Posted: 28.11.2013
 
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Posted: 03.04.2013
 
Shamil Chandaria reviews a unique book by Professor Kanti Mardia Professor Kanti V. Mardia has taken on a formidable task in his book, The Scientific Foundations of Jainism, explaining Jain science and metaphysics to a modem audience using the nomenclature and terminology of modem science. This is no small feat given that the ancient Jain texts were written in an obscure and technical language making them...
Posted: 26.01.2012
By Herbert Warren
Herbert Warren asks What is the status and meaning of God in Jainism? The answers demonstrate that God is neither a creator, nor a ruler or judge. God is potential. Those who believe in a creator sometimes look upon Jainism as an atheistic religion, but this is far from the truth. Jainism does not deny the existence of 'God' (Siddha, Paramatman). God is described in Jain scriptures, but there is a difference...
Posted: 25.01.2012
By Padmanabh S. Jaini
Padmanabh S. Jaini traces the early history of Jainism, the formation of two different sects and their migration. Mahavira was born in Kundalapura, in the state of Vaisali (North Bihar). However, his name is not mentioned in any Brahmanical texts. He was a senior contemporary of Gautama Buddha. His name, or the title Mahavira (Great Hero) by which he is now known, is not found in the Buddhist texts either...
Posted: 24.01.2012
By Kenneth Oldfield
Kenneth Oldfield writes about his pilgrimage to this famous Jain tirtha. The local bus from Bangalore to Hassan in South Karnataka will drop you off between two hills that enclose the litde town of Shravana Belgola. It's much better to stay a few days reflecting and meditating here than take the tourist day-trip which allows you barely an hour to chase up the two hills and return to the bus to press on to the...
Posted: 23.01.2012
By Nathaniel Altman
Nathaniel Altman explains that ahimsa is an active principle requiring inner courage and not a passive one. Much of humanity is living in a revolutionary situation where institutionalised himsa is accepted as the normal state of affairs. For this reason, both the need for and the challenges facing an aspirant to a life of ahimsa are especially great at this point of human history, where the lives of all of the...
Posted: 22.01.2012
By Sadhvi Shilapi
Whilst Jains throughout the world are celebrating Mahavir Jayanti, it is important to remember that he was one of the simplest yet greatest environmentalists of all time, writes Sadhvi Shilapi. It is the human community amongst all the forms of life on this planet, who are interfering with the laws of Nature by squandering her gifts, and by destroying the existence of other species. Ironically, this issue of...
Posted: 21.01.2012
By Brahmakumari B.K. Jayanti
Sister Jayanti conducting a workshop Meditate, Experience And Reflect Sister Jayanti Kirpalani, European Director of the Brahmakumaris World Spiritual University talked to Atul Shah about the importance of giving all Jains an opportunity to experience spirituality For younger people, faith needs to be developed and cannot be assumed. I was eight years old when my parents migrated to London. I grew up in an...
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by Emma Holden 18 February 2000 saw the Jain Studies Department of London's School of African and Oriental Studies host its second conference, entitled 'Jain History and Culture'. The conference, held at the Brunei Gallery, was organised by Dr Peter Flugel, and chaired by Dr Julia Leslie from the Department of the Study of Religions at SOAS. The prestigious SOAS (School of African and Oriental Studies) is a...
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Posted: 05.05.2008
By Prof. Dr. Robert J. Zydenbos
Issue 18 Understanding Aparigraha Robert Zydenbos Examines The Meaning Behind Non-Possession From earliest times, Jainism has been characterised as a way of life in which wafers or 'vows' play a very prominent role. One characteristic of a vrata is that it is an individual matter. Certainly the vows have a very strong social relevance, but it is up to the individual to decide which vows he or she wishes to...
Posted: 18.04.2008
By Punit Haria
Issue 18 Music has come a long way. Just as the human race is evolving, so is music. In today's fast moving world, many rare forms of music have been introduced to the East and the West. When these rare and ancient traditional music forms are explored and indeed mastered, there comes a stage where one begins to look beyond the boundaries. Combining artistically stimulating inspirations from one genre of music...
Posted: 17.04.2008
By Lavinia Plonka
Issue 18 Did you know that even the placement of a baby's crib can affect a child's development? Whatever the crib's relationship to a sunny window, the baby instantly orients his gaze towards the light, perhaps making one eye dominant or creating a skeletal bias towards turning in that direction. Does this mean you need to dash into the nursery right now and place the crib in a symmetrical relationship with...
Posted: 16.04.2008
 
Issue 18 On the cold Sunday evening of 21st December 2003, thousands of people from all over the United Kingdom journeyed to the Oshwal Centre in Potters Bar, North of London, to pay their respects to the family of the late Mr. Gulabchand Meghji Shah. This was repeated two days later when his beloved wife and pillar of support Shantaben returned from Palitana. Gulabbhai died unexpectedly, during his pilgrimage...
Posted: 06.04.2008
 
Issue 18 Acharya Mahaprajna - Jain Muni Receives Indira Gandhi National Integration Award The Venerable Acharya Mahaprajna, the eighty-three year old Supreme Head of the Terapanthi sect of Shvetambara Jainism, has received one of India's highest honours: the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration. This achievement crowns a long career as a Jain muni (monk) living out the ideal of ahimsa and combining...
Posted: 05.04.2008
By Prof. Dr. John Cort
Issue 18 Maurice Bloomfield, The First American Scholar Of Jainism John Cort Analyses The Pioneering Contribution Of A Unique Academic The early study of the Jains took place in Great Britain, Italy, France and especially Germany. British studies were made largely within the context of the imperial rule of India. Authors such as Major James Delemaine, Lieutenant-Colonel William Miles, W. Franklin, H. T...
Posted: 21.03.2008
By Corinne McLaughlin
5 Years Jain Spirit - A Non-Profit Quarterly Publication - 1999-2004 Issue 19 Beyond 'Left' and 'Right' Compromise is not the most effective way to deal with polarities, as sometimes the deeper wisdom in each side is lost. A spirit of goodwill towards those with opposing views, a win/win rather than win/lose approach and a compassionate, healing spirit are the keys to this new politics. In Washington, as well...
Posted: 19.03.2008
By Atul K. Shah
5 Years Jain Spirit - A Non-Profit Quarterly Publication - 1999-2004 Issue 19 A Unique Congregation Atul K. Shah Reports On A Festival Of Spiritual Renewal Interdependence. This is a law of the Universe. In spite of their significant austerity, Jain monks and nuns are dependent on householders for their food and well-being. In return, they provide invaluable spiritual nourishment. This mutuality is very vivid...
Posted: 18.03.2008
By Laxmi Mall Singhvi
5 Years Jain Spirit - A Non-Profit Quarterly Publication - 1999-2004 Issue 19 Sacred Spaces Dr. L. M. Singhvi Continues His Pilgrimage Of Historic Temples DILWARA TEMPLES, MOUNT ABU, RAJASTHAN Mount Abu stands in Rajasthan's Sirohi district, and is considered one of the five holy hills of the Jains. According to an inscription dating back to 1370, Mahavir is believed to have visited here. The Dilwara Temples,...
Posted: 17.03.2008
 
5 Years Jain Spirit - A Non-Profit Quarterly Publication - 1999-2004 Issue 19 Noble persons patiently bear the harsh, wounding and humiliating utterances of the wicked. Bhakta Parijna 107 A spiritual aspirant should neither cherish a desire to live nor long for death. He should remain neutral and have no attachment for life as well as death.. Acharanga Sutra 1.8.8.4 Nothing is impossible in this world for a...
Posted: 16.03.2008
By Atul K. Shah
5 Years Jain Spirit - A Non-Profit Quarterly Publication - 1999-2004 Issue 19 Atul K. Shah Reports On A Festival Of Spiritual Renewal (Maryada Mahotsav 2004, Jhalgaon) Interdependence. This is a law of the Universe. In spite of their significant austerity, Jain monks and nuns are dependent on householders for their food and well-being. In return, they provide invaluable spiritual nourishment. This mutuality is...
Posted: 16.09.2005
By Editor Carla Geerdes
On Sunday, 28th August 2005, Jain Spirit Magazine had hosted a get-together for members of the London Jain community at Sayer Centre, Oxgate Lane. Many members of the community gladly had followed the invitation; they support the universal outlook of the magazine, and appreciate its cultural support to young artists and students likewise. Dr. Atul Shah (right), editor of Jain Spirit Magazine, had decided after...

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