IOJ ►Course on Atmasiddhi

Published: 27.03.2006
Updated: 24.01.2015

Birkbeck College, University of London

1. Course Outline

Academic Year


Course Code


Subject Area

Religious Studies

Course Title

Jain Manuscripts: Atmasiddhi

Type of Course

Certificate & Diploma


Institute of Jainology

Number of Meetings

12 Wednesday sessions ~ Starting Wednesday 5th April

Course Taught by

Harshad N Sanghrajka

Course Fee

£ 86.00/ concession available at £ 43.00

Course Location

Canon’s High School ~ 8:00 to 10:00 PM

2. Entrance Requirements

  • Fluency in English is a pre-requisite.
  • Knowledge of basic Jainism.
  • No formal academic requirements necessary.

3. Course Aims

The aim of this course is to introduce the student to a 20th century Jain scripture, in context of the author’s particular views. Passage readings will introduce both terminology and style, whilst the subject will further explore key Jain doctrines.

The student will develop skills in reading Jain manuscripts and handling analyse religious and social themes within religious texts.

4. Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will be familiar with the central themes of the Atmasiddhi and Srimad Rajcandra as a historic personality.

The student will also be familiar with the Jain ‘Lay Path’ as described in the text; as well as develop skills in analysing the evolution of the doctrine from early Jainism.

This should form a foundation from which the student can read and objectively analyse further Jain texts.

5. Teaching Methods

    • Formal lectures covering course content
    • Debates

    6. Method of Assessment

    • 100% coursework/essay

    7. Course Content

    • Introduction
    • Block 1 – Shrimad Rajchandra – historical outline
    • Block 2 – Significance of Atma Siddhi in Jain literature
    • Block 3 – Selected verses from Atma Siddhi

    8. Bibliography

    Essential Reading

    • Srimad Rajacandra. The Self-realization. [Âtma-siddhi] Tr. Sri Brahmacari Govardhanadasaji. Agas, Gujarat: Srimad Rajacandra Ashram, 1985.
    • Srimad Rajacandra. Âtmasiddhi. Tr. Manu Doshi. Gandhinagar, Gujarat: Shrimad Rajchandra Adhyatmik Sadhna Kendra, 2003.
    • Dundas, Paul. The Jains. London: Routledge, 1992
    • Jaini, Padmanabh. The Jaina Path of Purification. Delhi: Motilal Banarasidass, (1979), 1990.

    Additional Reading

    • Kapadia, Hiralal Rasikdas. A History Of The Canonical Literature Of The Jains. Ahmedabad: Sharadaben Chimanlal Education Research Centre, (1941), 2000.
    • Umasvati. That Which Is. [Tattvarthadhigamasutra.] With the combined commentaries of Umasvati/ Umasvami, Pujyapada and Siddhasenagani. Tr. N. Tatia. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1994.

    9. Coursework Titles For The Session

    • Discuss the key events in Shrimad Rajcandra’s life.
    • Describe the structure of Atmasiddhi.
    • Outline the six fundamental doubts in Atmasiddhi.

    10. Submission and return dates for coursework

    • Submission: May 2006
    • Return Dates: June 2006
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