Posted: 20.08.2016
 
To all the Jains My name is Shaleen Shah. My wife and I have started an animal sanctuary (Panjrapole) in Boulder, Colorado, USA since the past one year. In this year, we have saved the lives of 30+ animals, but we have saved thousands more through our outreach and education to promote a pure vegetarian lifestyle. I am writing to introduce ourselves, and the work that we are doing here at Luvin Arms Animal...
Posted: 17.06.2016
By Dr. Kamal Sethia
It is always the aim and endeavour of every human being to be HAPPY, but most of us do not know that the very nature of the soul is joy and happiness - the divine state of the soul! HAPPINES is always with us until we lose it. A child is born as happy- soul devoid of any unhappiness. Slowly, as the child grows, he learns to be unhappy. Those who seek happiness outwardly, do not know that true and everlasting...
Posted: 10.01.2013
By Dr. Rudi Jansma
There is a philosophical difference between non-violence and non-violent protest. Nonviolence In the Tattvārthadhigama Sūtra, violence is defined as “to hurt the prāṇas (vitalities) through vibration due to the passions, which agitate mind, body or speech (vii: 13).” So non-violence means not to do so. The prāṇas are the vital energies running through our body and the universe. They spring forth...
Posted: 10.12.2012
By Kristi L. Wiley
Non-harming or nonviolence. Ahiṃsā is the central moral tenet in Jainism and is the basis for the practices and vows for mendicants and laypeople. Jains today view the statement "nonviolence is the high­est religious duty" (ahiṃsā paramo dharmah) as an all-encompassing expression of the Jain faith. Non-harming is emphasized in the Ācārāṅga Sūtra, the earliest Śvetāmbara text on mendicant conduct,...
Posted: 01.07.2012
By John Ferguson
To achieve peace means to change both individuals and systems. To achieve peace means disarmament. The present arms race produces not security, but maximum insecurity. We know that any large number of nuclear explosions will bring the nuclear winter, the withering of plant life, animal life, human life over at least half the globe. We know that we have several times been close to nuclear disasters; we know that...
Posted: 29.02.2012
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
JAIN VISHVA BHARATI UNIVERSITY Introduction The continuing degradation of environment and depletion of life supporting natural resources by exploding population and its reckless consumerism are matter of serious concern. The most harmful impact of industrialization is that it is triggering consumerism more and more and to meet the increasing demands more and more industries are coming up, which further triggers...
Posted: 25.10.2011
 
MILK PRODUCTION: The Lotus Trust has finally found a suitable farm to produce slaughter-free milk after two years of searching. Working in partnership with OMSCo (Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative), an organic dairy in SE England has agreed to pilot the production of Ahimsa milk with a select herd of cows. Commonwork is an environmental charity, study centre and an organic dairy near Sevenoaks in Kent. It has...
Posted: 14.02.2011
By Jinendra Varni
12. Ahimsa Sutra PRECEPTS ON NON-VIOLENCE Eyam khu nanino saram, jam na himsai kamcana. ahimsasamayam ceva, etavante viyaniya. (147) It is the essential trait of a wise man that he does not kill any living being. Certainly, one has to understand just two principles namely non-violence and equality (of all living beings). (147) Savve jiva vi icchanti, jivium na marijjium. Tamha panavaham ghoram, niggamtha...
Posted: 26.01.2011
By Dilip V. Shah
Veganism is embraced by some, misunderstood by some, and resisted by others in the Jain Community. The primary tenet of Jainism is Ahimsa, or non-violence. Bhagwan Mahavir’s message in the Acharanga Sutra is clear: “all breathing, existing, living, sentient creatures should not be slain, nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away.” The central philosophy of Jainism and veganism...
Posted: 01.11.2010
By Bal Patil
Mahatma Gandhi: Truth, Non-Violence And Jainism The Gandhian life was a legendary quest of Experiments with Truth , which was his autobiography. For the Mahatma Truth and Non-violence were interchangeable terms. It was out of these he honed his invincible weapon of Non-violent Non-Co-operation Satyagraha , which ultimately won India her freedom. Truth and non-violence were convertible terms for Gandhiji. There...
Posted: 11.08.2009
By Fakirchand J. Dalal
Ref: A Statement on Veganism: Ahimsa in Crisis by Prof. Gary L. Francione JAINA Convention in L.A. this year is over and one Major Leap Forward has been taken at the same place where JAINA was Born in 1981. It may be that the past Leadership has been aging,yet a few Historical Firsts emerged this time. Convention Theme - `ECOLOGY-The JAIN Way' was Unique and Timely. A First Lady President from Canada, Lata...
Posted: 06.08.2009
By Prof. Gary L. Francione
A Statement on Veganism: Ahimsa in Crisis Dear Friends: Jai Jinendra. As you know, I do not regard veganism as a matter of "lifestyle," "diet," "health" (although it is increasingly clear that animal products cause physical damage), or ecology (although it is increasingly clear that animal agriculture is an environmental disaster). Veganism is nothing less than a fundamental commitment of the individual to...
Posted: 31.03.2009
By Prof. Gary L. Francione, Sagar K. Shah
Some Information on Dairy Production in India Jai Jinendra. I posted information about my discussion with Dr. Kachhara on a discussion list, Jain Vegans (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/JainVegans/), and a member, of the group, Sagar K. Shah, posted the following message. Sagar is a postgraduate student at the London School of Economics. He recently attained first class honors in his undergraduate degree at...
Posted: 28.03.2009
By Prof. Gary L. Francione
Ref: Ahimsa and Veganism - Last Observations On The Subject On Domestication: In Dr. Kachhara's most recent essay, he acknowledges that the domestication and use of nonhuman animals involves himsa and he agrees that unnecessary domestication cannot be justified, but he argues that animal use is required for farming in developing countries. A more equitable distribution of the world's wealth would obviate the...
Posted: 27.03.2009
By Dr. N.L. Kachhara
Ref: Ahimsa and Veganism - Ref: Observations by Dr. Kachhara I highly appreciate the concern of Prof. Francione for animals. His compassion for rescued dogs speaks a volume for his love for animals; it is an example to others. However, he has not addressed the question of our survival. Our love and kindness for animals would be meaningful only when we survive. There are two broad methods of producing food (1)...
Posted: 25.03.2009
By Prof. Gary L. Francione
Ref: Ahimsa and Veganism - Rejoinder to Observations by Prof. Francione on my Comments Jai Jinendra. I deeply appreciate the willingness of Dr. Kachhara to engage these issues and I am delighted that he acknowledges that strict vegetarianism (veganism) is required by Jaina doctrine under most circumstances. I do, however, disagree with his view that domestication is justifiable. He appears to make three...
Posted: 23.03.2009
By Dr. N.L. Kachhara
Ref: Observations by Prof. Francione Domestication of animals is a wider issue and is connected with survival of human race. The food needs of human beings before first Tirthankara Rishabhdeva were met from trees and the entire human race was then vegetarian, rather vegan. When supply of food from trees fell short of requirement king Rishabhdeva taught the art of agriculture and the related skills like trading...
Posted: 20.03.2009
By Prof. Gary L. Francione
Ref: Ahimsa and Veganism - Comment by Dr. N.L. Kachhara Dear Dr. Kachhara: Jai Jinendra. I appreciate your comments but I would like to make some observations. First, you claim, as a factual matter, that dairy farms in India "are not that bad." I have never been to India (I hope to visit soon) but many who have are appalled at the level of Himsa that occurs on the supposedly most "humane" farms and collectives...
Posted: 19.03.2009
By Dr. N.L. Kachhara
Ref: Ahimsa and Veganism by Prof. Gary L. Francione Professor Gary L.Francione has raised some very valid questions on practicing Jainism that should draw attention of all Jains. Non-violence is the foundation of Jain religion and must be strictly observed in all its aspects. The food norms, life style, clothing and personal chores were traditionally determined in India by the principle of non-violence. Dairy...
Posted: 09.03.2009
By Prof. Gary L. Francione
Jai Jinendra. Ahimsa, or non-violence, is the fundamental principle of Jainism. Ahimsa Paramo Dharma - non-violence is the highest religious duty. Although we talk about Ahimsa, Anekantavada, and Aparigraha, the latter two of these are subsets of Ahimsa. The doctrine of Anekantavada serves to promote social harmony and to reduce the tension and violence that arise from absolutist views of truth. The doctrine of...
Posted: 27.10.2008
By Dr. Anil Dhar
JAIN VISHVA BHARATI UNIVERSITY Mahatma Gandhi's concept of nonviolence is the outcome of his vast experiences in his life. He inherited religiousness from his mother and uprightness from his father. He learnt his first lesson in nonviolence at the feet of his father, Kaba Gandhi. He had committed a theft in the house. But then he confessed before his father. His father was greatly moved. Gandhi says, "Those...
Posted: 26.10.2008
By Dr. Anil Dhar
JAIN VISHVA BHARATI UNIVERSITY The attitude of human society about violence and nonviolence is not wholesome. The world peace is also confined to the abolition of war. This is a concept that is less probable, and only little benefit to society accrues from it. Let us start our thinking on nonviolence from an individual. Every person is possessed of the consciousness of violence. On getting favourable stimulus,...
Posted: 05.10.2008
By Dr. Anil Dhar
JAIN VISHVA BHARATI UNIVERSITY Introduction The nature of man is such as to urge him to participate in the fullness of life, to be receptive of the significant and to lie open to whatever has meaning and value. Fortunately, our country has a cultural heritage which is at least five thousands years old and quite a few of its elements have been widely appreciated and acclaimed. There is a common belief, that...
Posted: 24.08.2008
By Justice N.K. Jain
"It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by humiliation of their fellow beings." "There is a higher court than the court of justice and that is the court of consciousness. It supersedes all other courts" - Mahatma Gandhi "The essence of all morality is this: to believe that every human being is of infinite importance, and therefore that no consideration of expediency can justify...
Posted: 24.08.2008
By Justice N.K. Jain
HIV is spreading throughout the world. Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General on World AIDS Day, the 1st December, 2002 has said: “Let us resolve to replace stigma with support, fear with hope, silence with solidarity. Let us act on the understanding that this work begins with each and every one of us”. HIV is: HUMAN isolated to the human species IMMUNO - DEFICIENCY lacking the ability to fight off infectious...
Posted: 09.08.2008
By Acharya Mahaprajna
08.08.2008 The objective of modern economics is neither peace, nor non-violence. Its goal is economic prosperity. It aims at everyone becoming rich. In order to fulfil the objective of pervasive prosperity, it also expects that desires, needs and production are expanded, and as a consequence thereof, greed promoted. The expanding greed presupposes expanded needs, which calls for expanding production. This, in...
Posted: 07.08.2008
 
Rediscovering Gandhian Wisdom: Building a Peaceful Future Hamilton and Denise Brewart International Conference on Nonviolence Time & Location October 17-19 (Friday-Sunday), 2008 Cal Poly Pomona, Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major and Minor, Pomona, CA 91768, USA Conference Description To download conference flyer, click here The third international conference of the Ahimsa Center at California State Polytechnic...
Posted: 08.07.2008
By Justice N.K. Jain
Ahiṁsā in Jainism Jainism has gone into detailed discussions on Ahiṁsā. Since the eternal time period of Lord Ṛṣabh Deva, all rituals of Jain religion are based on the principle of Ahiṁsā. Not only in religious rituals but in each and every activity of life Ahiṁsā should be practiced. The foundation of Jainism is in fact Ahiṁsā. After Lord Ṛṣabh Deva, Lord Māhavīra said ‘Like earth is...
Posted: 05.07.2008
By Justice N.K. Jain
The rights of all human and living beings get born with the birth on this earth. That is why every activity of a human being is associated with human rights. Basis of the human civilization and culture is the human values and human rights. In the absence of human rights, an individual cannot live with honour. Indian philosophies are based on contemplation of liberation of the soul and non violence. All...
Posted: 28.06.2008
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
VII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PEACE AND NONVIOLENT ACTION ( VII ICPNA ) VII ICPNA November 10 to 14, 2008 Venue: ANUVIBHA JAIPUR KENDRA, Malviya Nagar, JAIPUR (Rajasthan) INDIA Dear Friend , We are pleased to invite you to attend the 7th International Conference on Peace and Nonviolent Action to be held in two parts at Anuvibha Jaipur Kendra , Malviya Nagar, Jaipur from 10th November to 14th November, 2008...
Posted: 17.06.2008
By Atul Bafna
Live & Let Live Why Vegetarian: Don't Plants Have Life? raditionally vegetarianism is practiced by most cultures for reasons of compassion and reverence for life and non-violence, and the Jains are no exception to this. However, the definition and understanding of non-violence by Jains goes much deeper than others that this author has come across. The medical reasons for being a vegetarian are relatively a...
Posted: 14.04.2008
By Prof. Dr. Sohan Raj Tater
JAIN VISHVA BHARATI UNIVERSITY Present Scenario of the Globe Today the entire world is witnessing a horrifying situation because of territorial conflicts, religious fundamentalism, violation of human rights, global terrorism, environmental and ecological imbalances, global warming, economic disparity etc. We are aware of the fact that, in spite of mind-boggling scientific and technological advancements along...
Posted: 20.02.2008
 
Mahatma Gandhi On Ahimsa (Non-Violence) Ahimsa is not a cover for cowardice, but it is the supreme virtue of the brave. Exercise of non-violence requires far greater bravery than that of swordsmanship. Cowardice is wholly inconsistent with non-violence. Translation from swordsmanship to non-violence is possible and, at times, even an easy stage. Non-violence, therefore, presupposes ability to strike. It is a...
Posted: 08.02.2008
By Pooja Jain
JVB London - Souvenir 2007 on Ahimsa Non-violence Ahimsa: Some Reflections Non-violence is accepted as the central tenet of Jainism - our ultimate aim is to be kind in thought, speech and action to every living being. This can be seen from the strictness of a pure Jain diet to the way monks and nuns sweep the floor before walking to protect any insects. Whist in our daily lives, intentional physical violence is...
Posted: 07.02.2008
By Samani Vishad Pragya
JVB London - Souvenir 2007 on Ahimsa Non-violence A Key To Holistic Health Once upon a time, Health went to man and said, "I went to many people and requested them to make me a friend but nobody did. The man said, "How foolish the people are! Come to me, I will make you my best friend." Health said, "I can be your friend only if you fulfil my three conditions. First, you will practise yoga every day. Second,...
Posted: 06.02.2008
By Samani Vishad Pragya
JVB London - Souvenir 2007 on Ahimsa Non-violence Build A Better Future Generation Bringing up a child is like constructing a multi-storey building. Carelessness while laying the foundation may not show effect immediately. No structure will sustain in the forthcoming years with a weak foundation. Similarly, childhood years are the most formative years. Education plays a great role in shaping the personality of...
Posted: 05.02.2008
By Ashok Gudka
JVB London - Souvenir 2007 on Ahimsa Non-violence Act Not React: From Violence To Cooperation Most of us know the theory of karma; Action and Reaction. From the perspective of karma philosophy violence plays a significant part. Violence is not only physical but mental and emotional as well. The way we think, speak and respond to any situation creates harmony or discord at personal level and in the community at...
Posted: 04.02.2008
By Samani Amit Pragya
JVB London - Souvenir 2007 on Ahimsa Non-violence How To Change One's Lifestyle On seeing Ravan's dead body in the battlefield, the monkey brigade asked Laxman, "How was Ravan's body pierced in more than a thousand places?" Laxman answered, "Ram's arrows made it possible." Then, they asked Ram the same question. Ram just smiled and said, "No weapon, however powerful, nor any soldiers, however skilled in the art...
Posted: 03.02.2008
By Dr. C. Devakumar
...If you are conscious in your thoughts, words and deeds in your interaction in the mundane world and still a life is lost due to your action, you do not own that act because, you have been detaching your Self from the fruits of your interaction. That is the art of living. Gita’s karma yoga is based on this principle: indulge in work but renounce the fruit. Always pray that you do not have to go through...
Posted: 31.01.2008
By Dr. Atul Keshavji Shah
JVB London - Souvenir 2007 on Ahimsa Non-violence Ahimsa Visions ...explains the future challenges and possibilities of promoting Ahimsa For Jains, Ahimsa is an everyday word. However, for many people, violence is an everyday experience. They would not think twice about arguing with someone or even having a fight. Many do not care how or where their food comes from - they seem to be angry all the time. A...
Posted: 30.01.2008
By Samani Punya Pragya
JVB London - Souvenir 2007 on Ahimsa Non-violence A Divine Treasure Within You As you think, so you feel. And as you feel, so will you be. When you want to be something, think and work on an idea for a long time and you will accomplish it. In Preksha meditation, Acharya Mahaprajna has given us a program - the practice of Mangal Bhavana. It is an auspicious, positive prayer not only for us but the universe as...
Posted: 24.01.2008
 
JVB London - Souvenir 2007 on Ahimsa Non-violence Peace: The only Way Peace is a word with so much depth and endless meaning. To attain peace in this world full of so many joys and sorrows - one might wonder if it is possible for non-violence not to exist. Picture this scene: one Sunday morning, army troops have been given orders to raid a small village suspected of terrorist activity. Among grenades and...
Posted: 18.01.2008
By Dr. Vinod Kapashi
JVB London - Souvenir 2007 on Ahimsa Non-violence Sambodhi by Acharya Mahaprajna I had received some copies of Sambodbi from Ahmedabad in the year 2000. The books were sent to me by Mr. Bhandari and were meant to be given to a few individuals. Any book written by the highly respected Acharya Mahaprajna attracted me and was a great source of inspiration to me. When I saw the book and flicked through a few pages,...
Posted: 17.01.2008
By Samani Satya Pragya
JVB London - Souvenir 2007 on Ahimsa Non-violence Ahimsa: A New Dimension Non-Violence has many connotations. When we say non-violence, we generally think of not killing or hurting others through word or action. This perhaps is only ten percent of non-violence. Just like a glacier most of its meaning is hidden. Let us ponder on the wider perspective of non-violence - positive and negative. In Prashnavyaakrana...
Posted: 16.01.2008
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
JVB London - Souvenir 2007 on Ahimsa Non-violence Non-Violence: Against The Current Never before was violent behaviour in all its facets so widely spread as in 21st century. More frequently than not, the top news is on violence. Although the majority of people are frightened to watch or witness it, they nevertheless feel attracted to it. Though we cannot change the world, we can change our own attitude towards...
Posted: 15.01.2008
By Samani Param Pragya
JVB London - Souvenir 2007 on Ahimsa Non-violence Non-Violence - A Way To Peace & Harmony The doctrine of non-violence was founded by oriental teachers several millennia ago. Almost all thinkers and the founders of religious orders universally accept it as a core principle of human conduct. Though truth seekers like Mahavir and Buddha, philosophers like Laotse and Confucius, stalwarts like Pythagoras were...
Posted: 14.01.2008
By Dr. Harshad Sanghrajka
JVB London - Souvenir 2007 on Ahimsa Non-violence Ahimsa & The 21 st Century In Jain philosophy, nothing matters until one understands the exact meaning of the word 'ahimsa'. Once this is understood, it would be very easy to relate it to the 21st century. There are two most prominent concerns of the 21st century - the environment and terrorism. The English translation of ahimsa, non-violence, does not do it any...
Posted: 13.01.2008
By Samani Mudit Pragya
JVB London - Souvenir 2007 on Ahimsa Non-violence Consumerism The Economics Of Non-Violence Right from the dawn of history, human society has been in search of economics of non­violence. From Manu to Karl Marx, philosophers have deliberated upon some form of economic system, particularly the non-violent kind. In Arthashastra, Kautilya stresses on non-violent economics through development of cottage industries...
Posted: 10.01.2008
By Aidan Rankin
JVB London - Souvenir 2007 on Ahimsa Non-violence Non-Violence Of The Mind When the Green Party first broke the political mould in Germany two decades ago, its slogan was 'neither left nor right, but in front'. In other words, the protection of the environment involves radical activism and a change of values. But equally, it requires the revival of an instinct to conserve - be it familiar and cherished...
Posted: 09.01.2008
By Sadhvi Vishrut Vibha
JVB London - Souvenir 2007 on Ahimsa Non-violence Know Yourself Mukhya Niyojika Sadhvi Vishrut Vibha Each person in this world wants to be virtuous. He wishes to progress and achieve success at every step of his life. He longs for a happy and prosperous life. We take a keen interest in the external world - with open eyes colours, light and objects are visible. But with our eyes closed, we cannot see anything in...

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