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Posted: 19.12.2015
Abstract Jainism is one of the oldest religious traditions of India. It preaches and practices the work ethics to achieve one's objectives, be they to attain liberation or to be happy in worldly affairs and simultaneously first and then assist others (Live and help live or parasprograha jivanama). The focus is on attaining excellence (knowledge and bliss) at individual level so that one can attain the state of...
Posted: 10.12.2012
Conference ► Ethics Is Good Business PHD House, New Delhi, 1.10.2005 Organised by: PHD Chambers Of Commerce and Industry Achary Mahaprajna Conference Video
Posted: 31.10.2012
By Prof. Peter Pruzan
1. Introduction There is an apparent inconsistency in the way that most people - including social scientists and philosophers - refer to the competencies and capacities of collectivity of purposeful individuals, what I will refer to in the sequel as organisations . On the one hand, within the field of management parlance, it is common to speak of an organisation's visions, goals and responsibilities. These are...
Posted: 01.09.2012
Introduction - Present Economic Systems In last two centuries we have practiced and experienced the different models of capitalist economics, social economics, mixed economics, neo-classical or liberal economics in different forms at different places and different times, but rather than solving the problems of the people and meeting their desires and expectations they have created more problems. The discontent...
Posted: 01.09.2012
7th International Seminar on “Role of Relative Economics for Balanced & Sustainable Development with special Reference to Individual Consumption ” (Relative Economics - An Innovative thought of Acharya Shri Mahapragya ) Pious Presence of H.H Acharya Shri Mahashraman On 17-18 November,2012 At JASOL (Rajasthan) (Jodhpur-Nakoda highway,7 km before Nakodaji Temple) Organized by: International Research Institute...
Posted: 02.12.2010
By Prof. S. Shyam Prasad
Non-Possessiveness and Ethical Business Paper presented in the National Seminar on Application of Non-possession in Jainism held at JVBU, Ladnun, Rajasthan on 27-29, November, 2010 ABSTRACT There is a general perception that the business and the ethics do not go together and that business should adopt any means to flourish. This paper argues that this is far from the truth. Ethical businesses perform as good if...
Posted: 15.10.2009
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 2009 Global Hunger Index The Challenge of Hunger: Focus on Financial Crisis and Gender Inequality The Global Hunger Index (GHI) shows that worldwide progress in reducing hunger remains slow. The 2009 global GHI has fallen by only one quarter from the 1990 GHI. Southeast Asia, the Near East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean have reduced...
Posted: 14.10.2009
By Prof. Dr. Sohan Raj Tater
ECONOMICS OF HUMAN LIFE SPAN A fundamental question concerning aging is whether the life spans of organisms evolve, and if so, what forces govern their evolution. In this article I argue that life spans do evolve and present a general theory of life spans, with a particular focus on humans. I employ a qualitative definition of life span: the amount of time between birth and the age at which the likelihood of...
Posted: 09.10.2009
By Prof. Dr. Sohan Raj Tater
CONCEPT OF NON-VIOLENCE Non-violence is a precious principle of Jainism. It is inter-related with Anekantvad to all lives. It teaches us reverence for all lives including our own soul. If may be either in our daily life, or in business or in behavior towards others with equal wavelength of our mind, speech and body. It keeps our temperament cool and calm. It provides satisfaction in life, no jealousy, no anger,...
Posted: 20.06.2009
One sixth of humanity undernourished - more than ever before The faces behind the numbers. 19 June 2009, Rome World hunger is projected to reach a historic high in 2009 with 1 020 million people going hungry every day, according to new estimates published by FAO today. The most recent increase in hunger is not the consequence of poor global harvests but is caused by the world economic crisis that has resulted...
Posted: 29.12.2008
By Chandraprakash Shah
As all the businesses run with the intention of profits, religion too is plasticized for profit. The means of achieving them are different as well as its outcome will be at different level. One is considered in terms of materialistic achievements and the other one is spiritualistic up gradation. The former have economics of destruction while the later has economics of “Live and help to Live.” The former...
Posted: 15.11.2008
By Bal Patil
My following article was published on 08.05.1977 in National Herald a daily founded by Jawaharlal Nehru (now defunct). I am submitting it on the occasion of the 3rd International Dialogue On Economics Of Non-Violence being held in Jaipur on 13th and 14th November, 2008. However I would like to add a post-script to it in the context of the global financial meltdown, which is reminiscent of the Great Depression...
Posted: 16.09.2008
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Preliminary Version of the Theme Paper for 3 rd International Dialogue on Economics of Non-Violence: "Alternative Economics" organized by ICENS Jaipur, Rajasthan, India November 13-14, 2008 This paper is prepared by the International Centre for Economics of Non-violence & Sustainability (ICENS) in keeping with the vision given by H.H. Acharya Mahapragyaji - a Jain Saint & spiritual visionary of our times. Five...
Posted: 15.09.2008
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Theme Paper for 3 rd International Dialogue on Economics of Non-Violence: "Alternative Economics" organized by ICENS Jaipur, Rajasthan, India November 13-14, 2008 Search for an Alternative Model of Development Dr. Ashok Bafna It has been accepted by most of the development - thinkers in the world that 'Sustainable Development' is a necessary condition for growth and development and this goal needs to be pursued...
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: 27.12.2007
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Glimpses of the Conference. Photoreport +++ The Inaugural +++ Session in progress +++ The closing
Posted: 26.12.2007
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
2 nd International Dialogue on Economics of Non-violence A three-day International Dialogue on "Economics of Non-violence: Cultural Values & Ethics" was organized by IILM Academy of Higher Learning, Jaipur in collaboration with ICCR, SID, NHRD Network and Acharya Mahapragya Chaturmas Vyastha Samiti at Mahapragya Vihar, Bhuwana, Udaipur from November 1-3, 2007. The following is the summary report of the...
Posted: 25.12.2007
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
2 nd International Dialogue on Economics of Non-violence Prologue In a world plagued by failures and frustrations on several fronts such as Economics, Politics, Governance, Judiciary, Corporate Social Responsibility, etc., it was felt that an International Dialogue should be organized to elicit the views of eminent thinkers and experts so that a better world may be created in due course of time in which there...
Posted: 29.06.2007
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Humanity is at crossroads today. With enormous achievements in the domains of knowledge, politics, diplomacy, economics, culture, science and technology, human beings are surrounded by the threats and problems of terrorism, insecurity to their lives, deep frustrations and lurking fears of even ultimate destruction of mankind in case the nuclear arsenal falls in the hands of unscrupulous extremists and...
Posted: 21.06.2007
On 8th June 2007, Samani Charitra Pragyaji, senior disciple of H.H. Acharya Mahaprajna, was invited for lecture at Merchants Chamber of Commerce, 15-B Hemanta Basu Sarani Kolkata-1. Her topic was “Secret of Success in Business”. Merchants Chamber of Commerce and Jain Vishva Bharati jointly had organized the lecture.
Posted: 10.03.2007
By Acharya Mahaprajna
On the altar of economic progress, mental peace cannot be sacrificed. So it is absolutely essential to establish a compromise between economic progress and mental peace. This becomes even more urgent a need if man is to escape from mental tension, madness, cruelty, exploitation, usurpation of power and other highly detrimental streams of action. Only after visualizing such disastrous consequences did Mahavira...
Posted: 08.03.2007
By Acharya Mahaprajna
The religious teacher initiates the social being into religion but because of that he cannot ignore the physical requirements of the person and preach aparigraha to him. Therefore Mahavira developed the path that desire should follow and gave the following moral precepts: Do not fuzz weights and measures. Do not adulterate. Do not sell imitation after displaying the original. In the context of the society,...
Posted: 06.03.2007
By Acharya Mahaprajna
The perspective of religion towards life is fundamentally different from the perspective of economics towards life. Religion defines life in terms of the development of the consciousness. Economics defines life in terms of economic activity. These definitions do not share a similar foundation or perspective. Therefore religion does not accept economics nor does economics accept religion. Yet they co-exist in...
Posted: 04.03.2007
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Bhagvan Mahavira said, "Wants are as infinite as the sky." As true as this statement is from the spiritual perspective, so true is it from the economic perspective also. According to economics, demand widens the area of needs. The area of wants is even larger than that of need. All desires cannot be wants whereas all wants can surely be desires. Need is less than desire and demand is even lesser than that...
Posted: 01.02.2007
By Dr. Samani Sthit Pragya
Economic is to manage wealth and resources but its purpose should be for fulfilment of social justice and moral values. Gandhiji said “true economics never militates against the highest ethical standard; just as all true ethics to be worth its name, must at the same time be also good economics“ to me man is highest consideration. Nothing is more important to man than man. Gandhi also said “I will welcome...
Posted: 08.01.2007
By Vinod Kothari
The new mantra of economics, particularly welfare economics, is sustainable development. Development that exploits resources might lead to sporadic development, but such development is not permanent.
Posted: 07.01.2007
By Vinod Kothari
While economics and religion apparently seem to be aliens, there have been several attempts to bring forth convergence between the two. The Jain way of life is known for its austerity and curbing of wants, while, to an outsider at least, economics is all about exploitation of resources for the satisfaction of wants. Hence, at first look, economics and Jainism seem to be going exactly opposite. Acharya...
Posted: 27.10.2006
By Acharya Mahaprajna
T he non-violent Jain tradition attaches utmost importance to an individual’s emotional competence as the key to success is his life. It does not ignore the intellectual side too and pleads for a balanced developments of both the right and the left parts of the human brain. In order to enhance a manager’s emotional competence as well as intellect I consider the following seven principles vitally...
Posted: 26.07.2006
By Acharya Mahaprajna
At present the world seems to be drifting towards a liberalized global economy. All the countries are trying to integrate their economies with each other so as to achieve the benefits of high growth rates, rising standards of living for their people and rapid improvements in their foreign exchange positions and other external economic indicators. However, I believe that while they may obtain some material gains...
Posted: 25.07.2006
By Acharya Mahaprajna
The relative economics in the light of the philosophy of non-violence propounded by Mahavira and in recent time by Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Tulasi. For any person living in the society the principles of ahimsa , nonviolence and aparigraha can be practiced only in a relative sense. Immorality, unethical needs, violent cruelty, exploitation and excessive consumption, lead to negation of our dictates ignoring...
Posted: 22.07.2006
economics as if people and the planet mattered Growth isn’t working: the uneven distribution of benefits and costs from economic growth, shows that globalisation is failing the world’s poorest as their share of the benefits of growth plummet, and accelerating climate change hurts the poorest most.
Posted: 21.07.2006
Economics as if people and the planet mattered The Happy Planet Index is an innovative new measure that shows the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered around the world. It is the first ever index to combine environmental impact with well-being to measure the environmental efficiency with which country by country, people live long and happy lives. The results are surprising, even...
Posted: 20.07.2006
new economics foundation A new global measure of progress, the ‘Happy Planet Index’, reveals for the first time that happiness doesn’t have to cost the Earth. It shows that people can live long, happy lives without using more than their fair share of the Earth’s resources. The new international ranking of the environmental impact and well-being reveals a very different picture of the wealth, and...
Posted: 12.06.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
The Delhi Declaration was followed by reflections and observations by Dr. Delmer T. Robinson, Shri Gulab Chand Kataria, Prof V.S Vyas, Yuvacharya Mahashramanji, Acharya Mahapragyaji, Prof. Dayanand Bhargava, Dr. Ved Prakash and Swamini Parmananda Saraswati.
Posted: 11.06.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Followed by the Samanigaan, Dr. S. L. Gandhi delivered the welcome address. The Delhi Declaration was then read out by Dr. Ashok Bapna, Organizing General Secretary of the Conference and Director, IILM Jaipur. The Declaration is as follows:
Posted: 10.06.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Shri R.L. Vajpai presented the paper titled “ Economics of Non-Violence - From Perception, Preaching to Practice ”.
Posted: 09.06.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Dr. Hema Pokharna , a biochemist by profession, presented a paper titled “ Non-violent Communication and Social Change ”.
Posted: 08.06.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Samani Mangal Pragya spoke on “ Non-violence Training as a Pathway to Sustainable Living ”.
Posted: 07.06.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
“We must not believe that any economic, political, military or any other system will bring peace and prosperity to the world. Only a rising level of consciousness of humanity can bring about transformation that will make this possible”
Posted: 06.06.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
“Economics is a normative social science for managing this planet, abounding in natural, human and manufactured resources in such a way so as to guarantee the basic needs of all the beings of the planet, means for sustenance, including for animals and plants a sound habitat, thus ensuring their mental, spiritual, physical and psychological well being.”
Posted: 05.06.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Dr. Shah spoke on “ Poverty and Environmental Pollution - Challenges to the Vision of a Sustainable World ”. Dr. Shah visualized sustainable development as a holistic concept encompassing not merely economic development, but also social, political and spiritual development... She mentioned that there is a social and cultural terrorism happening in the urban areas as a euphemism of developmental projects...
Posted: 04.06.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
The title of Dr. M.P. Lele's paper was “ Convergence of Values: Spiritual, Political and Economic ”. He spoke in Gandhian perspective describing Mahatma Gandhi as a unique personality combining saintliness with politics. Going through a Growth-Development Model cannot result in a sustainable society. The companies and countries are judged by their growth rates and any decline in growth rate is deemed as a...
Posted: 03.06.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Prof. Shah said that he felt alarmed and threatened by the level of Global warming, a by-product of rampant industrialization. Injudicious industrialization can put a big question mark on sustainability of the world. At one point of time there may not be a world in existence. Not controlling the global warming and Green House Effect can have following adverse consequences... To sustain the world, there is no...
Posted: 02.06.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
The Quran answers the query of people what should they relinquish from their capital, which is rhetoric about the curtailment of human freedom. A Communist regime seems to think that economic progress is the be all and end of all life. A human being is an integrated person and he requires both material and spiritual progress and the absence of spirituality is the root cause for the failure of communism in...
Posted: 01.06.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Justice P.K. Shamsuddin presented a paper titled “Spiritual Foundation for Developing a New Model of Economic System - An Islamic Perception” . He addressed the problem of distribution of wealth by saying that at a time when the population of the world was small; the distribution of wealth was not a problem. Now conditions have changed with the exponential rise in population and with no proportionate...
Posted: 31.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Speaking on "Consumerism: The Anti Human Goal" Samani Mudit Pragya said that today we are worried about the world, especially a sustainable world or how to sustain the world. The problem lies in consumerism and the solution lies in minimizing consumerism... The industrial revolution has changed the face and scenario of the world of economics. In the war of man versus machines, man lost the battle and machines...
Posted: 30.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Economics is to manage wealth and resources but its purpose should be for the fulfillment of social justice and moral values. Gandhiji said true economics never militates against the highest ethical standards just as all the true ethics to be worth its name, must at the same time be also good economics. Man is the highest consideration, nothing is more important to man than man. Gandhiji said he would welcome...
Posted: 29.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Muni Abhijeet confirmed that economics is a distribution of material property whereas the science of peace rests on the limitation of wealth. There is no meeting point, no convergence between unlimited expectations and peace. Economics is a system of sciences and there is a natural relationship among the different sciences. Studies about wealth, income and employment, unfortunately remained indifferent to human...
Posted: 28.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Professor Dayanand Bhargava presented a paper titled “ Economics of Non-possessiveness ” based on quotations from 15 works of Acharya Mahapragyaji. Professor Bhargava said that according to Acharya Mahapragyaji possessiveness means deadening of sensibilities. Non-possessiveness implies awakening of consciousness.
Posted: 27.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
It is only in the human life, if you analyze, where the human being could go wrong. This choice or dichotomy is esoteric to only human beings and does not belong to any other living being on earth. Therefore, there is no discussion about right or wrong for those creatures in the world. A human being alone has the choice of right and wrong and when exercising his choice he uses the right then alone he deserves...

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