Posted: 08.05.2015
 
The text is a much studied short summary of the fundamentals of Jaina cosmography and geography, commonly known as the Sangrahaninirayana, Laghusangrahani, Sangrahaniratna or Trailokyadipika, the Illuminating Gloss on the Tripartite World. The diagrams explain why the duplicate sun and moon orbiting the central mountain Merle according to Jaina cosmographers, are never observed simultaneously. Sricandra...
Posted: 06.05.2015
 
MS in Jain prakrit on paper, Western India, ca. 1500, 105 ff. (complete), 13x31 cm, single column, (10x26 cm), 15 lines in Devanagari book script, 2 miniatures in gold, red and lapiz lazuli. The Suryaprajnaptisutra, an astronomical work dating to the 3rd or 4th c. BC, constitutes on of the classics of the Jain Svetambara sect and gives information on the sun, moon and planets and their motions. As in this MS,...
Posted: 01.05.2015
 
Bhagavati Sutra, the fifth of the 12 Jain Agamas, Śataka (Chapter) 3 - 7 Prakrit Text in Roman Script, English Translation of the Text Ācārya Mahāprajña's Bhāṣya (Critical Annotations) Lord Mahāvīra (B.C. 599-527), the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism, was the propounder of the Jain Philosophy which is found expounded in the twelve canonical texts called Dvādaśāñgi, the fifth of which is...
Posted: 30.04.2015
 
Bhagavati Sutra, the fifth of the 12 Jain Agamas, Śataka (Chapter) 1 & 2 Prakrit Text in Roman Script, English Translation of the Text Ācārya Mahāprajña's Bhāṣya (Critical Annotations) Lord Mahāvīra (B.C. 599-527), the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism, was the propounder of the Jain Philosophy which is found expounded in the twelve canonical texts called Dvādaśāñgi, the fifth of which is...
Posted: 28.04.2015
By Padmanabh S. Jaini
About: A rare catalogue of world's most famous Jains Granth Bhandars of Jaisalmer. It contains the most ancient and rare granths which remained unexplored due to inaccessibility for quite some time. It is a store house of intellectual riches of the Jains. A large portion of Bhandar consists of palmleaf Mss dated from circa 1140 to 1340 A.D. The voluminous work seems exhaustive in mentioning all the important...
Posted: 27.04.2015
By Padmanabh S. Jaini
The religious tradition of the Jainas, unique in many respects, presents a fascinating array of doctrinal and social structures that stem from the anti-vedic movements of ancient times. Drawing extensively on primary sources, Professor Jaini provides a comprehensive introduction to the Jaina experience. Beginning with the Life of Mahavira the author elucidates the essentials of Jaina cosmology and philosophy as...
Posted: 26.04.2015
By Dr. Natubhai Shah
“These two volumes provide an intimate vantage view of what the author calls ‘the world of conquerors’ – a world of inner and outer space waiting to be conquered not by warlike weapons unleashed by greed, malice, domination, violence and exploitation but by peaceful conquerors following principles and practice of Right Knowledge, Right Faith, and Right Austerities, based on reverence for life,...
Posted: 25.04.2015
 
Ascetics and Kings in a Jain Ritual Culture What does it mean to worship beings that one believes are completely indifferent to, and entirely beyond the reach of, any form of worship whatsoever? How would such a relationship with sacred beings affect the religious life of a community? Using these questions as his point of departure, Lawrence A. Babb explores the ritual culture of image-worshipping Svetambar...
Posted: 24.04.2015
By Prof. Dr. Lawrence A. Babb
Description: Jainism is Buddhism’s often overlooked cousin. As the only surviving examples of ancient India’s non-Vedic religious traditions, the two religions are often grouped togetheras ‘heterodoxies’, but this is to ignore deep differences between Jain and Buddhist beliefs andpractices. Unlike Buddhism, Jainism has hardly spread beyond the Indian subcontinent butJainism survives in India where it is...
Posted: 23.04.2015
By Sherry Fohr
About: Jainism is arguably the most non-violent and austere religion in the world. While lay Jains attempt to never harm humans or animals, the strict non-violence followed by the highly revered monks and nuns also proscribes harm to any living being, even a microscopic organism. And while laywomen (and a few laymen) undergo long and difficult fasts, the longest being for one month, renouncers' austerities also...
Posted: 04.12.2014
 
About: This book shows that it can be very fruitful for science to study other thought-systems than those in which we were born and raised. In our days we can make use of the entire heritage of the mind-created global mosaic of cultures. Much more of such type of research should be done by able philosophers and scientists. Ancient thinkers have come up with insights that lack us today - causing unnecessary...
Posted: 24.03.2014
 
Creation of Lexicon: A Broad Outlook The bibliography of our lexicon makes clear that the original canonical works of both the traditions - Śvetāmbara and Digambara - have been amply made use of without any bias/prejudice, in the creation of the present dictionary. The canonical works such as Ācārāṅga, Sṛtakṛtāṅga, Sthānāṅga, Samayavāyāṅga, Bhagavatī, Upāsakadaśā, Praśnavyākaraṇa,...
Posted: 18.02.2014
 
About: Anekāntic perspective stimulates and motivates the understanding of the other's view point from the angle in which he/she wants to be enlightened. This enlightened world-view widens the horizon of thinking, perceiving and cognizing. The holistic approach of Jaina epistemology basically emphasizes on the anekāntic thought, anekāntic perception, anekāntic cognition and anekāntic interpretation or...
Posted: 14.02.2014
 
Meditations on the Seven Energy Centers The world is divided into three kinds of people. First and most common are those whose life-energy is spent killing time. For them, life has no meaning other than eating and drinking and grasping for enjoyment, which always eludes them. They are like human machines, seeing and suspecting nothing beyond the limited scope of their own machine. Killing time, they kill their...
Posted: 06.07.2013
 
Shalibhadra Once there lived a poor woman and her son in a small village. One day, there was a festival in the village and all the kids, including the poor boy, were playing together. After playing, all except the poor boy, started to eat Kheer (rice pudding) that they had brought with them. The poor boy did not have Kheer to eat. He felt bad and ran home to his mother. He asked her if she would make some Kheer...
Posted: 08.05.2013
 
Gautam Swami In 607 B. C., in the village of Gobargaon, a Brahmin couple called Vasubhuti and Prithvi Gautam (family name) had a son named Indrabhuti. He was tall and handsome. He had two younger brothers named Agnibhuti and Vayubhuti. All three were well versed in the Vedas and other rituals at an early age. They were very popular and great scholars in the state of Magadh. Each one of them had 500 disciples...
Posted: 01.04.2013
 
About: In The Scientific Foundations of Jainism Professor Mardia attempts to elucidate the point that Jainism is a science with religion. After a very brief introduction to the Jainism, the author introduces the four Axioms and discusses their theoretical and applied aspects and their plausibility in a modern context. It gives Jaina logic together with present trends in scientific thinking and indicates how...
Posted: 11.01.2013
 
Jainism - A Theistic Philosophy (GOD IN JAINISM) by Dr. Krishna Gosavi His just published Bookis a must read. Dr. Krishna Gosavi’s doctoral thesis on Jainism published by Parshvanath Vidyapith, Varanasi, is a refutation of its Classification in Indian Philosophy as an atheism, because it is a theistic Philosophy, a realism. In this book the author has tried to establish Jainism as a Theistic Philosophy...
Posted: 30.07.2012
 
About: The Yogashastra is a Sanskrit work with 12 chapters (prakasha). It occupies a very important place in the Shvetambara Jain tradition. In twelve chapters, this work sheds light on various aspects of religion and morality, promoting the timeless Jain ideals of non-violence, self-control and penance. Hemacandra emphasises ascetic practices for moral upliftment, service to one's parents, meditation for...
Posted: 24.07.2012
 
Friends. Without the seed of divinity within us, no human being would exist. Because of the divinity within us, we move, think, love, give and receive. Do not be misled by what you see in the world around you, the passing show with its violence, commercialism, greed for possessions, and lust for power. We are incarnations of the Life Energy of the Cosmos, evolving as we, here and now, transform ourselves. For...
Posted: 20.07.2012
 
You will be delighted to know that at the eve of ‘Parvadhiraj Parushan’ we are publishing a book in Hindi focusing on ‘Jain Painting Tradition’ which is a subject almost unknown to the disciples of ‘Teerthankar Mahavir’. This subject is limited within the ambit of art historians and some scholars only. The common people are aware of Jain Architecture, Sculpture, engravings etc but the majority of...
Posted: 16.07.2012
 
A Story of Jayanti An illustrious feminine figure of Bhagwan Mahavir's time is shravika Jayanti. She was the daughter of king Saharsanik of Kaushambi and sister of king Shatanik and aunt of king Udayan, a great devotee of Bhagwan Mahavir. She had immense faith in the Jain religion. She knew quite well the philosophy of Bhagwan Mahavir and had a thorough understanding of jiva (sentient) and ajiva (insentient)...
Posted: 11.07.2012
 
About: The book is designed in a manner that is likely to give to its readers a good introduction to all that the Acharya stands for. The many facets of his almost magnetic and many-splendoured personality are revealed in the very first section. No words can fully encompass the richness and depth contained in his person. However, readers will note how people from different walks of life and of vastly dissimilar...
Posted: 19.06.2012
 
શ્રી માણિભદ્રદેવ જીવનચરિત્ર [Sri Manibhadradeva Jivanacarita] ઉજ્જૈનમાં માણેકશાહ નામના એક શેઠ સોદાગર વસતા હતા. માણેક ના જન્મથી માતા પિતાને ખુબ આંનદ થયો હતો. જન્મોત્સવ ઉજવેલ હતો...
Posted: 05.05.2012
 
Pristine Jainism Beyond rituals and superstitions ...According to Shri S.M. Jain, Pristine Jainism which emphasised rational activity and good conduct as preached and practised by liberated souls, the Arhats, is now overwhelmed by rituals and ostentatious display of wealth in the name of and on the pretext of Bhakti. He argues that the precepts of Jainism are simple and are based on scientific principles of...
Posted: 12.03.2012
 
About: Environmental awareness is not a subject that can be taught in isolation, it is a life ethic whose consciousness determines our every choice. What we wear, what we eat, how we live, the water we use and most importantly, the life that we aspire to. Our aspirations determine the way we live our lives. If one’s goal is merely to own more and more things, then we destroy jungles and rivers. All marble...
Posted: 14.01.2012
 
About: In his scholarly book, Essence and Substance of Yoga, Shri S.M. Jain has endeavoured to describe in brief the main ancient and new popular systems and sects of yoga and quoted extensively from canonical scriptures. Author: S.M. Jain Publisher: D.R. Mehta, Prakrit Bharati Academy. Prakash Chand Baradia, Ratandevi Bherunlal Baradia Charitable Society, Jaipur. 1st Edition: 2010 ISDN: 978-81-89698-92-8 Read...
Posted: 17.10.2011
 
A Story of Trishalamata It was Trishalamata who gave birth to an illustrious son Vardhaman who turned out to be mankind's saviour. She has, therefore, been a venerable lady. She was the queen of king Siddharth and the sister of king Chetak of Vaishali. Her motherhood has been a source of inspiration to millions throughout the world and writers have delineated her life very vividly. The god Harinaigmeshi...
Posted: 10.10.2011
 
A Story of Vikramaditya Hemu Vikramaditya Hemu is renowned in history as a powerful warrior and an adept strategist. For his matchless prowess, he earned the title of 'God of war'. The story of his life is like an oasis in the Mugal history. Historians like Badauni and Abul Fazal have praised the reign of Vikramaditya Hemu who ruled Delhi for six months. The son of a Jain layman of Mandovar, he started as an...
Posted: 10.10.2011
 
A Story of Tilakmanjari विद्वान सर्वत्र पूजयते । The learned are worshipped everywhere. King Munj and king Bhoj of Dhara held poet Dhanpal in high esteem for Dhanpal was a very learned man, and a poet of a high order. Munj considered him as his son and had conferred on him the title 'kurchal Saraswati' (goddess Saraswati with a beard and moustache). King Bhoj had...
Posted: 03.10.2011
 
A Story of Upadhyay Shri Udayratnaji There are numerous tales and anecdotes about the holy power of Shri Udayratnaji Maharaj. In V.S. 1750, the Chha'ri sangh (a congregation on pilgrimage practising six special vows) had undertaken a journey from Kheda to Shankheshwar at his inspiration and under his guidance. The ruling Thakor of Shankheshwar at that time used to collect tax of one guinea from the pilgrims and...
Posted: 03.10.2011
 
A Story of Vanraj Chavda Vanraj Chavda, the founder of the Chavda empire, was a powerful ruler of Gujarat. Many Jain saints, brave soldiers and a host of eminent personalities lived during his reign. Jaishikhari, Vanraj's father, was defeated by king Bhuvad in a battle and his pregnant wife queen Roopsundari, accompanied by brother Surpal, hid herself in a forest. Vanraj was born and brought up in the forest...
Posted: 26.09.2011
 
A Story of Upadhyay Shri Yashovijayji If someone utters the word upadhyayji it would mean Shrimad Yashovijayji Upadhyay. 'So says Upadhyayji' is regarded as the final word and ultimate authority in scriptural matters. His contemporary monks regarded him as the sarvajna (omniscient) in matters of the scriptures and also as shrutkevali (scripture - omniscient). Author of more than 100 books in Sanskrit, Prakrut...
Posted: 26.09.2011
 
A Story of Shri Vajraswami Life of Shri Vajraswami, born yogi and the tenth and the last purvadhar , was a unique combination of penance, accomplishment and religious pursuit. The most outstanding feature of his life is that he acquired the knowledge of jati-smaran (memory of past birth) as soon as he was born. From the day he was born, he went for renunciation of worldly life and he lived as a devoted ascetic...
Posted: 07.09.2011
By Hermann Jacobi, W. Norman Brown
This introduction to the story of Citra and Sambhūta is compiled from a summary of the tale by W. Norman Brown (Manuscript Illustrations of the Uttarādhyayana Sūtra, New Haven: American Oriental Society, 1941, pp. 18-19) and the translation of the Prakrit passages by Hermann Jacobi (Jaina Sutras II, The Sacred Books of the East Vol. 45, Oxford 1895, Reprint Delhi 2004, pp.56-61). The Story of Citra and...
Posted: 18.08.2011
By Nipun Jain
रक्षा बंधन - वात्सल्य अंग विष्णुकुमार-अकम्पनाचार्य मुनि कथा Rakṣā bandhana (vātsalya aṅga) - the name itself is meaningful: “rakṣā” implies protection and “bandhana” signifies the protective approach. It is an affirmation to protect and it describes the parental affection of the dēva śāstra...
Posted: 02.08.2011
 
A Story of Sulsa Bhagwan Mahavir was once giving his discourses in Champanagari and he saw Ambad parivrajak (wandering monk) proceeding towards Rajgruhi. He stopped him and said, "On reaching Rajgruhi, tell Shravika Sulsa that Mahavir has wished her dharmalabh " (increase in righteousness). Ambad parivrajak started thinking about Sulsa and her piety and devoutness since Bhagwan Mahavir also held her in high...
Posted: 02.08.2011
 
A Story of Sushila Subhadra, a leading merchant of Pruthvipur, was a Jain who observed twelve vows. Once upon a time he had to visit Rajpur for trading purpose and he happened to stay at Sheth Jindas' home. Subhadra, Jindas's daughter was known as Sushila because of her good character. Considering Sushila's religiosity, her father got her married to Subhadra. One incident that took place just in the beginning...
Posted: 26.07.2011
 
A Story of Sonal There are four steps to practise true religion: daan (charity), tap (penance), sheel (purity of character) and bhaav (good intention). Out of these, sheel is considered an ornament of soul. Jainism stresses the importance of sheel not only for Sadhus but even for the householders. It is said that Emperor Akbar was impressed by the impeccable character (sheel) of Sonal, the wife of one of his...
Posted: 26.07.2011
 
A Story of Subhadra Sati Subhadra was having deep and intense religious devotion and unfading fidelity to her husband but suddenly there was an unexpected calamity in her life. An incident took place which brought a blot on her pure virtuous name. When everyone deserted her, her innate honesty and virtuosity stood by her and saw her through the greatest test of life. Subhadra was the daughter of Jindas, a...
Posted: 19.07.2011
 
A Story of Kundkundacharya Kundkundacharya was born in Kondkunde village during the first half of the first century A.D. He is known by five other names i.e. Padmanandi, Kundkund, Vakragriva, Elacharya and Grudhrapichchha. However, there prevails a difference of opinion regarding the authenticity of these names. But this much is certain that his name was Padmanandi but true to the Dravid tradition, he came to...
Posted: 19.07.2011
 
A Story of Suracharya Suracharya also occupies an important position among the first rank of versatile Acharyas (head of a medicant group) of the Solanki period in Gujarat. His scholarship was profound while his poetic power was matchless. In his teaching, he never allowed or tolerated any short-coming or lethargy. In case any of his pupils made mistakes in his lesson, he was beaten with a wooden stick of a...
Posted: 11.07.2011
 
A Story of Shridevi Born in Kakar village, Shridevi blazed a trail and carved out a niche in the history of Gujarat. In her one finds a combination of insight and a streak of adventure. She would find a way out of a seemingly difficult situation and no adversity would scare her. King Bhuvad invaded Panchasar on the outskirts of the Ran of Kutch. King Jayshikhari of Panchasar fought very bravely but died in the...
Posted: 11.07.2011
 
A Story of Siddhasen Diwakarsuri Highly learned scholar Siddhasen of the court of king Vikramaditya of Ujjayini was proud and arrogant about his being undefeated in scriptural discussion and debate everywhere with many a versatile scholar. Siddhasen used to say that he would become a lifelong disciple of any person who would defeat him in such a debate. Meanwhile, he happened to hear about a reputed logician...
Posted: 04.07.2011
 
A Story of Acharya Hirvijaysuri Once Emperor Akbar was looking towards the main road from the balcony of his royal palace in Fatehpur Sikri. Meanwhile he saw a huge procession passing by, wherein at the centre a Jain laywoman (shravika) named Champa sat in splendour and attired in expensive clothes. On inquiry, the emperor came to know that the shravika had undertaken fast for 6 months during which she had...
Posted: 04.07.2011
 
A Story of Acharya Padliptasuri Acharyashri Padliptasuriji's life is an illustrious example of rare combination of miracles achieved through unusual power and books composed on the strength of imagination. He was born in Ayodhya situated on the banks of Saryu and Ganga. Fullachandra, his father was a rich businessman of the town and Pratima, his mother was a beautiful and virtuous woman. It was because of...
Posted: 27.06.2011
 
A Story of Sheth Motisha Jain religion cares not only for human beings but also for mute animals, especially ones which cannot fend for themselves and have become useless for any work. Cattle homes are set up for such animals where they are provided fodder and are looked after. When one thinks of such cattle-homes, one inevitably remembers the name of Sheth Motisha. Motichand, son of Sheth Amichand of Cambay,...
Posted: 27.06.2011
 
A Story of Sheth Shantidas Nagarsheth (chief, respectable person in a city) Shantidas Jhaveri was a devout person who espoused many a social, religious and cultural cause. Kshatriya (warrior caste) by caste, Shantidas was the son of Sahasrakiran and had forged close ties with Mugal emperors such as Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan, Muradbux and Aurangzeb. He enjoyed the trust of the emperor and was allowed to enter...
Posted: 20.06.2011
 
A Story of Sheth Jagdusha Jagdusha was a well-known philanthropist and was a staunch practitioner of non­violence. It so happened that once his ship got stuck in the sea near the Saurashtra coastline in the south. It was believed that if the eye of a particular goddess fell on the ship, it would be burnt to ashes. Apprehensive of the deity's curse, Jagdusha went to the temple and observed fast for three days...
Posted: 20.06.2011
 
A Story of Sheth Javadsha The ancient city Madhumati in Saurashtra is the present port Mahuva. Javadsha ruled over twelve villages of Mahuva. A gallant warrior he could, it was said, fight a tiger unarmed. Brave Javadsha's wife was Sushiladevi. They were defeated, through deception, by the Muslim soldiers and were taken to their country and treated as slaves. Javadsha and his wife were allowed all liberties...

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