Concept and Stages of Meditation in Jainism

Posted: 31.01.2017
By Prof. Dr. Prem Suman Jain
The Jaina thinkers have indicated the practical steps to be followed in the attainment of insight to the real nature of the Self and the knowledge of the various substances in the universe. The journey begins with the development of spiritual attitude. Acharya Kundakunda has indicated with sufficient clarity the nature of the fully liberated soul. According to Jainism, the march of the soul towards a spiritual...

Clarification of the Concept of Samlekhana in Jainism

Posted: 19.10.2015
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
Contemporary Issue of Santhārā ( Samādhi Marana) in Jainism as Suicide Santhārā is a Jain technical word which means the voluntary, step by step termination of body with full awareness, wisdom and insight. The 24 th Tīrthankara Mahavira was great religious preacher who not only paved the path of leading an artistic life by implementing the great and small vows but also showed us the path of ending the...

Compendium of Jainism

Posted: 19.10.2015
By Justice T.K. Tukol
Compendium of Jainism Contents

Compendium of Jainism

Posted: 25.08.2015
By Justice T.K. Tukol
Contents: Jainism and Its Antiquity 1 The Tirthankaras and Lord Mahavira 27 After Mahavira and the Schism 48 Concept of God and of Worship 61 The Universe 75 Jiva or the Theory of Soul 87 The Doctrine of Karma 106 The Doctrine of Lesya 128 The Seven Principles (Tattvas) 139 The Nine Padarthas or Fundamental Truths 156 Guna-Sthanas or Fourteen Stages in the Spiritual Evolution of Soul 163 Ratnatraya or The Three...

Primary Texts

Posted: 26.06.2014
Aṅga Suttāṇi . Ed. Acharya Tulsi, Muni Nathmal, In three volumes.Ladnun: Jain Vishva Bhāratī. Vol.-I, 1974, Vol.-II, 19, Vol.-III, 1974. Ācārāṅga Bhāṣyaṃ . Ed. Acharya Mahāprajña. With text, Sanskrit commentary, Hindi translation, Comparative notes, Topic in text and commentary and Various appendices. Ladnun: Jain Vishva Bhāratī Institute, 1994. Ācārāṅga Sūtra . Ed. Yuvācārya...

5.11 Open-mindedness and Anekānta

Posted: 16.06.2014
Jainism holds that the followers of other sects can also achieve emancipation, if they are able to destroy attachment and aversion. The gateway of salvation is open to all. Jains do not believe in narrow outlook that, "Only the follower of Jainism can achieve emancipation, others will not." Moreover it is said in the Sūtrakṛ āṅga (2nd cent. B.C.), the second earliest Jain work, that those who praise their...

Saṃlekhanā (Peaceful Death) in Jainism is Not a Suicide

Posted: 26.04.2012
By Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
JAIN VISHVA BHARATI UNIVERSITY The 24 th Tīrthankara Mahavira was great religious preacher who not only paved the path of leading an artistic life by implementing the great and small vows but also showed us the path of ending the life journey very artistically through the process of saṃlekhanā. Saṃlekhanā is considered as the king of all the vows and it is the highest sādhanā. Pujyapada in his text,...

Donation of Books from Prof. Nagarajaiah Hampa

Posted: 21.07.2011
Donation of Books from Prof. Nagarajaiah Hampa After the former Institute of Indology and Indian Art History has been closed in 2008, the University Library stopped the purchase of indological books and, additionallly, reduced the number of indological books in stock. Hence, when the Center for Jaina Studies (CfJS.FU) was opened, the condition of the University Library in terms of Jainology was insusufficient...


Posted: 02.02.2011
Introduction The compilation of this book, by name Samaṇasuttaṁ, was undertaken by the inspiration of Acharya Vinobaji. As a result of that inspiration, the text was read in the As­sembly, which accorded its unanimous approval. This is a significant historical event. The basic foundation of all religions in the world is - ātmā and the paramātmā, the soul and the supreme soul. The grand edifice of...

Publishers Note

Posted: 29.01.2011
Sarva Seva Sangh feels immense pleasure in bringing out the English translation of Samaṇ Suttaṁ. Acharya Vinoba ji has brought out the essence of all the religions and their religious works such as The Essence of Christi­anity, Navasaṁhitā of Dhamma-pada, Kurānasāra, Bhāgavata Dharmasāra,The Essence of the Vedas, The Essence of the Manusmṛti etc. He also wanted to bring out the essence of Jaina...