Posted: 09.01.2013
According to Jain metaphysics, the reality is constituted by innumerable material and spiritual substances, each of which is the locus of innumerable qualities. Not only are there innumerable substances, each with innumerable quality, but each quality is susceptible to an infinite number of modifications. Clearly ordinary knowledge (non-omniscient) cannot comprehend this complex reality, for ordinary knowledge...
Posted: 13.09.2011
By Prof. Dr. Narendra Bhandari
Anekantavad as a Physical Reality Lecture delivered at the International Seminar on " Anekanta: a dialogue for human concerns" held at Vadoadara, December 6-9th, 2002, organized by Jain Vishva Bharati Institute, Ladnun, Anekantavad is the corner stone of Jainism around which the whole philosophy and religion have developed. It is as fundamental as the Karmavad or Causality in physics. It has been mentioned in...
Posted: 12.09.2011
By Prof. Dr. Narendra Bhandari
Modern Physics and Jain Darshan We examine here the question whether any common ground exists between Modern physics and religion, particularly the Jain Darshan. The question has arisen because some religious leaders as well as proponents of modern physics think that they belong to different spheres of activity, one dealing with soul and spirituality (which are not physical entities) and the other with matter...
Posted: 24.03.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Central Chronicle Anekant: The Path to World Peace The seeing eye of Anekanta is the best philosophical process with which one can understand the modes or the changes, both gross and subtle, which occur in the material world- Acharya Mahaprajna The world, today, is well versed with concepts of relativity, equality and co-existence. The principle behind these words, the philosophical thought and wisdom that...
Posted: 18.02.2009
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Central Chronicle Today, the whole world is in search of a new hypothesis. Let us not take any one-sided or unilateral view, but integrate all views through anekant and thus conceive the new man and the new world - Acharya Mahaprajna How does one purify and develop consciousness? How does one acquire self-restraint? Desires have a strong urge, so how does one curb them? The first way is self-restraint and the...
Posted: 29.10.2008
By Prof. Dr. Kamal Chand Sogani
It is incontrovertible that metaphysics deals with the problem of reality. Philosophers have endeavoured to expound the world of phenomena in a consistent manner. For Jaina thinkers, reality is constituted of apparent contradiction. So its one-dimensional exposition is not possible. It is an inalienable complex of permanence and change, existence and non-existence, oneness and manyness, universality and...
Posted: 28.10.2008
Dr. Kusum Jain Anekānta - Syat - Saptabhangi The very foundation of the Jaina system of philosophy is the conception of reality, which is manifold, nay infinite fold, hence highly complex and pluralistic in character. It is why the Jaina system is so called the philosophy of Anekāntavāda, the term being made up of three words aneka (many), anta (aspects or attributes) and vāda (theory). It has been...
Posted: 24.10.2008
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Central Chronicle Loss and gain, praise and indults, life and death, all of them go together. We have a problem when we do not go along with them. If man learns to go along with them then he will be a truly spiritual person, a true follower of anekanta. This way his problems come under his control. But man is very strange, he does not like to move along with them. He wants to move independently. He wants gain...
Posted: 23.12.2007
By Dr. Anil Dhar
JAIN VISHVA BHARATI UNIVERSITY Religion & philosophy have been with us (mankind) since times immemorial. This world has had different religion & philosophies, during the course of development. Religion gives ethics, morality, and philosophy together with logic and reasoning. In India, we have seen the rise and development of Vedic, Jain & Buddhist religions and their allied philosophies, in a complementary...
Posted: 23.10.2007
By Dr. Mahima Sethia
Doctrine of Non-absolutism says that a single thing can be viewed from numerous angles and each angle is right in its own aspect. The truth is relative to its aspect as no body except Kevali (person who attains the complete knowledge) knows the each and every angle of truth. View differs from person to person but this doesn’t mean that one person is right and other is wrong. Both are right with respect to...
Posted: 15.06.2007
By Acharya Mahaprajna
When knowledge or wisdom is absent, facts can be misused. If there is balance, such a situation does not arise. A balanced view takes into account as many aspects as possible. This is the anekanta principle. The one who has perspective of anekanta does not take a single-dimensional view of things that could twist logic. In the explanation of universal laws anekanta has lent balance. Even in the world of conduct...
Posted: 10.06.2005
By Chaturvedi Badrinath
Albert Einstein The Times Of India, May 15, 1997 Jainism & Relativity The Jaina perspectives of syadavada hold that a proposition is true only conditionally and not absolutely. This is because it depends on the particular standpoint, naya, from which it is being made; that logically a thing can be perceived from at least seven different standpoints, saptabhangi-naya; which leads us to the awareness of the...
Posted: 20.05.2005
By Editor Aparigraha Jain, Editor Carla Geerdes
Dear Reader, 2005 is dedicated to the man who brought to us the Special Relativity , on a scientific basis: Albert Einstein . Although TV stations and magazines all over the world pick up the Theory of Special Relativity and present the idea in video clips, stories and illustrations - the idea is still provoking us to rack our brains over it. But we accept the "new world of relativity", step by step, at least...
Posted: 31.12.2004
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Unity can be strengthened on the basis of identicality. Disparateness can be used to utilize an individual’s specific qualities. Therefore, it is necessary to know the limitations of both identicality and disparateness.
Posted: 15.12.2004
By Dr. Samani Chaitanya Pragya
Anekant is the basic principle of Jainism. But this does not mean that Jainism is the sole philosophy in the world that deals with the reality through Anekant. If we go deep into the original texts of any school of thought we would find that they have dealt with the reality in non-absolutist manner someway or the other.

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