Posted: 16.12.2017
By Amit Kumar Tiwari
ABSTRACT: Jainism is one of the most important religions in the world. It is very difficult to give exact date of the emergence of Jain religion. This religion was propagated by 24 Tirthankaras (Prophets). Rishabh Dev was the first Tirthakara of Jainism and Parswanatha was 23rd Tirthankara whose time is about 250 years before Mahaveer. Mahaveer Swami was 24th Tirthanakar of Jain religion who gave a new...
Posted: 24.08.2017
By Samani Sanmati Pragya
Paryushan is celebrated for eight consecutive days. The discipline of this celebration is to change our routine by laying out and putting to action a clear schedule. The benefits of this change are to enjoy a healthier lifestyle, obtain peace of mind, and cultivate a higher conscience through our behavior. Following this routine is suggested for anyone who desires to take on the eight-day challenges and build...
Posted: 24.08.2017
By Samani Sanmati Pragya
In specific periods of human history special personalities appear who possess unique insight into the workings of nature both internal and external. With the practice of austerity they purify their souls from craving (rāga) and aversion (dwesha) eventually attaining the knowledge of absolute reality or keval gyān. These remarkably gifted individuals possess special insight and knowledge into the workings of...
Posted: 16.12.2016
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
Introduction The Indian thinkers, however, unanimously hold that the absolute elimination of the passions of attachment and hatred, greed and anger is not possible. In fact, the spiritual disciplines propounded in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, the three major religions of India are in perfect agreement on this issue that meditation, in some form or the other is considered as the only way to attain salvation...
Posted: 19.04.2016
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
Mahavira's Contribution to the Mankind for All the Ages Among the great religious teachers of the world, Mahavira was the earliest who contributed much for the good and welfare of the entire mankind of all the ages. Mahavira's advent took place when this world was seething with philosophical speculations with Socrates and Plato in Greece, Zoroaster in Persia and Confucius in China. In India, the Brahmanic...
Posted: 19.03.2016
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
The entire ancient Indian philosophical thought, right from the vedās to the modern Vedānt of Sankar, has the law of Karma as its basic foundation. If this presupposition is negated or is shown to have no logical or scientific basis for its acceptance, all Indian philosophical systems except Cārvāka philosophy become redundant. The law of Karma is not only the foundation of India's philosophy but also...
Posted: 29.02.2016
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
Jaina philosophy has an important place in the domain of Indian philosophies. The concept of sat (Reality) occupies a foremost place in Jaina metaphysics. It is sat (Reality) which acts as a foundational stone in explaining the basic concepts of Jaina Ethics, Jaina theory of Karma, Jaina epistemology and Jaina logic. The essence of threefold nature of reality, i.e., Utpada, Vyaya and Dhrauvya will be dealt in...
Posted: 26.02.2016
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
The Rights of All Life Forms in Ācārāṅga Bhāṣyam Jainism one of the most ancient religions of the world originated and developed on Indian soil containing a profoundly progressive social attitude. Even in the antiquity start from the first Tīrthankar Rishab to 24 th Tīrthankar Mahavira, Jain preceptor discussed at length how one can protect the right of all the creatures. The Ācārāṅga Bhāṣyam,...
Posted: 29.01.2016
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
The soul in its pure form is embedded with infinite perception, infinite knowledge, infinite bliss, and infinite vigour. These natural inherent attributes are not, however manifested by worldly soul, because it is smeared with karmās . The large number of ritualistic practices throughout the world has been devised to get rid of the kārmic impurities and eventually liberate the soul from the bondages of...
Posted: 18.01.2016
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
Introduction to Pratyākhyāna The fifth Āvaśyaka according to the Digambaras, the sixth Āvaśyaka in Svetāmbara tradition is pratyākhyāna. Ācārya Amitgati defines pratyākhyāna as the avoidance of what is unfitting in order to prevent the commission of sin in the future. In a sense it is the equivalent to pratikramaṇa translated into future time. Here renunciation of any form of enjoyment is...
Posted: 11.01.2016
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
Social Relevance of Caturviṃśati Stava Hymn in Praise of the 24 Tīrthaṅkaras Eulogy is the very essence of all religions. Stuti or eulogy is nothing but the proper accommodation of the group of words in the praise of deity. In the prayer of caturviṅśati stava , there are seven verses in which the veneration to 24 tīrthaṅkaras is given which is considered tantamount to the mantra in Jainism. Meaning...
Posted: 07.01.2016
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
Vandanā (Reverence towards Ascetics) The third āvaśyaka is vandanā . Here vandanā means paying respect to the preceptor, to superiors who are seniors in austerity or penance, in scriptural knowledge, who are initiated earlier etc. It is a kind of ritual, by which respect for ascetics is expressed, egoism is reduced and humility is cultivated. Here the term ' vandanā ', is specially used in the sense of...
Posted: 02.01.2016
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
Introduction to Pratikramaṇa It is likely that the saint under the constraint of subtle passions may deviate from the minutest details of right conduct, so the saint is ought to purify them daily without any procrastination and deceit by resorting to self-criticism to censuring his faults in presence of the guru and lastly confession by revealing his committed transgression to the guru (ālocana)...
Posted: 10.12.2015
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
Introduction Today we are moving from mono utility to multi-utility. This has led us towards the burning problem of global warming, ever increasing number of psychosomatic diseases, over comfort zone one attitude leading towards social inequality so on and so forth. This Economic inequality and vast differences in the mode of consumption are the two curses of our age. Accumulation of wealth on the one side and...
Posted: 07.12.2015
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
All the schools of Indian philosophy except cārvāka philosophy believe in the existence of pristine soul. An absolutely original notion of acceptance of equal consciousness in six classes of beings is the very heart of Tīrthankara Mahavira's preaching. No religion of the world has explained the concept of consciousness as deeply, profoundly and systematically as has been discussed with its applicability in...
Posted: 23.11.2015
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
Of the three jewels, right belief comes first and forms the basis upon which the other two rest. One must, by all possible means, first attain right belief or the basic conviction on the fundamentals because only on its acquisition, knowledge and conduct becomes right. Such right faith should have eight requirements or aṅga and should be free from the three types of superstitious ignorance and the eight kinds...
Posted: 24.10.2015
By Dr. Samani Rohit Pragya
Communication plays a vital role in one's life. Without communication one cannot know the feeling of the other person and cannot express his feeling to other person too. Communication is highly necessary for the development of society, as it is only through exchange of ideas and co-operation that a society can grow and develop. It is rightly said that healthy communication is essential for a healthy society...
Posted: 19.10.2015
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
Contemporary Issue of Santhārā ( Samādhi Marana) in Jainism as Suicide Santhārā is a Jain technical word which means the voluntary, step by step termination of body with full awareness, wisdom and insight. The 24 th Tīrthankara Mahavira was great religious preacher who not only paved the path of leading an artistic life by implementing the great and small vows but also showed us the path of ending the...
Posted: 13.10.2015
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
Santhārā is a Jain technical word which means the voluntary, step by step termination of body with full awareness, wisdom and insight. The 24th Tīrthaṅkara Mahavira was great religious preacher who not only paved the path of leading an artistic life by implementing the great and small vows but also showed us the path of ending the life journey very artistically through the process of Santhārā. The basic...
Posted: 14.12.2014
By Samani Agam Pragya
Values creating peace and harmony were the need of past as well as today and future. When we look around the world there is a huge cry out for global peace by individuals and organisations as the only panacea to conflicts and wars. The list of violence, crimes, clashes, conflicts and wars are increasing and thereby creating more fear and worries in the minds of the inhabitants of the world in the present...

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