that they were a race that kept their mind and actions clean i.e. people who did not steal or participate in anything considered un-holy.

There are no records available as to when and how the Anavils came to have surnames such as "Desai", "Naik", "Mehta" and so on. One school of thought is that being farmers and therefore physically strong, they might have been recruited into the armies of the times and hence over a period of a few hundred years, they came to be known by the positions they held in the army or by the nature of work they might have carried out when in the army.

During the British rule in India, education was made available and the Anavil Community was quick to grab the opportunity. As the Anavils became more literate, they began to see the injustice carried out by the British and hundreds of Anavils joined the Freedom struggle. Eminent amongst these were Bhulabhai Desai, Morarji Desai, Dayalji Desai, Mahadevbhai Desai and Khandubhai Desai to name a few.

After independence, the Anavil Brahmins went back to their agricultural land where rice was and still continues to be a major crop. However, over the years, agricultural yield declined and the Anavil landowners of Southern Gujarat gradually converted much of their paddy and sugarcane fields into orchards. Post independence brought better education and urban employment opportunities so many Anavils migrated to the big cities. Those who remained in the villages have transformed themselves from cultivators to managers supervising their mnarian property. Those that migrated to the cities did fairly well for themselves and today occupy most of the meaningful and supervisory jobs.

Today, one of the most prominent Anavil Brahmins is Shri A.M. Naik, CMD, Larsen & Toubro Limited, who was recently honored with the Padma Bhushan by the President of India (2009).

Other prominent Anavil personalities of today include, Anita Desai, Kiran Desai (both eminent authors), Dr. Ketan Desai (eminent doctor and teacher), Manmohan Desai, Vaishali Desai (film personalities), Dr Suresh Desai, an eminent Histopathologist, Dr. B.M. Desai an educationist and so on. The list is simply too long to cover them all here but we certainly hope to throw the spot light on a few in our Spot Light Box (see above).

If you have more information on Anavil history, please contact us. If you have more information on famous Anavils, simply click on the link in the Spot Light Box box and add the information. (login required).

The AnavilSamaj Mumbai thanks Mr. Jayendra Desai of Mississauga, Ontario for a major portion of this article.

Ishwer Naik
End Of A Wait For Appoinment Of Cooperative Election Chief Contributed by Ishwer Naik on Apr-21-14

As reported by one of prominent daily in Mumbai the State Law and Judiciary Department has issued an important warning to the other departments that by simply filing an appeal or special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court cannot be equated with a stay on the adverse order passed by the Bombay high court unless a stay has been granted with leave to appeal against the order.
In a circular issued recently, the department said, “Such perception is not legal, proper and correct.” Adding it says “If an appeal/SLP is filed by the state against the order of the high court but no stay is granted against the implementation and enforcement of the order of the HC, such orders would [ Read Full ..] or [ Add your article ]

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