Posted: 03.07.2012
By Annie Besant
Let us look more closely at right conduct, for here the Jaina practice becomes specially interesting; and wise are many of his ways, in dealing especially with the life of the layman. Jainas are divided into two great bodies: the layman, who is called a Srāvaka, and the ascetic, the Yati. These have different rules of conduct in this sense only, that the Yati carries to perfection that for which the layman is...
Posted: 02.07.2012
By Annie Besant
When we come to look at the teaching from the outside - I will take the inside presently - we find certain canonical Scriptures, as we call them, analogous to the Pitakas of the Buddhists, forty-five in number; they are the Siddhānta, and they were collected by Bhadrabāka, and reduced to writing, between the third and fourth centuries before Christ. Before that, as was common in India, they were handed down...
Posted: 29.06.2012
By Annie Besant
Brothers: - We shall find ourselves this morning in a very different atmosphere from that in which we were yesterday, and in which we shall be tomorrow. We shall not now have around us the atmosphere of romance, of chivalry, that we find both in the faith of Islam and in that of the Sikhs. On the contrary we shall be in a calm, philosophic, quiet atmosphere. We shall find ourselves considering the problems of...
Posted: 28.06.2012
By Dr. Rudi Jansma
The paper, which was published in Sunrise Magazine (April/May 2005) , based on pp.37-43 of the author's Een introductie tot het jainisme , Uitgeverij Ankh-Hermes, Deventer 2005. Ahimsa paramo dharma : Nonviolence is the highest religion Nonviolence, ahimsa, is the central doctrine of Jainism. It also plays an important role in Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and other religions, but none of them has...
Posted: 27.06.2012
By Dr. Rudi Jansma
The paper was first published in Sunrise Magazine (October/November 2000) Any one of you who has once felt the touch of the god within never is the same again. Never can be the same again. Your life is changed; and you can have this awakening at any moment, any moment that you will take it. - G. de Purucker The Jains are a religious group in India, comprising less than one percent of that country's population,...
Posted: 26.06.2012
By Eloise Hart
The paper was first published in Sunrise Magazine (February 1976) The Logic of Jain Mystical Doctrines The teachings of Jainism are presented in their sutras and commentaries with such mathematical exactness and logic one can't help exclaiming, how true, how clear, how reasonable! And at the same time he feels a stirring of higher faculty. Intuition and imagination are alerted and grasp at meanings too tenuous...
Posted: 25.06.2012
By Eloise Hart
The paper was first published in Sunrise Magazine (January 1976) A Lamp of the True Light Vast as is the legacy of the skilled and illustrious Jain scholars and artisans, equally extensive is the contribution of the humble and industrious aspirants whose dedication and perseverance is their bulwark. Both, irrespective of position or skill, draw inspiration and strength from three basic rules or jewels of...
Posted: 22.06.2012
By Eloise Hart
The paper was first published in Sunrise Magazine (December 1975) The Twenty-four "Buddhas" of Jainism The barefoot beggar who wanders through India sweeping the dust from his path lest unintentionally he crush by his step some beetle or seed may very well be a cultivated and highly intelligent individual. A follower perhaps of the ancient religion of Jainism whose members, in business, government, university...
Posted: 21.06.2012
By Dr. Harischandra Kaviratna
The paper was first published in Sunrise Magazine (March 1973) The mighty task of bringing together the various factions and of and revitalizing the great philosophy underlying the ancient Vedas was undertaken by two great luminaries born in the line of Kshattriyas, who vehemently revolted against animal sacrifice and the ritualized Vedic religion. These two spiritual sons of India were none other than...

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