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: 10.03.2016
By Dr. Pankaj Jain
Jainism, Dharma and Environmental Ethics Environmentalism is comparable to a child that only recently learned to walk. Ecospiritualities of different kinds seem to be the invisible backbone of the growth of this child. – Sigurd Bergmann Introduction Scholars such as Sigurd Bergmann have noted that each tradition is uniquely linked to its environment and it is best to try to look into native tradition for the...
Posted: 29.05.2015
 
Holistic Science Research Center Einstein, a great scientist has propounded a famous equation: E = M*C 2 . This equation was a result of his theory of relativity that has brought about a great revolution in terms of our perception of the beginning and functioning of this Universe. In this equation, E=Energy, M=Mass and C 2 = the square of the speed of light. Light travels at a speed of 1,86,300 miles per...
Posted: 20.04.2015
By Sudhir M. Shah
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Posted: 17.10.2014
By Dr. Atul Keshavji Shah
posted in 2007 Introduction One of the oldest living religions in the world, Jainism, also boasts one of the most successful and enduring business communities today. This paper analyses the values of the Jains and how they have contributed to economic success. It demonstrates the critical importance of culture and community to lasting business success, and shows how modern-day studies of social responsibility...
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: 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: 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: 18.10.2011
By Dr. Nirmal Baid
◄ Aparigraha: A conversation on non-possessiveness, Dr. Nirmal Baid, October 16, 2011 ◄ Facts: We are running after the "More" - We do not know how much is "Enough". We already have "A Lot". As Jains, one of the precepts we are supposed to follow is - "Aparigrah" Lets set the stage of reality... When we hear about Aparigraha the first thought is that we will be giving up - something good? Take a walk down...
Posted: 16.09.2011
By Hermann Jacobi
The article was first published in Transactions of the 3rd International Congress for the History of Religions (Vol. 2, Oxford 1908, pp. 59-66) and reissued later in the miscellany volume Studies in Jainism (Allahabad 1946, pp. 48-60). To make this online reissue citeable, the page numbers are added to the text ( see squared brackets ). The Metaphysics and Ethics of the Jainas [59] All who approach Jain...
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: 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: 13.02.2011
By Jinendra Varni
11. Aparigraha Sutra PRECEPTS ON NON-POSSESSIVENESS Samganimittam marai, bhanai aliam karei corikkam. Sevai mehuna muccham, apparimanam kunai jivo. (140) Owing to attachment, a person commits violence, tells lies, commits theft, indulges in sex and develops a with for unlimited hoarding. (140) Cittamantamacittam va, parigijjha kisamavi. Annam va anujanai, evam dukkha na muccai. (141) A person who hoards even...
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: 08.10.2010
By Dr. Utpala Mody
International Conference on Jainism Through the Ages A Historical Perspective 8th, 9th & 10th October 2010 Mysore, India Conference Paper Ahimsa, Anekantavada and Aparigraha - Panacea for the Ills of the Present Day World Modern times is an era of crisis in the realm of human civilization. The reason is that we give so much attention to short range and local problems that long range and global problems...
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: 17.04.2009
By Prof. Dr. Kalpana Jain
Like the doctrines of non-violence ( Ahińsā ), Multiplicity of viewpoints ( Anekāntavāda ); doctrine of non-possession is another significant and well doctrine of Jain philosophy. Doctrine of Non-possession is such by practicing it, one is said to be practicing the entire code Jain ethics and vows. Doctrine of Non-possession or aparigraha includes: Considering all desires or expectations, be they internal...
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: 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: 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: 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: 02.01.2009
By Sadhvi Vishrut Vibha
Once, when Ācārya Tulsī visited Jodhpur, he was asked as to when the Jain tenets were so excellent, why the number of Jain followers was so small? Ācārya Tulsī said "I don't believe that, the number of Jains is so small as you believe." The reply was quite surprising Ācārya Tulsi clarified it thus: "Lord Mahāvīra's religion does not give importance to taking birth in Jain family, but to the faith and...
Posted: 30.10.2008
By Dr. Satyanarain Bhardwaj
JAIN VISHVA BHARATI UNIVERSITY Introduction A farsighted view presents a bleak future with no easy solution. Perhaps, there is no solution in the context of what is euphemistically called 'development,' 'progress' and 'material advancement.' This path and the speed of man's journey on it are unable to give him peace and happiness. On the other hand, journeying inward, at a controlled pace, with self-discipline...
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: 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: 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: 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...

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