Posted: 19.08.2009
 
ICENS presents Beacon of Hope Patrons: Acharya Mahaprajna, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Mentors: Yuvacharya Mahaprajna, Prof. Munin Mahendra Kumar Conceptualisation & Direction: Prof. Ashok Bapna, ICENS Advisors: Sister B.K.Jayanti (London) Swamini Pramananda (India) Prof. Louis Emmerij (USA) Prof. Richard Jolly (UK) Prof. Kazuya Ishli (Japan) Prof. Lewis Reinbam (Canada) Research: Prof. Ved Prakash, IILM - AHL,...
Posted: 06.01.2009
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
3 rd International Dialogue on Economics of Non-Violence: "Alternative Economics" Jaipur Declaration November 14, 2008 The Third International Dialogue on Economics of Non-violence was held at Jaipur (India) on November 13 and 14, 2008. It deliberated on the global existence of unending disparities (economic, regional, social etc.), inspite of policies, economic programmes and growing concerns for reduction in...
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: 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: 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...
Posted: 26.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Swamini Parmananda, an eloquent speaker, shared her vision of Ahimsa in the Vedic Dharma. She commenced by saying that in our culture and in our country, Ahimsa is called as Parmo Dharma (non-violence being the supreme religion) and when we say it is Parmo Dharma, the basic question that comes to the mind is why do we need Ahimsa? Our scriptures have been magnanimous in eulogizing Ahimsa. Our culture looks upon...
Posted: 25.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Prof. V.S. Vyas, the Chairman of the session reiterated that there are two issues that need to be addressed on a priority basis. They are distribution and augmentation of wealth. Poverty is unlikely to be eradicated unless more wealth is created and equitably distributed. We have been talking about equitable distribution of wealth, but the problem of growth has not been grappled as yet. Accumulation leads to...
Posted: 24.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Putting forth her views on developmental economics, Ms. Kamla Jain said that craze for newness is the order of the day. This is a society where the needs of the consumers are manufactured by the producers and advertisement further aggravates the craze for consumption. The formula of goods being equal to happiness and happiness being equal to goods is being extended to the next phase that goods really lead us...
Posted: 23.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Dr. J.P Jain remarked that with the end of the cold war, it appeared that the structure of the nuclear holocaust seems to have receded in the background but it has not totally disappeared. Moreover, new avenues of violence-ethnic conflict have come to the forefront. Though capitalism has contributed to the tremendous growth of productivity and communism has demonstrated that the rate of growth of national...
Posted: 22.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Dr. Vinod Kapashi alleged WHO to have transformed into a pharma mafia. We have forgotten our rich alternative medicine systems - Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Yoga, Homeopathy, Sidda, Yunani and Acupuncture. In the WHO there is a higher authority called World Health Assembly, which has passed several resolutions that give impetus to alternative medicine, but the pharma controlled WHO kills the very idea of alternative...
Posted: 21.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
The first speaker, Ms. D'souza said that each individual should be conscientious in discharging obligations to family, society and government. A potential of comprehension of such liabilities is a must. Spiritually a person should give sense of belonging to human kind. We cannot imagine having an economically sustained society without a personal experience of inner peace, which gives a self referral state and...
Posted: 20.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Religion, Dr. Kalam opined, has two components - theology and the spiritual component. Theology is something unique for a religion. It's as protective as a shield. One cannot touch it, disturb it. It is well entrenched with the learning of the holy books. Spiritual component is something that is a common thread binding all religions. The ten commandments of the Bible and the teachings of Bhagwat Gita are not...
Posted: 19.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Prof. Muni Mahendrakumarji affirmed that the deliberations were intended towards producing a new world order, based on economics and blended with non-violence. The conference was inaugurated by Acharya Mahapragyaji and an address by him set the tone for deliberations. The conference could be deemed as a prelude to a bigger dream, that is, the vision of a sustainable world. Muni Mahendrakumarji hoped that Dr...
Posted: 18.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Dr. Rebello gave an exhaustive list (20 points) of the causes of poverty... "All these problems emanate from - Spiritual Poverty, Mental Poverty, Intellectual Poverty, Leadership Poverty, Economic and Social Poverty as enumerated above. We have degenerated from the lofty ideals to crass commercialization, from Vedic teachings of Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam to Life Boat Ethics and oil politics."
Posted: 17.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Shri Nathuramka, an eminent economist, opined that using ethics, ahimsa and spirituality as synonyms was not warranted. Ethics is swadharma, what is right and what is wrong, and what is sacred and what is profane. The distinction between right and wrong is the part, which is played by ethics and even religion. But, spirituality is much higher than that. In ethics one is concerned about trigunas- satvgun,...
Posted: 16.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
The session was chaired by. Dr. Veena Jha , India Programme Coordinator, UNCTAD and Prof. L.N Nathuramka was the key speaker. First of all, the paper titled " Economics of Non-violence and the Vision of a Sustainable World” authored by Acharya Mahapragyaji was circulated and Dr. Veena Jha, India Programme Coordinator, UNCTAD shared her comments and concerns on it. She said that the Economics of Non-violence...
Posted: 15.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Dr. Ashok Bapna, Organizing Secretary General of the Conference and Director, IILM Academy of higher Learning Jaipur wrapped up the discussion and proposed a vote of thanks. He stressed on the urgency of pondering on the relevance and pros and cons of the relative economic system. Unfortunately, even the most developed countries of the world are speechless and mute when asked for an answer on tomorrow's...
Posted: 14.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Dr. Gulab Kothari, the editor of Rajasthan Patrika asserted that the core issue is all about creating a sense of belongingness. This is something where our present education system fails miserably. We contribute generously at home because we have a relationship with that home. The modern youth does not believe in any societal system or national spirit. They live in a globalized regime and do not agree with any...
Posted: 13.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Acharya Mahapragyaji discussed relative economics in the light of the philosophy of non-violence propounded by Mahavira and in recent times by Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Tulsi. For any person living in the society the principles of ahimsa, non-violence and aparigraha can be practised only in a relative sense. Immorality, unethical needs, violent cruelty, exploitation and excessive consumption, lead to negation...
Posted: 12.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Dr. Delmer T. Robinson, Archbishop and distinguished thinker dedicated to religious reconciliation affirms that several themes could be offered as sub themes to our economics of non-violence. One of them, world peace and the cessation of hostilities and violence within the nations and governments is the raison d'être for this conference. We have largely been reluctant with the idea of creating an economy...
Posted: 11.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Sadhavi Vishrutvibha, Shramani Nyojika emphasized the importance of Lord Mahavira's teachings of non-violence and non-pollution and how the same is being explained by Acharya Mahapragyaji in the present context. Every man wants peace and searches for ways to achieve happiness. In his pursuit of peace, he tries to accumulate unlimited material comforts, amass wealth and adopts a lifestyle based on 'make, use and...
Posted: 10.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Ms. Shalini Dewan, Director UN Information Centre, India put forth the view that UN is built on the premise of peace. If we have to have peace, we must work to twist the barrel of every gun and armament that we possess. This is the dream of a perfect world.
Posted: 09.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Yuvacharya Mahashramanji, an eminent disciple and successor to Acharya Mahapragyaji dwelt upon the positive and negative emotions, which a human being experiences, of which the positive emotions lead him to a moral conduct and negative emotions distract him from the right path. The negative emotions predominate the positive ones, owing to paucity of resources to fulfil even the most fundamental needs of food,...
Posted: 08.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Dr. S.L.Gandhi, International Coordinator of the Conference and International Secretary General, Anuvibha, said that an unusual and unprecedented crisis of sustainability is staring us in the face. Referring to James Lovelock, the most celebrated and controversial scientist of today he talked about the Gaia Theory, which proposes that the Earth can be equated to the Mother Goddess. Life is likely to disappear...
Posted: 07.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
Muni Mahendra Kumarji, Honoraray Professor of Jain Vishwa Bharati University, Ladnun and an eminent disciple of Acharya Mahapragyaji expressed his views on the so-called strange and rare combination of Economics and Non-violence, as it may seem to some people. He referred to it as a strange combination as there is a general notion that non-violence concerns religion and spirituality and economics is a science...
Posted: 06.05.2006
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
The conference began on a musical note with the recital of a beautiful and melodious song of peace by Joshua William Jensen, USA setting the stage for the theme of the Conference. It brought to the fore the inevitably needed but relatively scarce feelings of fraternity, non-violence and non-possessiveness. It aspired for an integrated world with freedom from hunger and poverty and no differences of regions and...
Posted: 13.12.2005
 
pictures taken during conference... ...President of India inspiring the participants for promoting global non-violence.
Posted: 03.12.2005
By Dr. Ashok Bapna
December 5-7, 2005: New Delhi ... In the ultimate analysis, it is humane development which really matters. Keeping an appropriate balance between spiritualism & consumerism is what one is anxiously looking for in future. Let us hope the present century does not miss this important message & marches ahead with great hope, vision & optimism. This is what the new 'International Centre for Research...
Posted: 02.12.2005
By Louis Emmerij
I n this article, I shall first examine why and how the balance of development thinking and practice changed around 1980. This turning point coincided with a change of influence (caused among others by the industrial countries) at the level of strategic thinking from the UN to the Bretton Woods Institutions. Second, I shall look into the possibility of future turning points in development thinking and practice...
Posted: 01.12.2005
 
Mahapragya Sabhagar Adhyatma Sadhna Kendra (ASK) Programme Schedule MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2005 10:00 a.m. onwards Arrival of delegates and Registration 06:30 p.m. - 07:30 p.m. Enactment of Play - "Court Martial" (Produced by Asmita Group) 07:30 p.m. - 08:30 p.m. Dinner 08:30 p.m. - 09:30 p.m. Briefing - Dr. S.L. Gandhi & Dr. Ved Prakash TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2005 Inaugural Session 09:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Theme -...
Posted: 30.11.2005
 
and IILM ACADEMY OF HIGHER LEARNING, JAIPUR CAMPUS: We cordially invite you to participate in a vitally important two-day conference being organized in New Delhi under the auspices of His Holiness Acharya Mahapragya and Yuvacharya Mahashraman - the two apostles of ahimsa who have been telling the world that survival of humanity will be difficult if the principles of modern economics are not recast and moulded...

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