Posted: 31.10.2016
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
The Backdrop and Analysis of the Current Tension On October 02 the world celebrated the International Day of Nonviolence in honour of Mahatma Gandhi, an apostle of ahimsa who used nonviolence as a powerful weapon to defeat the forces of violence represented by imperialism. Appalled by the rising tide of a culture of violence and hatred, on June 15, 2007 the member states of the United Nations unanimously voted...
Posted: 30.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
Paper presented at the International Meeting organized by the Community of Sant Egidio at Cracow from Sept. 6 to 8, 2009 Introduction The word ‘religion’ is used globally to mean ‘ dharma ’ in the Sanskrit and Hindi languages, but as a matter of fact it falls short of the real meaning the word ‘ dharma ’ carries with it. The word ‘religion’ stands for the belief in god or gods or (semi-) divine...
Posted: 28.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
Global Scenario The world today is mired in violence, hatred, corruption, ethnic, racial and religious fanaticism and political killings. What fills my heart with sadness and grief is that it is mostly youths and children around the world who are in the forefront of the campaigns that kill and divide people in the name of religion, nationalism, racism and political rivalries. My sadness increases manifold when...
Posted: 27.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
Jainism has in it the deep roots of the spirit of nonkilling. It enjoins its followers to abstain from killing not only humans but from all forms of life that inhabit this universe. The Jaina scriptures use the word ‘ ahimsa ’ for nonkilling. Its nearest substitute in English is nonviolence but it falls short of the profound meaning with which ‘ ahimsa ’ is interpreted in Jainism. It not only means...
Posted: 21.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
THE JAIN RELIGIOUS TRADITION is firmly rooted in ahimsa (nonviolence). It enjoins its followers to adjure violence in word, thought and deed and refrain from resorting to coercion, intolerance, possessiveness, untruth and lustful desires. It is a path of peace and purity and forbids the use of violence even in self-defense. Revenge or hatred has no place in it. It exhorts all human beings to show tolerance...
Posted: 20.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
Paper presented at the 11th General Conference of The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) held at the University of Queensland, BRISBANE, Australia from July 8 to 12, 1996 Nonviolence: Concept, Meaning and Its Many Facets Nonviolence is being recognized increasingly in the world today as a powerful means to solve all the problems humanity is facing these days. But unless we gain a deep insight into...
Posted: 19.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
The Global Scenario The problem of poverty has assumed a monstrous proportion today at global level and is considered a stumbling block in the path of integrated social development. Of the six billion people inhabiting the planet more than two billion live in a state of absolute poverty with income and consumption levels below nationally defined poverty lines. Some six hundred million people go to bed hungry...
Posted: 18.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
Crumbling Ecosystem and Humanity Though ahimsa, the basic tenent of Jainism, has been in vogue since the Age of Lord Rsabhadeva, the First Jain Tirthankar (Jina or path finder) of this cycle of time, who it is believed, was born thousands of years ago, it shot into prominence with the advent of Gandhi in the twentieth century who used it successfully as a weapon to compel the Britishers to quit India and give...
Posted: 17.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
Interactive Hearing With Civil Society 2007 High-level Dialogue of the UN General Assembly on Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding and Cooperation for Peace (Oct. 4 and 5, 2007) Challenges of Interreligious and Intercultural Cooperation Today A Dismal Scenario The main aim of a religion is to enable its followers to live a good moral life based on truth and justice but when we look back and examine...
Posted: 16.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
Ayurveda aims not merely at treating a disease but also at preventing it. Medical science has also given a great deal of thought to prevention of diseases. But despite a variety of therapies and medicines diseases are growing. Both thinking and research prove that the cause of this growth lies in a bad lifestyle. The main characteristics of the modern lifestyle are rivalry, haste, impatience, intolerance and...
Posted: 15.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
Deepening Crisis Humanity today is confronted with a serious crisis of its survival into the third millennium. It is a multi-dimensional crisis that grips every aspect of our lives including our health and livelihood, ecological and environmental systems, patterns of human relationships, economy, technology and politics. As a matter of fact the crisis began with the nuclear holocaust which destroyed the two...
Posted: 14.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
Ritual and Symbol occupy an important place in almost all religious orders of the world. We find that symbolic and ritual practices which were introduced by wise men, saints, rishis, fakirs (Muslim saints), munis (Jain monks), yatis (Jain scholars) and other spiritually elevated souls with the sole purpose of weaning their lay followers and votaries from the sinful and wicked path, and leading them to the goal...
Posted: 13.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
The Environmental Crisis The rapid environmental and ecological degradation on the planet earth is a matter of deep concern for the people who are aware of its consequences. It has already begun to show its devastating effects on human life and other life forms that inhabit this planet. It is a catastrophe that may ultimately wipe out everything including homo sapiens and other species from the face of this...
Posted: 12.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
I feel a sense of exhilaration at my being able to come to this beautiful German city charged with powerful spiritual vibrations and participate in this august gathering of the representatives of different faiths who have come from distant parts of the globe just to share their perceptions and views with others and show their solidarity with the spiritual forces of the world. I also seize the opportunity to...
Posted: 11.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
Lord Mahavira - the twenty-fourth Tirthankara of the nonviolent jinist tradition - was a contemporary of Lord Buddha. Though Jainism is an ancient religion and is said to have been in vogue thousands of years ago, it gained momentum and popularity with the advent of Lord Mahavira in 599 BCE. In the twentieth century it came to prominence when Mahatma Gandhi used ahimsa as a powerful weapon to gain political...
Posted: 10.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
The world watched in a state of shock and horror the twin towers of the World Trade Centre hurtling down to the ground in 2001 killing on the spot more than 3000 innocent people. It was the ghastliest act of terrorism in the new millennium and no words would be enough to condemn it. It was natural for the people of America and the rest of the world to be indignant, but did they ever think why it happened so?...
Posted: 09.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
September 11 and its Aftermath As I stand here to present my paper which aims at exploring a culture of peace and nonviolence for the children of the world my mind inevitably goes to the most heinous and ghastly crime of human civilization committed on September 11, 2001 when more than 3,000 innocent people working in the twin towers of the World Trade Centre lost their lives as a result of the terrorist strike...
Posted: 08.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
An Overview, Causes and Countermeasures A Summary in One Page The world is full of unrest mired in bloody conflicts caused by ethnic, religious, caste, colour and narrow nationalistic considerations. Though the cold war has come to an end following the collapse of Soviet Union and the threat of the third world war has receded considerably, divisions in humanity pose a more potential threat than even a...
Posted: 07.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
A thematic analysis based on Acharya Mahapragya’s philosophy A Dismal Global Scenario The gale of globalization continues to blow across the world sweeping hapless humans caught in the web of abject penury despite angry protests and voices of sanity demonstrated worldwide. We now realize that corporate armies are too strong to withstand. The forests continue to shrink, the species that are vitally important...
Posted: 06.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
A Major Presentation Made At The Parliament Of World’s Religions Held At Chicago (U.S.A.) From August 28 To September, 1993 Birth of the Anuvrat Movement I consider it an honour to have been invited to make this presentation before the distinguished representatives of various religious traditions of the world who have assembled here again after one hundred years to know more of one another’s beliefs and...
Posted: 05.08.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
Religion occupies an important place in human life. Each religious system stands for certain precepts propounded by its prophet, seer, divine avatar or Tirthankara . These precepts are supposed to be scrupulously followed by the lay persons according to their beliefs. It is said that religious beliefs came into vogue with the advent of human civilizations and evolved gradually. The main aim of religion is to...
Posted: 31.07.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
An Overview of the Situation The people of India learnt of the atrocities perpetrated on the blacks in South Africa by the white minority government which ruled the country ruthlessly with unspeakable bestiality and brutishness from the reports of nonviolent resistance led by Mohandas K. Gandhi against apartheid and racial prejudices of the worst kind. Despite the British Rule in India, the newspapers gave a...
Posted: 30.07.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
Anuvrat Movement And Its Impact On Individual Lifestyle While it is the duty of medicos to analyze and examine the devastatingly debilitating effects of luxurious and sedimentary lifestyle on the health of an individual from medical point of view, the aim of my presentation is to acquaint the medicos with the most encouraging results and unprecedented success ANUVRAT MOVEMENT has achieved in changing the...
Posted: 29.07.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
Anuvrat and Jivan Vigyan - As Instruments of Change and Development of Human Heart The age we live in is an age of acedia and spiritual torpor. We see gradual decadence of the basic human values on which alone depends the survival of mankind. Though the sustained campaign of NGOs against nuclear weapons has begun to pay rich dividends, the rising trends of racial and ethnic discrimination, chauvinism,...
Posted: 27.07.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
Presented at the International Meeting organized by the Community of Sant Egidio and Cyprus Church at Nicosia from November 16 to 19, 2008 Diversity of Beliefs and Conflicts Human life is marked by contrary beliefs, ideas, thoughts and philosophies and the wonder is that despite contradictions and apparently heterogeneous character of social life, civilization has continued to march ahead and has achieved...
Posted: 24.07.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
'Like some men at various other places, here is an Indian, lean, thin and short-statured but with shining eyes, who is very much worried at the present state of the world. He is Tulsi, aged 36, the preceptor of the Jain Terapanth which is a religious organization having faith in nonviolence. Acharya Tulsi founded the Anuvrati Sangh in 1949. When he has succeeded in making all Indians undertake the vows, he will...
Posted: 21.07.2015
By Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
At the Zenith of Materialistic Progress Social Values Reach their Nadir The age we live in is marked by mounting unrest, unprecedented economic disparities, abject poverty, tantalizing hunger, increasing threat of global warming, gross violation of human rights, rapidly expanding ethos of terrorism, ever-increasing population, unsustainable human lifestyle, gradually disintegrating institution of family and...

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