Posted: 16.12.2018
By Dr. Samani Mangal Pragya
Western world was introduced to Jainism nearly two centuries back, when Major Colin Mackenzie published an article on Description of Jainas published in three volumes of a research magazine by the name 'Asiatic Researches' in 1807. After this, H. Th. Colebrook expressed some of his views regarding Jainism. In 1827, H. H. Wilson published a critical analysis on Colebrook's essay and in the same year Francklin...
Posted: 15.12.2018
By Dr. Samani Mangal Pragya
There are two kinds of work done on Jain āgamas - editing and translation with notes. Those pieces of work are mentioned in the end of the second chapter of this text. Apart from this, modern Indian and foreign scholars have also done a critical study on āgamas which is presented further in brief.
Posted: 14.12.2018
By Dr. Samani Mangal Pragya
For establishing their own theory, scholars of medieval period, have adopted the method of pūrva pakṣa (opponents doctrines) and uttara pakṣa (own doctrine), in which, opponents arguments were kept as the pūrva pak ṣ a (on left hand) and then refuted them. This tradition was in practice in all the philosophies such as Jain, Buddhist, Vaidika etc. However, in ancient, original texts...
Posted: 13.12.2018
By Dr. Samani Mangal Pragya
After Tattva Mīmānsā in third chapter, Ātma Mīmā ṃ sā in fourth chapter and Karma Mī m ā ṃ sā in fifth chapter, Ācāra Mīmānsā is taken under consideration in sixth chapter. Jainism accepts that - ' pa ḍ hama ṃ ṇ ā ṇ a ṃ tao dayā '- conduct follows the knowledge. It means that conduct is based on knowledge of reality. Metaphysics explains the living and non living entities of the...
Posted: 13.12.2018
By Muni Sumermal
Author has given valuable information on Nine Tatva and some of important points of Jainism in question answer style. One of important book on Jain Metaphyisics. Book in Hindi (PDF)
Posted: 12.12.2018
By Dr. Samani Mangal Pragya
Indian philosophers have pondered over various subjects. Soul, bondage, liberation, rebirth, karma etc. have been important concepts of their speculation. This visible world is in front of us but why does it exist? Why is there so much diversity? The elements that appear as solutions to such questions are not before us. When the cause is not obvious, curiosity regarding it is quite natural. The world as an...
Posted: 11.12.2018
By Dr. Samani Mangal Pragya
In the third chapter, non-living objects are brought into discussion. In the fourth chapter a critical enquiry of soul or conscious substance has been taken as a matter of discussion. The concept of soul is a significant section of philosophy. It is not only the fundamental principle of Jainism but also of Indian philosophy. In the field of philosophy, the invisible and incorporeal substances have always been a...
Posted: 10.12.2018
By Dr. Samani Mangal Pragya
The third chapter of this text is named as Tattva Mīmānsā . Metaphysics is a significant branch of philosophy. In Jain philosophy, conduct is determined on the basis of metaphysics and conduct is the fundamental concept in spirituality. Jain conduct is determined and influenced by its metaphysical concepts. Though, the sphere of metaphysics is very wide, even then it can be classified into two...
Posted: 09.12.2018
By Dr. Samani Mangal Pragya
In the second chapter, an outline of āgamic literature, there is a detailed discussion on āgamic literature. Presently available Jain āgamas are compilation of Lord Mahavira preaching. The teachings of Lord Mahavira were compiled into aphorisms by his chief disciples called ganadharas . Although in Jain tradition, the 'āgama' word refers to highly capable beings (i.e. omniscients and other...
Posted: 09.12.2018
By Dr. Samani Mangal Pragya
In the first chapter, an outline of following six chapters is given to make an introduction to all the topics covered in the text to the reader. Hence, the name is Introduction.

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