Posted: 19.05.2010
By Dr. Shugan Chand Jain
1.0 Social Consciousness Social consciousness is consciousness shared within a society. It can also be defined as social awareness; to be aware of the problems that different societies and communities face on a day-to-day basis; to be conscious of the difficulties and hardships of society. Some people define social consciousness as a society's consciousness of itself. Others argue against this definition,...
Posted: 15.05.2010
By Nicole Dutram
Introduction "Clever people cure a blemish, even if it appears in their own bodies" -Tishasti Shakala Purusa Caritra Pt. 2, pg. 3 With the following paper I hope to explore some of the cultural separations that I have witnessed between the East and the West. Specifically through my experiences in India with the International Summer School for Jain Studies for 2 months in 2008 and again in 2009, and my...
Posted: 10.05.2010
By Dr. Shugan Chand Jain
Who is considered unregistered? There can be many considerations for being called as unregistered as registration can be with the civil authorities or with a religious organization (in case of such powers are bestowed on them by the state). There can be many reasons for not registering a child such as: Ignorance or difficulty experienced by the parents in registering. Illegal immigrants. Abandoned by mother for...
Posted: 01.05.2010
By Dr. Shugan Chand Jain
Definitions Humanity: The quality of being human; the peculiar nature of man, by which he is distinguished from other beings, the quality of being humane; the kind feeling, dispositions, and sympathies of man; a disposition to relieve persons or animals in distress; and to treat all creatures with kindness and tenderness. Jainism talks of all living beings to include not only human beings but subhuman (animal),...
Posted: 25.04.2010
By Sean Bevis
“A Philosophical and Sociological analysis of the role of ‘charity’ in Jainism, with specific reference to the nature of dāna and aparigraha in both Jain and non-Jain environments.” This essay aims to analyse the role that ‘charity’ plays in the Jain religion both in terms of its importance in its philosophical systems, and in terms of the practical role it plays for both Jain and non-Jain society...
Posted: 19.04.2010
By Anop R. Vora
Introduction Jainism has identified the control of Kashāyās (emotions of anger, arrogance, deception, and greed), Nokashāyās (other related passions), and base impulses as the main determinant of one’s spiritual progress. In fact, it regards the erasing of these intertwined emotions all the way down to the micro-level from one’s character as essential for achieving one’s highest potential - i.e.,...
Posted: 18.04.2010
By Dr. Sulekh Chand Jain, Dr. Tansukh J. Salgia
Note: This is not a typical abstract article to talk and preach about the philosophy and the glory of Jainism, which we all know to a great extent. This article is based on our thinking and also dialogues with some concerned eminent persons. Purpose of this paper is to create an awareness and to make an appeal for applied and Practical Jainism rather than describing the traditional Jainism that consists of...
Posted: 14.04.2010
By Dr. Shugan Chand Jain
Healing is generally understood as the act or process of curing or of restoring the health. Assessed physically, healing is the process by which the cells in the body regenerate and repair to reduce the size of a damaged or narcotic area. Healing incorporates both the removal of necrotic tissue (demolition), and the replacement of this tissue. For centuries, people of faith have offered prayers for the sick ,...
Posted: 22.07.2009
By Prof. Dr. D.N. Bhargava
1.0 Introduction Religion is a transcendental spiritual experience which is permanent, trans-subjective, blissful, intuitive, supersensuous, infinite, incommunicable and ineffable. It is the non-conceptual state of existence wherein all differentiations disappear. The Jaina view of religion lays stress on realizing the transcendental nature of self, which the individual feels as his own. It should be borne in...
Posted: 21.07.2009
By Dr. Anekant Kumar Jain
Paṅcāthikāya (Paṅcāstikāya) is an ancient and important text of Jain’s which is composed in old classical Indian language named ‘Prākṛta’ and specifically in ‘Śaurseni Prākṛta’ (an important part of the Prākṛta language). This work is composed by the famous Jainācārya Kunda Kunda in 1st century A.D. The Paṅcāstikāya, as it is specified by its brief title, is one of the...

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