Posted: 16.12.2017
By Amit Kumar Tiwari
ABSTRACT: Jainism is one of the most important religions in the world. It is very difficult to give exact date of the emergence of Jain religion. This religion was propagated by 24 Tirthankaras (Prophets). Rishabh Dev was the first Tirthakara of Jainism and Parswanatha was 23rd Tirthankara whose time is about 250 years before Mahaveer. Mahaveer Swami was 24th Tirthanakar of Jain religion who gave a new...
Posted: 24.08.2017
By Samani Sanmati Pragya
Paryushan is celebrated for eight consecutive days. The discipline of this celebration is to change our routine by laying out and putting to action a clear schedule. The benefits of this change are to enjoy a healthier lifestyle, obtain peace of mind, and cultivate a higher conscience through our behavior. Following this routine is suggested for anyone who desires to take on the eight-day challenges and build...
Posted: 24.08.2017
By Samani Sanmati Pragya
In specific periods of human history special personalities appear who possess unique insight into the workings of nature both internal and external. With the practice of austerity they purify their souls from craving (rāga) and aversion (dwesha) eventually attaining the knowledge of absolute reality or keval gyān. These remarkably gifted individuals possess special insight and knowledge into the workings of...
Posted: 16.12.2016
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
Introduction The Indian thinkers, however, unanimously hold that the absolute elimination of the passions of attachment and hatred, greed and anger is not possible. In fact, the spiritual disciplines propounded in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, the three major religions of India are in perfect agreement on this issue that meditation, in some form or the other is considered as the only way to attain salvation...
Posted: 19.04.2016
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
Mahavira's Contribution to the Mankind for All the Ages Among the great religious teachers of the world, Mahavira was the earliest who contributed much for the good and welfare of the entire mankind of all the ages. Mahavira's advent took place when this world was seething with philosophical speculations with Socrates and Plato in Greece, Zoroaster in Persia and Confucius in China. In India, the Brahmanic...
Posted: 19.03.2016
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
The entire ancient Indian philosophical thought, right from the vedās to the modern Vedānt of Sankar, has the law of Karma as its basic foundation. If this presupposition is negated or is shown to have no logical or scientific basis for its acceptance, all Indian philosophical systems except Cārvāka philosophy become redundant. The law of Karma is not only the foundation of India's philosophy but also...
Posted: 29.02.2016
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
Jaina philosophy has an important place in the domain of Indian philosophies. The concept of sat (Reality) occupies a foremost place in Jaina metaphysics. It is sat (Reality) which acts as a foundational stone in explaining the basic concepts of Jaina Ethics, Jaina theory of Karma, Jaina epistemology and Jaina logic. The essence of threefold nature of reality, i.e., Utpada, Vyaya and Dhrauvya will be dealt in...
Posted: 26.02.2016
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
The Rights of All Life Forms in Ācārāṅga Bhāṣyam Jainism one of the most ancient religions of the world originated and developed on Indian soil containing a profoundly progressive social attitude. Even in the antiquity start from the first Tīrthankar Rishab to 24 th Tīrthankar Mahavira, Jain preceptor discussed at length how one can protect the right of all the creatures. The Ācārāṅga Bhāṣyam,...
Posted: 29.01.2016
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
The soul in its pure form is embedded with infinite perception, infinite knowledge, infinite bliss, and infinite vigour. These natural inherent attributes are not, however manifested by worldly soul, because it is smeared with karmās . The large number of ritualistic practices throughout the world has been devised to get rid of the kārmic impurities and eventually liberate the soul from the bondages of...
Posted: 18.01.2016
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
Introduction to Pratyākhyāna The fifth Āvaśyaka according to the Digambaras, the sixth Āvaśyaka in Svetāmbara tradition is pratyākhyāna. Ācārya Amitgati defines pratyākhyāna as the avoidance of what is unfitting in order to prevent the commission of sin in the future. In a sense it is the equivalent to pratikramaṇa translated into future time. Here renunciation of any form of enjoyment is...

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